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MOBILE MUSTELIDS

A winter’s day awakens with a burnt salmon sunrise engulfing the horizon and a fresh snow blanketing the landscape. A frigid breeze rattles frozen limbs.  …

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RABBIT STEW

RABBIT STEW

A cattail falls to the blade of my brush cutter, grudgingly smacking my face and exploding into a cloud of seed. Reed canary grass, invasive …

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OWLERS must be PROWLERS

OWLERS must be PROWLERS

Winter is primetime for owl prowling since many species’ breeding seasons are either underway or quickly approach, and they act accordingly.  Great horned and barred …

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A NATURALIST’S JOURNAL

As a senior at Shepaug Valley High School in 2005, I would look forward to when “C Period” would roll around in early afternoon, a …

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MONITORING CONSERVATION EASEMENTS

MONITORING CONSERVATION EASEMENTS

As notified in the previous edition of VISTA, Steep Rock Association has submitted an application for accreditation from the Land Trust Alliance, seeking recognition for …

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BLACK BEARS branching out in LITCHFIELD COUNTY

A broad black mass foraging in a foliated landscape is becoming a common sight as Connecticut’s bear population continues to grow. This species was extirpated …

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RIVERINE BIRDS take advantage of LOW FLOWS

RIVERINE BIRDS take advantage of LOW FLOWS

Water-obligate birds species like great blue heron, common merganser, and belted kingfisher likely associate low flows with foraging success. The drought-ridden Shepaug River has experienced …

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SHEPAUG SNAPPERS

SHEPAUG SNAPPERS

The Shepaug River has a robust population of snapping turtles, evident by the abundance of females observed nesting in May and June.  Many find the …

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RED EFTS on the MOVE

RED EFTS on the MOVE

The air is thick with moisture this morning.  My glasses quickly fog and I remove them, decidedly better off with just sub-par vision.  Thunder claps …

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