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Field and Forest, by Richard Gast

Helping birds survive the winter

As winter sets in across the North Country, devoted bird enthusiasts resume feeding overwintering birds. They take both pleasure and pride in helping their feathered friends survive the harsh winter months, by dutifully providing them with food, water and shelter. Feeding birds during the ...

Colleges deal with latest COVID surge

In the face of the new COVID-19 variant (omicron) and a precipitous rise in the number of infections on college campuses across the country in the weeks following Thanksgiving, administrators found themselves confronted with having to, once again, put measures into place aimed at limiting ...

Boughs of holly

“Deck the halls (With Boughs of Holly).” It’s a fun-to-sing Christmas song (with its fa-la-la refrain) and perhaps one of the most widely recognized and most-often caroled. First published in 1881, the song is generally believed to be American in origin, although the author remains ...

Solar grazing: A ewe-nique idea

According to the United States Energy Information Administration, there are approximately 2,500 commercial solar photovoltaic (PV) energy gathering and generating stations currently serving the nation’s electric grid. Most produce 1 to 5 megawatts (MW) of power. A 5 MW facility requires ...

The season of northern lights

In late October and earlier this month, spectacular aurora activity was visible across much of the northern hemisphere. Sightings were reported from Maine to Washington state and as far south as Connecticut and California. - Aurora activity? - The term aurora borealis was first used by ...

Fuzzy-wuzzy wooly bears

It’s been a remarkably mild fall. In fact, at the time of this writing (Oct. 27), I still haven’t had a frost at my home, near the Canadian border. But winter is coming. And while winter can be a very picturesque time of the year and getting outdoors in winter can be a lot of fun, harsh ...