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Black Bear

Interview with a Black Bear

Human-bear interactions and how to prevent them are a topic of intense debate on the Internet, but I’ve always found such discussions lopsided because we only hear from humans and not from bears. Therefore, I invited a dominant black bear from New Hampshire’s White Mountain National Forest, named Alpha, to share his experience and insights about […]

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The Osgood Trail (New Hampshire Appalachian Trail), White Mountains

Hiking on Tree Roots

Hiking in the Northeastern United States? Then you better get used to hiking on tree roots because we have a lot of trees! Seriously, hiking on tree roots can be quite a surprise if you’re not used to them. They get really slippery when wet and can easily snap a trekking pole if your tip […]

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Skunk Cabbage

Skunk Cabbage

Skunk Cabbage is one of the first plants to bloom in spring time along the east coast of the United States and certainly one of my favorites. I love how their bright green color contrasts with the brown leaves of the forest floor and still barren trees. Skunk Cabbage favors marshy wetland areas and forested stream […]

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Crown-topped Coral Fungus

Naturalist’s Notes: Catskills Tree Fungi

My interest in forest fungi started when I was hiking Vermont’s Long Trail in 2008 and I kept coming across these white fiddlehead looking plants called Indian Pipe or Ghost Flower. I took photos of them and the other new plants, trees, bugs, and animals I saw and started researching them after each of my […]

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Fluted Mushroom

Maine is for Mushrooms

I saw the coolest looking mushrooms on the Maine Appalachian Trail this year, but I’m having trouble identifying what kind they are. Care to give me a hand? Leave a comment if you know their names, or if you’d like to make a plausible name up! It’s Friday! Most Popular Searchesmaine mushroomsmushrooms in mainemushrooms of […]

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Deep Roots

Root Fires and Leave No Trace Campfire Building

I came across this note last week when I was hiking south past Rainbow Lake on the Maine Appalachian Trail.  It reads: What is a root fire? A root fire is a fire that burns underground along the root system of a tree. It’s a very dangerous form of fire because the fire can smoulder […]

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Mount Katahdin, Appalachian Trail

The Sound of Cicadas

When I was growing up, I used to listen to the sound of the cicadas in our back yard. It’s the sound that I associate with the hot days and evenings of summer. Yesterday morning, as I was hiking the last few miles of Maine’s 100 mile wilderness, I came to an open area in […]

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