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The Cape Cod Times recently did a feature of the top stories of 2012 – and we felt that there were a couple of big news items left out locally.  So here is my rundown of the top news events on Cape Cod in 2012: Cape Cod saw its first wild bear since colonial times […]

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Back in March of 2011 I wrote about the appearance of bobcats on Cape Cod, now we are actually seeing what some have predicted – the return of the black bear to Cape Cod. The black bear, according to Mass Wildlife, has not been seen on Cape Cod since the 1700s. I refer back to some […]

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about invasiveness

There are several definitions floating around on what it means for a species to be invasive. A lot of laymen and scientists alike tend to use “invasive” as pertaining to the agressive nature or habit of a species of plant or animal where the new species negatively affects native species, by means of crowding it […]

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Just an observation

I am estimating that the biological spring is some 20 days ahead of schedule this year. The bulbs are pushing through the soil and crocus and snowbell are flowering in the sun lit meadows and yards.  Last year I did not start talking about spring like events until mid March…  And it’s not just happening […]

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Long pasture

For once I kept to my every-so-oft promise of exploring some of the many walks and pathways we have on the Cape.  I enjoyed Mass Audubon’s Long Pasture on this atypical (at least for late January) sunny day.  Without the weekend walkers and dogs that one would normally encounter, I had a chance to enjoy […]

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Same Bat Channel

Television is dumbing down by the minute, and it’s embarrassing and annoying. Maybe as the stats say, everyone under 75 is getting all their news on the internet so I shouldn’t be too upset – but it is sad that today CNN had a huge background sign that had the word “Yield” spelled wrong. I am […]

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I decided to clear out some of the brambles out back of my property, as well as re-use the wood of the fallen black locust. this particular area is usually populated by pokeweed, jewelweed, catbrier and goldenrod. I intend to open the space up a bit, by adding walkways that will eventually meander to the […]

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Carolina winter?

Here we are, December 20, encroaching on the shortest day of the year and winter solstice – something we can reliably expect to happen (at least until this time next year when the Mayan calendar ceases). What’s less expected is that we’ve barely seen any winter weather. Granted, today and yesterday were cold. But we’ve […]

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Has it been a year?

Time flies, they say. I can’t believe it’s been a year since we launched this blog. Activity has been rather sparse the last month or two – fall brings a natural tendency to quieten things down, with colors turning to brown. There are no new plants to talk about this time of year, although we […]

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For two years I have watched what I believe to be the same group of woodpeckers interact at the suet feeder in my Cape Cod backyard. One species, the “downy woodpecker”, tends to feed most often at the suet feeder. You can tell a downy woodpecker’s gender by its coloration – the males have a red spot on their heads […]

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