Just over a year ago, the largest known chestnut tree in North America was found in Western Maine. About 150 years ago, giant chestnut trees were fairly common in New England, where they were a favorite tree to plant in cities. Chestnuts were largely wiped out in the US after an invasive fungus swept the […]
Whether we like it or not, summer is coming to an end. Soon windows will be shut, kids will be back in school and the post-Labor Day respite from tourist-traffic will be punctuated by camera-wielding leaf-peepers. Picking the right time for leaf-peeping can be tough: if you head out too early, colors can be underwhelming; […]
In the northeast, we have an old habit of giving plants, fungi and animals misleading names. Poison ivy is actually in the sumac family, Spanish moss is really a lichen and nighthawks are only distantly related to hawks (and are active at dawn and dusk – not at night). In many cases these names make […]
With summer upon us, it is finally lake season again in Maine. Even the most timid among us are now venturing – slowly but surely – into the water. You may have noticed that not all lakes are created equal: some Maine lakes are incredibly clear, while others are so murky you can barely see […]
Maine boasts some of the healthiest ecosystems and most passionate scientists in the country. The same forests, lakes and rivers that have fed Mainers for centuries have also fed in-depth research on the natural sciences. I hope to take some of this research and show how it matters to us. I also hope to share with you some scientific gems hidden just out of sight in our great outdoors.