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.