Environment http://nhpr.org en Archeological Treasures In Southern New Hampshire: America's Stonehenge http://nhpr.org/post/archeological-treasures-southern-new-hampshire-americas-stonehenge <p>One of New Hampshire’s long-time treasures is <a href="http://stonehengeusa.com/">America’s Stonehenge,</a> an archeological site in North Salem. Opened under the name Mystery Hill Caves in 1958, the site received its current name in the 1980s to distinguish it from more geological sites. Whatever you call it, it’s a New Hampshire classic. &nbsp;</p> Tue, 29 Jul 2014 17:59:28 +0000 Molly Donahue 52756 at http://nhpr.org Archeological Treasures In Southern New Hampshire: America's Stonehenge 7.23.14: N.H.'s Hidden Treasures, Casual Dining Wars, And Gross America http://nhpr.org/post/72314-nhs-hidden-treasures-casual-dining-wars-and-gross-america <p>New Hampshire bills itself as having a terrain for all seasons – the mountains offer climbing and skiing, the forests shelter innumerable hiking trails, and the lakes and rivers draw people in summer and winter alike. We speak with <strong>Lucie Bryar </strong>about some the state’s best spots for exploring. And, casual dining chains have been experimenting in extreme discounts. We take a look at the logic behind it and speak with one reporter who put these policies to the test. Then, in case you’ve run out of vacation ideas, we have a list of America’s ickiest attractions.</p><p>Listen to the full show and&nbsp;<strong>Read more</strong>&nbsp;for individual segments.</p><p> Wed, 23 Jul 2014 17:25:07 +0000 Word of Mouth 52430 at http://nhpr.org 7.23.14: N.H.'s Hidden Treasures, Casual Dining Wars, And Gross America Vermont Conducts Loon Count To Gauge Health Of Bird http://nhpr.org/post/vermont-conducts-loon-count-gauge-health-bird <p style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Verdana, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif, Geneva; font-size: 11px; line-height: 15px;">Experts estimate there are nearly 300 adult loons living on Vermont's lakes and ponds, up from just a couple dozen 30 years ago.</p><p style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Verdana, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif, Geneva; font-size: 11px; line-height: 15px;">On Saturday, more than 200 volunteers spread out across Vermont for the annual loon survey.</p> Tue, 22 Jul 2014 12:04:55 +0000 Associated Press 52352 at http://nhpr.org Vermont Conducts Loon Count To Gauge Health Of Bird $2.2M In Drinking Water Grants Available For Southern N.H. http://nhpr.org/post/22m-drinking-water-grants-available-southern-nh <p style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Verdana, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif, Geneva; font-size: 11px; line-height: 15px;">The New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services says there is $2.2 million available this fall for grants to protect drinking water in the southern part of the state.</p> Tue, 15 Jul 2014 13:56:53 +0000 Associated Press 51950 at http://nhpr.org $2.2M In Drinking Water Grants Available For Southern N.H. A Salute To Bobolinks & Henry David Thoreau http://nhpr.org/post/salute-bobolinks-henry-david-thoreau <p>A tumbling jumble of bird song from across the field announces the presence of <a href="http://www.allaboutbirds.org/guide/bobolink/id" target="_blank">bobolinks</a>. In his journals, <a href="http://www.walden.org/Thoreau" target="_blank">Henry David Thoreau</a> quoted a Cape Cod child who asked:</p><p>"What makes he sing so sweet, Mother? Do he eat flowers?"</p> Fri, 11 Jul 2014 13:00:27 +0000 Chris Martin & Francie Von Mertens 50984 at http://nhpr.org A Salute To Bobolinks & Henry David Thoreau New Hampshire Beaches Get High Marks For Water Quality http://nhpr.org/post/new-hampshire-beaches-get-high-marks-water-quality <p style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Verdana, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif, Geneva; font-size: 11px; line-height: 15px;">Three beaches in New Hampshire are getting high marks for clean water quality.</p><p style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Verdana, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif, Geneva; font-size: 11px; line-height: 15px;">The beaches are Hampton Beach State Park, Wallis Sands Beach at Wallis Road, and Wallis Sands State Park beach.</p> Sun, 29 Jun 2014 14:23:52 +0000 Associated Press 51042 at http://nhpr.org New Hampshire Beaches Get High Marks For Water Quality 6.28.14: Summer Is Here, Get Outside! http://nhpr.org/post/62814-summer-here-get-outside <p>So long spring, hello summer! Today on Word of Mouth, we head to the great outdoors, starting with the American playground, and how it’s evolved from a place of physical challenges to ultra-safe environment with short slides, and all soft surfaces. Then we’ll hit a different kind of playground for New Hampshire scavengers: the transfer station, or as it known in less polite circles, the dump.</p><p> Sat, 28 Jun 2014 16:00:00 +0000 Word of Mouth 50371 at http://nhpr.org 6.28.14: Summer Is Here, Get Outside! 'Last Surviving' Elm Tree In Portsmouth Has Died http://nhpr.org/post/last-surviving-elm-tree-portsmouth-has-died <p style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Verdana, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif, Geneva; font-size: 11px; line-height: 15px;">City officials in Portsmouth, New Hampshire, say one of their oldest trees has died.</p><p style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Verdana, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif, Geneva; font-size: 11px; line-height: 15px;">The American elm tree on Peirce Island was over 100 years old.</p> Thu, 26 Jun 2014 11:40:31 +0000 Associated Press 50885 at http://nhpr.org 'Last Surviving' Elm Tree In Portsmouth Has Died UNH Touts Unique Compost System http://nhpr.org/post/unh-touts-unique-compost-system <div><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The University of New Hampshire is celebrating its use of a unique energy recovery composting system. &nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">UNH is believed to be the only university in the nation with such a compost facility, which captures generated heat for water that can be pumped to reservoirs and used for wash water, provide pre-heated water for a boiler or be used in heating systems. Sun, 22 Jun 2014 17:49:46 +0000 Associated Press 50645 at http://nhpr.org Something Wild Celebrates Solstice http://nhpr.org/post/something-wild-celebrates-solstice <p>Today is the last lengthening day of the year. Tomorrow - Summer Solstice - is the first full day of summer. Hooray! In that sense, today is the "end of the beginning" while tomorrow marks the "beginning of the end."</p> Fri, 20 Jun 2014 04:39:00 +0000 Dave Anderson 49920 at http://nhpr.org Something Wild Celebrates Solstice 6.19.14: Bonobos, Granite State Music Festival, And Found Footage http://nhpr.org/post/61914-bonobos-granite-state-music-festival-and-found-footage <p>There’s a film festival coming to New Hampshire, but it’s not what you might expect. Instead of featuring independent films by aspiring artists, this festival will screen videos that have been stuffed into storage bins and garbage cans. Today we have a conversation with the curators of the Found Footage Festival. But first, biologist Frans de Waal on altruism, empathy, kindness and ethics among bonobo chimps. Plus, we catch you up with the Granite State Music Festival, coming to Concord this weekend.</p><p>Listen to the whole show and click <strong>Read more </strong>for individual segments.</p><p> Thu, 19 Jun 2014 17:18:29 +0000 Word of Mouth 50494 at http://nhpr.org 6.19.14: Bonobos, Granite State Music Festival, And Found Footage N.H.'s War On Invasive Bugs & Plants http://nhpr.org/post/nhs-war-invasive-bugs-plants <p></p><p>In New Hampshire lakes, rivers and ponds, non-indigenous plants have moved in choking out the natural flora and fauna, but volunteers and state officials have taken up the fight against them. We’ll look at the latest in that fight, as well as invasive insects from the Emerald Ash Borer to the Wooly Adelgid.</p><p></p><p><strong><u>GUESTS: </u></strong></p> Wed, 18 Jun 2014 13:00:36 +0000 The Exchange 50396 at http://nhpr.org N.H.'s War On Invasive Bugs & Plants PSNH Energy Rates To Rise, Delivery Rates to Fall http://nhpr.org/post/psnh-energy-rates-rise-delivery-rates-fall <p>Customers of the state’s largest electric utility are set to get a tiny reprieve in their bills. Public Service of New Hampshire’s latest rate filing forecasts the average customer will save 31 cents a month, despite rising energy costs.</p> Mon, 16 Jun 2014 20:33:37 +0000 Sam Evans-Brown 50321 at http://nhpr.org PSNH Energy Rates To Rise, Delivery Rates to Fall Busting The Lady Slipper Myth: Not Rare, Legal To Pick http://nhpr.org/post/busting-lady-slipper-myth-not-rare-legal-pick <p>The New Hampshire state wildflower is blooming, and with it, the myth that surrounds it: that it’s super rare, and illegal to pick. In fact, the pink and white flower we know as the Lady Slipper is quite common. And picking this flower is completely legal.</p><p>“They are not considered ‘rare,’ they are actually common but are listed on the ‘special concerns’ list because they have propagation and climate issues,” according to <a href="http://www.nh-roots.org/index.php/history-articles/85-new-hampshires-most-enduring-myth">NH Roots</a>.&nbsp;</p> Fri, 13 Jun 2014 20:12:54 +0000 Austin Cowan 50192 at http://nhpr.org Busting The Lady Slipper Myth: Not Rare, Legal To Pick Something Wild: The Eerie Sounding Veery http://nhpr.org/post/something-wild-eerie-sounding-veery <p>The song of the veery is a haunting, ethereal song. Males sing at dusk, a time when not many other birds sing and daytime winds have calmed. It's also a time when the air turns damp; dense, moist air transfers sound waves better than dry air.</p><p></p> Fri, 13 Jun 2014 04:33:00 +0000 Chris Martin & Andrew Parrella 49771 at http://nhpr.org Something Wild: The Eerie Sounding Veery