Something Wild http://nhpr.org en Something Wild: Dragonflies Winging South http://nhpr.org/post/something-wild-dragonflies-winging-south <p style="margin-bottom: 15px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-size: 15px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; line-height: 22px;">Late summer brings cool nights and clear air - and winged migration. Along with birds heading south, there's a few butterfly, moth and dragonfly species that respond to the migratory urge.</p> Fri, 29 Aug 2014 04:00:00 +0000 Chris Martin & Francie Von Mertens 53671 at http://nhpr.org Something Wild: Dragonflies Winging South Something Wild: Shorebird Migration http://nhpr.org/post/something-wild-shorebird-migration <p style="margin-bottom: 15px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-size: 15px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; line-height: 22px;">The autumn shorebird migration starts&nbsp;<strong style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; vertical-align: baseline;"><em style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; vertical-align: baseline;">early</em></strong>. The first signs of autumn are now found moving southward along beaches and in salt marshes or high above New Hampshire's 13 miles of Atlantic coast.&nbsp;</p> Fri, 22 Aug 2014 04:00:00 +0000 Dave Anderson 53670 at http://nhpr.org Something Wild: Shorebird Migration Something Wild: Early Wood Manufacturing Powered By Water http://nhpr.org/post/something-wild-early-wood-manufacturing-powered-water <p>In August, NH towns celebrate "Old Home Days."&nbsp; Forest Society founders, <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Frank_W._Rollins" target="_blank"><strong>Frank Rollins</strong></a> and <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nahum_J._Bachelder" target="_blank"><strong>Nahum Batchelder</strong></a> conceived "Old Home Week” in 1899. It was designed to lure wealth back to NH to revitalize depressed rural economies and bring abandoned farms back onto tax rolls.</p> Fri, 15 Aug 2014 04:00:01 +0000 Dave Anderson 53175 at http://nhpr.org Something Wild: Early Wood Manufacturing Powered By Water As Fresh Fruit Ripens, Fruit Flies Multiply http://nhpr.org/post/fresh-fruit-ripens-fruit-flies-multiply <p>Summertime ushers in a bevy of fresh fruit enjoy and in no time, a bevy of fruit flies. With a keen sense of smell, fruit flies hone in on a juicy cantaloupe or overripe bananas tossed on the compost pile. Although they're a pest in the kitchen, fruit flies have been a focus of research for over 100 years, and today there are hundreds of labs dedicated exclusively to studying them.</p> Fri, 08 Aug 2014 04:00:01 +0000 Chris Martin & Francie Von Mertens 51102 at http://nhpr.org As Fresh Fruit Ripens, Fruit Flies Multiply Something Wild: Stories In The Stumps http://nhpr.org/post/something-wild-stories-stumps <p>Ecologist, Tom Wessels instills an appreciation for stumps as an accurate record of forest history. Stumps are relatively easy to sneak up on and observe. Weathered annual tings reveal trees' age when cut. Note how the width of rings indicate variable rates of growth. To ascertain when a tree was cut, you need to age trees that regenerated on a site. Some stumps last decades. Hardwood stumps of broad-leaf deciduous trees--beech, birch, maple, ash---are rot prone. Stumps decay quickly and uniformly in about 25 years.&nbsp;</p> Fri, 01 Aug 2014 04:00:01 +0000 Dave Anderson 51099 at http://nhpr.org Something Wild: Stories In The Stumps What Are Japanese Beetles Good For? http://nhpr.org/post/what-are-japanese-beetles-good <p>Mid-summer brings Japanese beetles to the garden, clustering on their favorite foods: the leaves of raspberry, grape, and garden roses. In the vegetable garden, the lead shoots of pole beans are another tasty target. I know gardeners who find a daily ritual of flicking beetles into a container with water and a drop of liquid soap to be very therapeutic. Beetle demise is quick. These are people who typically release indoor spiders and wasps to the outdoors, but damage to the garden is another matter.&nbsp;</p> Fri, 25 Jul 2014 04:00:01 +0000 Chris Martin & Francie Von Mertens 51092 at http://nhpr.org What Are Japanese Beetles Good For? Water Lilies: Sunken Forest & A Summer Oasis http://nhpr.org/post/water-lilies-sunken-forest-summer-oasis <p>You need no special excuse to seek cool water on a hot summer day. Water lilies provide a perfect mid-summer setting to explore the specialized role of aquatic plants in NH ponds and wetlands. Paddlers and shoreline hikers alike admire scented, floating flowers of water lilies blooming in July. Fragrant yellow and white blossoms seem lotus-like amid a raft of floating lily pads atop shallow freshwater ponds.</p> Fri, 18 Jul 2014 04:00:01 +0000 Dave Anderson 50987 at http://nhpr.org Water Lilies: Sunken Forest & A Summer Oasis 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 Something Wild: The Challenge Of Choosing A National Tree http://nhpr.org/post/something-wild-challenge-choosing-national-tree <p>If today's installment of&nbsp;<em>Something Wild</em> fell to my NH Audubon&nbsp;cohorts, it would be easy to feature our national symbol, the Bald Eagle--perfect for patriotic Fourth of July! Instead, "NH Forest Guy" wracks his brain to make a tree connection to our nation's birthday. All I could come up with is that bottle rockets are affixed to <em>wooden</em> sticks and that firecrackers and other pyrotechnics are constructed and packaged using cardboard and paper--all derived from tree. No trees? No fireworks!</p><p></p> Fri, 04 Jul 2014 04:00:00 +0000 Dave Anderson 50753 at http://nhpr.org Something Wild: The Challenge Of Choosing A National Tree Something Wild: Banding The Peregrine Chick http://nhpr.org/post/something-wild-banding-peregrine-chick <p>Those of you who keep a close eye on the <a href="http://www.spectraaccess.com/falcon2/camera1.html?buffer=2" target="_blank">Peregrine Falcon cam</a> in Manchester, will be well acquainted with the saga these birds have undergone this year. If you're not, NH Audubon's Chris Martin has a quick recap and explains the latest developments, as he bands this year's chick.</p><p></p> Thu, 03 Jul 2014 16:41:31 +0000 Chris Martin & Andrew Parrella 51291 at http://nhpr.org Something Wild: Banding The Peregrine Chick Common Milkweed: Edible, Wild & Free http://nhpr.org/post/common-milkweed-edible-wild-free <p>Deep down I think we all are instinctively foragers; a vestige of our hunter-gatherer ancestors. Ripening now in meadows and along roadsides is a vegetable favored by many wild-food foragers: <a href="http://plants.usda.gov/core/profile?symbol=assy" target="_blank"><strong>common milkweed</strong></a><a href="http://plants.usda.gov/core/profile?symbol=assy" target="_blank">.</a> From emergent shoots on through to flowers and the formation of young pods, milkweed can be cooked and added to just about any meal.</p> Fri, 27 Jun 2014 04:00:00 +0000 Chris Martin 50682 at http://nhpr.org Common Milkweed: Edible, Wild & Free 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 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 Something Wild: Grandfather Tree http://nhpr.org/post/something-wild-grandfather-tree <p>“Senescent” comes from “senile” – the aging process.&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">The word is disconcerting as we prepare for the summer wedding of my eldest daughter. She wants to start her family… becoming a grandfather is now inevitable. It’s shocking.</span></p><p></p> Fri, 06 Jun 2014 04:24:00 +0000 Dave Anderson 48980 at http://nhpr.org Something Wild: Grandfather Tree The 'Dirt' On Soil http://nhpr.org/post/dirt-soil <p>This time of year finds a lot of people working in their gardens.&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">Good gardeners pay attention to their soil.</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Just like above ground, there’s a diverse world of wildlife below ground competing for space, nutrients, and performing roles that support life on Earth.</span></p> Fri, 30 May 2014 04:41:00 +0000 Chris Martin 45737 at http://nhpr.org The 'Dirt' On Soil