Something Wild http://nhpr.org en 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 Water In The Trees http://nhpr.org/post/water-trees <p>The patter of rain. Fingers of wind comb the canopy of tender leaves. These are exotic sounds of the new tree canopy in late May. New Hampshire forests are adapted to withstand rigors of wind and weather. Leaf structures reflect inner tree plumbing we rarely consider.</p><p></p> Fri, 23 May 2014 13:28:47 +0000 Dave Anderson 45736 at http://nhpr.org Water In The Trees A Soft Spot For Bluebirds http://nhpr.org/post/soft-spot-bluebirds <p>I've learned that a sighting of a bluebird on a bird watching field trip stops everything.&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">We'll pause a long time as people take turns looking through the spotting scope.&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Involuntary gasps of pleasure, "</span>oohs<span style="line-height: 1.5;">" and "</span>aahs<span style="line-height: 1.5;">" and "</span>ohmygods<span style="line-height: 1.5;">."</span></p><p></p> Fri, 16 May 2014 09:59:00 +0000 Chris Martin 45732 at http://nhpr.org A Soft Spot For Bluebirds Favorite Phoebe Nest http://nhpr.org/post/favorite-phoebe-nest <p>A little phoebe nest is tucked beneath the rafters in my backyard woodshed like a miniature wreath. It’s a curious little relic to behold during those long, cold snowy weeks of hauling winter cordwood. By May, it once more cradles eggs and tiny nestlings.</p><p></p> Fri, 09 May 2014 09:57:00 +0000 Dave Anderson 45731 at http://nhpr.org Favorite Phoebe Nest Tracking Rusty Blackbirds http://nhpr.org/post/tracking-rusty-blackbirds <p>We went into the field this week to speak with Carol Foss,&nbsp;Member of the International Rusty Blackbird Working Group and NH Coordinator of the <a href="https://www.facebook.com/rustyblackbirdspringblitz" target="_blank">Rusty Blackbird Spring Migration Blitz</a>.&nbsp;</p><p>Rusty Blackbird populations have fallen over the last century: by between 80 and 90-percent. Last fall the working group decided to make careful study of the spring migration, and coordinated hundreds of volunteer scientists along the migration route to track the birds.</p> Fri, 02 May 2014 04:56:00 +0000 Chris Martin & Andrew Parrella 47201 at http://nhpr.org Tracking Rusty Blackbirds Tiny Tree Flowers http://nhpr.org/post/tiny-tree-flowers <p>Spring blossoms of our largest plants - woody trees - are small and inconspicuous. Trees flower early - before leaves emerge. While showy wildflowers on the forest floor rely on specialized insect pollinators, forest trees do not.</p><p></p> Fri, 25 Apr 2014 10:28:00 +0000 Dave Anderson 45722 at http://nhpr.org Tiny Tree Flowers