Dave Anderson http://nhpr.org en 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 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 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 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 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: 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 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 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 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 May Flowers (Pilgrims not included) http://nhpr.org/post/may-flowers-pilgrims-not-included <div>Delicate wildflowers poke through a dry, mat of last autumn's leaves pressed paper thin by the weight of a now-vanished snow pack.</div><div><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Wildflower strategy is: bloom early, grow quickly in late spring and then die back. These "spring </span>ephemerals<span style="line-height: 1.5;">" create an elegant spring nutrient dam, locking-up important soil nutrients otherwise washed-away by </span>snowmelt<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> or rain. When flowers die-back in summer shade, they release nutrients back to the roots of trees above.</span></p> Fri, 11 Apr 2014 13:50:09 +0000 Dave Anderson 46597 at http://nhpr.org May Flowers (Pilgrims not included) Spring Sunlight http://nhpr.org/post/spring-sunlight <p>Daylight floods a rural NH valley. A rooster crows in the village. The morning songbird chorus features mourning doves, red-wing blackbirds, a cardinal. The symphony will soon swell with grouse drumming, wood thrush flutes and a crescendo of warbler songs.</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Strong sunlight of lengthening days is the catalyst that controls circadian rhythms influencing production of hormones - in birds, wild mammals </span><strong style="line-height: 1.5;"><em>and people</em></strong><span style="line-height: 1.5;">.</span></p> Fri, 11 Apr 2014 04:00:00 +0000 Dave Anderson 45592 at http://nhpr.org Spring Sunlight The Sugaring Life http://nhpr.org/post/sugaring-life <div class="transcript"><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;</span>Maple time in New England brings out the essence of the trees and the character in the people.&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">For those who love trees, a tongue-tip taste of fresh maple syrup is a sacrament, maple communion at the end of a long winter. To ingest the distilled essence of trees confers the spirit of the forest itself.</span></p> Fri, 28 Mar 2014 04:00:00 +0000 Dave Anderson 44936 at http://nhpr.org The Sugaring Life For Some Plants, Getting Green Means Starting Early http://nhpr.org/post/some-plants-getting-green-means-starting-early <p>For some plants, the race to harvest sunlight to make food starts early, in March. Skunk cabbage and many alpine plants begin to photosynthesize under the snow using red "anthocyanin" pigments which can absorb the longer-wavelength blue light at the ultra-violet end of the spectrum--even while buried beneath the snow.&nbsp;</p><p> Fri, 14 Mar 2014 04:00:00 +0000 Dave Anderson 44450 at http://nhpr.org For Some Plants, Getting Green Means Starting Early In Appreciation Of Winter http://nhpr.org/post/appreciation-winter <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Wait! Don't wish this winter away...not yet.</span></p><p>Before dirty, old snow banks rot and melt onto sun-warmed pavement; before sweet steam of maple sugaring or green thoughts at St. Patrick's Day; remember one perfect day, when winter took your breath away.</p><p> Fri, 28 Feb 2014 05:00:00 +0000 Dave Anderson 44074 at http://nhpr.org In Appreciation Of Winter