Dave Anderson http://nhpr.org en 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 No Such Thing As Animal Love? http://nhpr.org/post/no-such-thing-animal-love <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">If Valentine's Day alone were not a slippery slope, consider this question: Muskrat Love?</span></p><p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Science long taught its practitioners--biologists in particular--to avoid ascribing human emotions or attributes to animals. But are we not animals ourselves? For the past century, animals were afforded no emotions despite exhibitions of behaviors humans recognize as emotional: anger, revenge, fear, and love.</span></p> Fri, 14 Feb 2014 05:48:00 +0000 Dave Anderson 42701 at http://nhpr.org No Such Thing As Animal Love? Snow: An Ally For Winter Survival http://nhpr.org/post/snow-ally-winter-survival <p>Got snow? That's probably a sore subject for many in New England this time of year, but in the woods, snow is not an enemy--a scourge to be shoveled, scraped and plowed out of the way. In nature, snow is a trusted ally to plants <em>and</em> wildlife. Snow acts as a blanket, a source of camouflage,<span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;a form of concealment,&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;and even a sponge.&nbsp;</span></p><p> Fri, 31 Jan 2014 05:00:00 +0000 Dave Anderson 42584 at http://nhpr.org Snow: An Ally For Winter Survival Tree Bark: Winter Food Pantry & Shelter http://nhpr.org/post/tree-bark-winter-food-pantry-shelter <p>In the frozen fastness of a winter forest, devoid of green plants and insects, winter tree bark provides important winter insect habitat and a food pantry for forest birds and small mammals hunting for tiny insects or seeds.</p> Fri, 17 Jan 2014 11:00:00 +0000 Dave Anderson 41732 at http://nhpr.org Tree Bark: Winter Food Pantry & Shelter The Natural Year Begins Anew http://nhpr.org/post/natural-year-begins-anew <p></p><p>Even as we stare down the barrel of the coldest, darkest days of early January, the earliest signs of spring will soon begin anew - even before the first mail-order seed catalogs arrive.&nbsp; Early harbingers of this new <em>natural</em> year are subtle. Spring renewal begins with hardy birds that remain winter residents, those species best-adapted to our northern winters.</p> Fri, 03 Jan 2014 05:00:00 +0000 Dave Anderson 40293 at http://nhpr.org The Natural Year Begins Anew