They eat your crops, they scold you from the treetops, they prey on songbirds. Experts consider the crow, which can use tools and recognize human faces, one of the smartest birds. And while many people don’t know it, crows are also hunted in NH.
According to the Center for Biological Diversity, lead is an extremely toxic element that is entering the food chain through widespread use of lead hunting ammunition and fishing tackle, poisoning wildlife and even threatening human health.
In Wisconsin, a bill that would authorize a hunting and trapping season for wolves sits on Governor Scott Walker’s desk. The bill pits republican and democratic supporters against environmental and conservation groups who say the proposal has no basis is the science of wildlife management.
I have climbed Mount Monadnock in a sleet-storm, ridden a snow machine deep into the woods of Coos County; I have met future presidents, made maple syrup, split untold cords of firewood, battled ice dams, swallowed black flies; I’ve eaten beans that had been cooked in a hole in the ground in Berlin.
I’ve been to the Isles of Shoals and to Donald Hall’s living room.
I once presented Hugh Gregg with the gift of a sack full of turnips.