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Learn From Local Naturalists

The dark days of winter are finally lengthening, but there are still plenty of long winter nights ahead. Why not learn a little about the natural world through an online presentation? There are quite a few online webinar types opportunities from Vermont Conservation organizations. Many of the naturalists making these …

NALMS Resources Available to Non-Members

The North American Lake Management Society is a lake-focused group composed of lake scientists, policy makers, volunteers, residents, and visitors. Their mission is to ‘forge partnerships among citizens, scientists, and professionals to foster management’ of lakes and reservoirs. Though NALMS is a membership-based organization, there are several good lake resources …

Finding Treasure

Today’s post was inspired by a compendium of one of my favorite cartoon strips – Calvin and Hobbes. It’s called “There’s Treasure Everywhere” and this wonderful pair is truly great at find treasure in the most unlikely places! So, bring out your inner Calvin (or maybe Hobbes), and search for …

Meet The Neighbors: Cyanobacteria

Late summer is the time when people really visit lakes. The chilly waters of early summer have warmed to the perfect temperature for diving in on a hot humid day. Swimming in the cool waters of a lake is one of the great pleasures of August in Vermont. Late summer …

On Vacation At The Lake

When I mentioned that I was going on vacation to our cottage on Lake Michigan, someone asked how I could call it vacation since I’ve been retired since November. It’s an interesting question, but there is no doubt in my mind that I am enjoying a vacation. Here on the …

Meet The Neighbors – Green Algae

As I write, the sun is finally out and it’s hot! Many terrestrial plants have been waiting for a day like this to open their buds and put on a growth spurt.  On the other hand, my little pond has been green for several weeks now, supporting luxuriant growth of …

Finding The New In What You Know

I’ve lived in Vermont for over 30 years now on a wooded 14 acre property, adjacent to another 1000 acres that our neighbors kindly let us use. It’s easy for me to get outside and enjoy this luxury and I know some places in the woods like the back of …

Change – a Natural Lake Process

Earlier this summer, the world lost a lake.  A lava flow from Mount Kilauea in Hawaii entered the lake and boiled it away in about 5 hours.  In Pakistan, a month later, a new lake formed temporarily after a portions of a glacier sheared off and fell into a large …