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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 …

Emerald Ash Borer Has Reached Vermont

Earlier this summer, the first Emerald Ash Borers were found in Vermont.  Within a few weeks, several other locations in the state were confirmed to have this invasive insect pest.  Its arrival wasn’t much of a surprise.  Neighboring states and Canadian provinces have been coping with EAB for several years now …

Lake Champlain Basin Program Has Updated Their Atlas

The Lake Champlain Basin Program has long maintained an atlas of information about the Champlain Basin.  Covering topics from population to land use, the Atlas provided an opportunity to explore the basin from many perspectives.  This spring, the Atlas was updated with the most recent available data and now includes …

Planting Resources for Lake-Friendly Shorelines

Last week, I attended a pollinator lecture by the New England Wildflower Society.  A botanist by training, I knew quite a bit about pollination, plant growth and the role insects and other creatures play in the plant life cycle, but as part of the presentation, I learned about the many …