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Earth Matters : The enduring bond of dogs and humans

By Michael Dover

The germ of this column came from reading Michael Pollan’s “The Botany of Desire,” which shows the reciprocal relationship between people and domesticated plants: The plants meet human desires and humans propagate the plants widely. My immediate reaction was, “Of course! Dogs and cats!” The idea was helped along when a wonderful dog joined our family.

Published in Earth Matters on February 22, 2021.

In the News : Hitchcock Center Executive Director Julie Johnson stepping down after nearly 20 years

By Cori Urban

During Living Building tours at Hitchcock Center for the Environment, Executive Director Julie M. Johnson likes to hear young students exclaim, “That was so cool!”

Published in In the News on February 11, 2021.

Earth Matters : Stunning perspectives now democratized by drones

By Christine Hatch

When I fly, I get a window seat whenever I can. I press my face against the glass, camera ready, and spend the flight marveling at the shapes in the landscape, how the surfaces turn to art, how places I know from maps are transformed by the light and are so, so small.

Published in Earth Matters on February 8, 2021.

In the News : Departing Hitchcock Center chief Julie Johnson helped build environmental leader

By Scott Merzback Staff Writer

Already well known for its environmental education when Julie Johnson arrived as executive director, the Hitchcock Center for the Environment has attained national prominence in confronting climate change and promoting environmental knowledge — and its influence continues to grow.

Published in In the News on February 7, 2021.

Earth Matters : Guides aside, birds are where you find them

By David Spector

As birdwatchers travel we keep track of birds we encounter, especially those new to us. And when we travel, we want information about finding such birds.

The Massachusetts birdwatcher visiting California wants to know when and where to experience snowy plovers, tufted puffins, western screech-owls, western bluebirds, western tanagers and other western birds; the California birdwatcher on an exchange visit to Massachusetts would want information about piping plovers, Atlantic puffins, eastern screech-owls, eastern bluebirds, scarlet tanagers and other northeastern species.

Published in Earth Matters on January 25, 2021.

Earth Matters : The wisdom of trees in winter

By Lawrence J. Winship

What is the wisdom shown by “wise trees”? Is it perhaps that they appear to cease striving and simply endure because growth is made impossible by the “sure” arrival of cold, of scarce and pale light, and of water frozen solid? Or might the verse call to mind the “wisdom” of genetic information encoded in the tree’s DNA?

Published in Earth Matters on January 11, 2021.

Field Trip Programs : New! Plants and Animals in the Schoolyard

Students will explore the diversity of life on their school grounds by observing, collecting and recording data.

Published in Field Trip Programs on January 6, 2021.

Field Trip Programs : New! The Schoolyard is an Ecosystem!

No matter what your schoolyard looks like, it is a unique ecosystem where plants and animals interact with each other and their environment.

Published in Field Trip Programs on January 6, 2021.

Earth Matters : When is a trout a salmon and what difference does it make?

By John Sinton

When I was fly fishing for pink salmon some years ago in the Pacific Northwest, I hooked an enormous steelhead, which is a sea-run rainbow trout. That steelhead was twice the size of the five-pound salmon I’d caught, but I wondered why one was called salmon and the other, trout.

Published in Earth Matters on January 2, 2021.

Earth Matters : Then, now, and in an uncertain future

By Tom Litwin

On my desk is an old Kodak photo of my Dad and me, standing in front of our home. With snow piled high, we had just finished digging out our driveway — my snow shovel proudly displayed. On the edge of the photograph is stamped 1961, so I was 10 years old. While working at my desk I sometimes drift off into the photo with memories of sledding, snowball fights, snow huts, maple syrup on snow, skiing and coveted school snow days. There are few weather events like snowstorms that are as intertwined with our culture and lifestyle, yet they have humble beginnings.

Published in Earth Matters on December 11, 2020.
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