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Annual Athol Moth Ball promises ‘an adventure’
07-10-2024 1:33 PM

By GREG VINE

ATHOL – For some, moths are merely pesky critters that flit around your head as you try to enjoy a summer night on the deck.To others, they are a creature deserving of admiration, respect – and an entire week to celebrate their place in nature.David...

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Sportsman’s Corner columnist receives Words of Wisdom Award
04-07-2024 5:00 PM

By CARLA CHARTER

ORANGE-For his many years of advocacy of sportsmen’s issues, Mike Roche has received the Words of Wisdom Award from the Worcester County League of Sportsmen’s Clubs.Roche received the award at the club’s annual banquet on March 23, held at the...


Sportsman’s Corner: Wildlife conflict
04-04-2024 5:00 PM

By Mike RocheAs you may have heard, a horse was killed by a bear in South Athol last week. This ultimate wildlife/livestock conflict was a great loss for the owners of the 24-year-old pony, who had been a great show horse in her day. It is easy to...


PHOTO: Two by two
03-29-2024 4:41 PM


DCR sees booking surge at state campgrounds
03-28-2024 5:00 PM

By DOMENIC POLI

It seems people from all over are anxious for spring to arrive as bookings at the three state camping locations in Franklin and Hampshire counties are filling up fast.The state Department of Conservation and Recreation reports that at least 756 total...


Athol Bird and Nature Club 2024 calendar now available
12-11-2023 3:17 PM

ATHOL — The Athol Bird and Nature Club (ABNC) calendar, full of nature notes, trivia questions and photos of local birds, animals and plants is now available.While many people may enjoy a calendar with pictures of exotic nature and scenery, the “Birds...


Mohawk Trail State Forest harbors ‘hidden wonders’ in Trees of Peace grove
10-08-2023 6:01 PM

By BELLA LEVAVI

CHARLEMONT — With campsites at the Mohawk Trail State Forest closed due to water system and infrastructure repairs, park rangers have been enjoying the glory of this state gem with more solitude than in previous years.“I have been getting people to...


PHOTO: A sign of the season
10-02-2023 3:00 PM


State research project aims to study bear population size, distribution
09-24-2023 4:02 PM

By DOMENIC POLI

Experts say that if you encounter a bear it is important to immediately make yourself look big, talk very calmly and slowly back away.But after that, if you saw the carnivoran mammal in Massachusetts, you can go to bit.ly/3raabc8 to report the...


PHOTO: Floating flower
09-08-2023 8:09 PM


Athol Bird and Nature Club celebrating 60th anniversary
09-04-2023 5:00 PM

By MAX BOWEN

ATHOL — Sitting in his office at the Millers River Environmental Center, Athol Bird and Nature Club President David Small can remember exactly when the organization started.After all, he was there.For the last six decades, the Athol Bird and Nature...


New walkers help make rougher Mass Audubon trails accessible
08-22-2023 5:00 PM

By MADDIE FABIAN

EASTHAMPTON – Flora Majumder, age 88, enjoys taking a 20-minute walk every day. Where she lives — at Lathrop Retirement Community in Easthampton — paths, trails and exercise classes that accommodate the use of a cane or walker are plentiful.But, due...


A surprise visit
08-13-2023 5:00 PM


Rare frosted elfin caterpillar spotted in Montague wildlife area 
07-21-2023 4:04 PM

By JULIAN MENDOZA

MONTAGUE — Anywhere from 100 to 10,000 species go extinct each year, a rate 100 to 1,000 times faster than historic extinction rates, according to the American Museum of Natural History. Other species see their habitats condensed by urban development,...


Quabbin Visitor Center renamed in memory of Les and Terry Campbell
06-05-2023 6:21 PM

By MAX BOWEN

With the Quabbin Reservoir in the background, friends and supporters celebrated a day two years in the making.The Quabbin Reservoir Visitor Center in Belchertown has been renamed the Les and Terry Campbell Quabbin Visitor Center to honor the two...


PHOTO: Wandering wildlife
05-02-2023 5:18 PM


Enjoying the view
04-24-2023 4:20 PM


Local researchers advocate for increased roles for citizen science
04-24-2023 5:00 AM

By EMILEE KLEIN

Among the lush hardwoods of Massachusetts’ forests and babbling brooks, volunteers with a keen interest in science trek through to check their trail cameras.These researchers review the footage for signs of black bears, which is used to track their...


Athol Bird & Nature Club celebrates 60 years of education, land conservation
03-06-2023 5:03 PM

By GREG VINE

ATHOL – After six decades educating the public about the great outdoors, Athol’s Bird & Nature Club is planning a big anniversary celebration.The organization was founded in 1963 by Athol Junior High School science teacher Bob Coyle. According to the...

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