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Nature http://addisonindependent.com/taxonomy/term/887/all en 93-year-old naturalist carves models for Vt. bird museum http://addisonindependent.com/20131293-year-old-naturalist-carves-models-vt-bird-museum <div class="image-attach-teaser image-attach-node-20400" style="width: 75px;"><a href="/20131293-year-old-naturalist-carves-models-vt-bird-museum"><img src="http://addisonindependent.com/files/images/IN THIS State birdPhoto3.thumbnail.jpg" alt="IN THIS State birdPhoto3.jpg" title="IN THIS State birdPhoto3.jpg" class="image image-thumbnail " width="75" height="100" /></a></div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-cutline"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> BOB SPEAR, 93, is a self-taught naturalist and woodcarver who has used both skills to fill a barn on a back road in Huntington with hundreds of lifelike carvings of Vermont’s birds. School kids and college students use the Birds of Vermont Museum as a learning lab, while bird-loving tourists leave impressed with Spear’s skill. Photo by Candace Page </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-bylinetaxo"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="field-label-inline-first"> By:&nbsp;</div> Candace Page for In This State </div> </div> </div> <p> HUNTINGTON &mdash; Bob Spear often stood this summer, staring silently at the disaster wrought by a July flood. A rainstorm had ripped a deep ravine outside his Birds of Vermont Museum, destroying the entrance walkway and cutting off access to bird-watching trails in the woods.</p> <p> Trees tipped precariously over the edge of the ravine, its bottom a tumble of gravel, exposed culverts and debris. Repairs may cost $40,000 or more, money the museum doesn&rsquo;t have.</p> <div class="premium-message"><p> The full text of this article is only available to online subscribers.</p> <p> Are you an online subscriber? <a href="/user">Click to login</a>. <a href="/onlinesubscribe"> </a></p> <p> <a href="/onlinesubscribe">Click here</a> to learn more about our online subscription options. If you have a print subscription, <a href="/onlinesubscribe">click</a> to add online access for only $10/year</p> </div><h4 class="meta2"> <a href="/?q=node/20393">full story</a></h4> <p><a href="http://addisonindependent.com/20131293-year-old-naturalist-carves-models-vt-bird-museum" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Huntington Nature Vermont Mon, 02 Dec 2013 15:44:52 +0000 John McCright 20393 at http://addisonindependent.com The Outside Story: Birds stash food, thwart thieves http://addisonindependent.com/201211outside-story-birds-stash-food-thwart-thieves <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> We know that squirrels make the most of fall&rsquo;s plenty by hoarding nuts for the winter, but the fact that birds also store, or cache, food goes largely unappreciated. Through clever observation and experiments, biologists have found that food caching (from the French <em>cacher,</em> &ldquo;to hide&rdquo;) has developed to a high art in some birds.</p> <div class="premium-message"><p> The full text of this article is only available to online subscribers.</p> <p> Are you an online subscriber? <a href="/user">Click to login</a>. <a href="/onlinesubscribe"> </a></p> <p> <a href="/onlinesubscribe">Click here</a> to learn more about our online subscription options. If you have a print subscription, <a href="/onlinesubscribe">click</a> to add online access for only $10/year</p> </div><h4 class="meta2"> <a href="/?q=node/13920">full story</a></h4> <p><a href="http://addisonindependent.com/201211outside-story-birds-stash-food-thwart-thieves" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Vermont birds Nature Outside story Thu, 01 Nov 2012 14:03:23 +0000 Addison Independent 13920 at http://addisonindependent.com Armadillo brings mystery to town http://addisonindependent.com/201109armadillo-brings-mystery-town <div class="image-attach-teaser image-attach-node-9214" style="width: 156px;"><a href="/201109armadillo-brings-mystery-town"><img src="http://addisonindependent.com/files/images/Bristol armadillo_2260[1].thumbnail.jpg" alt="Bristol armadillo_2260[1].jpg" title="Bristol armadillo_2260[1].jpg" class="image image-thumbnail " width="156" height="100" /></a></div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-cutline"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> AN ARMADILLO FOUND dead in Bristol last week has residents wondering how it could have made its way to Vermont. </div> </div> </div> <p> BRISTOL &mdash; It is unfortunately not unusual to encounter dead critters along the rural roads of Vermont. Skunks, raccoons, squirrels porcupines seem to be the primary victims, with the occasional deer mixed in.</p> <p class="Bodycopy"> But nothing could have prepared Bristol resident Carl and Caroline Engvall for the sight they witnessed in their Cold Spring Road yard last Thursday: A dead armadillo.</p> <div class="premium-message"><p> The full text of this article is only available to online subscribers.</p> <p> Are you an online subscriber? <a href="/user">Click to login</a>. <a href="/onlinesubscribe"> </a></p> <p> <a href="/onlinesubscribe">Click here</a> to learn more about our online subscription options. If you have a print subscription, <a href="/onlinesubscribe">click</a> to add online access for only $10/year</p> </div><h4 class="meta2"> <a href="/?q=node/9198">full story</a></h4> <p><a href="http://addisonindependent.com/201109armadillo-brings-mystery-town" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Bristol Nature Wildlife Mon, 12 Sep 2011 16:00:00 +0000 John Flowers 9198 at http://addisonindependent.com