It’s Been a “Nutty” Season of Acorns

There are several folktales when it comes to forecasting the severity of winter weather, and one I have heard quite a bit this fall is, this winter will be severe because oak trees are producing so many acorns. Recent hikes in our woods have been more like skating on ball bearings than leisurely saunters among…

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TLGV’s Online Auction is Live!

TLGV’S first-ever online auction is now open until October 28 at 11:55 pm. All the proceeds will benefit TLGV and help us continue working with you and all of our partners to care for, enjoy and pass on our beautiful National Heritage Corridor. Click here for the auction website!

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Hiking the Natchaug Trail along the Civilian Conservation Corps Loop

“As long as the light lasts in these mid-October days, we want to spend each sunlit moment out-of-doors. The silent tide of the autumn colors that has been rising during the earlier part of the month has held for several days now at its peak.” Edwin Way Teale from A Walk Through the Year –…

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Make Your Woods Bird Friendly – TLGV and Partners Launch Next Round of $6.1 Million Southern New England Heritage Forest Grant Program

Attention woodland landowners: Funding is available to improve your woodland habitat for important bird species and to manage your woods for wildlife and people. The Last Green Valley (TLGV), the MassConn Sustainable Forest Partnership (MassConn) and the Northern Rhode Island Conservation District (NRICD) are pleased to offer the next round of funding for woodland landowners…

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More Walktober!

This holiday weekend marks the half-way point of The Last Green Valley’s Walktober. So far, the weather has been mostly glorious and allowed our beautiful Heritage Corridor to shine. With three more weeks to go, however, Walktober really begins to heat up as the temperatures cool down and the foliage begins to pop. If you…

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The Industrious Eastern Chipmunk

I visited my grandparent’s old place in New Hampshire this past weekend to tend to the flower gardens and lawn. The tranquility of a glorious early fall day was interrupted by the constant staccato chip, chip, chip call of several resident chipmunks. I lost count of the seemingly perpetual calls and marveled at the number…

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Why Do Leaves Change Color in the Fall?

Already the leaves are starting to change color. The red maples catch my eye first, especially those growing along streams and wetlands, with their bright red leaves shining in the afternoon sun like a warning flag – winter is coming. Soon, each day will start with cooler temperatures lingering longer into the morning, and afternoons…

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Exploring The Last Green Valley – Walktober 2021

Wednesday at 3:20 p.m. marks the Autumnal Equinox, the official end of summer and the start of the seasonal change towards winter. For some, autumn is their favorite time of year with cool sweater weather and the colors of fall leaves changing from shades of green to bright red, brilliant yellow, deep orange and light…

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The Nipmuck Trail

“A good trailsman always leaves a trail a little better than he finds it.” ‑‑ Edgar L. Heermance, “Father” of the Connecticut Blue-Blazed Hiking Trail System, from Connecticut Walk Book, 20th Edition, 2017. Some of the wonderful outdoor resources we have in the 26 Connecticut towns of The Last Green Valley National Heritage Corridor are the…

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Jumping “Crazy Snake” Worms in The Last Green Valley

My friend Dick Waterman from Hanover, one of the three villages of Sprague, is a regular reader of this column. Thanks to his inquisitive nature, coupled with years of documenting the natural world in his neighborhood, he has provided me with several ideas to share with readers. He recently sent me information about snake worms…

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