Follow the Trail with Bill Reid,
The Last Green Valley's Chief Ranger

Exploring The Last Green Valley: Canada geese are here to stay

November 14, 2016

Exploring The Last Green Valley: Canada geese are here to stay Yesterday, a flock of Canada geese flew over our house. They were flying in their classic V-shaped formation and the chilled autumn air was filled with the cacophony of their honking music.I always stop […]

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Exploring The Last Green Valley: Trio of maples represent three of our veterans

November 7, 2016

Exploring The Last Green Valley: Trio of maples represent three of our veterans Friday is Veterans Day, our public holiday to honor U.S. veterans and victims of all wars. It was originally called Armistice Day and marked the end of hostilities in World War I […]

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Exploring The Last Green Valley: Ravens more than symbol of Halloween

October 31, 2016

Exploring The Last Green Valley: Ravens more than symbol of Halloween  And the Raven, never flitting, still is sitting, still is sitting On the pallid bust of Pallas just above my chamber door; And his eyes have all the seeming of a demon’s that is […]

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Exploring The Last Green Valley: Fall migration a quiet process

October 26, 2016

Have you noticed that fewer birds are singing this time of year? At my house, the dawn chorus of spring and early summer mornings has been replaced with an occasional caw from the local crow family or quirrr from the red-bellied woodpecker. As summer winds […]

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Exploring The Last Green Valley: Autumn olive is silvery invader of field, pasture

October 17, 2016

Exploring The Last Green Valley: Autumn olive is silvery invader of field, pasture Today, my focus turns to yet another invasive plant and one of the 10 most wanted in terms of problem plants in our region. Our six acres of land in Putnam is […]

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Exploring The Last Green Valley: Get out and enjoy apple season

October 11, 2016

Exploring The Last Green Valley: Get out and enjoy apple season “It is remarkable how closely the history of the apple tree is connected with that of man.” — Henry David Thoreau, “Wild Fruits: Thoreau’s Rediscovered Last Manuscript” There is something about biting into a […]

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Exploring The Last Green Valley – Walktober highlights include W. Thompson Lake, eccentric local

October 3, 2016

Walktober highlights include W. Thompson Lake, eccentric local What do Nathan Hale Homestead, French River, JN Webster Scout Camp, Uncas Leap, Leffingwell Museum, Shetucket River, Roseland Cottage, Ekonk Hill Turkey Farm, West Thompson Lake, Nipmuck Trail Pixie Falls and Mount Misery all have in common? […]

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Exploring The Last Green Valley – Fall into Autumn and Get Outdoors!

September 26, 2016

Fall into Autumn and Get Outdoors! Two days ago, at approximately 10:20 EDT on September 22, 2016, was the autumnal equinox. Fall is here, that special time of year to get out and enjoy the outdoors. For many of us autumn begins after Labor Day. […]

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Exploring The Last Green Valley – The Sneezing Season: Ragweed in Bloom

September 19, 2016

The Sneezing Season: Ragweed in Bloom I have several things in common with both my father David Reid and my paternal grandmother Florence Lewis Reid. To look at a picture of each of us is to see resemblance in our face and stature (or should […]

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Exploring The Last Green Valley – Eastern Striped Skunk: Alive and Well in The Last Green Valley

September 12, 2016

Eastern Striped Skunk: Alive and Well in The Last Green Valley The other night I got a text from my wife telling me to be careful when I came home – there was a skunk outside our house. I’ve had some experience with skunks so […]

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Exploring The Last Green Valley – Big League Baseball & The Last Green Valley

September 5, 2016

Big League Baseball & The Last Green Valley Oh, somewhere in this favored land the sun is shining bright; The band is playing somewhere, and somewhere hearts are light, And somewhere men are laughing, and somewhere children shout; But there is no joy in Mudville […]

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Exploring The Last Green Valley – Monitoring Bats in The Last Green Valley

August 29, 2016

Monitoring Bats in The Last Green Valley I first met Kate Moran of the Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection a few summers ago. I knew Kate from phone conversations and e-mail correspondence when she was coordinating the Connecticut Midwinter Eagle Survey so I […]

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