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

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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Exploring The Last Green Valley – The Ancient Snapping Turtle

August 22, 2016

The Ancient Snapping Turtle On the far-away island of Sala-ma-Sond, Yertle the Turtle was king of the pond. A nice little pond. It was clean. It was neat. The water was warm. There was plenty to eat. The turtles had everything turtles might need. And […]

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Exploring The Last Green Valley – The Beautiful Cardinal Flower

August 15, 2016

The Beautiful Cardinal Flower Whence is yonder flower so strangely bright? Would the sunset’s last reflected shine Flame so red from that dead flush of light? Dark with passion is its lifted line, Hot, alive, amid the falling night. Cardinal Flower, by Dora Read Goodale, […]

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Exploring The Last Green Valley – Harvesting Water Chestnuts

August 8, 2016

Harvesting Water Chestnuts On Thursday, August 28, 2016, I had one of the more interesting and satisfying paddling experiences I have ever had. No, my day did not include an enjoyable and scenic float down one of our beautiful rivers. Instead, I spent a very […]

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Exploring The Last Green Valley – The Beautiful & Historic Town of Scotland

August 1, 2016

The Beautiful & Historic Town of Scotland From time to time this column features one of the 35 towns located within The Last Green Valley National Heritage Corridor, and today we feature Scotland – one of our smallest, historic, and most heavily-wooded towns. Scotland has […]

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Exploring The Last Green Valley – The Majestic Great Blue Heron

July 25, 2016

The Majestic Great Blue Heron I remember very clearly the first time I saw a great blue heron. It was in the early 1970s and I was hiking with friends at a large protected forest and wetlands habitat in Concord, MA, when suddenly a mature […]

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Exploring The Last Green Valley – The Climbing Strangler of Trees – Oriental Bittersweet

July 18, 2016

The Climbing Strangler of Trees – Oriental Bittersweet As a wanderer of forests, paddler of rivers, and hiker of hills I am always on the lookout for invasive plants. Over the past several years the spread of invasive plants has imperiled our native plants. Without […]

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