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Part of Massabesic Lake is covered in ice with geese on the open water.

Something Wild: Lake ice is more than just frozen water

Dave Anderson, Chris Martin, Jessica Hunt | March 27, 2024

Ice acts as an insulator, reflecting sunlight so water at the bottom stays dark and cold. 

Forest Notes, Winter 2024 Cover

We want to hear from you: Take our Forest Notes survey!

Ryan Smith | March 20, 2024

Complete a short survey about Forest Notes and be entered to win a Forest Society hat.

Pruning Workshop

Pruning is a Personal Process

Sarah Kern | March 15, 2024

The art of pruning fruit trees is a mix of both science, personal experience, and the relationship between the pruner, the tree and the property owner.

A robin on a branch in spring.

Something Wild: Are bird feeders for the birds? Or us?

Dave Anderson, Chris Martin, Jessica Hunt | March 12, 2024

Are your local birds dependent on bird feeders? Are we doing them any great service by providing supplemental food during these coldest months of the year? The general consensus is no. 

Photographs of sugar houses hang on the wall of the Conservation Center.

On Display: "Sweet Season" Exhibit Featuring Kate Wilcox

March 12, 2024

The exhibit is open to visitors through the end of April.

A male eastern bluebird poses in rust throat, white belly and blue back breeding plumage

Forest Journal: The Bluebirds of Happiness

Dave Anderson | March 11, 2024

Wintering in NH helps bluebirds set up for early arrival of spring.  More bluebirds seem to be overwintering in New Hampshire for various reasons explained here.

Kids look at beaver pelts during a program on beavers.

Believing in Beavers - Ecosystem Engineers

Sarah Kern | March 7, 2024

Forest Society members and families recently learned about our amazing wild ecosystem engineers, the American Beaver, and explored beaver activity on the floodplain.

The shrimp in their natural habitat

Forestry Friday: Fairy Shrimp: The Sea Monkeys of Vernal Pools

Ben Aldrich | March 7, 2024

The only place you can find them in New England is in certain vernal pools with cold, deep, clean water.