Articles by: Ruth Grierson

Ruth Grierson

Ruth Grierson

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  • Nature: Tips for watching migrating hawks

    Migration is on the way. Birds are traveling to their winter feeding areas far from Mount Desert Island. Their inner clocks spur them on to ancient flight patterns. These days, they encounter many hazards on their well established routes that were not known to them before. Some hazards are inconvenient others are life threatening. Trees

  • Nature: Listening to the coyote chorus

    Flowers still abound all over our island. A note from a friend asked me about a little plant that appeared near her house and she wondered what it was. She sent me a nice photo of bladder campion (Silene vulgaris). This is not one that most people probably know or pay much attention to. I

  • Nature: Seals can live to be 40 years old

    September arrived and you may notice a bit of color on a few trees, a hint of the show to continue. Apple trees are heavily laden with fruit everywhere and mountain-ash trees are aflame with clusters of orange fruit. Hawk flights over Mount Desert Island this month are spectacular. Learn their shapes as you would

  • Listening for coyote, elk, owl

    You never know when something unusual is going to happen to you. I had a “first time ever experience” this past week where I was enjoying watching two Great Pyrenees dogs and a young wolf roommate at the Kisma Preserve. It was interesting being so close to the beautiful young wolf. All of a sudden

  • Nature: Frogs gather to hear music

    The soft pink spires of steeplebush (Spiraea tomentosa) decorate Mount Desert Island as August unfolds. This is a very handsome plant! It is well named for steeple-like flower clusters rise high above other plants. The colorful flowers bloom in succession slowly downward, so often the top of the spike is half withered, while the lower

  • Nature: Whale seen from in town Bar Harbor

    Bright yellow tansy blossoms dominate the scene right now. The plant thrives on this island and demands your attention. I suspect that to many people it’s just “some kind of goldenrod,” but it is really a very interesting wild plant and has been one for many years in many parts of the world. This plant

  • Nature: Merlins are on the rise in Maine

    Nature: Merlins are on the rise in Maine

    It always nice to get to know your neighbors, and that includes the wildlife sharing your space here on Mount Desert Island. A resident in Southwest Harbor has had “some kind of a hawk” nesting near her home and was very interested in finding out what the bird was. I gave her some contacts she

  • Nature; Let a dragonfly land on your arm

    Butterflies and moths stole the limelight this week for me. As my friend and I played music at the Common Good on Thursday morning we noticed a bit of commotion near the building. It turned out to be beautiful Luna moth sitting on the pavement and it was definitely in danger of being stepped on.

  • Nature: Carniverous pitcher plants

    Wildlife happenings come when you least expect them. I am always looking as I move about our island. This week I was driving to town over Long Hill one day when I noticed a medium-sized bird fly up from the side. Its belabored flight caught my attention for it was carrying something heavy in its

  • Nature Welcome the hummingbirds

    The natural world is so busy at this time of year raising families that there is no end to finding wonderful sights to see. Many great sights come along when you are not expecting them. You just have to be ready at all times, wherever you are, and savor the moment. I love watching guillemots