Articles by: Ruth Grierson

Ruth Grierson

Ruth Grierson

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  • Nature: Sea colander grows in winter

    November brings to Mount Desert Island a struggling mixture of summer and winter moods. Frosty mornings contrast with afternoons so warm you may hear a peeper hopelessly calling for a mate! Nature is winding down but as we know quite well there is always something of interest going on in the out-of doors. Watch these

  • Skunks and the food web

    Among the many wild mammals living on Mount Desert Island is the well known and most misunderstood skunk. Their only defense against an enemy is to use their powerful scent glands. Skunks can’t run very fast, and they are not good fighters. Spraying the well known scent from glands near the tail is their only

  • Nature: Thousands of birds on the wing

    Slow down for the thousands of migratory birds passing over this island now. You no doubt have noticed all the small birds flying up from the sides of the island roads recently. These are migratory juncos, song sparrows, fox sparrows, chipping sparrows, and palm warblers. Coming along Route 102-A through Seawall and on into Bass

  • Nature: Myths about wooly bears

    Buffleheads are back on MDI! A small flock was seen this week in Bar Harbor near Bar Island. These birds are right on schedule after nesting and raising their young far to the north. Most of the wintering buffleheads left here at the end of April or first part of May. These just seen in

  • No photosynthesis for Indian pipe plant

    Fall is creeping in slowly and dramatically with its brilliant colors and late blooming flowers. Take time to enjoy it and get out on the trails or drive along the roads to find something interesting. Some friends out on a hike recently found an odd looking plant which they later discovered to be beech drops.

  • Nature: Wildlife to the north

    The past two weeks I have been traveling in the beautiful province of Newfoundland in Canada. The mountains make our Cadillac Mountain look like a mere bump in the landscape and the distances between places are very great. Our first adventure after landing in Argentia on the east side of Newfoundland was a whale watching

  • Nature: Hawk migration on display

    During the fall migration many hawk watchers gather on Beech Mountain. Because MDI is on a flight-line that thousands of birds use to fly south each year, it is well worth visiting the high spots on this island where you can watch the “show.” The National Park has rangers posted at some of these to

  • Nature: Otters and tide pools

    There is nothing more fun loving than a family of otters. A column reader got to see and hear four of them swimming along by a local harbor near shore. She sent me a nice photo of them. Otters love the water and are often seen swimming about or even sitting on a dock drying

  • Nature: Birds, insects begin migrations

    When September arrives a wee bit of color starts to show on a few trees. It is but a hint of the ‘show’ to come quite soon. Apple trees are laden with fruit everywhere and mountain ash trees are aflame with clusters of orange berries. Hawk flights over Mount Desert Island this month are spectacular