• 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: 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

  • Nature: Undersea creatures

    We are surrounded by water, but I daresay that most of us know very little about what fascinating creatures are living there. Other than fishermen earning their living from the sea most of us see only a few creatures living nearby, for most creatures are in deeper water out of our sight. My most rewarding