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Summer in the Lakes Region brings with it a vast array of wild creatures, some large and conspicuous, some tiny and never seen; some loved by all, and others, well, loved by not many. Certain members of the arachnid family, commonly known as spiders, tend to fall into the latter category even though they are highly beneficial animals, mostly harmless, and when observed closely, often beautiful. Their primary benefit derives from being outstanding predators, often being the most important controller of insect pests in the 永续合约交易所_永续合约怎么home and garden.

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It's that particular time of year when each cow steps a bit smarter, and the bull gets a twinkle in his eye; it's breeding time at the farm. With good planning and a proven bull, calves should arrive in nine months. Good planning requires that I pasture a bull – this year, it's Ferdinand — w…

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BRISTOL — Join the Newfound Lake Region Association’s Watershed Stewards for the Turtle Trek, a guided paddle on Newfound Lake that focuses on the turtle species we can find in New Hampshire on Tuesday, July 15. Paddlers will meet at the picnic area of Grey Rocks Conservation Area at 9 a.m. …

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For the past week, my cattle have been eating hay even though it's summer. They'd eaten up the grass at a borrowed pasture in nearby Canterbury, so it was a good time to bring them back to the 永续合约交易所_永续合约怎么home farm in Loudon for grooming. Most adult Scottish Highlanders shed their shaggy coats in summer…

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While working in my community garden plot at the Bluff Farm (Vermont Land Trust) in Newport, Vermont, I glanced over at Reuben. He was lying peacefully, stretched out across the laps of two counselors with the Vermont Youth Conservation Corp. They were stroking him gently and several of the …

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For the last four weeks, three students have been taking the Farm Training 101 course I teach here at Miles Smith Farm. The course is for adults craving work with cows and who want to get their hands (and boots) dirty on a working farm.

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New Hampshire’s wildflowers are a feast for the eyes from late winter when early bloomers like snowdrops emerge, through late fall when a hard frost kills off the last of the late summer flowers such as goldenrod. Their attractive colors and forms have evolved over thousands of years with th…

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Newborn calves are more delicate than you might think. They do not control their internal temperatures well and can die from cold or heat that wouldn’t bother an older cow. For instance, one frigid January, 24 hours in the warmth of our kitchen saved newborn-calf Lucy from dying of hypothermia.

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It feels good to save a life. Of course, it's best to avoid accidents, but even with the best planning, they happen, and last week Bear, a Scottish Highlander yearling, needed rescuing. A favorite of mine, Bear, is in training to give rides to young visitors to Miles Smith Farm.

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MOULTONBOROUGH —The Loon Preservation Committee is now broadcasting a 24/7 live loon cam. The loon cam, which is in its seventh year of operation, features a pair of loons nesting in the Lakes Region. The loons laid their first egg on May 24, and if all goes well, biologists expect chicks to…

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BRISTOL — The Slim Baker Foundation for Outdoor Education, Inc. has begun the initial phase of designing a self-guided interpretive nature trail on the property. In preparation, several of the organization's trustees and executive director walked the property with Jim Frohn, Grafton County E…

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Spring is here in the Lakes Region and the flowers are coming out — and so are bicycle riders! It is important that bicycle riders and motor vehicle drivers know the state laws and rules of the road to make sure everyone stays safe this year. The NH DOT has a great brochure that provides det…

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MEREDITH — The Meredith Conservation Commission will be holding the second in its summer series of guided walks on Saturday, June 5 at 10 a.m. in the Hamlin-Eames Conservation Area. This walk will be to honor long-time Conservation Commissioner Peter Miller who passed away last fall and to d…

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Has it happened to me? Have I become an annoying dog owner, imposing my can-do-no-wrong fluppy (fluffy-puppy) on reluctant hosts?

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“What’s in a name? That which we call a rose by any other name would smell as sweet,” said Juliet in Shakespeare's “Romeo and Juliet.” Shakespeare had a point, and maybe his naming analogy started at his family's farm at Stratford-upon-Avon in England? I visited his boyhood 永续合约交易所_永续合约怎么home long ago and…

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Larry Garland has been making hiking maps for the Appalachian Mountain Club since 1996. His story is worth highlighting.

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