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Dick Pinney's Guidelines: Ice fishing great under right conditions

AAHH, this is the time of year when it's really fun and often a challenge to go ice fishing.

Nature Talks

Stacey Cole's Nature Talks: Thrush sighting brings rush of excitement

The following column was printed in the Union Leader on Saturday, Jan. 31, 1987. Written by Stacey Cole, shown in the photo, the column heading was “Nature Talks from Down on the Farm.”


A Northern Saw-whet owl receives treatment from the staff at the Squam Lakes Natural Science Center in Holderness.

OWLS can't catch a break (or a meal)

According to MacLeod, the executive director of the Squam Lakes Natural Science Center, crow attacks on owls can be a common occurrence when the normally nocturnal owls venture out during the day to find food and keep warm.

Shelter offers 'Safe Haven' for pets

When a victim of domestic violence makes the brave choice to leave his or her abuser but has no permanent place to call home, he or she is often faced with a heart-wrenching situation: What will become of their beloved pet?


A hungry ermine chows down at a backyard suet feeder. Ermine are adept hunters and aren't especially troubled by the cold or the deep snow.

Forest Journal: Winners & losers: Keeping score of wildlife in winter


It's officially March. Perhaps Nature's snow-gun show will cut us a break? Unless the old "In like a lion" cliché holds true?
"Out like a lamb" may not be much better. I've attended a malpresentation birth of one lamb arriving in March in a snowstorm with legs bent akimbo. Either way, March can be as fitful and unpredictable as winter itself.

Last Week's Rare Bird Alert


This is New Hampshire Audubon's Rare Bird Alert for Monday, Feb. 23, 2015.

Skiers head down the Exodus Trail on Tuesday at Loon Mountain Resort, which reports 2015 attendance on par with the strong showing of 2014.

Ski areas say 2015 has produced great conditions and good attendance


Cold and snow-filled, the winter of 2015 has given the state's alpine and cross-country ski resorts great conditions if not an always uniform economic boost.

Scouts from 'Old' England get a taste of New England


Twelve Scouts from the United Kingdom recently spent a day at the Chester Rod & Gun Club, honing their shooting skills and having fun despite frigid conditions.

With its abundant snowfall, riding conditions for snowmobilers have been good throughout the length and breadth of the Granite State in 2015, including in Laconia where last week riders made their way south along Lakeside Avenue with a frozen Lake Winnipesaukee to the east.

Snowmobilers enjoying the winter weather


The winter of 2015 is shaping up to be a winner for snowmobilers, with the Department of Fish and Game reporting that abundant snowfall has allowed nearly all 7,000-miles of New Hampshire's trail system to open.

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