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The Nature of Phenology 4/3/21: White Suckers

Producers: Hazel Stark & Joe Horn
Host: Hazel Stark

The start of April is the start of angling in rivers and streams in Maine and is also the start of the spawning run for one under-loved, large, native, and hard fighting “rough fish:” the white sucker.

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The Nature of Phenology 3/27/21: Turkey Vultures

Producers: Hazel Stark & Joe Horn
Host: Hazel Stark

Turkey vultures are one of the many essential workers of our ecosystems. They help manage waste and reduce the spread of disease through their rather gruesome efforts and they are returning to Maine now after a winter spent farther south.

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The Nature of Phenology 3/6/21: Winter Cutworms

Producers: Hazel Stark & Joe Horn
Host: Hazel Stark

While the winter world is one of few active bugs, it certainly isn’t completely devoid of them, and I am always charmed when I see the occasional spider, snow fly, or stonefly creeping across the snow. But I have perhaps never been more surprised than last winter when I found a plump, sausagey-looking caterpillar making tracks after a fresh snowfall as I was shoveling my driveway: the winter cutworm caterpillar.

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The Nature of Phenology 2/20/21: Stick Bouquets

Producers: Hazel Stark & Joe Horn
Host: Hazel Stark

Tree and shrub buds are truly incredible things. In the late summer and through the fall, while our eyes may be transfixed by the phenomenal shades of reds, oranges, and yellows that make that time of the year iconic in New England, there is an equally magical display happening in miniature. Now, you can unleash some of that magic indoors.

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The Nature of Phenology 2/13/21: Chickadees in Winter

Producers: Hazel Stark & Joe Horn
Host: Hazel Stark

For the animals that stay active in winter, finding food, staying warm enough, and getting ready for mating season are the priorities. Any energy wasted on something else can be a fatal mistake. Knowing this, our black-capped chickadees have a complex social structure that helps prevent wasting energy from arguing in the winter.

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