Sunday, March 22, 2015

Want to do something great/sustaining for beautiful Western Mass?

Vote for the Connecticut River Valley watershed! (it translates into better chances for our fish&wildlife representatives to win grants and project funding!)

http://www.10best.com/awards/travel/best-national-wildlife-refuge/silvio-o-conte-national-fish-and-wildlife-refuge/share/

You can vote for the refuge once a day, every day, until March 30th.

The River says, Thanks!!!

Saturday, February 21, 2015

Ecology visiting Lake Wallace, October 2014

Ah, a field trip within walking distance ... 

have gear, will explore


BHS students aren't the only ones exploring

waders, they'll get you a lot closer to the action

sure looks like he's walking on water, but not to worry ... he's on the submerged dock footing

Fall color






now that's one small caddisfly larva

using the tangent gauge and artists' thumb to estimate tree height

nothing quite like a game of knots to end off the trip!

knot, unknotted


the image is a bit blurry, but this is one of the more unusual dragonfly larvae


The Hickory Tussock Moth caterpillar, in its natural environment and treated with respect




BEST visits Lake Wallace, Sept 2014W

Yeah, gotta love New England in late Summer!!

A limpet gets comfortable on a golf ball ...

... and decides it can share with a leech (see limpet as a "blemish" on the right side of the golf ball)

... we would love to know what this thing is!


Exploration, data collection and appreciation

We know the water's low when we can see the dock footing!

Source to Sea Cleanup: our 5th year

There's nothing quite like combining exploring with doing something good for your community.
Special thanks to current, former, and future students, BHS staff and devoted community members!




you just never know who you'll find

or what you'll find when you get started cleaning up ... somebody building a fence?