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On a recent walk after some warm weather made the snow just the right consistency for animal tracks, I came upon a set of perfectly rendered little hand prints in the trail. The prints exhibited five clear fingers, including a thumb, looking enough like a human hand that it had to have been left by a roaming raccoon. It’s that dexterous little hand that has allowed the raccoon to earn the well-deserved reputation of a quite clever and somewhat mischievous creature.

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Topper and Stash stood on the edge of a ravine, a 20-foot drop, with a log attached to their yoke. One more step and they'd go over the edge dragging the log with them. It would be a very messy tumble. I watched from behind, not sure what to do.

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MOULTONBOROUGH — Cold weather following the December 17 snowstorm caused many of New Hampshire’s lakes and ponds to ice over, stranding six loons that had not yet left for their wintering grounds on the ocean. “Loons are heavy bodied birds with relatively small wings, which means that in ord…

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All of us, including our pets and livestock, deal with fear. Humans might worry about mortgage payments, an upcoming audit, or severe illness. Our pets might be afraid of thunder, fireworks, strangers, or going to the vet. Helping our pets overcome their fears is easier than you might think.…

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HOLDERNESS – Squam Lakes Natural Science Center is hosting its popular Wild Winter Walks again this year, which showcase the natural beauty of New Hampshire animals in winter.

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LACONIA — If you and the young ones in your life are finding that this long season of online learning and early sunsets has made getting outside into nature seem like an insurmountable task, Prescott Farm is here to help.

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It's the winter season of holidays and celebrations: Solstice, Hanukkah, Christmas, and New Year. This year of the pandemic is so different from others. Family gatherings are limited, warm indoor celebrations are banned, and chilly outdoor activities are the norm. Then Mother Nature dumped m…

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ALTON — There are a number of conservation projects occurring in Alton. Belknap County Conservation District and Trout Unlimited, with assistance and support from the Alton Conservation Commission, Camp Brookwoods, and Lakes Region Conservation Trust are involved in planning a stream restora…

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Working oxen is my special joy. My pair of 8-year-old Scottish Highlander oxen have accepted me as their leader. We work as a team hauling logs; they do the hard work, I give the commands. When given the command, "Walk on," Topper and Stash lean into the yoke, walking step-for-step in unison…

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The New Hampshire Department of Transportation warns those who are planning to explore and enjoy the NH backcountry this winter to be careful when and where they park their vehicles. Drivers are cautioned about leaving vehicles parked along the roadway. Anyone leaving a vehicle unattended on…

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"Eventually, all things merge into one, and a river runs through it. The river was cut by the world's great flood and runs over rocks from the basement of time. On some of the rocks are timeless raindrops. Under the rocks are the words, and some of the words are theirs. I am haunted by waters."

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Have you ever seen a full-sized adult out walking a dog, who runs ahead, pulling its owner along like a water-skier behind a boat? This always looked wrong to me, especially if the dog is a 6-pound Chihuahua. Now, after binge-watching Cesar "The Dog Whisperer" Millan on National Geographic, …

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Because of the pandemic, Thanksgiving was different this year. Many gatherings were canceled or limited to just a few family members. That was not the case here at Miles Smith Farm, where husband Bruce and I provide a feast every day for 45 hungry cows. We can't afford to be sick, so we've b…

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Getting outside this winter is going to be essential as we double down in various levels of seclusion. Short walks will help keep you open to the wide world. The other day, I started to drive down Route 113 from Conway toward Madison and decided to visit the Madison Boulder. I hadn’t been th…