This secluded property is loved by people and wildlife
Outside the window, a field rolls out toward the distant treeline and a blue mountain ridge carves a sharp line between land and sky. Charles and Nancy Butterfield have enjoyed this view for the last half century, all the years they have called this property home. Little has changed about the Hinsdale property since they first purchased it, but...
In the quickly thawing snow piles, take a step or make a hole and you might see it fill up with hundreds of tiny black dots. They are animals! Springtails are easily overlooked, but very common. Also known as snow fleas (but neither fleas nor insects at all), they have a tail-like appendage that expands like a spring, allowing them to "jump" more than 100 times their body length.
Spend the day on Saturday, March 25, from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., at this conference held in Peterborough, N.H., that explores growing the next generation of farmers, sustainable agriculture models, farmland access and more.
The conference is hosted by one of our partners, The Cornucopia Project, and has some great speakers including Conservancy Executive Director Ryan Owens.
Storytellers bring to life our region's special places
Join us Sunday, April 2, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., for a night of stories from people in our community talking about how the land has shaped them and they it. Speakers include Lita Judge, Lincoln Geiger, Eric Aldrich and others. You are invited to bring a dessert to share; coffee, tea and cider will be provided. Reservations are encouraged so we can plan accordingly.
We can smell it in the air, feel the warmer winds and see the reawakening of the natural world. Sugarhouses across the region puff out the telltale steam signals that March is here. While nature is in transition and the weather unpredictable, we've been busy finding opportunities to bring the outdoors in through some great upcoming events.
March and April bring storytelling, a farm conference, hikes and a film. As always, check out our events calendar on our website. What other events would you like to see this spring and summer? I look forward to hearing your ideas.