Explore—Summer 2022

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Explore - Summer 2022

A Message from Our President

While we are out enjoying all that the season brings, it’s also wonderful to take a moment to reflect on the awesomeness of nature—and our collective responsibility to take care of our planet.

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The Power of Soil

While industrial agriculture has historically focused on maximizing yields, sustainable farmers follow a different mantra: “Feed the soil, not the plant.” By fostering the natural ecosystem within soil, farmers can minimize erosion, runoff, and soil degradation, all of which are made worse by the rise of extreme weather events linked to climate change. 

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Seas the Day and Go to the Beach!

With 1,519 miles of shoreline in Massachusetts, there are plenty of places to feel the warm sand in your toes, but these hot spots are more than just a playground for visitors and residents. They are critical homes to wildlife, making it so important to be a responsible beachgoer. 

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Preparing for Your Next Outdoor Adventure

From the slopes of the Berkshires to the marshes on Cape Cod, there are plenty of places for you to hit the trails this summer. Before your next day hike or walk in Massachusetts, make sure you prepare a short checklist of items and precautions to stay safe no matter where you go. 

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Come Out of Your Shell

It’s not every day that you can admire a prehistoric creature in its natural habitat. Turtles have roamed both water and land for over 200 million years. Luckily for us, there are more than a dozen species of freshwater and saltwater turtles that live in or visit Massachusetts. 

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Stressed About Climate? Here's How to Cope

For decades, scientists have warned the public about rising global temperatures from excess carbon in the atmosphere, mainly from the burning of fossil fuels. Now, watching extreme weather events like floods, droughts, heat waves, wildfires, and storms dominate the news cycle is a familiar sight. 

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In Your Words: Shawn Carey

Around 1987, I started with just a general interest in wildlife and casually watching birds. Then, I wanted to identify them, and before I knew it, I had become a birder. There were very few bird photographers then— this was back in the film days, before digital cameras. This hobby proved to be much harder than I had anticipated, until I got a boost from working with Mass Audubon.  

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By the Numbers: Arcadia Folk Fest

Festivalgoers can listen to different artists playing on stage and shop at a variety of food and craft vendors, all while enjoying the beautiful wildlife sanctuary in Easthampton and Northampton.

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Outdoor Almanac

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Young Explorers: Seeing Double

As you explore this summer, you may notice something dash past you. What could it be? A bird or a butterfly? It might just be one of our dragonfly friends!

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