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Robert Tougias

An increasing number of robins winter here

In reality, they are with us through the toughest winter weather and live in a wide variety of habitats

Rick Koster

Rick's List - History edition

I believe it's healthy to think critically when we blithely trot out quote attribution without proper research. Did you know, for example, that neither Churchill or Goring — and each has gotten credit — said, "history is written by the victors"? And I...

Steve Fagin

A wolf den’s dubious distinction

The Wolf Den and other geologic formations at 917-acre Mashamoquet Brook State Park offer ample rewards to hikers.

Carol Sommer

Gold miner, soldier, survivor

In 1855, John and Matilda Morgan, and Matilda’s brother, Griswold Avery, crossed Panama on their way to the Gold Rush.

Rick Koster

Rick's List - Country Boy Songs Edition

Typically, we mute the TV commercials when they come on, but I was late getting to the channel controller the other day and heard the first part of an ad that, as a soundtrack, was using John Denver's "Thank God I'm a Country Boy." I couldn't get the damned song out of my head! And then,...

Steve Fagin

Revisiting the great Fishers Island seal ‘hunt’

One frigid, blustery day more than a year ago, when our group of kayakers ventured off Noank into a churning Fishers Island Sound, Elyse Landesberg impatiently beseeched, “Where are the seals?”





Steve Fagin

Planned path from Preston to Groton gains momentum

The driving route from Preston to Groton follows busy roads that pass housing developments, shopping centers, apartment complexes, municipal offices and a highway interchange. But what if you could ditch the car, lace up hiking boots and...

Steve Fagin

Birds and birdwatchers flock to Hammonasset

“Nearly every year, an avian rarity or two show up here, and I can think of several, including boreal and great gray owls, that I have not seen elsewhere in Connecticut,” Maggie Jones said.

Robert Tougias

Migratory birds start returning

March is an exciting time for birders. It is a time of great change and transition.