Voices & Views

Welcome to Voices & Views, a Friends of Mount Sunapee blog dedicated to comments and images that reflect on experiences in nature, land conservation, and environmental stewardship. With your help, Voices & Views will bring you comments and short takes from FOMS members and non-members, bloggers, newsmakers, and others.

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More about Voices & Views: The goal is to support and encourage creative narratives. You do not have to be an acknowledged writer, artist, or photographer to participate. We invite YOU to share your interest, perhaps in a short story, poem, sketch, painting, photo, video, or online post. For more info or to contribute to Voices & Views, please contact FOMS or email Catherine@FriendsofMountSunapee.org.


'Time for a climb' from New Hampshire Garden Solutions

Is it time for a climb and new discoveries? The delicate spring beauty (Claytonia caroliniana) welcomes forest hikers in New Hampshire, April through June. Friends of Mount Sunapee photo.

It's Time For a Climb: New Hampshire Garden Solutions takes you along on a recent outing on Pitcher Mountain in Stoddard, N.H., and the discoveries made by taking the same trails again and again.

John Burroughs said “To find new things, take the path you took yesterday” and of course he was right. I thought of him last year when I found spring beauties I had been walking by for years and then I thought of him again on this day, when I found sessile leaved bellwort growing right beside the trail I’ve hiked so many times. I’m always amazed by how much I miss, and that’s why I walk the same trails again and again. It’s the only way to truly know a place.

See New Hampshire Garden Solutions, Exploring Nature in New Hampshire.

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The Hobblebush

When heading out for a springtime hike or forest walk, be sure to look for the showy flowers of the hobblebush (Viburnum lantanoides). The hobblebush is a shade loving deciduous shrub with sprawling branches, which will root if they touch the ground. The photo above, taken while hiking at Mount Sunapee State Park, shows the flat-topped clusters of white flowers of the hobblebush.

Voices & Views shares The Nature of Phenology, Episode 123, Hobblebush

Large clusters of hobblebush flowers can be found now. Not only do hobblebush flowers trick pollinators into landing on them, but the plants really do trip walking animals and careless hikers more than your average shrub—hence the name hobblebush.

And via Northernwoodlands.org, enjoy The Humble (yet Devilish) Hobblebush and Hobblebush, Viburnum lantanoides 

Online references

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Gale Straub: 'She Explores - Women in the Outdoors'

"Enjoy. I find inspiration and comfort by connecting with women who share their outdoor experiences and stories." A Friends of Mount Sunapee volunteer organizer shares She Explores, the podcast by Gail Straub of Dover. N.H.

Episode 149: Stories of Togetherness

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Recent bird sightings

Voices & Views, bird sightings in the Sunapee region: The NH Audubon Rare Bird Alert for May 4, 2020, reported six black scoters and a red-necked grebe seen on Lake Sunapee on May 1.  And the Alert for May 11, 2020, listed two red crossbills seen on Mountain Road in Newbury on May 11.

See the Rare Bird Alerts via the NH Birds Google Group for May 4, 2020, and May 11, 2020.

For helpful birding resources, see nhbirdrecords.org/current-sightings/.

During the Coronavirus pandemic, please enjoy your outings while following guidelines for safe travel and social distancing. Stay local. Stay safe. Be healthy.

Share your local sightings and interest in birding. Contact FOMS or email: catherine@friendsofmountsuanpee.org.

(Stock photos of red crossbill and red-necked grebe)

 


Old-Growth Forest Network founder speaks for forest

Voices & Views shares an inspiring article.

The Esperanza Project interviewed Joan Maloof, founder of the Old-Growth Forest Network: "What she and her small team has already been able to achieve in the six short years since she founded the Old-Growth Forest Network is impressive, and what they have in the works is even more so."


Let the forests speak through you

Let the forests speak through you.Voices & Views: Let the forests speak through you.

The photos and sentiment are courtesy of a Friends of Mount Sunapee organizer and old forest advocate, who hikes and participates in trail work on Mount Sunapee. Views are from hiking the Summit Trail at Mount Sunapee State Park, late March 2020.

 


PBS Brief But Spectacular take on environmental literacy and old growth

Check out this Brief But Spectacular take aired on PBS. Naturalist John Bates speaks about the purpose of his work, to foster "environmental literacy" by "connecting time through old-growth forests."

And here is related information about John Bates and old growth, including the exemplary and ancient forest on Mount Sunapee.


 

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