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.
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.
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.
"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.
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.
For helpful birding resources, see nhbirdrecords.org/current-sightings/.
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(Stock photos of red crossbill and red-necked grebe)
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."
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.
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.
- Naturalist John Bates Can Guide You To The Best Old-Growth Forest In Wisconsin (Wisconsin Public Radio, November 1, 2019
- Our Living Ancestors by John Bates (Manitowish River Press)
- Natural Heritage and Ancient Forests (Friends of Mount Sunapee resource page)
- Mount Sunapee State Park’s Rare Old Forest (Friends of Mount Sunapee brochure)