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You will be counting the zeros...so look at it this way: the sea lampreys have been around since BEFORE there was an Atlantic Ocean! Survival is an amazing concept because it...

In this month's edition of "The Ripple: Stories About Western MA Rivers," Kurt walks us through the visualization of rivers flying... and they do! Flowing and flying rivers are here in...

It's getting cold now, and soon you'll find yourself and your kids getting cozy indoors and thinking "movie night!" Movies that feature rivers are expressions of our culture's relationship with, and...

Before the leaves come down—or better yet, while they're coming down—get your family to the river. If they can't make it, make sure YOU do! This month in "The Ripple," Kurt...

Lend a hand to show love for the Connecticut River! The Connecticut River Watershed Council's annual Source to Sea Cleanup takes place on September 26th and 27th, mobilizing volunteers of...

Let the presence of frogs and ferns empower us! They have survived the test of time- having a lineage to the distant days when Mount Tom was a volcano! The question...

Sometimes It happens that you have to get your feet wet to REALLY experience nature. The Westfield River Dead Branch State Forest preserves one of the more lively ecosystems, and is...

Throughout the banks of western Massachusetts rivers and waterways, there is an abundance of life. For instance, in "The Ripple" this week, Kurt describes rivers as a mess hall- a provider...

Engaging your family in community service teaches kids positive values while opening up channels of communication between parent and child, and can increase their participation as future volunteers. Join Hilltown Families...

Samuel Beckett spoke of the river Seine: "How in joyous eddies its two arms conflowed and flowed united on." But "The Ripple" brings us to Western MA waterways and invites us...

During the coming months, the Westfield River Committee is offering a series of Saturday workshops, work days, guided explorations, and other events in order to engage the community in a process...

Springtime outdoor exploration with kids is sure to lead to discoveries of egg masses if you live near still or slow-moving water. There's a lot to be learned just from examining...

Once upon a time, people knew their places from the perspective of the river; and what is so wonderful is that this perspective is still available to those who pine for...

Our Friend, the Shortnose Sturgeon Spring equinox has passed and the great thaw is underway, turning greys into green and silence to chansons. Have you enjoyed the cold (as much as...

Project Native is hosting an enviromental film festival in Great Barrington, screening films like "Revolution" and "Flight of the Butterflies." Tweens, teens and older students encouraged to attend...

"In melting time, our rivers rise, taking with them what we put in their way," writes Kurt this month in "The Ripple: Stories About Western MA Rivers." Kurt invites families to...

Our hills are gemmed with gifts—receive them by being present! This month in "The Ripple," Kurt poetically inspires us to get out along side our rivers that run through snow-laden...

Linking the holidays and environmental science, an examination of evergreen tree farming can help children learn about a non-food related form of sustainable farming. Tree farming contributes to oxygen production, provides...

The leaves are down, so now is the time to discover the geomorphic character of your brook: how its pools, rapids and boggy spots sit in the land. Soon enough, it...

Take thee to the river! This month in "The Ripple: Stories About Western MA Rivers," Kurt challenges you to stop and look for the rivers and brooks nearest you, and to...

Last week an energetic group of Hilltown Families citizen scientists and Kurt Heidinger, Executive Director of Biocitizen, conducted our fourth annual rapid biotic assessment of the Westfield River in West Chesterfield....

Kurt's call to action this month in "The Ripple"... be stewards of the rivers! Take action in September as citizen scientists by joining Hilltown Families and Biocitizen for our 4th annual...

This month in "The Ripple: Stories About Western MA Rivers," Hilltown Families Contributing Writer, Kurt Heidinger, writes about river access .Check out his 5 pointers on how to river walk, preventing...

An Invitation to Think Outside about Floods Floods, like weeds, are problems. Occupying places we don’t want them to, they ruin things we are growing. Weeds are plants in the wrong...

Before May Flies, Meet the Mayfly Imagine never getting swarmed and bit by mayflies as you revel in the vivacities unleashed by the ubiquitous green fountain of spring. Imagine gardening, or...

How do spring peepers know when to start singing? How do spring peepers know when to start singing? They don’t have weather reports, or the ability to see the buds forming...

Spring Hunting Spring has a leap of the leprechaun in it; who can deny that?—but spring’s called spring not because of its leapiness.  Spring’s called spring because of the upwelling waters...

Winter Otters It’s the end of winter (almost), when months of frigid winds have whipped the bare hills and leafless trees into a freeze-dried state. The best loggers cut trees for...

Clouds are Rivers Rains become rivers, so—if we think of the whole instead of the parts—clouds are rivers. How very unscientific is such a thought! If everybody thought clouds are rivers,...