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Passenger Logbook (from the January 2016 Antarctic trip)

Published for the English passengers on a Hapag-Lloyd Cruises expedition.

From 10-28 January 2016, The Natural History Center's Rich MacDonald worked for Hapag-Lloyd Cruises as a naturalist . Among his duties was producing this 'Passenger Logbook' as a memento of the adventure, highlighting daily events and the people involved. Read the Logbook online...
The Nature of Things (youth and nature)

Published in the March 8, 2012, edition of The Bar Harbor Times

Nature and kids are intrinsically linked. What better way to nourish this connection than by sending kids to nature summer camp. In this week's column, Rich shares some scholarship opportunities for local kids to go to camp. Read the article online...
Nature Notes (for the period from February 1-15, 2012)

Published in the February 16, 2012, edition of The Bar Harbor Times

The Manset Dovekie persists. Snowy Owls galore! An early Turkey Vulture. Northern Shrike. All these and more are highlighted in Rich’s column this week. Read the article online...
Nature Notes (for the period from February 15-29, 2012)

Published in the March 1, 2012, edition of The Bar Harbor Times

Snowy Owls persist. Red-bellied Woodpeckers in Hulls Cove. A fly-by Razorbill off Great Head. Bohemian Waxwings. Merlins making White-throated Sparrows nervous. All these and more are highlighted in Rich's column this week. Read the article online...

The Nature of Things (pollution)

Published in the February 23, 2012, edition of The Bar Harbor Times

Pollution comes in many forms. In this week's column, Rich focuses on both light and sound pollution. Read the article online...

Nature Notes (for the period from February 1-15, 2012)
Published in the February 16, 2012, edition of The Bar Harbor Times

The Manset Dovekie persists. Snowy Owls galore! An early Turkey Vulture. Northern Shrike. All these and more are highlighted in Rich’s column this week. Read the article online...

The Nature of Things (Non-native species)
Published in the February 10, 2012, edition of The Bar Harbor Times

In this week’s column, Rich explores the concept of non-native and invasive species, focusing on several examples from Mount Desert Island. Read the article online...

Nature Notes (for the period from January 19 to February 1, 2012)
Published in the February 2, 2012, edition of The Bar Harbor Times

Highlights in Rich’s column this week focus on a Dovekie in Manset and the ducks of Somesville, including three American Wigeon and five banded Mallards. Read the article online...

The Nature of Things (Snowy Owls)
Published in the January 26, 2012, edition of The Bar Harbor Times

The winter of 2011-2012 is seeing one of the most significant Snowy Owl irruption years of all time. Rich treats this week’s column as a species account for this denizen of the Arctic. Read the article online...

Nature Notes (for the period from January 4-18, 2012)
Published in the January 19, 2012, edition of The Bar Harbor Times

In this week’s column, Rich departs from discussing local observations in order to share sightings from a trip to Sarasota, Florida. Read the article online...

The Nature of Things (Snow)
Published in the January 12, 2012, edition of The Bar Harbor Times

In this week’s column, Rich discusses snow and the words for snow. If you like etymology and nature trivia, be sure to read this piece. Read the article online...

Nature Notes (for the period from December 21, 2011, to January 4, 2012)
Published in the January 5, 2012, edition of The Bar Harbor Times

In this week’s column, Rich shares observations from a pelagic boat trip to Mount Desert Rock, 25 miles offshore. He also summarized the results from the 2011 Maine “Big Year” birding competition. Read the article online...

 

What are the Nature Writings?

Follow the writings of people affiliated with The Natural History Center, including lifelong birder, naturalist, and field biologist Rich MacDonald. Rich regularly shares perspectives and sightings through his writings for various periodicals, particularly The Bar Harbor Times. His columns ― ‘The Nature of Things,’ where he delves deeper into the issues, and ‘Nature Notes,’ an overview of sightings from the natural world of Mount Desert Island, Maine ― run on alternating weeks.


 


 

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