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Jul
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revised Do Herons travel alone in New England?
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Jul
23
comment Do Herons travel alone in New England?
@Sue: The rookery on the west side of route 2 in Acton has been in decline over the last decade since the dead trees are falling down. There were a couple dozen nests at the high point, this year just a few. There's a cycle. Beavers flood a area to make a swamp. The trees die quickly, and make great supports for heron nests. As trees rot and fall down, the herons have to move elsewhere. The largest rookery in Groton is also in decline for the same reason. Eventually beavers leave, trees grow back, beavers come back, and the cycle continues.
Jul
22
answered Do Herons travel alone in New England?
Jul
9
answered Theft and tent camping
Jul
2
comment How to find new poles for old tent?
@HotLicks: As I said in the question, the company that made this tent seems to have vanished. If you know of a way to contact Sierra West, please let me know.
Jun
26
comment What animal might uproot and relocate a newly-transplanted sedum?
Your friend may have seen a brown-colored bear, but it was definitely a black bear (Ursus americanus). These bears come in shades from cinnamon to full black, and are the only bear in Massachusetts. They have been common in the western part of the state for a while, and are spreading eastward. They are no longer unusual except in the urban area immediately around Boston, roughly inside 128. There have been a number of sitings here in Groton (about 35 miles NW of Boston).
Jun
21
revised How dangerous is a band of coyotes to a lone, unarmed human?
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Jun
8
comment What sort of rock climbing grade can a goat do?
Goats are good, really good, at rock climbing. They don't need no stink'n grades!
May
17
comment May camping with a tarp be safer than using a tent, in bear country?
Go with the tent. It protects against the real issues of mosquitos and inconvenient ground-crawling creatures as opposed to the imagined dangers of a bear while you're in your tent.
May
8
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May
7
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May
5
comment How to keep your beer cold up to 12 hours?
Can't you just do without your beer for 12 hours?
May
3
comment eating ash in Soviet Union
Ash is usually alkaline, so would neutralize a little stomache acid. Not sure how that might be relevant though.
Apr
23
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Apr
23
awarded  Nice Answer
Apr
15
comment What do I do if a black bear is right outside my tent?
@Shem: OK, and did you ever have a encounter with a black bear (specifically excluding grizzlies) where you felt threatened at all? Since you have a lot of data points, it might be useful to use them to illustrate the concepts.
Apr
14
comment What is the most effective method to clean skin exposed to poison oak?
@Ben: Actually your own link confirms that Tecnu worked in a controlled experiment. It actually did slightly better than dishwashing soap and a de-greaser. The interesting part is that these other substances also worked, which I previously wasn't aware of, but that doesn't make Tecnu any less effective. I can tell you for sure from personal experience that some types of soap at least don't work on poison ivy. I have been exposed, washed with soap within a few hours, and gotten a serious rash.
Apr
14
comment Best sun protection for swimming
Many sunscreens claim not to dissolve off in water. However, what SPF value you need is something only you can answer. It depends on how easily you burn, which is somewhat correlated to how light your skin is. We have no way of knowing either so answers can only be speculation.
Apr
14
comment What is the most effective method to clean skin exposed to poison oak?
@Ben: I'm not where the bottle is now so can't go see what it says on it. However, I have certainly tried to wash of poison ivy before with ordinary soap. I know it didn't work since I got some serious rashes. I am quite sure I've been exposed at least twice, washed with Tecnu within a few hours, and had no rashes. I haven't done a controlled test, but I'm satisfied that it works. We have a lot of poison ivy around here, and others that do regular trail work I have talked to say the same thing.
Apr
14
answered What is the most effective method to clean skin exposed to poison oak?