Fall’s cooling temperatures signal many changes. Among the least visible, but most incredible, is the migration of the American eel.

The Peter A. Krusch Nature Preserve opened in Cambridge earlier this month, bringing a dynamic and tranquil piece of land to the public while expanding access to the Cambridge Pines State Forest.

More than two dozen people participated in a weekly kayaking program last Thursday at Waterbury Reservoir designed specifically for athletes with disabilities, the last one of the year.

“I’ve got something for you,” my husband calls from the front door. He’s found an oddly beautiful beetle in the autumn woods. It’s around three quarters of an inch long, a dark iridescent teal, and its wings and wing-covers look comically small.

Crouching down, I found a gorgeous, palm-sized bird, olive above, with a belly as gold as sunshine. It was a species I’d never seen before, and it was lying dead on the ground beneath a store window.

RJ Noonan coached generations of runners at Rice Memorial High School. A 2010 inductee to the Vermont Principals Association Hall of Fame, his impact on the running community was felt statewide.

As this year’s gardening season draws to a close, unlike shovels, rakes and trowels, a garden journal is a tool you can start using now.

In September, as summer yields to fall, most of the colorful birds that breed in our region during spring and summer head south for warmer locales.

The leaves are turning to their autumn glory and it’s nearly time to put the garden to bed. But wait.

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