Center for Northern
BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Richard G. Carbonetti
Vermont Fish and Wildlife Department
Starling Childs MFS
Ecological and Environmental
Fernwood Consulting, LLC
Holiday Brook Farm
James T. Curtis, P.E.
Cooperstown Environmental LLC
Paul Smith’s College
Paul Smiths, NY
The Kinder Financial Group
East Haverhill, NH
Wood Creek Capital Management
Dartmouth Medical School
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Recently, a reader left a comment on our website relating to a
2009 article by columnist Susan Morse. This article describes the
early fall behavior of deer and moose, when males thrash their
antlers against trees and bushes, leaving bloody strips of velvet
hanging like “dark red party streamers.”
The reader had sought out this article because he wanted to
fact-check a commercial aired by his insurance company. The
commercial dramatizes a fight that allegedly occurred in early
summer between a bull moose and a playground swing set.
Things didn’t end well for the swing set, or the windshield of a
nearby camper van. In the commercial, the (digitally rendered) moose has hardened,
Hardened antlers on July 1 was an impossibility, asserted the reader, who then went
on to describe his observations of the timing of deer rubs where he lives, along the
Gulf Coast of Texas; the article confirmed that it’s just as impossible for moose in more
northern locales. He stated – somewhat ominously, at least for anyone who has ever
worked in client service – that after reading Morse’s article, he’d had “the discussion
with my agent.”
I love this post. It shows a keen attention to seasonal change and animal behavior.
It’s a reminder that, although most of our readers live in Northeast, others hail from
faraway places. And it’s a cautionary tale: our readers expect a high degree of accuracy,
and will hold us, and their insurance agents, accountable.
As our nonprofit has continued to expand online offerings, we’re hearing from
more readers. Their comments often provide insight into what topics resonate and
why. They also present opportunities for peer learning.
For example, not long ago a landowner in the Catskills posted a question, asking
how to reduce the tax burden on land that he manages for wildlife habitat. We
provided the practical answer: a link to New York’s 480-a Forest Tax Law. But perhaps
more helpfully, a second landowner jumped in, sharing his positive experience
working with foresters and his state’s forestry department and offering encouragement:
“I applaud your wish to provide stewardship for your property and thus preserve it for
future generations. I have 60 acres of woodlands and strive to do the same.”
In discussions with Northern Woodlands supporters this year, I’ve heard a lot of
enthusiasm for more opportunities for interaction with topic experts and each other.
Certainly, the strong interest in our conference (see page 7) attests to a desire for
people to come together and share experiences. Looking forward to 2018, I expect
we’ll continue to explore new ways to connect with our growing community, online
and offline. In the meantime, I encourage you to check our homepage comments
section. From deer rubs to duckweed migration (yes, that’s a thing), there are many
great autumn topics to explore. Come join the conversation.
Executive Director, Publisher
The mission of the Center for Northern Woodlands Education is to advance a culture of forest
stewardship in the Northeast and to increase understanding of and appreciation for the natural
wonders, economic productivity, and ecological integrity of the region’s forests.