Saw a black bear with two very cute cubs today. Stopping by a local grocery to pick up some things, I went to note the sighting on their nature sightings board ("what are you seeing? when? where?") and was amazed by the number and types of animals people were recording: there were so many that there wasn’t a scrap of room for mine: there were moose, bear, foxes, fishers, mink, eagles, and even a goshawk already up there … none of which is remarkable in western Mass., which went from being largely deforested for agriculture as late as a century ago, to now being roughly 70 percent wooded. But the ritual of noting in such a public place what’s scampering around strikes me as a good one.

So if you’re seeing interesting wildlife near you, or have spotted some on your summer trips, leave your fellow Gristers a comment about it.