After the 1982 abandonment of the majority of the Boston & Maine’s 27-mile Portsmouth Branch, the segment from the Manchester railroad yard to Page St. in East Manchester became a spur serving industries and businesses. Although this was also eventually abandoned in the mid-1990s, several traces can still be seen throughout the city, especially paved over rails, the occasional switchstand and rusted-out crossing protection devices.

Photos by Rick Kfoury, taken 6/29/15

North American Moose dying in droves as climate warming fuels disease, pests
Ticks and brain worm thrive in the rising heat.

North American moose are dying by the thousands as they struggle with soaring temperatures and health problems linked to disease and parasites that thrive in the heat, scientists are finding.

In north east Minnesota alone, moose numbered about 8,000 a decade ago. Today, the population is down to 3,500. The story is similar throughout Canada, New Hampshire and Maine.

“All across the southern edge of the range, from Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, Minnesota, Michigan, all across the southern fringe of their range, moose numbers are in a significant decline,” Eric Orff, biologist with the National Wildlife Federation, told PBS.

Biologist Seth Moore has been taking samples of the Minnesota population since 2009. Of the 80 percent of collared moose that have died, 40 percent died from an infection known as brain worm, 20 percent died from a heavy winter tick load that sucks the blood from the animals, and the rest died from a combination of both, reports Motherboard. Both scourges are linked to warmer temperatures.