Who is NeVar and NeVara?

Nevar© and his mate NeVara© are a not so common raven pair. Together, they have become the mascots and narrators for this website.

Ravens were chosen for their intelligence, sociability and adaptability. They have been companions to humankind for all of recorded history and are a rich part of our folklore. To some ravens are evil. To others they are revered as noble spirits. And so ravens were chosen to tell the story of Mount Tom and why the ridge that makes up the spine of Holyoke should be preserved largely as undeveloped open space.

Should you have skills in animation, graphic arts, audio and video recording, photography, voice-overs, research, law, and would like to help tell the story of the Mt. Tom Range, please leave a comment under Recent Posts.

Mt. Tom from across the Connecticut River


the range extends some nine miles from the Connecticut River southwest to West Springfield and borders five cities.  The range is located, along with the Mount Holyoke Range to the east, in the population center of Western Massachusetts.  Like its sister range the Mt. Tom Range is close to lodging, restaurants, eleven colleges, a diversity of entertainment and recreational activities.  The Mt. Tom area of the range has a rich history, which viewers can read highlights of here, in pages of the in-depth Robert Schwobe Historical Collection in Mt. Tom State Reservation, and at the Holyoke Public Library’s History Room.  Geologically the Mt. Tom Range has a somewhat east-west orientation, unlike the north-south orientation of most ridge-lines in Western MA.   Its orientation has created a unique plant and animal ecosystem, an ideal location for professional and student field studies.  Please view the Points of Interest pages listed to the right for overviews of what the Mt. Tom Range –especially the Mt. Tom area, has to offer.

036nevarnevaraFor NeVar and NeVara’s introduction to this opening story, click on


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