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.

Vernal Pools


Looking south from the top of Tom, in the foreground is a vernal pool. With no inlet or outlet the pool depends on the surrounding watershed to provide clean water for the spring breeding season of salamanders, wood and tree frogs, and delicate Fairy Shrimp – a critical food source. Survival is a race against time.  Hatchellings must leave within weeks for the protection of upland forest, as pools often dry up by early summer. This image shows how limited development, can coexist with sensitive habitat. Wetland protection is essential to human survival as well.

034navarFor a preview of me telling this opening story, click on

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