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.


020quarryThe battle to stop expansion and close the seven-acre basalt quarry that threatened to carve out 91 acres from the face of Mount Tom took many determined minds from Holyoke and beyond. It says much about who we are and what we value.  The above  still image dates from the height of blasting and crushing operations.  Above images by courtesy of Elbert J. Bowler

Falcon chicks1Now that the quarry is closed, Peregrine Falcons are building nesting sites on ledges of the 125 foot high west quarry wall. Falcon image courtesy of Dr. Linda Henderson