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Splendid Sunset

Posted by on Oct 6, 2016

Splendid Sunset

This was another recent sunset that caused an explosion of color across the sky. I can only imagine what it would have looked like right on the horizon, but my forest view was not too bad! Those leaves won’t last for long… Scott Kruitbosch Conservation & Outreach...

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Monarch Butterfly Release

Posted by on Sep 27, 2016

Monarch Butterfly Release

I raised a couple of Monarch caterpillars this August, something I had not done since I was a child. I collected them and ended up feeding them from my own supply of swamp milkweed leaves that went otherwise unused. While many pollinators visited to enjoy the nectar of the flowers, I did not note any Monarchs in the yard or find any eggs. A couple weeks ago I noticed each chrysalis was turning black not far apart from one another, and by late that morning they’d emerged. I released them onto my coneflowers after their wings dried, and one of the two females provided me a chance to...

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Summer Ends Sunset

Posted by on Sep 26, 2016

Summer Ends Sunset

Here was a summer ending sunset last week with the feel of autumn as the leaves are beginning to slowly turn to begin our journey into the beauty of fall foliage. The four seasons are what make the outdoors so special here in our neck of the...

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Cicadas

Posted by on Sep 14, 2016

Cicadas

Here, there and everywhere you can hear the cicadas calling! The sound is one of the signs of summer’s end…all part of a feast for the...

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Red-breasted Nuthatch Invasion

Posted by on Sep 5, 2016

Red-breasted Nuthatch Invasion

Who turned the Red-breasted Nuthatch (Sitta canadensis) switch on? The most noticeable trend thus far in this autumn migration has been the appearance of Red-breasted Nuthatches all over the place in the Northeast. Birders have reported them at migratory hotspots, in yards where they are not resident, and even noticeable increases in abundance at locations where they are found year-round. While I have enjoyed hearing their nasal, honking calls and seeing them frantically dashing overhead from tree to tree, I was not able to adequately photograph any of these arrivals until this past weekend....

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