A New Visitor

By: Sarah W. I’m always excited when an animal I haven’t seen in my yard shows up, and this happened a few days ago. She seems to be young, but able to take care of herself – foraging for food on the ground and in trees. I’ve seen her napping on the ground and waddlingContinue reading “A New Visitor”

Bears on My Mind

By Sarah W. Black Bears (Ursus americanus) range throughout this continent. They’re in Canada, Mexico, and the US – in the eastern and western states, and scattered about the middle of the country. Contrary to their name, they range in color from almost white to cinnamon to black. They did not cross the land/ice bridge from Asia,Continue reading “Bears on My Mind”

Summer Reading Program 2020

This year things are a little different. We don’t have our school visits or handouts, so we’ve put together a little something something for you here. The following videos are teasers of what the summer will look like. Stay tuned for the full calendar layout. We hope you join us for a fun summer ofContinue reading “Summer Reading Program 2020”

The Oft Maligned Cowbird

By Sarah W.  The cowbird is one of the early birds to show up en masse in our area. You know that Spring egg-laying season is immanent when you start seeing these birds. What’s the connection? It is parasitism, because the cowbird does not construct a nest, but lays her eggs in the nests ofContinue reading “The Oft Maligned Cowbird”

Learning at a Social Distance

By: Moriah S. Two months of staying at home leaves you with a lot of time on your hands–even if you are working from home. In all that time that you are not doing the usual, you find yourself learning all sorts of interesting things. I’d like to share a few of the things I’veContinue reading “Learning at a Social Distance”

Ramps

By Sarah W. During the past few months more people have become interested in wild foods, and  Allium tricoccum or Ramps are some of the best.  One of the earliest wild spring edibles, they grow in moist semi-shaded areas all over the eastern U.S. and they are up in our woods now. They’re also knownContinue reading “Ramps”

Sheep in the Spring

By: Kristin C. Springtime brings green grass and baby lambs. It is also a time for putting away your winter sweaters. Have you put yours away yet?  This past weekend I had my sheep shearer “fleece” my sheep of their wool coats. In fifteen short minutes, a professional shearer can remove the fleece with hisContinue reading “Sheep in the Spring”

Nature in the Time of Adversity

By Sarah W. Taking a walk or just looking out your window are pretty safe activities these days. While doing this, you can see living beings and growing plants that might pique your interest. Here’s something from this past week that piqued mine: Do you know the Great Stone Barn on Darrow Road in NewContinue reading “Nature in the Time of Adversity”