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Rituals Week of November 7 - November 13, 2021 by Tom Meier, Program Manager Just behind the Interpretive Center there is a patch of black walnut trees that have produced a mountain of nuts this year. If you venture too close to the trees you may be scolded by a spunky red squirrel who seems [...]

By |2021-11-14T20:42:06-05:00November 7th, 2021|naturalist blog|Comments Off on Rituals

Autumn Rituals

As October draws to an end, I love seeing all of the different autumn decorations throughout my neighborhood. Just as nature celebrates the season with brilliant leaf colors, humans celebrate autumn too. Halloween is one of my favorite holidays, but I found out there is more to the story than just fun costumes and candy.

By |2021-11-14T20:43:38-05:00October 24th, 2021|naturalist blog|Comments Off on Autumn Rituals

My Little Piece of the Planet

Walking through my backyard, I notice piles of fall leaves starting to form in nearly the exact same spots as last October. Getting to know the plants and animals in my backyard has given me a great connection to nature. Wherever you are, get outside and make those connections in your little piece of the planet.

By |2021-10-24T17:43:54-04:00October 17th, 2021|naturalist blog|Comments Off on My Little Piece of the Planet

Meet Your Neighborhood Nature

Look outside your window and you’ll find there are living beings to meet: plants growing between the sidewalk, lichens on stairs, insects and spiders by the mailbox, squirrels in a tree. Become familiar with these critters as subjects in themselves, make observations about them, maybe even give them a name...and become their neighbor.

By |2021-10-24T17:46:27-04:00October 10th, 2021|naturalist blog|Comments Off on Meet Your Neighborhood Nature

Migration at Montezuma

Here in Central New York, we are fortunate to have so many different natural areas to explore. These include some very special birding hotspots, such as Montezuma National Wildlife Refuge, which is west of Auburn on Route 20. The refuge is carefully managed with the needs of wildlife in mind, and it’s an important stopover refueling site for migrating birds along their spring and fall journeys.

By |2021-10-24T17:46:57-04:00October 3rd, 2021|naturalist blog|Comments Off on Migration at Montezuma

Revealing Something New

Walking around the Baltimore Woods preserve, I’ve begun to enjoy the changing autumn leaves. Trees that were a vibrant green last week have hues of orange, yellow and red starting to paint their branches. Scientifically, leaves change color due to the breakdown of chlorophyll from a reduction in the amount of sunlight each day as the days become shorter and the nights become longer.

By |2021-10-03T18:30:47-04:00September 26th, 2021|naturalist blog|Comments Off on Revealing Something New

Scientific Reason for the Seasons 

After moving cross-country from the deserts of California, I’ve experienced the drastic seasonal changes of Central New York. And during this transitional season of autumn, I began to wonder...why do the seasons change? And why are they so different across North America?

By |2021-10-03T18:42:24-04:00September 19th, 2021|naturalist blog|Comments Off on Scientific Reason for the Seasons 

The Nature of Changing Seasons and Habitats

As the seasons change from summer to fall, I enjoy pausing to observe differences in the landscape and surroundings. Leaves change from green to gold, red, orange, and purple, birds depart southward while a new cast of feathered friends arrives for the winter, and the days and nights gradually become cooler.

By |2021-09-19T18:33:07-04:00September 12th, 2021|naturalist blog|Comments Off on The Nature of Changing Seasons and Habitats

Immerse Yourself in Nature

The sights and sounds along the trails had changed dramatically since early summer and I felt like a newcomer to the forest. How easy it can be to forget that we, too, are a part of the natural world! So many things in our day to day life tune that connection out, but it comes back so quickly.

By |2021-09-05T16:41:33-04:00August 29th, 2021|naturalist blog|Comments Off on Immerse Yourself in Nature
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