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Bees!

Week of May 19, 2024 – May 25, 2024 by Anna Stunkel, Environmental Educator Tomorrow, May 20, is an internationally recognized holiday in celebration of our pollinator friends, the bees! As I type this blog on the back deck of the nature center, the area is abuzz with activity. The familiar hum of bees is a [...]

By |2024-05-25T15:20:27-04:00May 25th, 2024|naturalist blog|Comments Off on Bees!

The Return of the Ruby-throated Hummingbird

Week of May 12, 2024 – May 18, 2024 by Elizabeth Suzedell, Environmental Educator Ruby-throated hummingbirds are returning! After an unbelievable 2000+ mile journey from Central America, these birds were spotted this week at Baltimore Woods. With their emerald-green back and iridescent-red throat (on males), the ruby-throated hummingbird is the only breeding hummingbird species in the [...]

By |2024-05-18T21:20:59-04:00May 18th, 2024|naturalist blog|Comments Off on The Return of the Ruby-throated Hummingbird

Growing for the Earth

Week of May 5, 2024 – May 11, 2024 by Katie McLaughlin, Environmental Educator With the full arrival of spring we find birds returning, flowers blooming, and buds on trees seeming to burst open to leaves overnight. All of us at Baltimore Woods are out like busy bees with field trips, stewardship projects, fundraisers, camp preparation, [...]

By |2024-05-11T00:21:53-04:00May 11th, 2024|naturalist blog|Comments Off on Growing for the Earth

Project Feederwatch: 2023-2024 Wrap-up

Week of April 28, 2024 – May 4, 2024 by Elizabeth Suzedell, Environmental Educator After 26 weeks of counting the birds at our feeders, the Project Feederwatch season has come to an end. Every year, Baltimore Woods staff and volunteers record the birds that visit our feeders for this international citizen science project, which runs from November 1st [...]

By |2024-05-05T10:00:13-04:00May 5th, 2024|naturalist blog|Comments Off on Project Feederwatch: 2023-2024 Wrap-up

What’s the Buzz?

Week of April 20, 2024 – April 27, 2024 by Katie McLaughlin, Environmental Educator April weather is predictable in the fact that you don’t know if you will have a rainy spring day, or a warm sunny day. I find myself looking forward to both types of days for different reasons. Rain filled days are full [...]

By |2024-04-27T21:43:03-04:00April 27th, 2024|naturalist blog|Comments Off on What’s the Buzz?

Emerging Life in and around Phillips’ Pond

Week of April 14, 2024 – April 20, 2024 by Anna Stunkel, Environmental Educator A day of teaching the “Creatures of the Deep” Baltimore Woods Nature in the City lessons across Syracuse City Schools usually begins bright and early with a walk up to Phillips’ Pond. With two buckets and a net in tow, I allow some extra [...]

By |2024-04-20T20:59:35-04:00April 20th, 2024|naturalist blog|Comments Off on Emerging Life in and around Phillips’ Pond

Emerging Life in and around Phillips’ Pond

Week of April 7, 2024 – April 13, 2024 by Elizabeth Suzedell, Environmental Educator At Baltimore Woods, we have a program for children called Trail School. One of our naturalists brings a group on a hike to a different spot on the preserve each week for a mostly child-led exploration. It’s entirely outdoors- rain, snow, or [...]

By |2024-04-14T14:53:05-04:00April 14th, 2024|naturalist blog|Comments Off on Emerging Life in and around Phillips’ Pond

The Call of Spring

Week of March 31, 2024 – April 6, 2024 by Tom Meier, Camp Director and Program Manager Can you hear it? Goldfinches, sparrows, cardinals, bluebirds, and robins are all singing their little lungs out. Loud flocks of geese have been moving about overhead for weeks and are settling out in the ponds and marshes, already sitting [...]

By |2024-04-07T07:31:01-04:00April 7th, 2024|naturalist blog|Comments Off on The Call of Spring

Following Your Curiosity

Week of March 24, 2024 – March 30, 2024 by Catherine McLaughlin, Environmental Educator When you visit Baltimore Woods, or even your yard, how do you interact with nature? Are you taking photos? Birdwatching? Absorbing the sunlight as it peeks through the clouds? Exercising? No matter how you use the outdoors, if you take a moment [...]

By |2024-03-31T15:01:02-04:00March 31st, 2024|naturalist blog|Comments Off on Following Your Curiosity

Early Birds of March

Week of March 17, 2024 – March 23, 2024 by Anna Stunkel, Environmental Educator It’s certainly been a mild winter here in Central New York. Small snowstorms have been interspersed with warm days in the 50s, 60s, or even 70s. With the warm temperatures, early spring birds have been returning in full force. A massive flock [...]

By |2024-03-23T18:32:31-04:00March 23rd, 2024|naturalist blog|Comments Off on Early Birds of March
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