An archive of all of the Naturalist Blog articles written by the Baltimore Woods education team

Restoration is Healing Nature

Week of May 22, 2022 – May 28, 2022 by David DuBois, Land Steward There are countless stories of how human activity has forever damaged an ecological resource. From covering a wild place with an asphalt parking lot to building a housing development in formerly pristine forest, the examples feel all too familiar. This result [...]

By |2022-05-28T18:07:39+00:00May 28th, 2022|naturalist blog|Comments Off on Restoration is Healing Nature

The Arrival of Spring Songbirds

Week of May 15, 2022 – May 21, 2022 by Anna Stunkel, Environmental Educator Over the past week, it has felt almost like winter has sprung forward right into summer! This has accelerated the arrival of many spring birds, and it’s been a joy to observe new arrivals every day here at Baltimore Woods. Along [...]

By |2022-05-22T18:05:43+00:00May 22nd, 2022|naturalist blog|Comments Off on The Arrival of Spring Songbirds

Giving Back to Birds

Week of May 8, 2022 – May 14, 2022 by Bridget Jones, Environmental Educator April 30th marked the end of the 2021-22 season of Project Feederwatch! Birdwatching, like many other activities in nature, can help us slow down and connect with the world around us. Just as birdwatching can bring healing benefits to humans, through [...]

By |2022-05-14T17:14:21+00:00May 14th, 2022|naturalist blog|Comments Off on Giving Back to Birds

Joys of Mud Season: Barn Swallow Nests

Week of April 24, 2022 – April 30, 2022 by Bridget Jones, Environmental Educator At this time of year, mud seems to be everywhere you turn. In the woods, ground that has been reliably stable and frozen for months squelches and shifts underfoot, sometimes claiming boots in the process. Although it can be inconvenient, mud [...]

By |2022-04-30T18:21:47+00:00April 30th, 2022|naturalist blog|Comments Off on Joys of Mud Season: Barn Swallow Nests

Salamanders on the Mind…

Week of April 10, 2022 – April 16, 2022 by Melissa Kirby, Environmental Educator Rainy days and above freezing nights have been in the weather forecast. This is a time of year where I can’t help but feel the excitement and anticipation of salamander migrations. The yellow spotted salamander is one I look most forward [...]

By |2022-04-24T17:47:51+00:00April 24th, 2022|naturalist blog|Comments Off on Salamanders on the Mind…

Picking up on Patterns

Week of April 10, 2022 – April 16, 2022 by Meghan Morral, Environmental Educator As we get further into Spring, April has certainly begun to live up to its reputation of rainstorms and rapidly changing weather patterns. Some days even seem like all four seasons make an appearance within a 24-hour time span. If one [...]

By |2022-04-17T17:32:17+00:00April 17th, 2022|naturalist blog|Comments Off on Picking up on Patterns

The Sights and Smells of Spring

Week of April 3, 2022 – April 9, 2022 by Whitney Lash-Marshall, Executive Director Just when we seem to think that spring is finally here to stay, we see those snowflakes appear on the weather forecast and falling from the sky. We’re used to the back and forth of conditions this time of year, but [...]

By |2022-04-10T18:11:49+00:00April 10th, 2022|naturalist blog|Comments Off on The Sights and Smells of Spring

Early Spring Invertebrate Activity

Week of March 27, 2022 – April 2, 2022 by Anna Stunkel, Environmental Educator Signs of spring are slowly and subtly making an appearance here at Baltimore Woods, and this reawakening is one of my very favorite times of year. Along with opening buds, flowing sap, and migrating birds, the return of insects and other [...]

By |2022-04-03T17:19:19+00:00April 3rd, 2022|naturalist blog|Comments Off on Early Spring Invertebrate Activity

Skunk Cabbage: the lotus of Baltimore Woods

Week of March 20, 2022 – March 26, 2022 by Morgan Ingraham, Environmental Educator As the warm early-Spring sun warms the earth here at Baltimore Woods, the white snow begins to melt away to reveal the wonders of nature waking up after winter’s rest. Among the treasures to discover are peculiar greenish-purple appendages peeking up [...]

By |2022-03-27T00:23:14+00:00March 27th, 2022|naturalist blog|Comments Off on Skunk Cabbage: the lotus of Baltimore Woods
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