Learn more about the natural world with our team of naturalists. Join our staff to discover all sorts of new things about nature…virtually!
Animal Feature of the Week: Red-bellied Woodpeckers
by Alexandra Grove, Naturalist
This week we are taking a closer look at a woodpecker you might see visiting your bird feeders in the winter or pecking at trees at Baltimore Woods! In this Animal of the Week segment, Naturalist Lexi will help us to identify red-bellied woodpeckers and give us more information on how to spot them.
With snow blanketing the ground and collecting on tree branches, winter seems like a white canvas. However, you can find a variety of colors if you know where to look! This week one of our naturalists ventured out on the preserve in search of winter plants that stand out in the snow. One of the best colorful finds of winter is the Red Oiser Dogwood (Cornus sericea). This hardy tree grows in many different habitats, but prefers wet soil. That means you can find it most abundantly on the Griffiths Trail at Baltimore Woods! Their spreading roots help mitigate erosion and the thicket forming branches provide cover for wildlife. In mid to late Spring, delicate white flower clusters bloom, which transform into white berries that are perfect for hungry birds. Have you noticed any colorful plants while out hiking? Share with us on social media or email us at email@example.com.
Natural Connections: Nature in the City Year in Review
by Emily Overstrom, Naturalist, and Whitney Lash-Marshall, Executive Director
As we think back on the year we have had, in all the ways we have adapted, one program really sticks out and that is Nature in the City. When we were no longer able to bring our interactive natural science lessons to the classrooms throughout the Syracuse City School District, we quickly got to work on creating engaging, curriculum based virtual lessons for K-6th grade students. None of this would have been possible without the dedication and support of our partners. As we prepare to continue our virtual lessons and continue our mission of hands/on-minds/on learning, we are very grateful to the people that make the impacts of this program possible. Thank you to our partners at The Syracuse City School District, Jim and Juli Boeheim Foundation, C&S Companies, Carrols, Dominion Energy, National Grid, INFICON, KeyBank, King + King Architects, Lockheed Martin, Onondaga County Save the Rain, and SRC, Inc.