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A Flower Called Hope

At this time of year many of us are on the lookout for whatever signs of spring we can find. The first true, native wildflower of spring, Eastern Skunk Cabbage (Symplocarpus foetidus), has been in bloom among swamps and streams for weeks now. But the first harbingers of spring in many of our yards andContinue reading “A Flower Called Hope”

Stories in the Snow

It’s been a snowy February. But it’s late winter and there is a thaw beginning this week with daytime temperatures in the 40s (4 to 10 degrees C). While the snow remains, it’s a good time to take a walk and see what wildlife has been up to. Many mammals in our area are activeContinue reading “Stories in the Snow”

Pecking Order

At this time of year, the bare branches of winter reveal secrets unseen in summer’s leafy canopy. It’s a good time to see where nature’s drilling crews, the woodpeckers, have done their work. There are seven species of woodpecker in Connecticut, and they all excavate cavities in trees to nest. Because of habitat loss, oneContinue reading “Pecking Order”

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