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The Waxwing Tree

Lately I’ve been noticing lots of different birds eating the light blue, berry-like cones found on Eastern Red Cedar (Juniperus virginiana). I am not sure whether Red Cedars have mast years (when they produce more fruit, like oaks do), but they seem to have their branches covered this year. Eastern Red Cedar is one ofContinue reading “The Waxwing Tree”

Don’t Bug Me Now

The winter solstice—the shortest day of the year and the official start of winter—has come and gone, and the days are now getting longer. In this cold, dormant time, it might come as a surprise to learn that insects survive the winter. They have various strategies to do this. Many species go through diapause, aContinue reading “Don’t Bug Me Now”

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