Amphibians go through metamorphosis. Little fish like creatures hatch from eggs in moist or water environments. Amphibians are born as larvae and change into adult form. WIth big heads and long wavy tails, baby frogs can look like salamanders and salamanders and look like toads. How can we tell who we are looking at? I […]
On spring nights in wooded areas, you can hear the varied calls and vocalizations of frogs looking for mates. Some frogs emerge from their winter sleep as early as March. Others come out as the spring days grow warm. Some frogs have spent the cold winter months hidden from view, hibernating deep within pond mud […]
The first Mourning Cloaks of the spring can emerge looking raggedy. The wings may be torn and worn along the edges. This is because of how the butterflies spend the winter.
I had a feeling that the groundhog is far more interesting than the standard, “sees his shadow” stories we hear at this time of year.
Ground squirrels are squirrel-like rodents that usually forage on and nest in the ground. Examples of animals classified as ground squirrels include marmots,
The Red Maple is red all over. The tree has red twigs, buds, flowers, and fall leaves. The Red Maple is a pretty tree. It fills so many roles such as shade, specimen, autumn accent, or on a wet site. It’s easy to establish, grows rapidly and produces brightly colored flowers and fruit, and fall […]
New England Asters are some of my favorite flowers. I know when the asters bloom in my garden that fall is truly here and the calendar year is coming to the end. New York asters are similar flowers. I am not sure what the difference is between the two species. They both are great for […]
This has been an incredibly busy summer. I started a new/second community garden plot back in the spring. Those of you who subscribe to this blog received a post back in the spring highlighting the sweat equity my mother and I put into the garden plot. I promised an update and here it is. […]
I made a vow to myself that I would improve my butterfly and basic nature photography skills. (I also promised myself to draw more in my nature journal, take more hikes this year, remake a garden bed into a butterfly and bird magnet.) I’m coming along. I follow high school biology teachers Jeff’s blog and ran across this great explanation of how Jeff takes such great photos of butterflies. Like athletes preparing for a big game, here is some inspiration for us. Jeff explains how he approaches, keeps the sun at his back, […]
Metalmark butterflies are a diverse family of butterflies that live mostly in the Americas. The name “metalmark” comes from the metallic markings of many species.