Summary ꙳ Objectives ▹ As the leaves of trees are reaching their mature size, and the canopy gets fuller, it is now harder to spot birds in those trees. Many of these trees have flowered already and are busy producing sugars and the next generation of buds. The squirrels have moved to their summer residence (leaf-and-twigs nests). The peepers […]
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Prior to my time spent with EwA, I had never even heard of planthoppers or leafhoppers. However, within weeks, I saw Red-banded leafhoppers, Saddled leafhoppers, Citrus flatid planthoppers, and more at Fresh Pond! You can learn so much just from spending a few hours outdoors. Join us as we take a glance at the plant and insect activity at Fresh Pond at this time of the year.
Summary ꙳ Objectives ▹ Vernal pools are unique seasonal wetlands that are mostly precipitation-fed. The term “vernal” relates to ‘spring’, as these pools often appear and fill to capacity with spring rainfalls and snowpack melting. They are short-lived and dry out by early to mid-summer, then they may refill partially in the fall. They support rich and diverse […]
Summary ꙳ Objectives ▹ This circle is a mindful Forest Immersion. It is structured so as to make the mindfulness of the experience explicit and accessible. Ideally, Forest Immersion (or Forest Attuning) happens in a forest, but it needs not be. You can pick a meadow, a beach, or your own garden. It is important however that […]
Much of the Fell’s flora has passed its summer prime but evergreen wintergreens still adorn the forest floor.
Summer is beginning to wind down in the Fells. This season has been especially dry; premature, still-green acorns litter the ground around us and the vernal pools we pass are parched. Still, there is no shortage of interesting natural phenomena to explore.
Nature is closer than we think – present all around us in our busy cities. She has added a few activities to ease the journey of discovering urban wildlife.
Join us as we investigate some of the insect activity at Fresh Pond, and the variety of plants that host it.
The Fells offers exciting natural finds year round, but July is an especially active time of year for both flora and fauna (…)