Summer Posts

Finally! by , Ranger

August 19th, 2014

After a slow start to the butterfly season I finally saw a few leps other than the silver-spotted skippers (SSSK) that have been buzzing around the Museum this summer. But, even the SSSKs have been fewer in number this year. The paucity in leps may have been caused by the late cold of this past […] Read the rest of this entry »

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Drones!!! by , Ranger

August 16th, 2014

It’s Engineer’s Day at the Museum of Life and Science and there are drones over the Amphimeadow! You never know what’s going to show up here at the Museum! Read the rest of this entry »

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Summertime Sightings by , Ranger

August 13th, 2014

With the summer just about gone (for me, fall starts around mid August), I thought I’d give you a pictorial update on some of what’s being seen on our 84 acre campus here at the Museum. Last month I mentioned that there were again woolly aphids enjoying the sap of one of our alders in […] Read the rest of this entry »

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Odes Around Us by , Ranger

August 11th, 2014

Dragonflies and damselflies belong to an order of insect called Odonata. Dragonflies are in the suborder Anisoptera, the damsels in the suborder Zygoptera. Dragonflies usually hold their wings out to their sides when at rest. They are typically larger and bulkier than damselfies. Dragons have large compound eyes which, in many species, cover most of […] Read the rest of this entry »

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Bluebird Update 8/5/14 by , Ranger

August 6th, 2014

The occupants of the last remaining active nest in our six nest boxes here at the Museum have fledged. Four new bluebirds have been added to the local avifauna. I do not expect further activity in any of the boxes. All that remains is the counting. Curiously, the total number of birds fledged (33) was […] Read the rest of this entry »

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Bluebird Update 7/29/14 by , Ranger

July 30th, 2014

With only one active nest remaining in our six nest boxes, I feel confident in saying that there will be no further nest starts this season. The four bluebirds that are currently occupying the nest box at the Amphimeadow in Catch the Wind will most certainly be gone by next week’s inspection of the nest […] Read the rest of this entry »

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Beetles in our Midst by , Ranger

July 28th, 2014

Beetles are insects. They belong to an order of insects called Coleoptera which, translated from the Greek, means sheath wings. Beetles have two pairs of wings, the front of which are, in most species, hardened and serve to cover the hind wings, the flight wings, when not in use. When on foot, most beetles fold their […] Read the rest of this entry »

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Frogs Mature by , Ranger

July 25th, 2014

If you’ve walked through the Wetlands lately you may have noticed amphibians floating on the water or perched on sticks, logs, or rocks in or next to the water. The amphibians are two inches or so from the tip of their noses to the end of their bodies. Some of them are trailing tails, vestiges […] Read the rest of this entry »

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Bluebird Update 7/22/14 by , Ranger

July 23rd, 2014

We are most certainly coming to the end of the nesting season. There is only one active nest, the Amphimeadow (AM) nest, and it has four fresh bluebird nestlings within. The nestlings haven’t yet opened their eyes so they’ll still be there when I make the rounds next week. All of the other five nest boxes are […] Read the rest of this entry »

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