Sunday Nature Walk: The Controversies Behind the Snowy Owl

Every year, the quick change in temperature that occurs from November to December creates a frenzy for many different species. Mammals hastily fill their food caches, songbirds migrate south for the winter, and many reptiles and amphibians enter some form of hibernation or deep sleep. Continue reading “Sunday Nature Walk: The Controversies Behind the Snowy Owl”

Sunday Nature Walk: The Importance of Tree Cavities

When walking through the woods or around a field’s edge, it is easy to dismiss tree snags (dead trees) as lifeless and unimportant. The truth is quite the opposite, as tree snags are essential for many species of wildlife to live and reproduce throughout the year. Snags come in all Continue reading “Sunday Nature Walk: The Importance of Tree Cavities”

Sunday Nature Walk: New England Winter

Throughout January and February, it is easy to dream about the warm days of spring that are not so far away. Winter can seem lifeless and bleak, the only refreshing component coming from the occasional snow that offers a brief change of scenery before turning into a brown mush. However, Continue reading “Sunday Nature Walk: New England Winter”

Sunday Nature Walk – Visitors from the North

While most of New England consists of mixed deciduous and early successional forest, at the upper reaches of the region begins the grand boreal forest. The boreal forest is a vast wooded area stretching from Maine all the way to Alaska. This unique biome holds many wondrous species Continue reading “Sunday Nature Walk – Visitors from the North”

Sunday Nature Walk: Barred Owl

While most Easton residents are getting ready for bed on sultry summer evenings, the barred owl (Strix varia) is just beginning to open its eyes and prepare for a long night of hunting prey and feeding its young. The barred owl is a common species of wood owl that inhabits much of Continue reading “Sunday Nature Walk: Barred Owl”

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