Sunday Nature Walk: Special Edition – The Coastline of New England

While Easton, Conn. itself does not border the coastline, one would be remiss not to take note of the amazing oceanic environments that are just a stone’s throw away. While the two may seem separate, the water and the land largely complement each other and many species of animals Continue reading “Sunday Nature Walk: Special Edition – The Coastline of New England”

Sunday Nature Walk: Summer’s End

Spring is the time of renewal and regrowth. The season showcases the beauty of the circle of life as many species of birds, mammals, and other critters start new families and raise their young. As summer sets in, the youngsters born in the early spring continue to grow. This is also Continue reading “Sunday Nature Walk: Summer’s End”

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: Spring’s Wonderful Wildfowers

New England is very fortunate, as the region is home to an extremely wide range of wildflowers. From beautiful trilliums, to the rare yellow pitcher plant, New England hosts habitats for many different species that vary dramatically from one another. The trick to finding wildflowers, Continue reading “Sunday Nature Walk: Spring’s Wonderful Wildfowers”

Sunday Nature Walk: Signs of Spring

By late March, it is easy to see that something has changed… even while temperatures can still dip into the low 40s, the sounds of the forest are teeming with the calls of birds, amphibians, and mammals. Tiny green sprouts of the plants waking up from their long slumber dot the Continue reading “Sunday Nature Walk: Signs of Spring”

Sunday Nature Walk – Winter’s Waterfowl

When the ponds, lakes and streams freeze over during the cold winter months, it is easy to believe that all of the waterbird life has headed south for the season. But our north is another bird’s south. In this case it is the ducks and water birds of the north that migrate south to Continue reading “Sunday Nature Walk – Winter’s Waterfowl”

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: A Shift in the Wind

As we progress deeper into November, animal behavior changes drastically as different species rush to prepare for the cold winter months. Many species migrate, such as the majority of songbirds and waterfowl, but others tough out the cold and adjust their lifestyle instead. Easton Continue reading “Sunday Nature Walk: A Shift in the Wind”

Sunday Nature Walk: Autumn in Connecticut

Among the most anticipated times of the year, autumn is the crowing glory of New England as much of the region possesses unique deciduous forests that yield bright colors throughout the fall season. These are not the only changes, as many birds also migrate south for the winter. Continue reading “Sunday Nature Walk: Autumn in Connecticut”

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