A male northern cardinal (Cardinalis cardinalis) is a bright contrast against the snow in Winton Woods.

Have you been wondering how our local birds can survive the bitter cold temperatures this winter? Birds are warm blooded, just like humans, meaning they can produce their own body heat. They take it a step further though. Birds have a higher metabolic rate than us, allowing them to stay at a higher temperature (around 105 degrees […]

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On a cold, snowy day in November, I dropped my very excited children off at school. As soon as the car door opened, the carpool crew jumped out and began packing snowballs. Some children were on the ground making snow angels while others were rolling down the snow-covered hill. The walk back to my car […]

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As a Brit, I didn’t celebrate Thanksgiving until I moved to America about 20 years ago and oh my goodness, what a holiday to miss out on! Our family dove headfirst into enjoying parades, pies and turkeys in the crisp fall air. We gave our thanks, made those hand turkey things, and even tried throwing […]

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Nature interpreter Susan Sumner holds a turtle while two young park guests are excited to pet the turtle.

It is often the little things that we take for granted as we lead our busy lives, those day-to-day activities we can plod through without even thinking about because they seem so mundane. As I sat down to tell this story earlier today, I thought about my typical morning routine. With honking cars, bright headlights […]

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