Tag: Stewardship

Silent Symphony

Nature Notes

Most commonly called fireflies or lightning bugs, these interesting insects are in fact a beetle and members of the family Lampyridae, Greek for “shining ones.” The familiar luminescent beetles are recognized for their nighttime display of flashes in the summer. Most of us have fond memories of catching these gentle and harmless beetles as kids […]

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Every year throughout the spring, summer and fall, we see thousands of insects around us outdoors. The majority of these insects are not a problem for us. However, some are a problem for certain plants, and some are a problem for certain other insects. Aphids, which are sometimes referred to as “plant lice,” are among […]

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Your everyday interactions with those around you can have a lifelong impact. I have early childhood memories that I now realize helped shape who I am today. I can remember when my school principal shared a paw paw fruit with my kindergarten class. Our elementary school was also visited by a naturalist who showed us […]

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The Stewardship Department really knows the parks inside and out. They’re almost always out in the field collecting water samples, conducting plant surveys, tracking native species or any number of behind-the-scenes conservation activities. As the days get longer and there’s more time for exploring outdoors, a few members of the Stewardship team shared their favorite […]

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Spring Spawning

Nature Notes

The arrival of spring is a time of renewal in natural systems. Flowers start to bloom, birds pair up and frogs call to one another to create future generations. Beneath the waves – escaping the notice of many park patrons – fishes throughout the parks are preparing to spawn as water temperatures rise. The fishes […]

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Talking About Coyotes

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My first coyote report came from a Forest Park resident nearly 20 years ago. Though not surprising at the time, it certainly was not an everyday occurrence. Today, the coyote has become widespread in our area with frequent reports coming to us and to many of the local municipalities and townships. Readers of this blog […]

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