Spicebush or Forsythia?

For the past few weeks, Spicebush (Lindera benzoin) buds looked like they couldn’t wait to open.  Over the weekend when the temperatures reached 80°F in the latest round of weather whiplash, the buds burst open, resulting in a display of … Continue reading

A Thistle Banquet

On a recent walk through a local meadow I spotted a bank of Field Thistle (Cirsium discolor). It was eye-catching for two reasons.  The sight of the plant itself is arresting, with its tall candelabra-like shape topped with purple pompoms … Continue reading

Rewards of a Butterfly Count

Why participate in a butterfly count? Well for one thing, you’ll be contributing to a citizen science project that gathers data to help assess how well butterfly species are doing over time.  Are numbers for each species in a given … Continue reading