Monthly Archives: April 2015

Spring Rushes In

By Greg Lecker Spring is here at last! The honking of Canada Geese attract my attention. In addition to those flying overhead, three geese are perched atop the Oswald building. How strange! Red-winged Blackbirds call with raspy metallic trills. Northern … Continue reading

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Blooms, Buds and Ephemera

By Mary Beth Pottratz Daffodils and jonquils have popped up in a few places at the Arb. A grand clump of forsythia shines bright yellow, and even a few tulips are open in the rock garden. But I rush past … Continue reading

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31 days

By Richard DeVries We tapped the first sugar Maple on March 7 this year and we pulled all the taps on April 7. The season lasted 31 days, exactly one month. During that period we had some warm weeks and … Continue reading

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Everybody’s Talkin’ At Me

By Boak Wiesner Considering the brief burst of snow just a day ago, it’s a shocking change to be out in the broiling sun. A stiff wind from the south brings warmth, a reminder of the strong high pressure system … Continue reading

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Overture of Spring

By Greg Lecker A wide variety of birds are singing their overture to spring as I begin hiking. I hear calls from Northern Cardinal, Red-winged Blackbird, Red-bellied Woodpecker, Black-capped Chickadee; and flying overhead, Killdeer, a flock of Canada Geese, and … Continue reading

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Cooking Inside and Out

By Richard DeVries We had a good sap run over the weekend. We emptied the bags on Saturday after the open house and Monday morning all the bags and tanks were full. Monday morning the sap-lines were frozen and we … Continue reading

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