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Early Plants: Skunk Cabbage

February 22, 2023 Annica Brocker, Park Interpreter When other plants are still safely tucked away beneath the soil lying dormant, and tree buds are barely starting to form, there is one plant that is showing off its unique bloom even…

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Wild Wednesday: Where do Insects Go in Winter

February 8, 2023 By: Erin Parker, Interpretive Services Supervisor Winter in our Metroparks means many things to nature-lovers and outdoor recreation enthusiasts: American tree sparrows and dark-eyed juncos at our bird feeders and hopes of cross-country skiing with the arrival…

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The Small Mammal’s Snowy Haven

January 25, 2023 By: Annica Brocker, Park Interpreter Large amounts of snow can mean lots of things for many different people. For outdoor enthusiasts a snowy season offers opportunities for snow shoeing, skiing, or ice fishing. For children and adults…

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Where Did All the Snakes Go?

January 11, 2023 By: Samantha Volz - Park Interpreter  Winter adaptations: reptiles and amphibians   Many of us have long forgotten the reptiles and amphibians of summer but believe it or not, winter is a perfect time of year to…

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Wild Wednesday: Colorado Blue Spruce

December 28, 2022 By: Dani Weng, Interpreter During the silvery-white winter season, the deciduous trees stand skeletal, having lost their leaves of red, orange, and yellow. This is the season in which the forest conifers stand out in shades of…

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Bird of the Week: Snow Bunting

December 26, 2022 Look to open grassland, farm fields, lake shores and the edges of rural roads during the cold winter months to find this week’s Bird of the Week, the Snow Bunting. Summering in the arctic tundra of northern…

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Wild Wednesday: Stoneflies

December 21, 2022 By: Samantha Volz, Interpreter The winter season is filled with crunching snow, twinkling lights, beautiful landscapes, and even an insect or two. While many of our resident insect species have disappeared for the season, there are a…

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Bird of the Week: Bonparte’s Gull

December 19, 2022 Breeding in the boreal forest of Canada and northern Alaska, the Bonaparte’s Gull is a migrant and winter visitor to Michigan. You can often find them foraging for food over open water above lakes and rivers, most…

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Wild Wednesday: American Wintergreen

December 14, 2022 By: Kaitlyn Burkey, Interpreter Candy canes, peppermint hot chocolate, and other minty treats start to appear everywhere in the winter months on menus and in grocery store aisles. Originally, one of the ways that the flavor of…

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Bird of the Week: Common Goldeneye

December 5, 2022 Theia Calidris Winter is on its way and so is the Common Goldeneye.  These diving ducks spend their summers on the lakes and rivers of the taiga across the northern reaches of North America, Scotland, Scandinavia, the…

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