Author Archives: Neita

Frog Chorus Joins in the Spring Arrival Parade

Winter is holding us in its grip longer than usual this year. But the trees are budding, the maple sap collection has stopped, birds are chirping, and the frogs are returning to the ponds at Oregon Ridge for their annual … Continue reading

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Snowfall: Finding Signs of Wildlife

Snowfall is a great opportunity to find signs of wildlife active at Oregon Ridge Park. As mammals and birds move around and hunt for food, they leave behind impressions in the snow. You can try to identify a critter by … Continue reading

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F is for Firsts; Firsts are For Phenology

  February – the month where we start noticing our first signs of spring at Oregon Ridge Park: skunk cabbage blooming; maple tree tapping; and tree buds swelling in preparation of blooming later in spring. Possibly you have your own … Continue reading

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Exploring the Natural World in Winter … Indoors

An understanding of the natural world and what’s in it is a source of not only a great curiosity but great fulfilment – David Attenborough An American toad peeks out from under his current home, a hollow curve of bark. … Continue reading

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7 Reasons to Love Nature After the Fall Foliage

Hopefully you made a visit to Oregon Ridge within the past two weeks. Autumn seemed to arrive later than usual, but we ended October with a brilliant flourish of fall color. But fallen leaves and cooler temperatures shouldn’t stop you … Continue reading

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Summer Evening Symphony

The symphony of night insects — crickets and katydids — is background music to our summer evenings. We may notice the chorus when it first begins to grow in volume in July. But by now, the chorus is barely noticed, … Continue reading

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Summer = Butterflies

The Eastern Tiger Swallowtail butterfly (papilio glaucus) is in abundance this year. If you’ve visited Oregon Ridge during the past few weeks, you likely have noticed these large orange, black-striped insects. Here, several swallowtails are seen on this sweet spire … Continue reading

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