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NOTICING NATURE | 3 MAY FLOWERS

Multiflora rose is an invasive species from Asia that thrives in our area. It was brought to the United States in the 1860’s as a valuable agricultural product. Farmers would plant the multiflora rose around the perimeter of a cattle field to create a “living fence” that required low maintenance and provided wildlife habitat as […]

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NOTICING NATURE | 3 TIPS FOR MARCH

The snow is melting and spring is starting to show! Here are three things to find in March in Western North Carolina. The Northern Cardinal is a beautiful species that is easy to spot year-round, as they do not migrate! The male is bright red, and the female is mostly brown with a red beak, […]

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NOTICING NATURE | 3 EARLY SPRING PLANTS

Be careful when you step outside in early spring. These plants are starting to grow right under your feet! Look around and see what you can find! This plant is not as dangerous as it sounds! The name “Deadnettle” refers to the fact that the leaves look very similar to stinging nettle, but they do […]

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NOTICING NATURE | 3 MARCH BIRDS

Wait….listen… This is the perfect time of the year to stop & listen to the bird sounds around you. Here are 3 birds to keep an eye out for this March. While the majority of bird species are socially monogamous (have one mate), the red-winged blackbird is highly polygamous (has many mates) and fiercely territorial. […]

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NOTICING NATURE | 3 WINTER TREES

  Identifying trees in the winter without leaves present can be very challenging! You need to use clues from the bark and stems to figure it out. One of the first clues to look for is whether the leaves have an alternate or an opposite arrangement (of course in the winter you are looking at […]

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NOTICING NATURE | 3 TIPS FOR FEBRUARY

    During each month, nature changes, morphs, grows, and evolves all around you. In our Noticing Nature series, we introduce you to 3 things to notice while you and your kids are outside. Here are the three things to notice in nature this February. During the winter, the Wineberry plant looks like a single […]

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