Month: June 2011

What Hail!

By Derek Stoner, Conservation Program Coordinator Tonight at about 7:47pm, a fast-moving storm front passed over Ashland Nature Center, unleashing a fury of hail stones in a five-minute span.   In the midst of a training session for summer camp, our group dashed back inside and listened to the loud thwacks of hail striking the roof and windows.  …

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Ruby-throated Hummingbird Nest: Baby Time!

By Derek Stoner, Conservation Project Coordinator After photographing the Ruby-throated Hummingbird nest two weeks ago on May 24, I returned to the location at Coverdale Farm Preserve early this morning, hoping to find the results of the female’s incubation efforts.  Peeking inside the nest, I spied a tiny grayish lump!  The baby hummingbird raised its head …

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