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The Once and Future King (of the forest)?

By Jason Beale, Abbott’s Mill Nature Center Manager Towering American Chestnuts (Castanea dentata) defined much of the eastern forest from the colonial period until the early 1900’s.  Valued by humans and wildlife alike for its bountiful nuts, the tree was also used for lumber and leather tanning. The eastern forest was forever changed when an …

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Eels part 2: Growing Up

By Jason Beale, Manager, Abbott’s Mill Nature Center On June 4th DEEC Manager, John Harrod, posted a blog on American Eel elvers.  Elvers, defined as being less than 6″ long, mature into “yellow eels” as they grow and work their way up freshwater streams like Johnson’s Branch at Abbott’s Mill Nature Center.  Eels are catadromous …

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Abbott’s Milled… Malted Barley

By Jason Beale, Manager, Abbott’s Mill Nature Center Historically, mills connected communities together as a gathering place.  That tradition has continued to the present day through Delaware Nature Society’s partnership at the mill with Delaware’s Division of Historical and Cultural Affairs.  This fall, the connection was taken to a new level as Abbott’s Mill collaborated with Dogfish …

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