Ashland Nature Center

The Calming Power of Nature

Ian Stewart, Ornithologist The need to reduce the spread of the coronavirus has led to these strange and uncertain times. Out of an abundance of caution our programs are temporarily cancelled and our buildings are closed. However, our trails remain open for you to enjoy at Ashland Nature Center in Hockessin, Abbott’s Mill Nature Center …

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Birds in decline: a wake-up call for the continent

Ian Stewart A major analysis published last week (Rosenberg et al. 2019, Science, downloadable by scrolling down here) makes depressing reading for anyone interested in birds or in nature in general. A team of leading North American researchers analyzed almost 50 years of data from multiple sources and calculated that about 3 billion birds (= …

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Backyard invaders

Ian Stewart & Lori Athey Now that spring is here many Delawareans are enjoying the colorful wildflowers blooming in their backyard, local parks and road sides. Unfortunately, the great majority of those currently flowering are alien weeds which were either deliberately or accidentally introduced by Europeans. These plants found themselves in a new environment with …

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Wee, sleekit, cow’rin, tim’rous beasties

Ian Stewart These are the opening words of the poem ‘To a mouse’, written by the legendary haggis-eating Scottish poet Robert Burns in 1785 (which also contains the famous line oft-paraphrased as ‘The best-laid schemes of mice and men go often askew’). Although this is an apt description of mice it is also used to …

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