Ashland Nature Center

Signs of Spring: Week 1

By Derek Stoner, Conservation Project Coordinator At the end of the first week of the Signs of Spring Contest, February 21-27, a flurry of emergences occurred.  On February 24, Amy White reported the first Skunk Cabbages blooming, in the old marsh across Barley Mill Road from Ashland.  On February 25th, Jill Constantine and Sarah Stapley reported …

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Mergansers on the Move

 By Derek Stoner, Conservation Project Coordinator The local creeks are losing their coverings of ice as winter loses its solid grip on the landscape.  Wildlife quickly takes advantage of the open water and we often observe new animal activity along these waterways.  In February and March, this brings in the mergansers!  I observed and photographed several groups of mergansers in the …

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Pileated Woodpecker – Our Woodland Cartoon Character

By Jim White: Associate Director, Land and Biodiversity One of the few (and I do mean few) benefits of being an aging birder is witnessing changes over the years that occur in bird populations.  Although many of these changes have been for the worse, a few actually have been for the better, at least from …

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