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Signs of Spring Contest Update: The First 10 Days

By Derek Stoner, Conservation Project Coordinator On February 19th, the Second Annual Signs of Spring Contest officially began.  The contest should really be called a “Challenge” as that is what faces participants when filling out a sheet that proposes trying to align twenty different Signs across ten weeks.   The Challenge lies in guessing when the Signs might appear based up0n …

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Black Groundhog at DEEC

By John Harrod, Manager, DuPont Environmental Education Center DEEC has had a resident groundhog this summer. While groundhogs are fairly common, this one is worth noting because of its unique color: black. Its black fur is due to excess amounts of melanin, a pigment that gives skin, hair, feathers and fur their dark color. This occurrence …

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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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