Naturalists’ Notes

Downy woodpecker

Downy woodpecker

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October Birds on the Move

It was a beautiful afternoon this Sunday, with temperatures in the low 70s. About 40 of us set out together to scope out birds along Arboretum trails and in Longenecker…

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Bottle gentian

Grady Grasslands

After light rain in the morning, it cleared by noon, so this tour of the Grady tract took place mostly under sunny skies, but with occasional clouds. Several participants commented…

Monarch on sweet black-eyed Susan (Photo: Susan Carpenter)

Curtis Prairie

If you enjoy the fragrance of flowers and like the color yellow, I encourage you to visit the Arboretum prairies and native gardens now. They are beautiful with more than 45…

Greene Prairie in bloom

Grady Oak Savanna and Greene Prairie

Donning proper clothing and bug spray, we ventured through the woods of the Arboretum’s Grady Tract (so named for the family that once owned most of the land there) to…