The Adirondack Naturalist

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Fall Gardening Reflection

Fall Gardening Reflection

By Anna M. Butler, Butterfly House Manager   Today is my last day as the Butterfly House Manager at the VIC. The position is seasonal, and the season has ended. There haven’t been butterflies to manage in the last few weeks since the house has been closed, so I...

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Phenological Update: Hatchlings

Phenological Update: Hatchlings

By Anna M. Butler, Butterfly House Manager   Tiny, dark gray turtles struggled against each other in the narrow mouth of their nest cavity. Wee clawed flippers wriggled in the earth. Slowly, clumsily, a sandy reptile emerged from the hole, leaving an empty spot...

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A Bird at the Window

A Bird at the Window

By Anna M. Butler, Butterfly House Manager   A northern parula, a tiny yellow-chinned warbler, aggresses the upper back windows of the VIC on occasion. He flies from ledge to ledge peering furiously at the warbler in the glass that has dared to invade his...

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On a Wing and a Prayer

On a Wing and a Prayer

By Anna M. Butler, Butterfly House Manager   The black and yellow striped tiger swallowtail nestled into the dandelion. I watched it extend its tongue-like proboscis to sip nectar from the yellow flower. I fumbled for my phone to take a picture. The insect...

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Phenology: The Dance of Timing

Phenology: The Dance of Timing

By Anna M. Butler, Butterfly House Manager   One rainy morning in early June, three wrinkle-skinned snapping turtles crouched in the sand around the Visitor Interpretive Center. These females had crawled up from the wetlands to lay their eggs in the sandy soil...

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The Adirondack Choir

The Adirondack Choir

By Thompson Tomaszewski, Lead Naturalist Every resident of the Park marks the changing of the seasons in their own way. We all joke about the “12 seasons of the Adirondacks” that include second winter, false spring, mud season (followed by third winter) and so on as...

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Getting Grounded during COVID-19

Getting Grounded during COVID-19

By Thompson Tomaszewski, Lead Naturalist For many residents of the North Country, spring is an exciting time. By this point, most of us have seen our first American Robin (Turdus migratorius) of the year, enjoyed a so-called “bluebird day” of warmer temperatures and...

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