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  • A Change of Feathers: The Molt
    By Anna Autilio Lead Environmental Educator Feathers are one of the defining characteristics of birds. They produce the brilliant red of the Northern Cardinal, and the shocking blue of...
  • Book Review: The Snake and the Salamander
    by Sara Evangelos VINS Docent with Nicole Meyer, Environmental Educator The Snake and the Salamander: Reptiles and Amphibians from Maine to Virginia Alvin Breisch Illustrations by Matt Patterson Johns Hopkins University Press...
  • The Yearly Cycle: Vernal Pools
    by Anna Autilio Environmental Educator Trout Lily (Erythronium americanum) One of the most beautiful natural illustrations of the cycle of the year is found in the vernal pool. Often...
  • Summer Solstice: June 21st!
    by Anna Autilio Environmental Educator Happy Summer Solstice! Earlier today, the sun was at its highest point in our sky--the highest it will be for the rest of...
  • The Red-tailed Hawk with Bald Eagle Parents
    by Anna Autilio Environmental Educator Amidst the news stories this week is the curious tale of a nestling Red-tailed Hawk in British Columbia, Canada. Why is this little...
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