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brown marmorated stink bug nymph

Stink Bugs, Stink Bugs Everywhere

2/17/2011 // By Danielle Brigida

The name says it all. Stink bugs. Some stink bugs species are native to North America and their populations are kept in check by their natural predators.   That’s no big deal.  But, the brown-marmorated stink bug is a recent […] Read more >

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Getting Outside for Grandma

1/19/2011 // By Max Greenberg

My maternal grandmother passed away on Tuesday. She was 92—born the same day the Allies beat back German forces in the Battle of Amiens during World War I. I had done a bad job of staying in touch with her […] Read more >

Praying mantis, photographed in Groton, Connecticut, by Kevin Skrzynski

Backyard Wildlife Photo of the Week: Praying Mantis

10/21/2010 // By Hannah Schardt

Ready for its close-up, this praying mantis looms large over a small crowd of blissfully unaware humans in the background. 17-year-old Kevin Skrzynski noticed the insect while on vacation in Connecticut. Read more >

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How to Experience Nature in the City in Seven Days

3/16/2010 // By Mary Quattlebaum

Nature in the city? Nothing, nada, zip. Or at least that’s the popular myth. The reality is abundant, quirky, intriguing, green (and pink, brown, gray, black, sleek, furred and feathered). The reality is kids at public parks and urban nature centers. […] Read more >

Wildlife Vampires – Part 3

10/30/2009 // By David Mizejewski

Wildlife Vampires Series: Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 3 | Part 4 Oxpeckers and Vampire Finches There are several bird species that form symbiotic relationships with larger animals. The larger animals tolerate the birds’ presence on their bodies, […] Read more >

Wildlife Vampires – Part 2

10/29/2009 // By David Mizejewski

Wildlife Vampires Series: Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 3 | Part 4 Mosquitoes For mosquitoes, it’s the ladies who are the bloodsuckers. Both sexes feed on flower nectar as their main source of nutrients. Only when she’s ready […] Read more >

Wildlife Vampires – Part 1

10/28/2009 // By David Mizejewski

Wildlife Vampires Series: Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 3 | Part 4 Who’s your favorite vampire? Do you swoon over Edward Cullen and Bill Compton, or are classic bloodsuckers like Count Dracula and Lestat de Lioncourt more your […] Read more >

Woolly Bears as Winter Predictors?

10/21/2009 // By David Mizejewski

A telltale sign of autumn is the appearance of woolly bear caterpillars moving across backyards, sidewalks and roads. These fat, furry caterpillars are looking for safe places to spend the winter. They spend the cold months dormant under decaying logs and fallen […] Read more >

Fall Swarming Insects

10/7/2009 // By David Mizejewski

Fall is here!  October is the season of warm days, cool nights and beautiful foliage.  It’s also the time of year that many insect species begin to seek shelter from the oncoming cold.  These insects normally find such shelter in […] Read more >

Outdoor Kids: The Space In Between

10/1/2009 // By Rebecca P. Cohen

Rebecca Cohen finds time–even in the midst of her family’s busy schedules–for nature. Read more >