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Lunchtime!

These native milkweeds, Asclepius syriaca, are just about to bloom. When they do, they’ll attract all kinds of pollinators to sip sweet nectar, including migrating monarch butterflies looking for a place to lay their eggs as well as a nectar source. But

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Lunchtime!

These native milkweeds, Asclepius syriaca, are just about to bloom. When they do, they’ll attract all kinds of pollinators to sip sweet nectar, including migrating monarch butterflies looking for a place to lay their eggs as well as a nectar source. But

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Indiscriminate Munchers?

This year, our part of the world has seen an explosion in numbers of the fall webworm, populations of moth larva that enclose branch tips in messy-looking webs and eat all of the enclosed leaves, then enlarge the webs to enclose

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Indiscriminate Munchers?

This year, our part of the world has seen an explosion in numbers of the fall webworm, populations of moth larva that enclose branch tips in messy-looking webs and eat all of the enclosed leaves, then enlarge the webs to enclose

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Armadillos Down South

While walking around Athens Memorial Park, I stumbled upon a strange sight – the undergrowth was rustling, a clear sign that something was foraging. Out sprang three nine-banded armadillos (Dasypus novemcintus) which continued to forage within inches of me. These animals

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Armadillos Down South

While walking around Athens Memorial Park, I stumbled upon a strange sight – the undergrowth was rustling, a clear sign that something was foraging. Out sprang three nine-banded armadillos (Dasypus novemcintus) which continued to forage within inches of me. These animals

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A Little Help from our Friends

Our friends with Monteagle’s Laurel Lake Garden Club, that is! Two energetic club members, both practiced at mounting fragile old herbarium specimens (they’ve participated in our “mountathons” before!), came by the herbarium to help mount plants in our backlog of those on permanent

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A Little Help from our Friends

Our friends with Monteagle’s Laurel Lake Garden Club, that is! Two energetic club members, both practiced at mounting fragile old herbarium specimens (they’ve participated in our “mountathons” before!), came by the herbarium to help mount plants in our backlog of those on permanent

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Living Art

This week, I explored the Georgia Museum of Art, a free public art gallery located on the University of Georgia campus. The museum had an outdoor exhibit including metal sculptures, water displays, and this cube. This is “Terra Verte”, an

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Living Art

This week, I explored the Georgia Museum of Art, a free public art gallery located on the University of Georgia campus. The museum had an outdoor exhibit including metal sculptures, water displays, and this cube. This is “Terra Verte”, an

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Botanizing at Foster Falls

This is the season when the power line right-of-way at Foster Falls at South Cumberland State Park bursts into bloom. Right now, there are yellow fringed orchids, cardinal flower, meadow beauties, sneezeweed, blazing star, boneset, milkwort, and more. If you

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Botanizing at Foster Falls

This is the season when the power line right-of-way at Foster Falls at South Cumberland State Park bursts into bloom. Right now, there are yellow fringed orchids, cardinal flower, meadow beauties, sneezeweed, blazing star, boneset, milkwort, and more. If you

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Goldenrod time

If there ever was a signal that school’s about to start, it’s the appearance of the goldenrods, massed on roadsides and trailsides, and along fencerows. A goldenrod is easy to distinguish from other members of the Aster Family  — has

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Goldenrod time

If there ever was a signal that school’s about to start, it’s the appearance of the goldenrods, massed on roadsides and trailsides, and along fencerows. A goldenrod is easy to distinguish from other members of the Aster Family  — has