Life in the Landscape: Great Horned Owls

by Brendan Keegan, Gardener
April 30, 2020

Improving paths on Peters Hill

by Brendan Keegan, Gardener
April 7, 2020

New life for old trees

by Brendan Keegan, Gardener
April 3, 2020

Owls of the Arboretum

by Brendan Keegan, Gardener
January 27, 2020

Reasons to admire stinging insects (from afar)

by Brendan Keegan, Gardener
September 3, 2019

Giant resin bees, finding old friends in a New World

by Brendan Keegan, Gardener
August 14, 2019

Giant resin bees, finding old friends in a New World

Female giant resin bee (Megachile sculptura)

Although most of our trees have long since bloomed, Tetradium danielli is currently exploding in color. Its multitude of beautiful white flowers in turn attract thousands of bees, explaining its common name, the “bee-bee tree.” Since Tetradium danielli is native to east Asia, the majority of the North American bees discovered its sweet nectar relatively […]

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NestWatch program connects science and birdwatching

by Brendan Keegan, Gardener
June 17, 2019

NestWatch program connects science and birdwatching

bluebird

This spring, the Arboretum’s Visitor Engagement department launched our inaugural “Arboretum NestWatch” volunteer program. Since then, our small group of trained volunteers have been diligently monitoring the 30 nest boxes located on our grounds and submitting their observations to the Cornell Lab of Ornithology’s NestWatch project, a citizen science initiative that uses data gathered from […]

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Kalmia latifolia

by Brendan Keegan, Gardener
June 14, 2019

Swallows, springtime, and “Carol of the Bells”

by Brendan Keegan, Gardener
April 12, 2019

Swallows, springtime, and “Carol of the Bells”

Visitors on the grounds may have noticed small numbers of migrant male tree swallows, recently returned from Central America, circling above the Arboretum landscape. Watching them gracefully swoop above the meadows, it is easy to understand why swallow species as a whole are beloved signs of the spring around the world. Ukrainians, for example, celebrate […]

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Spring life for great horned owls

by Brendan Keegan, Gardener
March 26, 2019