Fruits, feathers, and the colors that connect them

by Brendan Keegan, Landscape Crew Gardener
August 16, 2018

Fruits, feathers, and the colors that connect them

This post is one of several on birds at the Arboretum. We’re highlighting birds in our landscape as part of the 2018 “Year of the Bird”, celebrating the 100th Anniversary of the Migratory Bird Treaty Act. Although the showy spring flowers are long gone, brightly colored fruits, and the colorful birds that consume them, have […]

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Arnold Arboretum a haven for birds and the people who watch them

by Jon Hetman, Director of External Relations & Communications
July 9, 2018

Housework for nesting birds

by Brendan Keegan, Landscape Crew Gardener
May 24, 2018

Conifers from around the world; perennial wildflowers from New England

by William (Ned) Friedman, Director of the Arnold Arboretum
September 11, 2017

Conifers from around the world; perennial wildflowers from New England

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As autumn begins to set in, it is getting harder and harder to find woody plants in flower at the Arnold Arboretum. And, humans aren’t the only ones to lament the diminution of flowering in September – insects do too! Under the visionary leadership of Andrew Gapinski, Manager of Horticulture, the Arboretum has been working […]

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Project FeederWatch: all about the birds

by Larissa Glasser, Library Assistant
July 5, 2017

Project FeederWatch: all about the birds

Yellow-bellied Sapsucker, photograph by Ann Love

Project FeederWatch Project FeederWatch is a winter-long survey of birds that visit feeders at backyards, nature centers, community areas, and other locales in North America. FeederWatchers periodically count the birds they see at their feeders from November through early April and send their counts to Project FeederWatch. FeederWatch data help scientists track broadscale movements of […]

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Red-tailed hawk at the library, 2016

by Larissa Glasser, Library Assistant
June 1, 2017

Red-tailed hawk at the library, 2016

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Red-tailed hawk at the Arnold Arboretum Horticultural Library, 2016 Photograph by Larissa Glasser Arnold Arboretum Horticultural Library, Hunnewell Building, Arnold Arboretum, Jamaica Plain, MA May 4, 2016 We decided to present something a little different for this week’s featured image. We were processing journals in the early afternoon and by chance we looked up for […]

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Walk Into a Forest, Breathe Deeply, Repeat as Needed

by Jon Hetman, Director of External Relations & Communications
November 11, 2016

Walk Into a Forest, Breathe Deeply, Repeat as Needed

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Driving in Boston. Your job and mortgage. The recent elections. There are innumerable sources of stress for most of us, but for our own health and sanity it’s important to try to de-stress on a regular basis. Fortunately, spending time with trees is a proven way to reduce stress and feel better. More and more […]

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Teachers Explore the Ponds

by Ana Maria Caballero McGuire, Children’s Education Fellow
May 11, 2016

Teachers Explore the Ponds

Casting plankton net

On a cold, but not rainy, Saturday morning, Boston Public School educators gathered at the ponds to explore life in and around freshwater ecosystems. Armed with plankton nets, plastic containers, jelly jars, sieves and field guides, teachers made amazing discoveries. Here’s a partial list of the macro-invertebrates collected: damselfly nymphs (two kinds), pond snail, scud […]

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Boston Educators Explore All Things Birds

by Ana Maria Caballero McGuire, Children’s Education Fellow
November 12, 2015

Boston Educators Explore All Things Birds

Arboretum educators bird watching

On Saturday, November 7, Boston educators spent the morning exploring birds and beaks. Longtime volunteer Bob Mayer led teachers on a walk around the Arboretum, explaining how to recognize birds by their shape, coloring, and size. He also shared tips on how to use environmental clues and bird behavior to help identify the bird species. […]

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Often-overlooked Collections at the Arnold Arboretum of Harvard University

by William (Ned) Friedman, Director of the Arnold Arboretum
October 9, 2015

Often-overlooked Collections at the Arnold Arboretum of Harvard University

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Maples… check. Lilacs… check. Stewartia… check. Euonymus… huh? The depth of the living collections of the Arnold Arboretum continues to amaze and astound as I wander the grounds at odd moments. For some time, I have been scouting the Euonymus collection at the base of Bussey Hill, in eager anticipation of the moment when the […]

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