The turkeys of Harvard

by Colleen Walsh for the Harvard Gazette
November 27, 2019

Swallows, springtime, and “Carol of the Bells”

by Brendan Keegan, Landscape Crew 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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Chickadees call back the sun

by Nancy Sableski, Manager of Children’s Education
December 19, 2018

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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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

Red-tailed hawk

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 Nancy Rose
November 11, 2016

Teachers Explore the Ponds

by Ana Maria Caballero, Nature Education Specialist
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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