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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Boston Educators Explore All Things Birds

by Ana Maria Caballero, Nature Education Specialist
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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Seed dispersal in a magnolia: before and after

by William (Ned) Friedman, Director of the Arnold Arboretum
September 5, 2015

Seed dispersal in a magnolia: before and after

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Late summer is a time of ephemeral events in the Arnold Arboretum, matched only by the intensity and rapidity of spring flowering. Pines, larches, magnolias, spindle trees (Euonymus), and many others are literally disgorging their seeds for dispersal by the wind, birds, and other animals. How quickly do things change? Take a look at the […]

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Birds of Flores lowland forest

by Cam Webb, Research Associate
March 28, 2014

Kavlot camp: bird-land!

by Cam Webb, Research Associate
June 11, 2013

Arnold Arboretum Insects and Birds Surveyed in 2011 Harvard BioBlitz

by Jon Hetman, Director of External Relations & Communications
May 9, 2011

Arnold Arboretum Insects and Birds Surveyed in 2011 Harvard BioBlitz

Harvard's BioBlitz

Harvard biologists, students, and amateur science enthusiasts participated in a survey of insects and birds at the Arnold Arboretum on May 1 as part of the second annual Harvard University Campus BioBlitz. The campus-wide effort also included inventories of plants in Harvard Yard, night trappings of moths and other nocturnal insects, and a survey of […]

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