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Since 1782, the Bald Eagle has been the national bird – a symbol of courage and freedom. It was placed on the Great Seal of the United States to stand for strength, power, and peace. Even before European settlers arrived, the Bald Eagle was regarded as “the chief of birds” by Native Americans. And yet, although it holds such a special place in our nation’s heart, many of us remember a time when we almost lost this amazing animal forever.
One of the joys of teaching at the Arboretum is drawing ideas for programs from our lovely surroundings. Plants, animals, birdsong, and breezes engage the senses and offer endless chances for connection and curiosity. Daily and seasonal happenings in nature -- big and small --invite us to notice and discover. We’re lucky to be able to use the whole Arboretum as our inspiration and classroom!
In addition, the beautiful and diverse art exhibits in the Frank Juliano Gallery in Wisner Ho...
I love it when the seasons change. During the approach to each equinox, I look forward to feeling a change in temperature, seeing the shift in the way sunlight falls, and watching the many ways that plants react to a new season. This year, our typically crisp autumn weather hasn’t been as cool as some years, but the nights will likely dip below freezing this week. With those colder temperatures, many more plants will enter dormancy or die back and, when we look at our garden beds, it's obvi...