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Once in a Blue Moon

You're in for a spook-tacular sight this Halloween if the skies are clear! On Halloween night, just after 6 pm, the SECOND full moon of the month will emerge from the horizon. Aside from having a full moon on the spookiest night of the year, there are even more factors that make this moon special.

The full moon on Halloween is considered a blue moon. The most widely used de...

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Winter - A Great Time To Volunteer!

"No winter lasts forever. No spring skips its turn." Hal Borland

This time of year, the chilly, dark winter has many of us staying inside with our fuzzy blankets, hot cocoa and Netflix.  The spring seems like it will never arrive.  If you’re experiencing a bit of the winter blues (and binge-watching another series,) we have a solution that will benefit you - and the Arboretum....

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Will Climate Change Affect Maple Sugaring?

As I reflect on this past weekend's 60+ degree days, it's hard to imagine climate change not affecting maple sugaring since it is so dependent on weather. I am often asked why we tap our maple trees in the winter; wouldn't it be more enjoyable hiking out to check the buckets and tap the trees when it is 60 degrees? It most definitely would be; however, it is the alternating freezing and thawing cycle that occurs in late winter that controls the sap flow.

Studi...

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