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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.

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We Are a Monarch Waystation

Yes, we are! A "Monarch Waystation" that is. After researching about the Monarch Waystation program, I discovered that we already had a designated ID #, which means we have been a waystation for quite some time. We are station #194 on the www.monarchwatch.org/waystations/ monarch map. Annually we have seen the monarch and her eggs and the caterpillar on our milkweed plants.

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