The mission of the Nature Strollers is to support parents and grandparents in their role as primary interpreters of nature for their families; to provide opportunities for families to enjoy unstructured time outdoors; to familiarize families with local trails, refuges, sanctuaries and preserves; and to develop networks among families with a common interest in nature.
Tuesday, September 14, 2010
Monday, April 05, 2010
Twenty Toads A-Trilling
Here are some of the miles and miles of toad eggs found in the pond. As the eggs age and the embryos develop, the outer jelly-like coating clouds up. Soon it will disintegrate and the small black tadpoles will be free to swim about and find food.
Saturday, March 20, 2010
The Strollers Celebrate the Vernal Equinox on the Trail
The kids were in ecstacy, using their nets to bring up a cast of aquatic characters including a bullfrog tadpole, damselfly larva, several dragonfly larva, caddisfly larva cases, backswimmers, and a brown and red aquatic beetle.
Wednesday, November 11, 2009
Secret Messages and Hidden Gems
Monday, November 09, 2009
Autumn Rambles--Sterling Forest
Sterling Forest is home to a lovely lake.
Ripe pear-shaped puffballs provide lots of entertainment.
Olive brown spore clouds enchant the kids.
Tuesday, June 02, 2009
No, She Doesn't Sting!
Tuesday, May 26, 2009
Not all of the twin leaves produce a blossom (see the leaves on the left hand side of the photo). Lady's slipper can take four or more years to flower, and then they may not produce a flower every year.
With two broad leaves below,
Shapely the flower so lightly poised between,
And warm her rosy glow."
The puffy lady's slipper flowers have an intricate pattern of dark pink veins. Honeybees, bumblebees, andrednid and halictid bees enter the flower, only to find they can progress in only one direction. This one-way street ensures that the bees will pass by the anthers and collect pollen.
Saturday, May 09, 2009
Fuller Mountain Brook
I don't think this is exactly what I was talking about when I said we should get kids back into the woods! But the virtually impenetrable tangle of fallen tree branches made for an all natural (and inexpensive) jungle gym.
The grapevine arch acts as a portal to the marshy wetland.
Dwarf ginsing--not the kind sold in health food stores--makes a lovely floral accent to this mossy tree root. This is a wildflower I seldom see elsewhere. Whether on account of its habitat being relatively undisturbed for two hundred years or its particular preferences for soil types or moisture regimes, I do not know.
The pileated woodpecker Polly heard early on in our walk has been hard at work looking for insects under the bark of this dead tree. Our walk included many such finds including frogs, red velvet mites, and a flat millipede. A leisurely pace and lovely surroundings made for a wonderful success, I hope all the mothers that followed our lead were pleased and found renewed strength and refreshment from this outing.
Sunday, April 26, 2009
Glenmere Lake, 26 April 2009
Friday, April 24, 2009
Fitzgerald Falls, 24 April 2009
The big kids stopped by for a snack, taking a break from their sloppy slurching.
Are these dangle earrings or the work of the Caddisfly larvae?
This fern was growing in a tiny crevasse right next to the falls.
Bees galore pollinating the Trout Lily, which takes seven years to bloom.
Whether Acadia said something hysterically funny or it was just the fresh waterfall air, Lily couldn't contain her gut-busting laughter.