Lingering pollinators, a result of the mild fall weather, visit the last of the garden flowers on November 3rd. While all have left larvae, pupae, or eggs that will overwinter and become adults next spring, the lives of some of these insects will end with the onset of freezing weather.*
All of these butterflies were found in central Massachusetts July-September 2017.
Warming temperatures and rain during the second week of January contributed to significant snow melt. Winter tracking can be a challenge when only intermittent patches of snow remain in the woods. There was just enough at Quabbin Gate 40 on 1/11 and at Barre Falls Dam on 1/14 to present tracking students with identification challenges.
Remember: don't just look at the tracks themselves, but also study the patterns and learn about the different types of animal movements--trotting, walking, loping, bounding, etc.