Spring is here - Spring arrives overnight with birds

Spring is here - Spring arrives overnight with birds

Sometimes it feels like spring comes overnight and in the case of birds, the arrival of migrant songbirds actually does happen overnight.  Many of these birds accomplish long nocturnal flights traveling from the tropics to the northern parts of North America in the spring, and back again in the fall.  Some species travel for up to 88 hours without rest!  Migration is a stressful task for birds - and sometimes an equally stressful task for those wishing to study the process.  Read on to learn more about bird migration (with an emphasis on nocturnal and neotropical migrants) and how it is studied.

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Spring is here - Love is in the air (or the sea)

Spring is here - Love is in the air (or the sea)

It's the time of year I look forward to the most. Not because it's a huge part of my research, but because it is a spectacle that has been happening for over 350 million years. You know it's Spring when peculiar dinosaur-looking animals called horseshoe crabs, come up onto the shallow waters of beaches to do their "thing." It's the horseshoe crab mating season!

Read on to learn more about the horseshoe crab, their mating season, and why they are very important not only during the Spring but all year round!

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Spring is here - Tapping into nature’s sweetness for breakfast

Spring is here - Tapping into nature’s sweetness for breakfast

It's Spring: the days are getting warm but the nights are still cool. It's also a special time for the trees, for the maple trees. For some New Englanders, it's not only Spring, it's the sugaring season!

Ever wonder how maple syrup gets from the maple tree to your breakfast as a sweet delicacy? Nature is doing all the work. Curious in learning more? Well, grab a cup of coffee, sit at your breakfast table, and read on. Make sure you have a stack of pancakes and waffles ready. 

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