The latest TTN video blog is up! In this video, we look at the flowers of arrowleaf ginger (Hexastylis arifolia), also known as the little brown jug. They are surprisingly cryptic, and completely fascinating! As it turns out, the flowers have a faint ginger smell to them, which attracts fungus gnats that pollinate them. Later,… Read More Little Brown Jug
The first video in the new The Triangle, Naturally video series is a video about Durant Nature Park. This park is near and dear to my heart. Not only is it close to my house, but it’s chock full of an amazing diversity of plants and animals. My kids love coming here to hike, skip stones on… Read More Why Durant?
Hello! It’s been a while, I know. I’ve been working on expanding my creative outlets, and I think I’ve finally hit upon a way to combine my interest in local natural history with my interest in making videos. The Triangle, Naturally video series! The video blog will have the same mission as this blog here,… Read More The video blog!
My kids and I had a short hike yesterday at Durant Nature Park before the rains from Hurricane Matthew showed up. Little did we know that the park’s fungal residents would be putting on a show!
Spring is just around the corner. The trees are starting to bloom. Birds are picking out nesting sites. And soon, migrating summer residents will be here soon! As I’ve written before, one of my favorite summer migrants is the ruby-throated hummingbird. Attracting them isn’t difficult; read my previous post here if you want to see… Read More Tracking migrating hummingbirds
The weekend of January 22, we had our first winter weather event here in Raleigh. We got an inch of ice in the yard before it ever started snowing, and we wound up with probably a quarter inch of snow on top of the ice. Once the sleet and freezing ended, the birds came flocking… Read More Know Your Neighborhood – More winter backyard birds
Ixodes scapularis, the blacklegged tick. Image from Wikimedia, in the public domain. I’ve written about snakes on this blog before, and a recent study published in this January’s Journal of Medical Entomology has brought them back to my mind. The researchers studied the spread of Lyme disease-bearing ticks in the United States. People infected with… Read More The only good snake is a LIVE snake!
On cold, rainy fall nights like this one, I can’t help but think wistfully of those warm, sunny days spent with my kids wandering the paths and trails at the NC Zoo. As you walk down the path from the alligator pond towards the underpass with the Billy Goats Gruff statue, you will cross a… Read More Know Your Neighborhood – Northern Water Snake
In 2012, the State Legislature designated the Eastern Tiger Swallowtail (Pterourus glaucus) as the official butterfly of North Carolina. It is believed that artist and mapmaker John White, governor of Roanoke Island (the “Lost Colony”), was the first to draw the eastern tiger swallowtail. This painting was made sometime around 1587! Tiger swallowtails are large,… Read More Old North State Symbols #7 – The State Butterfly
Just off the Beltline, nestled between Capital Boulevard and Atlantic Avenue, in the sleepy little neighborhood of Brentwood, there is a teensy little park. Part of Raleigh’s Greenway project, Brentwood Park and Community Center is a tiny oasis of wild in an otherwise largely suburban sprawl. My kids and I were running errands today, and… Read More Know Your Neighborhood – Brentwood Park