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Posted by on Mar 8, 2013 | 8 comments

The Wonders of Urban Birding

The Wonders of Urban Birding

O birds, your perfect virtues bring, Your song, your forms, your rhythmic flight, Your manners for your heart’s delight… …Forgive our harms, and condescend To man, as to a lubber friend, And, generous, teach his awkward race Courage, and probity, and grace! — Ralph Waldo Emerson, May-Day and Other Pieces Yes, we can learn a lot from birds. And so begins a new project — our urban birding project — something our whole family of birders, young and old, can enjoy. Of course you could go to any bookstore and purchase a book of birds complete with beautiful glossy professional photography, but what would be the DIY fun in that? We want to discover them ourselves. We love taking nature walks along the waterfront in Old Town and in our regional wildlife preserves such as Dyke Marsh by the Belle Haven Marina and Green Spring Gardens, a secret gem hidden behind the strip malls on Route 1, just to catch a glimpse of the hundreds of species of birds...

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Posted by on Jun 25, 2012 | 0 comments

Discover Nature Walks at Green Spring Gardens

Discover Nature Walks at Green Spring Gardens

The nature walks I’ve discovered within 20 minutes of my home are  tucked away in the most improbable locations. To get to some of them, you start and stop in traffic on horrendous city highways and roads. I’m thinking of Huntley Meadows, Woodland Plantation (Arcadia farm), and yesterday’s new discovery – Green Spring Gardens.  Once you enter the parks, you’re surrounded by a quiet, serene, completely soundproof natural setting. Also worth nothing: There’s one park you can bike to through Old Town –  Dyke Marsh. I took the girls to Green Spring and we had a lovely stroll together on the groomed walkways through several of the center’s 20 demonstration gardens, woods, and around two garden ponds (where I saw a giant bullfrog spring off the edge, back legs comically sprawled out behind him.) Nadja found the molted skin of a snake stuck to a rock along a stream. And then, a few minutes later, Ana yelped as she saw a live snake slither on the rocks into the water. She and I...

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