Meet Veronica Swain, our Associate Director of Nature Programs and Naturalist Expert. Veronica has been working as a naturalist for eight years between Earthplace and Connecticut Audubon. She worked on her Masters of Science in Environmental Education at Southern Connecticut University. Veronica grew up with a love for plants and animals, and loves to observe the cycles of life in her own backyard.
Through her “Naturalist Notes,” Veronica will share with us a way for our readers to learn more about their local ecology! This little blip in the internet will provide fun facts and fascinating info on the plants and wildlife in the area – and how you can live more in tune with the surrounding environment.
Bloodroot is one of the earliest native ephemerals. Among the earliest spring bloomers in New England are the maples (Acer ...Read More
American bumble bee on redbud tree, another spring bloomer. Spring is here! And some of the earliest emerging pollinators are ...Read More
Skunk cabbage flowers in snow. The skunk cabbage (Symplocarpus foetidus) is one of the earliest flowering plants in the year ...Read More
The gray tree frog can change colors from dark gray to light gray to a bright green. Our own local ...Read More
The painted turtle is an aquatic reptile with lovely, painterly markings on the underside edges of the shell and along ...Read More
The ruby-throated hummingbird weighs less than a nickel. Every spring, they migrate up the east coast and as far as ...Read More
Every autumn, we’re treated to a resplendent show of changing leaf color in our landscape. As colder weather approaches, deciduous ...Read More
Each September, bird watchers are treated with the majestic sight of hawk migration – and you can see it, too, ...Read More
It’s fall! Chrysanthemums and heather become ubiquitous sights in front yards this time of year. Are you looking for some ...Read More
Welcome to the first installment of Earthplace’s Naturalist Notes – a way for our readers to learn more about their ...Read More