Naturalist Notes

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.


October 2020: Fall Garden Prep
Autumn sails in on a cool breeze and the changing color of the leaves. And every autumn, we can take ...
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September 2020: It’s Time for Tree Work!
It’s Fall coming up but let’s take a step back. Springtime at Earthplace means getting a lot of phone calls ...
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Summer in Bloom: August 2020
One of the best things about summer is the flowers – especially flowers that draw in a variety of pollinators ...
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July 2020: Enjoying the Outdoors
In these strange times, there has been an amazing increase in foot traffic in wild places – people aching to ...
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April 2020: Spring Planting
Bloodroot is one of the earliest native ephemerals. Among the earliest spring bloomers in New England are the maples (Acer ...
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March 2020: Planting for Queens
American bumble bee on redbud tree, another spring bloomer. Spring is here! And some of the earliest emerging pollinators are ...
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February 2020: The Skunk Cabbage
Skunk cabbage flowers in snow. The skunk cabbage (Symplocarpus foetidus) is one of the earliest flowering plants in the year ...
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January 2020: Frozen Frogs
The gray tree frog can change colors from dark gray to light gray to a bright green. Our own local ...
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December 2019: The Adaptation of a Painted Turtle in Winter
The painted turtle is an aquatic reptile with lovely, painterly markings on the underside edges of the shell and along ...
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November 2019: The Great Hummingbird Migration
The ruby-throated hummingbird weighs less than a nickel. Every spring, they migrate up the east coast and as far as ...
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October 2019: Leave the Leaves
Every autumn, we’re treated to a resplendent show of changing leaf color in our landscape. As colder weather approaches, deciduous ...
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September 2019: Hawk Watch & Community Science Opportunity!
Each September, bird watchers are treated with the majestic sight of hawk migration – and you can see it, too, ...
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