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.
Spring has arrived! And with it, many people will come across baby animals seemingly in need of help. In fact, ...Read More
The groundhog is one of Connecticut’s two hibernators. This one is gathering materials for its burrow. I know some people ...Read More
Oriental bittersweet (Celastrus orbiculatus) is recognizable by its yellow capsules and red fruit, scattered among its twigs, plus its thick, ...Read More
Eastern bumble bee on European dandelion The cold days are starting to increase more and more as we head toward ...Read More
Imagine my delight when my husband shouted, “There’s a bear in the yard!” Okay, so not everyone would be delighted ...Read More
Autumn sails in on a cool breeze and the changing color of the leaves. And every autumn, we can take ...Read More
It’s Fall coming up but let’s take a step back. Springtime at Earthplace means getting a lot of phone calls ...Read More
One of the best things about summer is the flowers – especially flowers that draw in a variety of pollinators ...Read More
In these strange times, there has been an amazing increase in foot traffic in wild places – people aching to ...Read More
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