We’ve completed our visits with lake phytoplankton and are ready to begin with a new group – the zooplankton.
These last few weeks I have been thinking about climate change. I am a gardener and small fruit grower as well as a bee keeper. My property is just outside Montpelier, located in a small narrow north-south running valley. Our winters have always come a little earlier and lasted a little longer t […]
There is one last group of algae that you may encounter in Vermont waters, the Rhodophyta or red algae. Red algae are most abundant in marine environments and are common seaweed along shorelines. The estimates I found noted that only 3 – 5% of all red algae species live in freshwater and most of tho […]
It’s spring and love is in the air! If you are a frog or salamander, that means you’ll be heading for the nearest water to find your special someone. Every frog and salamander has the same idea once the temperatures begin to warm. On warm nights in spring, especially rainy ones, the terrain leading […]
It’s that time of year again. The time when I walk in urban areas peering into gardens and under shrubbery, looking for the first signs of snowdrops and crocus. When I pull out all the seed catalogs and circle, circle, circle all the plants I would like to fit into my yard. […]
Dinoflagellates are a group of microscopic mostly unicellular algae that are found in freshwater and marine environments worldwide. While we don’t hear much about them in freshwater, dinoflagellates are well known in coastal areas as ‘red tide’ and ‘brown tide’. These are b […]
The dark days of winter are finally lengthening, but there are still plenty of long winter nights ahead. Why not learn a little about the natural world through an online presentation? There are quite a few online webinar types opportunities from Vermont Conservation organiza […]