BE COUNTED AS PART OF THE GREAT BACKYARD BIRD COUNT

Blog By Joan Greene, Tennessee Naturalist Program __ Photo: Common or European Starling, Sturnus vulgaris The annual Great Backyard Bird Count 2022 begins Friday, February 18 through Monday, February 21.  This year the bird count (GBBC) is celebrating 25 years of people across the globe coming together to enjoy and document birds.  The count was

Winter Walks in Tennessee

by Joan Greene “Spring passes and one remembers one’s innocence. Summer passes and one remembers one’s exuberance. Autumn passes and one remembers one’s reverence. Winter passes and one remembers one’s perseverance.” Yoko Ono There is something about the Winter Solstice, the shortest day of the year and the longest night, that marks the true beginning

Mosses in Winter

by Margie Hunter A good friend of mine who introduced me to the beauty of native plants in 1994, Paul Moore, has an alter ego — Moss Man. With patches of moss dangling from his head, he peers around the trunk of a tree sporting a big grin and wide eyes, a grown man totally

There is Nothing Common About Crows

by Joan Greene — Published 10.15.2020 — Tennessee Naturalist Program One early autumn a murder (flock) of crows took over the big oak tree next to my driveway out front. The scene was perfect, rich hues of fallen leaves covered the ground and an abundant crop of acorns lay scattered on the drive. That year

BioBlitz – An Intense Field Study

by Joan Greene According to Wikipedia: A BioBlitz, also written without capitals as bioblitz, is an intense period of biological surveying in an attempt to record all the living species within a designated area. Groups of scientists, naturalists and volunteers conduct the field study over a set period of time. On Saturday, September 12, 2020,