Inspiration From a Wildflower Meadow

The following is an excerpt taken this year from my journal, “Meadow Walking,” an attempt to document the delights of our native wildflower meadow through the seasons.  This meadow is located in front of the Willistown Conservation Trust office on Providence Road in Newtown Square and has been flourishing in place of a traditional lawn for…

Autumn Songbird Banding at Rushton Farm – A Community Treasure

Fall has arrived, which means 20 billion birds are burning through the night sky with the big dipper at their backs as they navigate the stars on their way to the tropics.  As you lie cozy in your bed, think of a tiny warbler —weighing no more than a third of an ounce —flying 200 miles…

Our Woodland Bird Nursery + Highlights from Spring Migration

Two weeks ago the Strawberry Moon rose within the Cusp of Magic.  In times past this full moon was so named because it occurred when the Native Americans were harvesting their ripe summer strawberries.   Though the wild meadows of Rushton are not filled with strawberries, the magical moonbeams must have whispered something sweet that night to the Common…