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…

Spectacular Spring Secrets

The beauty of a cloudy spring day seems to stand out against the sunshine-filled days.  Calming gray skies provide depth and clarity to the vernal blush of the cherry blossoms and magnolias, and who needs rays of sunshine when the forsythia is ablaze in a yellow flourish of petals!  Romantic purples of rhododendrons and Eastern…