How You Like Me Now? Crowds Get Heavy at Rushton

This week of banding was a whirlwind of feathers, fanatics, and fog.  It began with our bi-annual Open House last Saturday, which brought over 80 visitors to the preserve including our old friend, the sun.  The crowd was an exuberant mix of children in our Rushton Nature Keepers club, students from University of Pennsylvania, and…

It’s Raining Warblers, Hallelujah!

Late September is a thrilling time of abundance in the natural world.  As more yellow leaves begin to hustle to the earth ahead of the equinox, the goldenrod finds its stride, and deep purple asters become more plentiful.  Butterflies seem to be more omnipresent now than ever, energized by the late season nectar, and their caterpillars…

Put the Lime in the Chestnut-side

  Strikingly different from the deep calico colors it flaunts during breeding season, the fall Chestnut-sided Warbler is still a sight to behold.  Sporting a stunning lime green poncho and snow white underparts, it bears an uncanny resemblance to the present meadow landscape of Rushton, in which the rich yellow blanket of goldenrod is broken…