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Golden-crowned kinglet

Birds and question marks

Today was the final day of the 2017 Great Backyard Bird Count, an annual citizen-science effort presented by the National Audubon Society and the Cornell Lab of Ornithology. So far during this four-day event, more than 100,000 checklists have been submitted from all over the world by people who spend as little as 15 minutes […]

Chuck-will's-widow

Happy Earth Day, Old Forest

Indulge me while I get a little personal today. Earth Day seems like as good a day as any for me to celebrate my favorite place in Memphis–the Old Forest. In terms of loving nature, I’d call myself a late bloomer. I remember my grandma valiantly trying to teach me the names of the butterflies […]

A Day in the Life, April 2, 2016

Saturday, April 2 was a day of constant activity in the park. The National Multiple Sclerosis Society kicked off the day with its Walk MS event at Rainbow Lake Pavilion, while Liberty Soccer held its regular Saturday-morning practices on the Greensward. Kids practiced their golf swings at The Links, dozens of people enjoyed free yoga, and […]

Scarlet tanager

Notes from Spring Bird Migration

After spending the winter getting to know the cold-weather residents of the Old Forest, I had even more fun watching spring slowly arrive. The wildflowers put on their dazzling show, changing the browns and grays of winter into bold hues of yellow, green, and purple. And the birds quickly followed suit–bright orange, yellow, and red […]