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#NatureZen: Spring Firsts

#NatureZen: Spring Firsts

The last week has been full of somber anniversaries and memories of when the world shut down. It’s been a year of loss, sacrifice, too much isolation (or too much togetherness!), and reorientation. It’s been a year to find solace in nature, and we’re so

#NatureZen: Crisis at the Feeders (Part 1)

#NatureZen: Crisis at the Feeders (Part 1)

In a special two-part NatureZen, our Programs Manager Fields Falcone sends a dispatch from last week’s extraordinary weather event, which she spent watching over a flock of desperate birds that on some days reached into the hundreds or thousands. In today’s post, she tackles some

#NatureZen: Winter Hunters

#NatureZen: Winter Hunters

For our inaugural 2021 #NatureZen, we’re looking at some birds that are more noticeable in the winter than they are during the rest of the year: the birds of prey. (I suppose this will probably stretch the definition of zen for some of you!) Birds

#NatureZen: Happiness is a Wealth of Birds

#NatureZen: Happiness is a Wealth of Birds

A recent study in Ecological Economics found that living in an area with a high diversity of birds is just as important to a person’s happiness as their income. “The happiest Europeans are those who can experience numerous different bird species in their daily life, or who

#NatureTerror: What Are You Afraid Of?

#NatureTerror: What Are You Afraid Of?

Happy Halloween week, friends! Today’s edition of #NatureZen is decidedly un-Zen, as we asked you to share your deepest nature-related fears with us. We hope that it’s a light-hearted look at some creatures who are perhaps less conventionally lovable than some of the ones we

#NatureZen: Backyard Chickens

#NatureZen: Backyard Chickens

A huge THANK YOU to all who donated to our matching-gift campaign for re-opening park facilities! We reached our $5,000 community goal, and International Paper will be generously adding a $10,000 match. We can’t express our appreciation enough for your support during this difficult year! We

#NatureZen: Notecards + Calligrapher Flies

#NatureZen: Notecards + Calligrapher Flies

We’re excited to announce that you can now bring home a little bit of #NatureZen! As a holiday gift to yourself or a friend, pre-order a set of notecards featuring five of our favorite photos featured in past editions of #NatureZen. For $20, you’ll receive

#NatureZen: Thistle Defense

#NatureZen: Thistle Defense

Hello, Overton Park friends! We’ve got some fun news coming soon on how you can bring a piece of #NatureZen home, so look for that in our next e-mail. For today, we’re focusing on a plant that gets a bad rap. Thistles are a plant

#NatureZen: Let’s Talk About Sphex

#NatureZen: Let’s Talk About Sphex

Words and photos by Melissa McMasters I’ll admit it: today’s look at the creatures of the Old Forest is a bit of an image rehab project. When most of us think about wasps, we think about the paper wasps that build their nests on our