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#NatureZen: Peopling the Park

#NatureZen: Peopling the Park

Today we welcome a special guest author to #NatureZen. Dr. Ronné Adkins is the Memphis Field Office Regional Director of External Affairs for the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation. He has over fifteen years of experience in public service and the environmental field. Dr. Adkins earned

#NatureZen: Little Pinocchios

#NatureZen: Little Pinocchios

Hope you’ve enjoyed this week’s beautiful weather by spending some quality time at Overton Park! For today’s #NatureZen, we’ll take a journey with two of the park’s newest residents. Words and photos by Melissa McMasters On July 14, I was taking a masked-up walk through the

#NatureZen: Find That Moth!

#NatureZen: Find That Moth!

Happy National Moth Week, everyone! This week we celebrate the beauty and life cycle of an organism with more than 150,000 species worldwide. Because most moths are nocturnal, there are a vast number of species that we may encounter only rarely. But there are plenty of

#NatureZen: The Magical World of Amphibians

#NatureZen: The Magical World of Amphibians

Today, we’re thrilled to have a guest edition of #NatureZen by Dr. Sinlan Poo, a Research Scientist at the Memphis Zoo. Dr. Poo is a behavioral ecologist who is broadly interested in parental care, predator-prey interactions, reproductive ecology, and reintroduction biology. Though her research is primarily focused on

#NatureZen: Hop to It!

#NatureZen: Hop to It!

We’ve got a quick update for you on the future of Rust Hall. The search committee will recommend to Mayor Strickland that the National Ornamental Metal Museum be the next tenant, expanding its programming into Rust Hall while converting its downtown location into an artist-in-residence

#NatureZen: Delicate Dancers

#NatureZen: Delicate Dancers

For this edition of #NatureZen, we’re traveling a bit beyond the borders of Overton Park. To find the delicate creatures we’re admiring today, we need access to water, especially rivers and streams. Choose a spot along the Wolf River Greenway, for example, and look down

#NatureZen: Leaving the Nest

#NatureZen: Leaving the Nest

In your recent outdoor wanderings, you may have come across one of spring’s great gifts: the baby bird! Many of our resident songbirds are busy raising their young right now, training them to fly and find food. A baby bird that has begun to develop

#NatureZen: The Pawpaw and the Swallowtail

#NatureZen: The Pawpaw and the Swallowtail

by Melissa McMasters, Conservancy Director of Communications “Everything’s connected.” This phrase is never more true than when we’re examining ecosystems, and how every organism depends on another for its survival. Trees and flowers need insects to carry their pollen to other plants in order to

Overton Park Big Day

To celebrate #GivingTuesdayNow, we held a birding Big Day with a goal of identifying 65 bird species in the park in a single day. Here’s an archive of what we found. (Remember to make your gift to support the care of our incredible habitat!) Part

#NatureZen: Getting Ready for a Big Day

Today’s edition of Nature Zen will be short and sweet, as our staff prepares for #GivingTuesdayNow, coming up next week on May 5. This annual day of giving usually falls on the Tuesday after Thanksgiving, but organizers have added a second call for donations this