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#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

#NatureZen: A tender ode to teneral odes

#NatureZen: A tender ode to teneral odes

words and photos by Melissa McMasters, Conservancy Director of Communications I’ve been thinking a lot lately about emergence. When we’re all able to come outside of our homes again, how will we have changed? It seems certain that our concept of safety and security will

#NatureZen: The most fungi we’ve ever had

#NatureZen: The most fungi we’ve ever had

words and photos by Fields Falcone, Overton Park Conservancy Visitor Services Coordinator When you enter the Old Forest, what senses are first engaged? Where in space do you focus? Admittedly and immediately I fall into a lifelong visceral habit of focusing upward with my ears

#NatureZen: Oh, sweet Canada!

#NatureZen: Oh, sweet Canada!

If there’s one question I’m asked most often as a birder, it’s “What’s that bird that sings [distinct whistling song]?” The answer–the singer of the melody often translated as “Oh, sweet Canada Canada“–is the white-throated sparrow. (Listen to it here. To my ears, the second song listed is the

#NatureZen: Our Wildflower Rainbow

#NatureZen: Our Wildflower Rainbow

April greetings, park friends! We know that many of you won’t be visiting the park as much as you’d like this spring, so we’ll continue to bring it to you. Some quick notes before we get to the #NatureZen: If you do walk or bike into

#NatureZen: Get to Know Your Woodpeckers

#NatureZen: Get to Know Your Woodpeckers

Words and photos by Melissa McMasters, Director of Communications As winter turns to spring, we’ll soon see an influx of migratory birds. But for now, let’s spotlight some of the stars of the winter forest: the woodpeckers!Seven species of woodpeckers are regulars in the Old