Explore—Winter 2019

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Explore Winter 2019 cover (Northern Flicker © Cheryl Rose)
Northern Flicker © Cheryl Rose

Bark, Buds, & Twigs: An Introduction to Winter Tree Identification

Without their leafy cloaks, winter woodlands in Massachusetts become a wash of unknown brown and gray trunks, branches chattering in the wind. But with a little practice and a field guide or two, you will discover that everything needed to identify a tree is available in the dormant season, helping your identification skills year-round.

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Waterfowl in the Winter

Winter is a particularly fine season to appreciate waterfowl (ducks, geese, and swans). In the summer, the colorful males wear a less colorful, female-like plumage called eclipse plumage. By late fall and winter, however, the majority of species return to wearing their bright and more colorful breeding plumages.

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Raising Nature Heroes: Early Childhood Education at Mass Audubon

As a nature-based early childhood education leader in Massachusetts and New England, Mass Audubon has an opportunity to give all children and families access to nature play and learning—and it’s an opportunity that we aren’t taking for granted.

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In Your Words: Mia Papazian

At age 14, Mia Papazian loves hip-hop, dance, Spanish class, ice hockey, and camp. She has attended Boston Nature Center (BNC) Summer Camp in Mattapan since she was five. We asked this nature hero to tell us what keeps her coming back every summer.

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By the Numbers: Energy

Here at Mass Audubon, we believe in leading by example. That’s why we’re taking steps to reduce our carbon footprint more and more each year and we hope to inspire our members and visitors to do the same.

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Young Explorers: Let It Snow

Don’t let Elsa fool you! Snowflakes won’t appear at the flick of a wrist, but the way they’re formed is just as magical.

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 Web exclusives! Learn how to identify a snow crystal's shape and make your own six-sided snowflake.