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Ask a Fairy

Woodland fairies answer all your questions about North Country nature!

Ask A Fairy: Spring Into Summer With the Fairies!

We just heard that Thimble and Blossom, our migratory fairy naturalists, are back in the North Country! In the spring they like to bounce on blooming buds, zip around with dragonflies, and take cold dips in freshly melted puddles! Through all their woodland time they’ve become excellent naturalists, and are now here to answer any questions you may have! Between May 27th and June 24th, use the clues to find their homes on trails around the North Country. Once you find their homes, use your phone’s camera to scan the QR code on the sign next to our house.

Ask a Fairy: Fall 2021 Answers

Our fairy friends Thimble Hickory and Blossom Dewdrop wrote back and answered your questions about North Country nature and the lives of fairies. While they're settled into the warmth of the tropics for winter, they're already excited to return to the North Country next spring and they wanted us to say thank you for all your great questions! 

1. Olivia, 21, Are magaritifera known to occur in this stretch of the Grasse?

A fairy house with a birchbark roof and a green door sitting at the base of a tree
Selfie with brown fairy house with bark roof
Cluster of poison ivy, three green leaves

Ask a Fairy: The Fairies Are Back!

We are SO excited to share that the fairies are back! As the leaves begin changing color and the air starts to cool, Thimble and Blossom will be making the long trip south for the winter. Through all of their woodland travels they’ve become great naturalists, talking with toads, playing with opossums, and singing with cicadas.

Brown wooden fairy house in woods with poster nailed to tree behind it
Brown bark covered fairy house hanging in tree with poster below it
White paper-birch covered fairy house resting against log with poster nailed to log next to it

Ask a Fairy Fall 2020

Our fairy friends Thimble Hickory and Blossom Dewdrop are back to answer your questions about North Country nature and the lives of fairies. While they're settled into the warmth of the tropics for winter, they're already excited to return to the North Country next spring! 

 

#1: Cal Lock Morgan, 7, How many clovers are there in the world?

Hi Cal!

Fairy house

Ask a fairy: The fairies are back!

Besides the fall foliage and fresh apple picking available in the fall season, there’s one other thing we all look forward to - the return of the fairies! Each fall Thimble and Blossom migrate through the North Country on their way south for the winter. During their travels they spend a lot of time chatting with chipmunks, lounging with ladybugs, playing with plants. Through all their woodland time they’ve become excellent naturalists, and are now here to answer any questions you may have! Between October 3rd and 31st, use the clues to find our homes on trails around the North Country.

Image of a white birch fairy house nestled against a rock with a poster attached to tree
Image of a brown fairy house at the base of trees with a poster attached to a tree

Ask A Fairy: Spring 2020 Answers

Thank you for visiting the fairies this spring! You had some really great questions and Thimble and Blossom had so much fun answering them. It was especially nice to stay connected while we were apart. The fairies are already up in Canada where they'll be spending the summer, but are excited to come back next fall!

Keep reading below to find Thimble’s and Blossom’s answer(s) to your question(s).

Where are you? (Renee, age 40)

Hi Renee,

Purple Violet
Nature explorer
Nature explorer

The fairies are back for spring 2020!

Come visit our fairy homes! Each spring we migrate through the North Country on our way home for the summer. We live in the woods, where we spend our days bonding with birds, talking with trees, buzzing with bugs, and getting friendly with fungi. As you might guess, we've become expert naturalists. At any time between now and May 26th, find our homes using the clues below. This year, to help us and you stay safe and healthy, use your phone’s camera to scan the QR code on the sign next to our house.

Home in Stone Valley
Toadstool home
Paper birch home

Spring Fairy House Clues

Come visit our fairy homes! Each spring we migrate through the North Country on our way home for the summer. We live in the woods, where we spend our days bonding with birds, talking with trees, buzzing with bugs, and getting friendly with fungi. As you might guess, we've become expert naturalists. At any time between now and May 13th, find our homes using the clues below and leave notes with your nature questions inside. Please also leave your first name and age, so we can address you personally when we reply!

Fairy house at the Nicandri Nature Center
Fairy house at Indian Creek Nature Center
Fairy house on the SUNY Canton trail

Ask A Fairy: Fall 2018 Answers

 

Thanks for visiting the fairies this fall and leaving your notes inside! You had some really great questions, and Thimble and Blossom had so much fun answering them. They are already down in the tropics where they'll be spending the winter, but are excited to come back next spring!

Keep reading below to find your question among the others, and let us know if you have any questions. Thanks!

 

fairy house