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The Secret World of Fireflies

By Kayla Edmunds on July 23, 2020
If you look outside on a warm North Country summer night, you’re likely to see tiny blinking lights floating through the sky, disappearing and then reappearing a few feet away. These fireflies (Lampyridae) are not made of fire nor are they flies! They’re actually a member of the beetle order, Coleoptera, the largest known order of organisms in the world with over 350,000 beetle species described…
Poster with the title of blog, The Secret World of Fireflies, and the Nature Up North logo over a picture of fireflies glowing in a dark forest Photnius pyralis (Common Eastern Firefly) on a white fence
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Virtual Nature Coloring Book

By Valeria Maldonado Ortiz on July 14, 2020
Nature Up North presents a virtual nature coloring book! This coloring book features different animals and plants that you can find in the North Country. It includes fun facts about each species, tree identification, and more. Post and tag us in your finished coloring book pages on social media and use the hashtag #colorwithnun. Stay tuned for more coloring pages coming soon!
Virtual Nature Coloring Book Cover American Goldfinch Coloring Page Aster Coloring Page Red Fox Coloring Page Do you know your leaves Coloring page Common Easter Firefly
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Herb Gardening for Beginners

By Valeria Maldonado Ortiz on July 5, 2020
Are you interested in building a small garden at home, but don’t know how to start? Or are you simply looking for a new hobby during quarantine? Keep reading to learn how to get started and the benefits of having a herb garden at your disposal. These herbs are ideal for beginners because they’re easy to grow and take care of!  Find a home for your herbs You can start your herb garden by placing…
Herb Gardening for Beginners Planted Herb Planted Herb
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A Beginner's Guide to Summer Stargazing

By Alyssa Watson on June 30, 2020
As we approach the three-month mark of quarantining at home with our families and loved ones, it is more important than ever to get into nature in creative ways. If you’re working from home with little ones running around, a college student looking for a creative outlet, or simply looking to expand your own horizons, follow our guide to explore the summer night sky. In the North Country, hiking…
A long exposure shot of stars the movement of stars throughout the night sky.
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Nature Up North Photo Contest for 2021 Calendar

By Madison O'Shea on June 30, 2020
July 1st, 2020 to August 9th, 2020 Calling all North Country nature photographers! Got your camera at the ready? Nature Up North is once again hosting our annual calendar contest for nature photos that will be featured in our 2021 wall calendar. At Nature Up North we hope to inspire exploration and appreciation of the North Country environment. One way we do this is through the Encounters feature…
2020 first place photo and calendar cover 2020 calendar winner photos
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Ask A Fairy: Spring 2020 Answers

By Thimble & Blossom on June 16, 2020
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).…
Purple Violet Nature explorer Nature explorer
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"Love Your Mother" Bingo

By Madison O'Shea on May 15, 2020
May 15, 2020 - May 22nd, 2020 Join us for a game of "Love Your Mother" bingo! We've created a virtual bingo game that you can participate in over the next week by completing a variety of outdoor, hands-on and on-line activities all while social distancing. How to Play: 1. Download the bingo card attached below to choose the activities you would like to participate in to complete a row or column…
Love Your Mother Bingo
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The fairies are back for spring 2020!

By Thimble & Blossom on May 5, 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…
Home in Stone Valley Toadstool home Paper birch home
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Ask a Fairy 2020

By Thimble & Blossom on May 5, 2020
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Easy Bird Feeder Designs You Can Make at Home

By Kathryn Jepson on April 27, 2020
While being stuck at home during Earth Week isn’t ideal, there are still many ways you can make a difference and celebrate from home! One great way to benefit your local ecosystem is by making bird feeders. Below are two different ways you can easily make a bird feeder for your yard, depending on what materials you have available. Enjoy!   Wooden Open-Side Birdhouse Feeder     For this project,…
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