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“Herp” Awakenings in the Brandywine region

Tuesday, March 6, 2018

Early spring in the Brandywine Valley and the surrounding area is the ideal time to look and listen for herps. “Herps” is short for Herpetofauna—the collective term for both reptiles and amphibians. Someone who studies herps, either as an amateur or professional, is called a...

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What We Love About Fall in the Brandywine Valley

Wednesday, November 22, 2017

One of the best perks of working for the Brandywine Conservancy is that around this time of year we get to spend so much of our time outside enjoying the glorious Brandywine Valley. Whether we are organizing a volunteer tree planting, doing our annual walk-through on one of our easement...

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Returning to Chester County’s Biking Paradise

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Having spent five years battling heat, humidity, head-winds, and a dearth of paved country roads in Kansas, I couldn’t be more thrilled than to now have Chester County and its surrounding environs as the backdrop for my many miles in the saddle.  So, you ask, what makes this such a special...

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How Wasps Make Beautiful and Complex “Oak Apples”

Thursday, July 6, 2017

Recently, land stewardship staff came across these mysterious puff-balls on an oak tree while out in the field. With a little research, we learned that these are galls, sometimes known as “oak apples.”“Oak apple galls” are leaves that have developed into a thin sphere because wasps have...

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