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DIY Bees & Butterflies

Toilet paper tubes can be repurposed for all sorts of crafts and hours of creativity. In this fun activity, take some inspiration from our summer pollinators and make your own DIY bees and butterflies using recycled toilet paper tubes.
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Jewels of the Night

Fireflies delight people of all ages, and they’re prolific at this time of year.  

Summer is not complete without spending a few, warm summer evenings watching or catching these lighted beetles!  There are at least 170 species of fireflies in North America, and they may be...

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Why Birds Bathe

It might seem like common sense, but have you ever wondered why birds bathe?  

It’s been a hot summer. Even here in Western Pennsylvania, we had more 90-degree days in July than we have had in several years. And while our rainfall is slightly above the normal...

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Algae & Duckweed: The Costs and Benefits

Some of the most common aquatic vegetation found in Pennsylvania ponds is duckweed and filamentous algae. Despite a similar appearance from afar, they are two very different plants that, although typically beneficial for ponds, can have a negative effect if found in excessive...

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DIY "Stained Glass" Butterfly

With summer in full swing, many more species of butterflies and moths are appearing in the landscape around us. Evoke those bold summertime colors and create your own prismatic butterfly with this fun activity!
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