Curator’s Corner

Survival Adaptations: How Trees Cope with Winter

by Michael Gambino, Curator

Most people don’t think about trees having to survive the winter. That’s probably because we see the same trees year after year and they tend to look pretty much the same. They are always there, silent and uncomplaining through heat and sleet and gloom of night. They are not furry, comical, or cute. They do not demonstrate athletic or predatory prowess as do the animals great and small that we admire, so it’s easy to forget about the trees in our lives. Yet they are every bit as amazing, inspiring, and tough as other life forms on earth. Just as with our furred, finned, and feathered brothers and sisters, trees have been “tested” by evolutionary fires, and their strategies for survival – their adaptations – are pure and proven genius. ... Read More

Beneath the Snows of Winter: the Subnivean Zone

by Michael Gambino, Curator

Winter is a challenging season for wildlife. The adaptations and survival strategies of many species here in the cold Northeast are tested once more, as they have been for thousands of years. ... Read More

Winter Gifts for the Animals

by Michael Gambino, Curator

Conservation of energy is the number one law in nature. For wildlife, Dove in Winterwinter is a time of diminishing food resources. a time of diminishing food resources. Even a small handful of seeds offered can mean the difference between life and death. ... Read More

Springtime at the Sanctuary

by Michael Gambino, Curator

During the spring season it is important to remind people who enjoy not only the sanctuary and other county parks, but their own backyards as well, that it is high season for the birthing and raising of baby animals. ... Read More

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