Arboretum Update, October 3rd 2018

 

Autumn is a wonderful time to visit the arboretum, especially as the leaves start to change colors.

October 15 through November 15 tends to be the best time to witness the beautiful changes. While every fall is different, Mother Nature always puts on a great show and we hope you come to visit soon.

We are open everyday from 9:00 am – 4:00 pm. “No Ticket Required. Just Climb Aboard.”

The beginning of fall has been busy at the arboretum. Here are just a few of the exciting things happening around the grounds:

Widener University Volunteers

This fall, Widener University nursing students, professors, and other volunteers have been studying and working in our reserve.

So far they have completed a stream clean-up, spread wood chips to prevent erosion, and started to clean the front gardens.

They are planning to come back soon to repair more paths damaged by the recent heavy rain.

A Season of Rain, Bringing the Good and Bad

September brought an abundant amount of rain, which many of the plants in the Arboretum benefited from but so did some invasive vines such as Mile-a-Minute and Wild Morning Glory. We have been working on removing these vines by hand pulling them or cutting them.

The rain has also brought in a high population of mosquitoes. If you plan on visiting the arboretum soon, we advise wearing sensible attire and applying a repellent to protect yourself.

Fall Fitness Programs

Interested in a leisurely morning walk around the arboretum and exploring the beauty the arboretum has to offer?

Our Wake and Walk program is offered by the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) and is currently meeting weekly on Tuesdays from 9:00 – 10:15 am.

Starting October 17th, OLLI will be running a new five-session course called Moving Meditation. This program will be held in the front gardens or in the Great Room if there is rain.

Learn more about OLLI programs at the arboretum by visiting the OLLI website or calling 610-499-4279. Hope to see you there!

Beautiful Birds

The meadows are filled with the radiant goldenrod flowers, which have attracted many birds into our reserve as they are migrating through. Some frequently spotted species include:

  • Blackbirds
  • Robins
  • Warblers
  • Hawks

Many local bird watches have visited and recommended the arboretum as a great place for watching wildlife. If you would like to see some of the recent bird sightings, check out the Taylor Arboretum on eBird.

Arboretum Update, August 27, 2018

 

Monarch Mania

The Arboretum seems to be hosting the best monarch butterfly population in years. Building from the first sighting in mid-June and sporadic sightings in July, we have seen multiple monarchs in August, including a pair mating. We suspect that by mid-September there will be a nice number of butterflies emerging from their cocoons. Then they will be off to Cape May and will migrate to Fir Forests in the mountains of Mexico where they will spend the winter.

Monarch populations have been in decline for decades so it is encouraging to see this upswing.

Arboretum Abundance Shared Throughout the Region

At the end of every winter, we collect cuttings and divisions of various plants, then pot and care for them in the Arboretum’s nursery. Now that it’s late summer and they are ready to be planted in the ground, we are donating these plants to local environmental groups and institutions.

Over the past 10 years, we have donated more than 500 plants to institutions such as the The Heinz Wildlife Preserve, The CRC Watershed Association, Glen Providence Park, and Delco Anglers. You may even notice a few of our plants on Widener’s Main Campus this fall.

Nature Makes for One Wild Classroom

Speaking of fall, the fall semester has already started, and we look forward to visits from Widener students. We mainly see undergraduate students from the biology department on the grounds taking classes and conducting research. However, there is also a Walking and Talking Class once a week for extended learning students. Last spring and summer we logged more than 400 student hours at the arboretum. Studying the ways of the natural world is an important part of our mission so we look forward to welcoming even more students this semester.

Let’s see what we can learn!