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Fireflies: Vanishing Lights

Fireflies: Vanishing Lights

There’s something magical about fireflies. They twinkle and dance like green stars on warm summer nights, turning our meadows and forest edges into fairyland.

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Early Birds: Connecting Birds and Migration

Early Birds: Connecting Birds and Migration

April is the peak of spring bird migration here at the Houston Arboretum. Tanagers, vireos, warblers, hummingbirds, and many others are flocking to our sanctuary on their journey north from Central and South America.

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St. Patrick’s Day – Houston’s Green Animals

St. Patrick’s Day – Houston’s Green Animals

Happy St. Patrick’s Day! Are you wearing green today? We’re celebrating St. Patty’s Day by appreciating some of the Arboretum animals that sport green every day.

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Spring Migration in Houston

Spring Migration in Houston

Right here, right now, in America’s fourth largest city, we get to experience the trans-Gulf spring migration of millions of songbirds, hawks, warblers, and countless other birds.

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Planting for Pollinators

Planting for Pollinators

Pollination is nearly as important as sunlight and soil when it comes to the reproductive success of plants and flowers. Healthy gardens needs to be visited by pollinators in order to flourish. Learn how to plant for pollinators here.

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Volunteer at the Houston Arboretum

Volunteer at the Houston Arboretum

The mild Houston winter is upon us, and that means daytime temperatures in the low 60’s and sunny skies. A perfect time for you and your group to volunteer at the Houston Arboretum!

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Christmas Bird Count

Christmas Bird Count

The Christmas Bird Count is an early-winter bird census where thousands of volunteers across the United States, Canada and many other countries count birds for one 24 hour period….

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A New Lizard in Town – the Cuban Brown Anole

A New Lizard in Town – the Cuban Brown Anole

You’ve probably noticed the bright lime colored lizards scurrying along fence tops or basking in the sun on tree branches. These are our native species of anole lizards, called green anole. You have probably also…

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Importance of Native Milkweed

Importance of Native Milkweed

The milkweed is the only plant on which monarch butterflies will lay their eggs and caterpillars feed.
We have lost 90% of the monarch population in the last 25 years…

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Weekly Wildflowers of Texas

Weekly Wildflowers of Texas

This summer, we have been talking about and sharing native wildflowers that you can find growing in Houston and southeast Texas…

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