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Cooling Off: Summer Nightlife

Cooling Off: Summer Nightlife

Summer in Houston means one thing – HEAT. But while we enjoy our ice cream and AC, we may wonder – how do animals cool off in a Houston summer?

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Give Toads a Chance

Give Toads a Chance

Toads aren’t big, majestic,or fuzzy. Many think they’re gross and give you warts, but we’ve got the facts. Learn more and give toads a chance!

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Dragonflies and Damselflies: Beasts and Beauties

Dragonflies and Damselflies: Beasts and Beauties

Dragonflies and damselflies are closely related, but how do you tell these swift, colorful insects apart and why would you want them around your garden?

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The Buzz About Honey

The Buzz About Honey

We all love honey – that sweet, golden stuff goes in our tea, on our toast, and in countless other delicious treats. We also know that honey comes from bees. But what IS honey, and why do bees make it?

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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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