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Where are all the Fireflies?
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Where are all the Fireflies?

Where are all the Fireflies? Who can deny their love for the little beetles that light up our nighttime skies? ...
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Rainwater: The Good and The Bad
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Rainwater: The Good and The Bad

Rainwater: The Good and The Bad   Here at the Pine Barrens Society, we prioritize clean water. Perhaps you’ve seen...
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Monarchs & Milkweed: The Tale of Two Declining Species
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Monarchs & Milkweed: The Tale of Two Declining Species

Monarchs & Milkweed: The Tale of Two Declining Species With its bright orange wing color and thick black outline, it’s...
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Dealing with Eco-Anxiety
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Dealing with Eco-Anxiety

Dealing with Eco-Anxiety Climate change certainly affects our weather patterns, biological diversity, and landscape composition, but climate change can also...
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Shark Week in the Pine Barrens
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Shark Week in the Pine Barrens

Shark Week in the Pine Barrens   Perhaps one of the most anticipated weeks of the summer is finally here....
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Top 5 Favorite Pine Barrens Hiking Spots
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Top 5 Favorite Pine Barrens Hiking Spots

This week on our blog, I’m spilling the beans on some of my favorite Long Island Pine Barrens hiking spots! ...
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Climate Change Impacts Happening on Long Island
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Climate Change Impacts Happening on Long Island

Once upon a time, many of us dismissed the idea of human-caused climate change as a miniscule issue, or some...
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Backyard Birding for Beginners
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Backyard Birding for Beginners

One of my favorite ways to spend a morning is to wake up, pour myself a cup of coffee and...
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The North American Marsupial 
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The North American Marsupial 

The North American Marsupial    Virginia Opossums (Didelphis virginiana) or commonly known as opossums, regularly visit many of our backyards...
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Don’t Make These Common Summer Time Mistakes
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Don’t Make These Common Summer Time Mistakes

Naturally, the warm weather lures us outside after being cooped up all winter. Perhaps you’ve already found yourself having some...
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Summer Water Woes
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Summer Water Woes

Ahhh, summer! Warm weather, sandals, trips to the beach, barbeques and…. harmful algae blooms? Unfortunately, Long Island summers are also...
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It’s Cicada Season on the East Coast
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It’s Cicada Season on the East Coast

  In 2004, the largest cicada population, Brood X, emerged from the ground and filled our trees. 17 years later...
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Fire Keeps the “Pine” in “Pine Barrens”
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Fire Keeps the “Pine” in “Pine Barrens”

The Long Island Pine Barrens is a fire-dependent ecosystem, meaning that the health of the ecosystem depends on consistent wildfire. ...
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4 Native Plants to Add to Your Gardens
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4 Native Plants to Add to Your Gardens

Tis’ the season for gardening.   The Spring season creates a perfect setting to begin planning your home landscaping. If...
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The Power of Forest Bathing
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The Power of Forest Bathing

The benefits of spending time in nature are well-documented.  In fact, we’ve covered this very topic on our blog before...
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Earth Day 2021
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Earth Day 2021

This year, the Earth Day Network announced that the 2021 theme for Earth Day is “Restore Our Earth.” Unknown to...
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Staying Connected to Nature
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Staying Connected to Nature

As the world slowly begins to return to normal, many of us will feel the stressors of our old life...
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Hummingbirds Have Arrived
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Hummingbirds Have Arrived

Hummingbirds are back!   Spring signifies rebirth, as flowers begin to bloom and the natural scenery turns vibrant green. With...
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Tick-Safe Hiking
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Tick-Safe Hiking

It’s no secret that Long Island is a hot-spot for ticks and tickborne illness.  Long Island has the highest rate...
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How Environmentally Friendly is your Closet?
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How Environmentally Friendly is your Closet?

WHAT'S IN YOUR CLOSET? The fast fashion industry has become wildly popular and with that, a mass consumption of clothing...
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