Winter 2015 has had its share of days with below freezing temperatures, ice, snow, and freezing rain. But some of the moments in the early morning sun show the beauty of this season. This photo was taken on the historic Davis Estate along Rocky Run in Media, PA.
This Cedar of Lebanon (Cedrus libani) tree is part of the historic tree collection at Tyler Arboretum in Media, PA. The tree is part of the Painter Tree Collection and planted some time between 1830 and 1873 by Jacob and Minshall Painter. The fence was recently constructed around the base to prevent visitors from walking on the shallow root system of the tree, in hopes that minimal human interactions will increase the longevity of this plant specimen.
Citizen science projects present opportunities for students to engage in authentic science projects that have them learn about and engage with their local environment, then share their findings with a larger population. One example of a citizen science project is the Picture Post project, which uses digital photography for environmental monitoring. Learn more about this project at the Picture Post website and how you can set up a post at your own school. You can also check out how students at Penn State Brandywine have brought the Picture Post project to their campus at their website: http://sites.psu.edu/picturepost/.
If you viewed the 3-part PBS series on Your Inner Fish, then you have already been introduced to the tetrapod that captures the transition of life moving from water on to land. This fossil specimen, classified as the Tiktaalik roseae, is temporarily housed at the Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University in Philadelphia, PA. To learn more about the Tiktaalik roseae, visit our online collection of resources relating to the book and mini-series.
The Pennsylvania Chapter of The American Chestnut Foundation has over 150 nurseries that are working to restore the American Chestnut tree to the forests and woodlands of Pennsylvania and the Mid-Atlantic states. The American Chestnut was once the dominant tree in our forests before it was erradicated by a fungus. In fact, many Pennsylvania forests consisted of 25% American Chestnut. The PA-TACF has its headquarters in State College, PA, and is working to develop a blight-resistant American chestnut tree via scientific research and breeding, and looks to restore the tree to its native forests along the eastern United States. Pictured here is one of the three nurseries on the Penn State University Park campus.
Winter 2014 is a season we won't forget very soon in Pennsylvania. Southeastern Pennsylvania was hit especially hard, with periods of melting creating some impressive icicles, such as those seen here hanging from the room of Lachford Hall at Tyler Arboretum in Media, PA.