Zoo New England

Field Conservation Blog

News from the Field

Welcome to Zoo New England’s Field Conservation blog! Here, we share some of the amazing work going on “beyond the zoo” at a variety of field sites around New England. Expect tales from the field, interesting nature facts, and the occasional guest post from one of our local – or international! – community partners.

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Our Blog is Going into Hibernation!

But not for too long! It’s December, so the Field Conservation Blog is going to take a little hiatus for the holidays. Don’t worry, we’ll be back in January with more nature facts and detailed coverage of everything the team … Continued

A green growing acorn at the tip of a branch, surrounded by oak leaves.
Local Conservation | Plants

Mast Years

Have you ever heard of a “mast year”? Maybe you haven’t heard the word, but you’ve probably noticed one in the past when it happened. Every few years, nut-bearing trees like oaks and beeches produce a huge bumper crop of … Continued

A strikingly-patterned moth with orange forewings and yellow hindwings is pinned out for display against a blue background.
Local Conservation

Species Feature: Orange Sallow Moth

This week, we have a guest blog post from our Field Technician Jimmy Welch! Here on the blog, we’ve discussed our efforts monitoring insects such as the frosted elfin and plants like New England blazing star, as well as several … Continued

A black and orange beetle is photographed from above as it disg through loose, sandy soil. The fur of a mammalian corpse of some kind occupies the half of the photo to the left of the beetle.
Local Conservation

A Cool Creepy-Crawly for Halloween

Creepy-crawly critters of all kinds take center stage this week as we celebrate Halloween. Here at ZNE Field Conservation central, we love bugs, and our favorite kinds are the rare ones in need of some special help and protection. It … Continued

Meet the Field Conservation Team!

Join us.

If you’re passionate about contributing to the protection of natural treasures right here in New England, we invite you to become a charter member of our new Conservation Society. Roll up your sleeves, and bring the family for a day or evening in the field, or relax and take in expert lectures by our Field Conservation staff and partner organizations.