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Earth Matters : The Names Behind the Plants

By David Spector

I enjoy plants — foliage, flowers, and relationships of plants with humans, relationships often reflected in names. English plant names, for example, show a complex history of invasions into England, invasions by the English into the rest of the world, and interaction with dozens of languages from around the world. Here I consider a handful of western Massachusetts plant names.

Published in Earth Matters on June 24, 2022.

Earth Matters : Walrus on thin ice: A challenge for them and an opportunity to help

By Tom Litwin

What weighs 1.5 tons, is 12 feet long, has enlarged canine teeth that can grow to over 36 inches and is featured in a Beatles song? If you guessed walrus, you’re correct. Here in Massachusetts, we tend not to think much about walrus, but there’s an opportunity for you to virtually travel to the Arctic in search of walrus. Here’s some background…

Published in Earth Matters on June 10, 2022.

Earth Matters : Shed a little light on your local stream

By Christine Hatch

During the past couple of weeks I’ve been thinking about emergence. This is the time of year, as spring starts, that green is exploding out of every pore in the landscape. After winter, when so much is buried underground, the sudden flourish when sunlight reaches us is always a welcome shock…

Published in Earth Matters on May 27, 2022.

Blog Hitchcock Animal Care : Cycling the Painted Turtle Aquarium

By Patrick o’Roark

Recently we unexpectedly received two painted turtles at the Hitchcock Center. They were surrendered to us by someone that couldn’t give them the care they needed anymore. I’m not entirely sure if they were captive bred or taken from the wild, but based on their behavior it is clear that they’ve been pets for a good portion of their life.

Published in Blog, Hitchcock Animal Care on April 5, 2017.

Blog eNewsletter : Hitchcock Receives Prestigious Commonwealth Award for STEM to STEAM Program with Holyoke Public Schools

By Patty O’DOnnell

The Hitchcock Center is excited to announce that, in partnership with Enchanted Circle Theater (ECT), it is receiving a prestigious 2015 Commonwealth Award. Presented every two years by the Massachusetts Cultural Council (MCC), the Commonwealth Awards shine a spotlight on the extraordinary contributions made by the arts, sciences, and humanities to education, economic vitality, and quality of life in communities across the state.

Published in Blog, eNewsletter on February 24, 2015.

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