butterfly with tattered wings by David Goldstein

Flying on Tattered Wings

In Greek mythology, Icarus attempted to escape from Crete by flying to the mainland, using wings that his father crafted by waxing feathers to Icarus’ arms. However, Icarus flew too close to the sun, the wax melted, and the feathers…

male monarch butterfly on common milkweed, photo by david goldstein

Got Milkweed?

As the name implies, milkweeds – a group of plants in the genus Asclepias – are weedy plants. They are characteristic of disturbed habitats like forest edges and open meadows, and though they are perennials, they also produce copious wind-borne…

rainbow over football practice at Schoolhouse Park

Athletic Field Survey

The Centerville-Washington Park District maintains 20 soccer game fields, 18 baseball/softball diamonds, 2 football game fields, 2 lacrosse game fields, 5 acres of lacrosse practice area, 5.5 acres of football practice area and 20 acres of soccer practice fields! We…

bumblebees on grey headed coneflowers

Where Have All the Insects Gone?

It’s the middle of summer; mosquitoes are buzzing, the nighttime chorus of crickets and katydids is picking up volume, and we’re just coming down from an emergence of periodical cicadas. It might seem like an odd time to be asking:…

bluebirds with nesting material on next box

If You Build It, They Will Come

Birds’ nests serve a number of functions. One of those, of course, is to provide a secure place to lay and incubate eggs and, for many species, to raise young. In addition, the design and structure of nests may help…

mating american toads with a string of eggs in the water

Toads at a Cocktail Party

In some ways, frogs and toads (amphibians in the order Anura, meaning “no tail”) are visual creatures. Their eyes are finely attuned to movement, and they feed on insects that make the mistake of crossing their visual paths. But when…

Schoolhouse Park shelter

Shelter Reservations Resume

Perfect for birthday parties, graduation parties, family reunions and more, large group shelters are available in eight of the Centerville-Washington Park District community parks. Reservations for the 2021 calendar year may be made beginning at 8:00 a.m. Thursday, April 1.…