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Off the Beaten Path – Little Bits of Paradise in Pittsburgh

Off the Beaten Path - Little Bits of Paradise in Pittsburgh

When you think of gardens in Pittsburgh, Phipps Conservatory & Botanical Garden in Oakland, the Biblical Botanical Garden at Rodef Sholem Synagogue, and the Pittsburgh Botanic Garden near Settler’s Cabin Park immediately spring to mind. But there are other lesser-known gardens and arboretums in the area that are no shrinking violets when it comes to natural beauty. The Arboretum at Penn State In the mood for […]

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Bald Eagles: The Birds Are Back in the ‘Burgh

Bald Eagles: The Birds Are Back in the 'Burgh

You’ve got to feel for the poor peregrine falcons in Pittsburgh. They were all the sensation when they began nesting in Pittsburgh in 1991, but recently, they’ve been shunted from the limelight by the return of bald eagles to the Pittsburgh area.  The Audubon Society is excited to announce that, in addition to the Hays Bald Eagle Nest WebCam that’s been running the past few […]

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Christmas Bird Count

Christmas Bird Count

This Christmas, you may want to leave the partridge in his pear tree and the three French hens in France and instead, give a gift to the birds by taking part in the National Audubon Society’s annual Christmas Bird Count. For more than 100 years, volunteers across the United States, Canada, and many other nations in the Western Hemisphere, have participated in this bird census, […]

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The American Chestnut: “The Giant that Once Lived in the Woods of Pittsburgh”

The American Chestnut: "The Giant that Once Lived in the Woods of Pittsburgh"

We all marvel at the giant redwood trees that dot the coastal area of Northern California, but did you know that at one time the eastern part of the nation had another colossal tree? Nicknamed the “redwood of the east,” the American chestnut grew to 100 feet or more and had trunks that often spanned 16 feet in diameter. Unlike the Cowardly Lion in the […]

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Ten Common Trees Found in Our Neck of The Woods

Ten Common Trees Found in Our Neck of The Woods

Since Pittsburgh is located in Pennsylvania, which means “Penn’s woods,” you know the region must have many trees. Sometimes you don’t really appreciate how thickly forested the area is until you travel to another part of the country. The first time I visited Cheyenne, Wyoming, where the trees are few and far between, I saw a T-shirt that said, “The Wyoming State Tree.” It was a […]

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Phipps Conservatory – A Grand Idea

Phipps Conservatory 						-						A Grand Idea

In the late 1800s, traveling any great distance was expensive, time-consuming, and inconvenient. Television and radio were yet to be invented and the first primitive cars were just coming on the scene. Manned flight was still years away. For the average person, the chance of ever seeing a cactus or a palm tree outside of a book was only a dream. Yet throughout history, perhaps […]

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Pittsburgh Botanic Garden: Paradise Found

Pittsburgh Botanic Garden: Paradise Found

With the opening of the Pittsburgh Botanic Garden located in Collier and North Fayette Townships, Pittsburghers may have regained paradise. The sprawling 460-acre garden is situated on abandoned mining land and when completed, will be one of the largest botanic gardens in the world, and the only one in the United States constructed on reclaimed land. The garden has been two decades in the making […]

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Ten Birds You Might See in Pittsburgh

Ten Birds You Might See in Pittsburgh

  One indicator of an environment’s health is a vibrant avian population. With the abundance of wooded areas in and around Pittsburgh, it’s no wonder that according to Birding.com there were 397 species seen in Pennsylvania, making Western Pennsylvania a great place to spot our feathered friends. Most of the time, we go about our lives paying little attention to the birds around us. We […]

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