We would like to introduce our arboretum's new horticulturist, Brian VanPatten
wife have lived in the Flint area for five years and Brian
comes to us from the City of Flint, Parks and Forestry Division.He has a Bachelor of Science Degree in Forestry from Michigan Technological University in Houghton.He is a certified arborist and registered forester and is looking forward to working within the Genesee County Parks System.
For me, one of the surest signs that winter is almost over is the black silhouette in the sky gliding in a lazy circle, occasionally "bobbling" a bit to correct course and catch the prevailing thermal air current.Wings extended in a shallow V, wingtips separated into "fingers," head so small it seems to be borrowed from another bird, the turkey vulture looks for its lunch.It's seeking carrion, a dead animal hit by a car or a leftover from winter.We now know that to find its food the vulture literally follows its nose. (Therein lies a hilarious tale.See David Attenborough's wonderful Life of Birds for a historic controversy: does sight or sound guide the vulture to its meal?)