Exploring the Corey-Bourquin Field Trail

 

Corey-Bourquin Field starts as a walk along an active hay field and then the trail loops through a forest for an easy and gentle walk. This is a great trail to take kids on, as the terrain is easy. As one enters the woods and walks in a counter-clockwise direction, the trail parallels the hayfield, passing through a second growth pine woods. Turning north, it dips down toward a hardwood swamp to the right. Note the large patches of haircap moss that carpet the forest floor as the trail turns west, passing a former open field, now overgrown.

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Wood Fern (Dryopteris)

Along the trails you will find a variety of fiddleheads of different species of ferns. Here we see last year’s fronds and this year’s fiddleheads of the wood fern.

 
 

Feral apples in our New England Forests are a sign of past human use of the landscape. They often mark where an old orchard or homestead was.

Feral apple blossoms in early May.
 

Even this early in the growing season we can see signs of insects feeding on plants. It is worth pausing and investigating who is munching on a leaf, you never know what you might find!

 
Queen bumblebee (Bombus sp.)

Buzzing around the forest are bumblebee queens, busy collecting pollen, nectar, and finding a nesting site for the summer.

 
green field speedwell (Veronica agrestis)

Along sunny trails, fields, and even in your own backyard you can find these two tiny plants.

Cinquefoil and Speedwell
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