Soutter Field and Hubbard Brook Farmfield are iconic farming landscapes, with cows grazing in the field and cornstalks appearing in their rows in spring. Yet behind them lie another 65 acres of the forested floodplain of the Sudbury River, Bigelow Woods. At first along the trail you can see plants associated with human modified landscapes, but once you are back into Bigelow Woods there are lots of species iconic to New England floodplain forests and wetlands.
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The fiddlehead structures of ferns species are just coming up. Note that all ferns have fiddleheads (this is a botanical “anatomy” term), and there is one fern that has the common name of “Fiddlehead Fern.” This just goes to show how confusing common names can be at times!
One of the very first pollinators to emerge in the spring in New England is the Unequal Cellophane Bee (Colletes inaequalis), at least this is the best guess at the identification of this little native bee!
A delightful sign of late April in New England is this small, white and wonderful smelling understory flower – Wood Anemone (Anemone quinquefolia)!
In our human modified landscapes, we often find plants in pastures, backyards, and along roadways that are not native, but still interesting to note as they have naturalized. One includes this plant, henbit deadnettle (Lamium amplexicaule). Gotta love the names of some plants!
Another aspect of human modified landscapes is unwanted insects, like the Hemlock Wooly Adelgid (Adelges tsugae) that damages North American Hemlock trees. This insect is particularly difficult to manage, and was introduced to North America accidentally.
Join mycologist Lawrence Millman to explore fungi found in Wright Woods and Simon Willard Woods during this drought autumn.
Mushrooms during a drought year
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water chestnut (Trapa natans)
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20 Minutes Well Spent
Join in exploring the lands of the Concord watershed to learn about science, history, art and other topics this summer!
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Five common ferns
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Birds in Spring
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Exploring the Corey-Bourquin Field Trail
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Meandering through Upper Spencer Brook Valley
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Nature found at Hubbard Brook Farmfield and Bigelow Woods
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April in Wright Woods
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