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FAR, DCR and Earthwatch had a combined event on April 28th, 2018 at Alewife Reservation where a group of volunteers participated in DCR's Park Serve Day and an iNaturalist BioBlitz. It was a lovely sunny day out and the crew helped clean the reservation just in time for spring. Earthwatch showed people the iNaturalist mobile app to help collect wildlife sightings and compete in the global City Nature Challenge. Go Boston!

The iNaturalist citizen-scientist mobile app can help record any organism spotted within Alewife Reservation and help you identify it. It is free and open to the public and can prove a powerful tool for conservation. See recent sightings here.

18 citizen-scientists joined us for a walk around Alewife where we recorded 89 species, including a new species for Alewife: the DeKay's Brown Snake, Storeria dekayi!

Many thanks to everyone who organized and participated in this event!

A De Kay's snake (also known as a 'northern brown snake'). This is the first time this snake has been reported in the Alewife area! Many thanks to Stanley Rullman for permission to use his picture!

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About Friends of Alewife Reservation

The Alewife Reservation is a unique natural resource for the communities of Belmont, Arlington and Cambridge and home to hundreds of species, including hawks, coyotes beavers, snapping turtles, wild turkeys and muskrats, the reservation is a unique natural resource for the community.
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Friends of Alewife Reservation works to protect and restore this wild area and the surrounding area for the water quality, native plants, animals and over 90 bird species with paths for walking, running and biking, recreation, and for classroom education and research. We regularly steward and preserve the Reservation area for wildlife and for the enjoyment of present and future generations.

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The Birds of the Cambridge Region of Massachusetts

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