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Heron On The Hunt Photo by George Mclean From the photographer: "Here is a mature heron fishing in Jerry's pond for baby food. They don't have to travel, they use the fish from the pond. The pond the birds and animals have a symbiotic relationship! Nature has itself (with help from some wise people ) created this small paradise. How long would it take to destroy it ? Do you remember the 'Silver Maple Forest'? There are condos there now! As the Joni Mitchell song said, 'Take down the woods and put up a parking lot.' We don't want that to happen again."
Blue Boy In Flight Photo by George Mclean From the photographer: "He flew north when he left [Jerry's Pit]. There are many great blues nesting in Spot Pond, or perhaps to the Cambridge nest? I sat in one spot a week ago, on Lime Ave in Mount Auburn Cemetery for 5 days, 3 hours a day. The apple trees were in bloom and I took thousands of photos of the birds flocking to the trees. I scouted the Jerry's pit area looking for the nest, but got lucky and got this take-off photo of this big guy, 'Blue Boy', a local to all the area ponds."
Blue Boy Eating A Turtle Photo by George Mclean From the photographer: "I have found out from watching great blue herons that they will eat any thing! Chipmunks... other birds... fish... and turtles. Here is "Blue Boy" with a turtle by the tail. He walked slowly to the shore and ate it. Aterwards, he preened himself in satisfaction! "
Great Blue Heron Nest At Jerry's Pond Photo by Kathy Johnson From the photographer: "Thought this nesting heron was Lady Kronker but likely Kronker himself by photo... He's feeding his young (too small to be seen yet), but the nest is *high* up at the far end of the Pond. Building is in background with 3 towers. There is a lot of activity going on at the nests sometimes (feeding).....They don't seem to mind being seen."
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.
Historical information (Powerpoint)
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.