Recently I acquired some extension tubes for my camera which allowed me to try my hand at some up-close insect photos. The insects of the Alewife Reservation have been my (sometimes) obliging subjects these past few months.
Coming from the birding world, this was a change of pace for me. There was a surprising amount of insect diversity to be seen and photographed here along the wildflower meadows on the north side of the reserve! I was very pleased to find this space saved for outdoor passive recreation as well as crucial habitat for the wildlife community here. And so close to public transportation!
I have been entering each of these records into iNaturalist.org to help science record the occurrence of these species in our area. I encourage everyone to submit their photos so we can flesh out the abundance of wildlife found at Alewife! There are currently 306 species totaled here (ranging from deer to bald eagles to dragonflies) with many more just waiting to be added.
So the next time you are walking the trail or boardwalk and stumble across a curious bug, bird, plant, or mushroom, snap a pic and upload it to iNaturalist. There, a community of fellow citizen scientists will help identify it and we can keep track of all the life dependent on this habitat.
Happy trails! -Mike Mulqueen