Wildlife Walk 10/8

On the wildlife we saw two White Tailed Deer, Evidence of Raccoons, two Mute Swans, a Juvenile Red-tailed Hawk, Blue Jays, various Sparrows, Spotted Cucumber Beetle, Painted Turtles,  Bullfrogs,  and a baby Garter Snake.

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Dead Catfish

On August first I found these catfish dead in the fore bay of the storm water wetlands. The catfish were the only thing that were dead, painted turtles, sunfish and green frogs were still living in the fore bay and seemed fine. There were about 15 dead fish, they looked skinny and some had weird lumps on them that looked like tumors. If anyone knows what caused them to die please comment.

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Sightings July 9

Today there were a lot of animals out. Near acorn park drive there was a family of White Tailed Deer three fawns and a mother, then later on near Little pond there were two different fawns! There were three blue herons out today one at Yates pond, one at Little pond and one on a mud flat along Little river.  Also there was a Woodchuck munching on some grass in the meadow along acorn park drive.

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Google Earth Alewife Map Project

We made this map to show where we saw our animals. We also added commonality because we don’t want to get your hopes up about seeing that sneaky beaver.

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8th grade science class studies nature at Alewife Reservation- Field Study

Beaver and Nitrate and Nitrite- Study by 8th Graders

Water Benders Power Point- Study by 8th Graders

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Turtle nesting going on by Yates and Little River- Alewife T area

RE: Concern for eggs near Minute Man bike path by Alewife T.
This morning we saw a snapping turtle laying eggs about 1 foot from the bike path on the Fitchburg Cutoff from Alewife.
As the spot is very close to the bike path, you may want to put up a small fencing to redirect them down into the water, otherwise many will get crushed.
Here is the location.
Jeremy Schuur

Sightings Tuesday March 17

At Yates pond, on the other side, in some reeds a pair of geese have a nest, should be seeing some goslings soon! In the storm water wetlands the water is very low which is good and bad, good because it attracted at killdeer to look in the mud for some bugs to eat, and we can see some paw prints from a muskrat walking back into the water, yet it’s bad because people have begun to walk along the water in the reeds. Fine for the people if you don’t mind getting your shoes muddy, yet it is very bad for the wildlife, because right now duck are looking for a place to nest and I know they don’t want some weird human walking around their nest and scaring their chicks. Hopefully more people will stay on the path and won’t disturb the wildlife. Over at Blair pond some geese also have a nest, and there was a Blue heron catching some sunfish as well.

Friends of Alewife Reservation (FAR)