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.

Wildlife Walk Sightings 5/14/2016

On Saturdays wildlife walk we saw a wide range of different animals that frequent the reservation in the spring, as well as some animals that are pretty hard to find. In the storm water wetlands we first saw A pair of Brown Headed Cowbirds ,from then on we saw a Crayfish in the Fore bay and  tons of Green Frogs thought the wetlands. We also saw a beautiful Green Heron hunting some fish along the edge of some reeds.  We also saw many baby Painted Turtles. From there we moved up the north trail and saw evidence of Coyote, Deer, and even Otter (some clams broken apart). We saw a few Yellow Warblers and also heard a Belted Kingfisher. We also saw a few reptilian residents such as Ribbon Snakes and an American Toad. Walking back down the trail we came upon a baby Common Snapping turtle sitting in the middle of the path, so we marveled at its huge claws and powerful jaws. All and all it was a great walk and a very nice day.

April birding drama at Alewife- Jim Guion- Arlington Birds/eBird Report

Just ‘had’ to get in a bit of birding in this morning on the way to work this morning, so I walked the Alewife Reservation path starting at Acorn Park this morning.
Highlights were FOY 8 Yellow Warblers and FOY 5 Warbling Vireos, all singing away.  Also one Blue-headed Vireo singing and posing nicely.

Jim Guion
Arlington, MA

Full eBird report:

Alewife Reservation, Cambridge, Middlesex County, Massachusetts, US
Date and Effort
Fri Apr 29, 2016 8:45 AM
Party Size:
1 hour(s), 40 minute(s)
2.0 mile(s)
Jim Guion
33 species total
Canada Goose Branta canadensis
Mallard Anas platyrhynchos
Double-crested Cormorant Phalacrocorax auritus
Red-tailed Hawk Buteo jamaicensis
Killdeer Charadrius vociferus
Mourning Dove Zenaida macroura
Belted Kingfisher Megaceryle alcyon
Downy Woodpecker Picoides pubescens
Blue-headed Vireo Vireo solitarius
Warbling Vireo Vireo gilvus

FOY – all singing away

Blue Jay Cyanocitta cristata
American Crow Corvus brachyrhynchos
Tree Swallow Tachycineta bicolor
Barn Swallow Hirundo rustica
Black-capped Chickadee Poecile atricapillus
Tufted Titmouse Baeolophus bicolor
White-breasted Nuthatch Sitta carolinensis
Carolina Wren Thryothorus ludovicianus
American Robin Turdus migratorius
Northern Mockingbird Mimus polyglottos
European Starling Sturnus vulgaris
Yellow Warbler Setophaga petechia

FOY – Hit one clump of 4 in the same small area, others scattered, all singing away!

Palm Warbler Setophaga palmarum
Yellow-rumped Warbler Setophaga coronata
White-throated Sparrow Zonotrichia albicollis
Savannah Sparrow Passerculus sandwichensis
Song Sparrow Melospiza melodia
Northern Cardinal Cardinalis cardinalis
Red-winged Blackbird Agelaius phoeniceus
Common Grackle Quiscalus quiscula
Brown-headed Cowbird Molothrus ater
American Goldfinch Spinus tristis
House Sparrow Passer domesticus

Posted by: Jim Guion <>

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