Groundhog In a Tree

I was walking at Blair pond on 10/19 and heard some rustling up in a tree. When I looked up I was surprised to find a Groundhog in the tree. It used a tangled mess of bittersweet vines to climb up and eat some plants that it other wise would have had a hard time getting to. It sat on the vines staring at me for around five minutes before it finally left into the forest. Here’s a picture of it:


Insects at Alewife Reservation

I was at Alewife on Wednesday 10/19 and I was walking through the meadow at the end of the storm water wetlands and found a ton of different bugs.  It was a fairly warm and sunny day so there were a lot of different bugs out like Sweat Bees, Bold Faced Hornets, Honey Bees, Carpenter Bees, Bumble Bees,  a few different Stink Bugs, Field Crickets, Red-Legged Grasshoppers, Black Corsair bug, Meadow Hawk Dragonfly, Familiar Bluets, a unknown Ichneumon Wasp, a Sulfur Butterfly, Cabbage Whites, an American Copper butterfly, and even a Monarch! img_1822 img_1798 img_1743 img_1719

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

Friends of Alewife Reservation (FAR)