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Who’s in the House?

Who’s in the House?

This year it is white-footed mice – lots of them! Each spring volunteers clean our birdhouses to prepare for the new nesting season. The Land Trust maintains 30 bluebird-type nesting boxes located on 10 preserves. It is always a surprise when a volunteer opens a...
Native Trees & Pollinators

Native Trees & Pollinators

The eastern red maples silhouetted against the sky at the Colhoun meadow are pictured above. The red buds are actually flowers that need to be pollinated to produce viable seeds. To enable fertilization, the pollen must be transferred between the stamen (male parts of...
The Understory

The Understory

Robins in holly A robin nests in a holly bush. A bumblebee savors meadowsweet pollen. A wild turkey gobbled down the dark blue berries on the maple leaf viburnum. A swallowtail butterfly lays her eggs on a spicebush leaf. A red fox bounds away into the thick...
Our Home Birds

Our Home Birds

Blue Jays amidst a scattering of bird seed Birds spend the majority of their waking hours looking for food. Flying requires a lot of energy, which depends on a constant supply of sustenance. When the temperature drops and the leaves fall, many birds head south to...
Surviving Winter in Connecticut

Surviving Winter in Connecticut

Much of the natural world appears to sleep in winter. Plants go dormant, nights are long and frigid, and food becomes scarce. It can seem to be an impossibly inhospitable environment at times, but the wild creatures among us have developed many survival strategies....
Mast

Mast

White and red oak acorns from Browne Preserve collected by Chris Schipper As our deciduous trees shed their leaves each fall, they also drop an abundance of seeds in the form of acorns, nuts, and samarras. This seed crop, referred to as mast, is defined as the dry...
Wildlife Trees

Wildlife Trees

A venerable old snag at the Browne Preserve A visit to our open space preserves will reveal a number of dead, dying, or fallen trees. Deadwood is a natural phenomenon of forests as they age, or are subjected to disease, lightning strikes, and storm damage. If you...