Category Archives: Nature Corner

Brown Marmorated Stink Bug

Photo copyright David R. Lance, USDA APHIS PPQ

A recent invader is both malodorous and voracious.  That is, smelly and hungry. You may first hear it lightly clattering as it clumsily bounces off a light shade, then the wall and perhaps a book case before it finally alights … Continue reading

Trilliums

Photo copyright Lauretta Jones

Trillium. The word rolls pleasantly off the tongue. Trilliums, not surprisingly, are named for their three petals and three leaves (“tri” = three). But a trillium has another trio: three structures that are not what they seem. This is where … Continue reading

False Hellebore

Photo copyright Lauretta Jones

The warming weather and fresh breezes lift my heart but it is the appearance of fresh green hues one after another that truly thrills me in the spring. In early March the greening begins on the forest floor, dances its … Continue reading

American Robin

Photo copyright Mike Lubchenko

When we moved into Somers, we were welcomed by a robin that built a nest in our hanging fuchsia. Despite our comings and goings, she successfully fledged her family. The American Robin (Turdus migratorius) is to many the classic bird: … Continue reading

Barred Owl

Barred Owl copyright P Van Wart

My little friend, Grace, likes to explore the Angle Fly Preserve with her parents. She has found many things on the trails but she has never seen an owl. Are there any, she asked? I am happy to report that … Continue reading

Spring Peepers

Image copyright Well Tea, Wikimedia

Eeep-peep…eeep-peep…eeep-peep… Enjoying the springlike evening air, I paused in my driveway, straining to block out the highway noises so I could focus on the subtle sounds I hoped were not simply my imagination. Could it be one of the earliest … Continue reading

Japanese Barberry

Photo copyright Mike Lubchenko

Many areas of Angle Fly are infested with densely packed, spiny shrubs known as Japanese barberry (Berberis thunbergii). This time of year its arching branches are decorated with attractive, dangling red berries which add a spot of color to the … Continue reading

Eastern Hemlock

Detail of watercolor painting. Copyright Lauretta Jones.

This week, I want to introduce you to another native evergreen, one that is just as graceful and often grows side by side with white pines: Tsuga canadensis, the Eastern Hemlock. Although hemlocks are also very tall, their details offer … Continue reading

White Pine

Photo copyright Keith Kanoti, Maine Forest Service, USA

Pinus stobus – the scientific name of our native White Pine has a pleasing lilt. In pre-colonial days this majestic tree grew across large portions of Eastern North America, reigning as the tallest tree in the forest. It was reputed … Continue reading

Tussock Sedges

Sedge copyright L Jones

Blink and you may have missed it, but for a few short days our woods were full of snow. Snow reveals many things that are otherwise hidden, offering hikers fresh experiences along the snowy trails. Animals leave traces of their … Continue reading