Category Archives: News

What Middle Schoolers Want to Know: “What birds eat the thistle seed?”

Photo copyright MDF, Wikipedia Commons

Nature is a rich and generous educator. Simply walking though the woods, into a meadow or along a stream stimulates the curious mind. Simple questions arise that lead to knowledge, insight and ever-deeper questions. On the same walk, one can … Continue reading

Red Fox

Red Fox

Of the classes of animals with which we share the earth, perhaps most easily noticed are the colorful, feathery descendants of dinosaurs as they fly through our fields and forests and alight on our backyard feeders. Next in our awareness … Continue reading

Wild Geraniums

Photo copyright Eric in SF, from Wikipedia

At the very moment we are supporting our schools and churches by picking up red, pink or white geraniums at their Mother’s Day plant sales, a more quiet celebration is happening along the wooded paths in Angle Fly Preserve. There … Continue reading

Algae

Photo copyright Lauretta Jones

Visitors to Angle Fly Preserve are welcomed by the remains of an historic farmstead. The Reynolds farmhouse can be traced back to 1803 while two small outbuildings are probably from the early 20th century. The house was occupied through the … Continue reading

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

Official Trail Map Released

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Thanks to years of hard work by countless volunteers, the trail network at Angle Fly Preserve is now nearly complete!  Hikers from throughout the area have already been enjoying peaceful outings into the woods thanks to temporary trail maps and … 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