Nature Corner

The Nature Corner column provides information about a variety of local plants and animals that can be found in Angle Fly Preserve and elsewhere around the town of Somers.  Nature Corner articles, authored by Lauretta Jones, also appear regularly in the Somers Record, a weekly newspaper focusing on local news from Somers and neighboring communities.

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Family Forest Weekend – Angle Fly

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Deer Exclosure at Angle Fly Preserve

The deer exclosure under construction. Note the barrenness of the understory and the forest floor.  Photo copyright Lauretta Jones.

There was a time, long ago and 500 miles away, when I saw marvelous things in the woods: countless small trees rushing up to meet their taller kinfolk, shrubs sheltering invisible twittering birds, blankets of bright wildflowers changing through the … Continue reading

Monarch Butterflys

Photo copyright Lauretta Jones

Ten miles of trails have been cut through Angle Fly Preserve by the irrepressible volunteers of the Somers Land Trust and Friends of Angle Fly. The trails are well-blazed with maps posted at kiosks. The oldest trails feature well-trod footbeds … Continue reading

What Middle Schoolers Want to Know: “What poisonous plants should I be aware of in Westchester?”

Poison plants copyright L Jones

Jimmy, a sixth grader in Mrs. Antonnucci’s class at Somers Middle School asked: “What poisonous plants should I be aware of in Westchester?” This is an important question because some plants should not be eaten while others should not even … Continue reading

What Middle Schoolers Want To Know: “What kinds of birds are in Somers?”

Image from top left, clockwise: Great Blue Heron, nest with eggs, Downy Woodpecker, Pileated Woodpecker, Oven Bird, Wild Turkey, Rose-Breasted Grosbeak.

This is the second column inspired by questions from Mrs. Antonucci’s 6th grade class at Somers Middle School. This week I will attempt to do justice to Laura’s question, “What kinds of birds are in Somers?” There are many ways … Continue reading

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