Nature Notes

On April 16, 2004 the Westborough News started carrying a bi-monthly column known as Nature Notes prepared by Annie Reid and Garry Kessler on behalf of the Westborough Community Land Trust. The column uses striking photography and commentary to describe the plants and animals that residents encounter while walking the trails throughout Westborough.

Anne and Garry were awarded the WCLT 2004 President's Award having contributed their many talents, most recently in nature photography and writing, to the growth and vitality of the WCLT. The couple's love of nature motivated them to explore the Westborough woods with their two daughters for the last 25 years.

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Wildflowers
July 22, 2016
Daisy Days
Ox-eye daisy (Chrysanthemum leucanthemum)
Ox-eye daisy (Leucanthemum vulgare)
May 22, 2015
Pine cone, corn cob, or parasitic plant?
Squawroot (Conopholis americana)
October 3, 2014
A White Goldenrod
Downy goldenrod (Solidago puberula)
Silverrod (Solidago bicolor)
June 20, 2014
Wild columbine spring
Wild columbine (Aquilegia canadensis)
May 30, 2014
A dwarf in the woods
Dwarf ginseng (Panax trifolius)
May 9, 2014
Spot the seven-pointed stars of starflower
Starflower (Trientalis borealis)
August 9, 2013
Wet summer brings monkey-flowers
Monkey-flower (Mimulus ringens)
June 7, 2013
Yellow iris: Attractive but invasive
Yellow iris (Iris pseudacorus)
April 19, 2013
Pull out invasive garlic mustard
garlic mustard (Alliaria petiolata)
August 24, 2012
Rabbit’s foot clover is fun for kids
Rabbit’s foot clover (Trifolium arvense)
August 3, 2012
Pickerel-weed grows in the shallows
Pickerel-weed (Pontederia cordata)
April 13, 2012
Treasure-hunting for spring wildflowers
Wild oats (Uvularia sessilifolia)
September 23, 2011
The edible groundnut
Groundnut (Apios americana)
June 6, 2011
The many senses of pineapple weed
Pineapple weed (Matricaria discoidea)
September 24, 2010
Pokeweed for the birds
Pokeweed (Phytolacca americana)
April 9, 2010
What’s the first wildflower of spring?
Coltsfoot (Tussilago farfara)
Skunk cabbage (Symplocarpus foetidus)
October 2, 2009
A curious fall plant
Beechdrops (Epifagus virginiana)
September 18, 2009
Blue and edible chicory on the roadside
Chicory (Cichorium intybus)
August 21, 2009
A good beetle comes to town
Purple loosestrife beetle (Galerucella calmariensis)
Purple loosestrife beetle (Galerucella pusilla)
November 7, 2008
Feasting on poison ivy
Poison ivy (Toxicodendron radicans)
September 26, 2008
Old-time bitter medicine
Boneset (Eupatorium perfoliatum)
September 12, 2008
Fragrant water-lilies linger on local ponds
Fragrant water-lily (Nymphaea odorata)
August 15, 2008
The minty month of August
Eastern bluecurls (Trichostema dichotomum)
Western bluecurls (Trichostema lanceolatum)
Wild mint (Mentha arvensis)
August 1, 2008
Strange plants of summer
Indian-pipes (Monotropa uniflora)
Pinesap (Monotropa hypopithys)
June 6, 2008
Treasure-hunting for trilliums
Nodding trillium (Trillium cernuum)
May 9, 2008
Wildflower, weed, or invader?
Celandine (Chelidonium majus)
April 25, 2008
Watch for wildflowers in Westborough
European windflower (Anemone nemorosa)
Rue anemone (Thalictrum thalictroides)
Windflower (Anemone quinquefolia)
August 24, 2007
Carnivorous floating flowers
Bladderworts (Utricularia)
Horned bladderwort (Utricularia cornuta)
Purple bladderwort (Utricularia purpurea)
Swollen bladderwort (Utricularia inflata)
June 15, 2007
An invasive rose
Multiflora rose (Rosa multiflora)
June 1, 2007
A new invasive in town
Garlic mustard (Alliaria petiolata)
May 18, 2007
Native wild violets in wet and dry places
Birdfoot violet (Viola pedata)
Marsh blue violet (Viola cucullata)
May 4, 2007
Our earliest wild violet
Northern downy violet (Viola fimbriatula)
Northern downy violet (Viola sagittata)
April 20, 2007
Marsh-marigolds in our streams and swamps
Marsh-marigold (Caltha palustris)
March 23, 2007
Return of the red-wings signals spring
Cattail (Typha latifolia)
Purple loosestrife (Lythrum salicaria)
December 13, 2006
Alien Invader Targets Our Hemlocks
Daisy (Chrysanthemum leucanthemum)
Purple loosestrife (Lythrum salicaria)
Queen Anne's lace (Daucus carota)
September 22, 2006
Evening blossoms in the day
Common evening primrose (Oenothera biennis)
September 8, 2006
Turtlehead and butterflies
Cardinal flower (Lobelia cardinalis)
Orange jewelweed (Impatiens capensis)
Pink turtlehead (Chelone lyonii)
Plantain (Plantago lanceolata)
Turtlehead (Chelone glabra)
August 11, 2006
A most unusual moth in town
Purple loosestrife (Lythrum salicaria)
July 14, 2006
July is butterfly season
Butterfly weed (Asclepias tuberosa)
Milkweed (Asclepias syriaca)
February 17, 2006
Ancient evergreens under the snow
Pipsessewa (Chimaphila umbellata)
Prince's pine (Chimaphila umbellata)
September 16, 2005
September's wild orchid
Downy rattlesnake-plantain (Goodyera pubescens)
Nodding ladies'-tresses (Spiranthes cernua)
Pink lady's-slipper (Cypripedium acaule)
September 2, 2005
Spotted Joe-Pye-weed in purple landscapes
Spotted Joe-Pye-weed (Eupatorium maculatum)
August 19, 2005
Summer hummers
Beebalm (Monarda didyma)
Canada lily (Lilium canadense)
Cardinal flower (Lobelia cardinalis)
Columbine (Aquilegia canadense)
Indian pink (Spigelia marilandica)
Orange spotted Jewelweed (Impatiens capensis)
Trumpet creeper (Campsis radicans)
August 5, 2005
Tiny orchids of August
Downy rattlesnake-plantain (Goodyera pubescens)
July 22, 2005
Cardinal flower attracts hummingbirds, butterflies
Cardinal flower (Lobelia cardinalis)
Indian-pipes (Monotropa uniflora)
St. Johnswort (Hypericum perforatum)
July 8, 2005
Milkweed and butterflies in our meadows
Milkweed (Asclepias syriaca)
June 24, 2005
Not-So-Deadly Nightshade
Belladonna (Atropa belladonna)
Bittersweet nightshade (Solanum dulcamara)
May 27, 2005
Wild geraniums are native to the area
Wild geranium (Geranium maculatum)
April 15, 2005
Swamps in bloom
Skunk cabbage (Symplocarpus foetidus)
January 21, 2005
Wintergreen under the snow
Checkerberry (Gaultheria procumbens)
October 1, 2004
Flowers that never open
Closed gentian (Gentiana clausa)
September 17, 2004
Butter-and-eggs for beauty, not breakfast
Butter-and-eggs (Linaria vulgaris)
September 3, 2004
Jewelweed is ready to pop
Orange jewelweed (Impatiens capensis)
Pale touch-me-not (Impatiens pallida)
Purple jewelweed (Impatiens glandulifera)
Purple touch-me-not (Impatiens glandulifera)
Spotted touch-me-not (Impatiens capensis)
Yellow jewelweed (Impatiens pallida)
August 20, 2004
Late-summer sneezing
Goldenrod (Solidago)
Ragweed (Ambrosia artemisiifolia)
August 6, 2004
Invasion of the Purple Loosestrife
Cattail (Typha latifolia)
Purple loosestrife (Lythrum salicaria)
July 23, 2004
Ghostly Indian-pipes by the path
Indian-pipes (Monotropa uniflora)
June 25, 2004
St. Johnswort on the roadside
St. Johnswort (Hypericum perforatum)
June 11, 2004
Wild iris in the woods
Blue flag iris (Iris versicolor)
Blue-eyed grass (Sisyrinchium)
Yellow flag iris (Iris pseudacorus)
May 28, 2004
Land of Swamps
Jack-in-the-pulpit (Arisaema triphyllum)
May 14, 2004
Westborough's Pink Lady's-Slippers
Moccasin-flower (Cypripedium acaule)
Pink lady's-slipper (Cypripedium acaule)
Trees & shrubs
October 16, 2015
Persistence of the American chestnut
American chestnut (Castanea dentata)
Chinese chestnut (Castanea mollissima)
Horse-chestnut (Aesculus hippo-castanaum)
April 10, 2015
Think spring, think maples
Norway maple (Acer plantanoides)
Red maple (Acer rubrum)
Silver maple (Acer saccharinum)
Sugar maple (Acer saccharum)
December 12, 2014
Whose woods are these? A tribute to white pines
Eastern white pine (Pinus strobus)
October 5, 2012
Virginia creeper and other autumn reds
Virginia creeper (Parthenocissus quinquefolia)
May 4, 2012
Blooming blueberries
Blueberry (high bush) (Vaccinium corymbosum)
Blueberry (low bush) (Vaccinium angustifolium)
August 12, 2011
Hazelnuts in odd husks
American hazelnut (Corylus americana)
Beaked hazelnut (Corylus cornuta)
July 23, 2010
Candy-cane stripes visible in the summertime
Spreading dogbane (Apocynum androsaemifolium)
April 9, 2010
What’s the first wildflower of spring?
Pussy willow (Salix discolor)
October 30, 2009
Native and invasive fall colors
Autumn olive (Elaeagnus umbellata)
May 29, 2009
A pretty but prickly escaped shrub
Black locust (Robinia pseudoacacia)
Bristly locust (Robinia hispida)
December 12, 2008
An invasive decoration
American bittersweet (Celastrus scandens)
Oriental bittersweet (Celastrus orbiculatus)
December 13, 2006
Alien Invader Targets Our Hemlocks
Carolina hemlock (Tsuga caroliniana)
Eastern hemlock (Tsuga canadensis)
Mountain hemlock (Tsuga mertensiana)
Western hemlock (Tsuga heterophylla)
September 8, 2006
Turtlehead and butterflies
Viburnums (Viburnum)
White ash (Fraxinus americana)
August 11, 2006
A most unusual moth in town
Butterfly bush (Buddleia davidii)
July 14, 2006
July is butterfly season
Chokecherry (Prunus)
Wild cherry (Prunus)
Wild plum (Prunus)
April 28, 2006
Good things from spicebush
Spicebush (Lindera benzoin)
March 3, 2006
Early birds get the dried fruit
Eastern red cedar (Juniperus virginiana)
August 19, 2005
Summer hummers
Butterfly bush (Buddleja davidii)
Catawba rhododendron (Rhododendron catawbiense)
Fuchsia (Fuchsia)
Mimosa (Albizia julibrissin)
Red buckeye (Aesculus pavia)
Silktree (Albizia julibrissin)
June 10, 2005
A sheepish laurel
Mountain laurel (Kalmia latifolia)
Sheep-laurel (Kalmia angustifolia)
April 29, 2005
The first butterfly of spring
American elm (Ulmus americana)
Paper birch (Betula papyrifera)
Willow (Salix)
March 5, 2005
Time for pussy willows
Pussy willow (Salix discolor)
February 4, 2005
Westborough's Atlantic White Cedars
Atlantic white cedar (Chamaecyparis thyoides)
Cedar of Lebanon (Cedrus lebani)
Eastern red cedar (Juniperus virginiana)
Northern white cedar (Thuja occidentalis)
January 21, 2005
Wintergreen under the snow
Birch, black (Betula lenta)
November 26, 2004
Winterberry in our wetlands
Winterberry (Ilex verticillata)
October 29, 2004
Witch-hazel flowers for Halloween
Witch-hazel (Hamamelis virginiana)
Non-flowering plants
November 13, 2015
A lacy, evergreen fern in our woods
Evergreen wood fern (Dryopteris intermedia)
Fancy fern (Dryopteris intermedia)
Intermediate wood fern (Dryopteris intermedia)
September 25, 2015
Invasive phragmites and a native butterfly
American phragmites (Phragmites americanus)
Phragmites (Phragmites australis)
May 25, 2012
Big Ferns Unfurl
Cinnamon fern (Osmunda cinnamomea)
Interrupted fern (Osmunda claytoniana)
Ostrich fern (Matteuccia struthiopteris)
Royal fern (Osmunda regalis)
April 29, 2011
An ancient and useful moss
Sphagnum moss (Sphagnum)
April 17, 2009
Strange stems of April
Horsetail (Equisetum arvense)
February 17, 2006
Ancient evergreens under the snow
Ground cedar (Diphasiastrum digitatum)
Ground cedar (Lycopodium digitatum)
Princess pine (Dendrolycopodium obscurum)
Princess pine (Lycopodium obscurum)
December 10, 2004
Christmas fern in the woods
Christmas fern (Polystichum acrostichoides)
Mushrooms & other fungi
December 2, 2016
Green-glowing Mushrooms
Night light mushroom (Panellus stipticus)
September 16, 2016
Mushroom Season
Onion-bagel mushroom (Pholiota aurivella)
October 16, 2015
Persistence of the American chestnut
Chestnut blight (Cryphonectria parasitica)
December 6, 2013
Slime molds are odd sights in the woods
Pretzel slime mold (Hemitrichia serpula)
Wolf’s milk slime (Lycogala epidendrum)
October 11, 2013
Beware of the destroying angel in the woods
Mushroom, destroying angel (Amanita bisporigera)
Mushroom, destroying angel (Amanita virosa)
October 26, 2012
Hunting for mushrooms with an expert
Mushrooms
September 14, 2012
Mushroom season brings colors & curiosities
Old man of the woods (Strobilomyces floccopus)
Viscid violet cort (Cortinarius iodes)
November 4, 2011
Turkey tail season
False turkey tail (Stereum ostrea)
Turkey tail (Trametes versicolor)
October 6, 2006
From shaggy mane to inky cap
Shaggy mane mushroom (Coprinus comatus)
October 28, 2005
Lobster claws on the path
Lobster mushroom (Hypomyces lactifluorum)
Orange mushroom pimple (Hypomyces lactifluorum)
October 14, 2005
Puffballs in the grass
Gem-studded puffball (Lycoperdon perlatum)
Giant puffball (Calvatia gigantea)
Pasture puffball (Calvatia cyathiformis)
Pear-shaped puffball (Lycoperdon pyriforme)
Pigskin poison puffball (Scleroderma citrinum)
Purple-spored puffball (Calvatia cyathiformis)
Skull-shaped puffball (Calvatia craniformis)
Vase puffball (Calvatia cyathiformis)
October 15, 2004
Fall is mushroom season
Fly agaric (Amanita muscaria)
Garden plants
June 24, 2005
Not-So-Deadly Nightshade
Eggplant (Solanum melongena)
Peppers (Capsicum)
Potato (Solanum tuberosum)
Tobacco (Nicotiana)
Tomato (Lycopersicum esculentum)
Birds
March 24, 2017
Sky-dancing Woodcocks
American woodcock (Scolopax minor)
May 27, 2016
Loons in Massachusetts
Loon (Gavia immer)
April 29, 2016
Prairie warblers sing a catchy song
Prairie warbler (Dendroica discolor)
Prairie warbler (Setophaga discolor)
March 18, 2016
Watch for Cooper’s hawks
Cooper’s hawk (Accipiter cooperii)
Sharp-shinned hawk (Accipiter striatus)
February 19, 2016
Watching house sparrows
House sparrow (Passer domesticus)
December 4, 2015
Ring-necked ducks diving in our ponds
Ring-necked duck (Aythya collaris)
September 4, 2015
The wood-pewee’s lasting song
Wood-pewee (Contopus virens)
August 14, 2015
The ovenbird’s mid-summer sound
Ovenbird (Seiurus aurocapilla)
July 3, 2015
Sounds of summertime: Wood thrush
Wood thrush (Hylocichla mustelina)
June 12, 2015
Scarlet tanagers in our forests
Scarlet tanager (Piranga olivacea)
May 1, 2015
Black birds on Mill Pond are double-crested cormorants
Double-crested cormorant (Phalacrocorax auritus)
November 14, 2014
Phoebes come early and stay late
phoebe (Sayornis phoebe)
August 1, 2014
Bald eagle fly-overs
Bald eagle (Haliaeetus leucocephalus)
July 11, 2014
Nesting Hummingbirds
Ruby-throated hummingbird (Archilochus colubris)
April 18, 2014
Song sparrow singing celebrates spring
Song sparrow (Melospiza melodia)
February 7, 2014
Enjoy the winter juncos
Junco (Junco hyemalis)
June 28, 2013
Secretive marsh birds
Sora (Porzana carolina)
Virginia rail (Rallus limicola)
March 29, 2013
Visiting redpolls lingering in town
Redpoll (Acanthis flammea)
March 8, 2013
What are seagulls doing in town?
Ring-billed gull (Larus delawarensis)
February 8, 2013
Pine grosbeaks come to Westborough
Pine grosbeak (Pinicola enucleator)
November 16, 2012
Pine siskins visit Westborough this year
Pine siskin (Carduelus pinus)
Pine siskin (Spinus pinus)
June 15, 2012
June is a month for baby birds
Ruffed grouse (Bonasa umbellus)
February 24, 2012
Watching for robins
American robin (Turdus migratorius)
February 3, 2012
Barred owls begin courting
Barred owl (Strix varia)
October 14, 2011
Blue Jays harvest acorns
Blue jay (Cyanocitta cristata)
September 1, 2011
Big Birds in white on our shores
Great blue heron (Ardea herodias)
Great egret (Ardea alba)
May 20, 2011
The drama of nature’s changes
Blue-winged warbler (Vermivora pinus)
Golden-winged warbler (Vermivora chrysoptera)
April 8, 2011
Airborne clean-up crew returns
Turkey vulture (Cathartes aura)
February 25, 2011
How birds stay warm on a cold winter’s day
Tufted titmouse (Baeolophus bicolor)
Tufted titmouse (Parus bicolor)
February 4, 2011
Cardinal’s song means spring is coming
Cardinal (Cardinalis cardinalis)
December 10, 2010
Mergansers: December’s ducks
Common merganser (Mergus merganser)
October 15, 2010
House finches at the feeder
House finch (Carpodacus mexicanus)
September 3, 2010
A bird in decline
Towhee (Pipilo erythrophthalmus)
June 18, 2010
Bobolinks: Long distance travelers
Bobolink (Dolichonyx oryzivorus)
February 26, 2010
Who’s out there?
Screech owl (Megascops asio)
Screech owl (Otus asio)
October 16, 2009
Palm warblers pass through
Palm warbler (Dendroica palmarum)
July 24, 2009
A Mill Pond bird is Mr. Mom
Spotted sandpiper (Actitis macularia)
June 12, 2009
The season for baby birds
Baby birds
Chickadee (Poecile atricapilla)
May 1, 2009
Eating on the wing
Tree swallow (Tachycineta bicolor)
February 27, 2009
The bird we love to hate
Starling (Sturnus vulgaris)
February 13, 2009
State bird speaks
Black-capped chickadee (Poecile atricapilla)
November 7, 2008
Feasting on poison ivy
Yellow-rumped warbler (Dendroica coronata)
May 23, 2008
May brings yellow warblers to Westborough
Brown-headed cowbird (Molothrus ater)
Yellow warbler (Dendroica petechia)
April 25, 2008
Watch for wildflowers in Westborough
Red-breasted nuthatch (Sitta canadensis)
April 11, 2008
Ospreys return to Mill Pond
Osprey (Pandion haliaetus)
February 15, 2008
Return of the mallards
Mallard (Anas platyrhynchos)
February 1, 2008
Winter bluebirds brighten Westborough
Bluebird (Sialia sialis)
November 9, 2007
The famous red-breasted nuthatch
Black-capped chickadee (Poecile atricapillus)
Red-breasted nuthatch (Sitta canadensis)
White-breasted nuthatch (Sitta carolinensis)
October 12, 2007
Belted Kingfishers Dive and Burrow
Belted kingfishers (Ceryle alcyon)
June 29, 2007
The catbird in the catbird seat
Brown thrasher (Toxostoma rufum)
Brown-headed cowbird (Molothrus ater)
Catbird (Dumetella carolinensis)
Northern mockingbird (Mimus polyglottos)
March 23, 2007
Return of the red-wings signals spring
Red-winged blackbird (Agelaius phoeniceus)
February 23, 2007
Westborough's tiny winter bird
Dark-eyed junco (Junco hyemalis)
Golden-crowned kinglet (Regulus satrapa)
Ruby-crowned kinglet (Regulus calendula)
Ruby-throated hummingbird (Archilochus colubris)
February 9, 2007
Valentine's Day for Skunks
Great horned owl (Bubo virginianis)
Red-tailed hawk (Buteo jamaicensis)
January 26, 2007
Woodpeckers in Westborough's Woods
Downy woodpecker (Picoides pubescens)
Hairy woodpecker (Picoides villosus)
Northern flicker (Colaptes auratus)
Red-bellied woodpecker (Melanerpes carolinus)
November 10, 2006
Lovely and controversial swans
Mute swan (Cygnus olor)
September 8, 2006
Turtlehead and butterflies
Ruby-throated hummingbird (Archilochus colubris)
August 25, 2006
Goldfinches and summer's thistles
Goldfinch (Carduelis tristis)
June 9, 2006
Make way for ducklings
Mallard (Anas platyrhynchos)
Wood duck (Aix sponsa)
May 26, 2006
Bluebirds in Westborough
Bluebird (Sialia sialis)
English sparrows (Passer domesticus)
European starlings (Sturnus vulgaris)
House sparrow (Passer domesticus)
March 31, 2006
Wild ducks on our ponds
Hooded merganser (Lophodytes cucullatus)
Wood duck (Aix sponsa)
March 3, 2006
Early birds get the dried fruit
American robin (Turdus migratorius)
Cedar waxwing (Bombycilla cedrorum)
February 3, 2006
Nuthatches in the winter
Red-breasted nuthatch (Sitta canadensis)
White-breasted nuthatch (Sitta carolinensis)
December 9, 2005
Canada geese overhead
Canada goose (Branta canadensis)
November 18, 2005
It's time to talk turkey
Wild turkey (Meleagris gallopavo)
September 30, 2005
Fish-baiting green herons
Green heron (Butorides virescens)
August 19, 2005
Summer hummers
Ruby-throated hummingbird (Archilochus colubris)
July 22, 2005
Cardinal flower attracts hummingbirds, butterflies
Hummingbird (Archilochus colubrus)
April 1, 2005
An owl in the nest
Great blue heron (Ardea herodias)
Great horned owl (Bubo virginianus)
Osprey (Pandion haliaetus)
March 18, 2005
The mourning dove's coo
Mourning dove (Zenaida macroura)
November 12, 2004
Red-tailed hawks overhead
Red-tailed hawk (Buteo jamaicensis)
April 30, 2004
Great Blue Herons at Mill Pond
Great blue herons (Ardea herodias)
Butterflies, moths, & caterpillars
July 15, 2016
What’s eating our trees?
Gypsy moth (Lymantria dispar dispar)
September 25, 2015
Invasive phragmites and a native butterfly
Broad-winged skipper (Poanes viator)
July 24, 2015
Baltimore checkerspot butterflies and gypsy moths
Baltimore checkerspot (Euphydryas phaeton)
Gypsy moth (Lymantria dispar)
September 12, 2014
Pink moths?
Primrose moth (Schinia florida)
Rosy maple moth (Dryocampa rubicunda)
July 19, 2013
Watch for this new butterfly
Giant swallowtail (Papilio cresphontes)
May 17, 2013
Elfins are small brown butterflies of spring
Eastern pine elfin (Callophrys niphon)
Henry’s elfin (Callophrys henrici)
July 13, 2012
Seeing Small Butterflies
Banded hairstreak (Satyrium calanus)
Gray hairstreak (Strymon melinus)
Striped hairstreak (Satyrium liparops)
July 22, 2011
Tiger swallowtail butterflies
Canadian tiger swallowtail (Papilio canadensis)
Eastern tiger swallowtail (Papilio glaucus)
May 28, 2010
A good year for butterflies
American lady (Vanessa virginiensis)
Painted lady (Vanessa cardui)
December 18, 2009
Moths in winter
Bruce spanworm (Operophtera bruceata)
Fall cankerworm (Alsophila pometaria)
Winter moth (Operophtera brumata)
September 4, 2009
Butterfly disguises in late summer
Eastern tailed blue (Everes comyntas)
Viceroy (Basilarchia archippus)
Viceroy (Limenitis archippus)
July 4, 2008
Pearl crescent butterflies
Pearl crescent butterfly (Phyciodes tharos)
October 26, 2007
Late butterflies
American copper butterfly (Lycaena phlaeas)
August 10, 2007
A caterpillar's life
Black swallowtail caterpillar (Papilio polyxenes)
July 27, 2007
From caterpillar to butterfly
Black swallowtail (Papilio polyxenes)
July 13, 2007
Look-alike butterflies
Monarch butterfly (Danaus plexippus)
Viceroy (Basilarchia archippus)
Viceroy (Limenitis archippus)
May 4, 2007
Our earliest wild violet
Aphrodite fritillary (Speyeria aphrodite)
Great spangled fritillary (Speyeria cybele)
April 6, 2007
Blue butterfly days
Blue morpho (Morpho peleides)
Eastern tailed blue (Everes comyntas)
Mourning cloak (Nymphalis antiopa)
Silvery blue (Glaucopsyche lygdamus)
Spring azure (Celastrina ladon)
Summer azure (Celastrina ladon neglecta)
Summer azure (Celastrina neglecta)
September 8, 2006
Turtlehead and butterflies
Baltimore checkerspot (Euphydryas phaeton)
August 25, 2006
Goldfinches and summer's thistles
Painted lady (Vanessa cardui)
August 11, 2006
A most unusual moth in town
Hummingbird clearwing (Hemaris thysbe)
Tobacco hornworm (Manduca sexta)
Tomato hornworm (Manduca quinquemaculata)
July 14, 2006
July is butterfly season
Coral hairstreak (Satyrium titus)
April 28, 2006
Good things from spicebush
Spicebush swallowtail (Papilio troilus)
Spicebush swallowtail (Pterourus troilus)
January 20, 2006
Woolly bears and winter
Isabella tiger moth (Pyrrharctia isabella)
Woolly bear caterpillar (Pyrrharctia isabella)
July 8, 2005
Milkweed and butterflies in our meadows
Monarch butterfly (Danaus plexippus)
Viceroy (Basilarchia archippus)
April 29, 2005
The first butterfly of spring
Mourning cloak (Nymphalis antiopa)
March 5, 2005
Time for pussy willows
Mourning cloak (Nymphalis antiopa)
Viceroy (Basilarchia archippus)
Viceroy (Limenitis archippus)
February 4, 2005
Westborough's Atlantic White Cedars
Hessel's hairstreak butterfly (Callophrys hesseli)
Hessel's hairstreak butterfly (Mitoura hesseli)
Other insects
August 26, 2016
Katydid songs of summer
Katydid (family Tettigoniidae)
April 8, 2016
Cellophane bees emerge from underground in early spring
Cellophane bee (Colletes inaequalis)
April 10, 2015
Think spring, think maples
Asian longhorned beetle (Anoplophora glabripennis)
August 22, 2014
Grasshopper season
Grasshopper (Dissosteira carolina)
September 20, 2013
Spot tiger beetles on Westborough trails
Tiger beetle, common shore (Cicindela repanda)
Tiger beetle, six-spotted (Cicindela sexguttata)
August 30, 2013
Cicada-killer wasps and summer’s song
Cicada (Tibicen canicularis)
Cicada-killer wasp (Sphecius speciosus)
March 23, 2012
Asian Longhorned Beetle at Westborough’s Border
Asian Longhorned Beetle (Anoplophora glabripennis)
October 10, 2008
Migrating dragonflies
Green darner dragonfly (Anax junius)
July 18, 2008
Dragons and damsels
Damselflies (Zygoptera)
Dragonflies (Anisoptera)
June 15, 2007
An invasive rose
Japanese beetle (Popillia japonica)
March 9, 2007
Honeybees in winter
Bumblebee (Bombus)
Honeybee (Apis mellifera)
December 13, 2006
Alien Invader Targets Our Hemlocks
Hemlock woolly adelgid (Adelges tsugae)
July 8, 2005
Milkweed and butterflies in our meadows
Milkweed beetle (Tetraopes tetraophthalmus)
Milkweed bug (Lygaeus kalmii)
Spiders
August 20, 2004
Late-summer sneezing
Goldenrod spider (Misumena vatia)
Mammals
February 17, 2017
Prickly porcupines
Porcupine (Erethizon dorsatum)
November 4, 2016
Coyotes Are Nearby
coyote (Canis latrans var)
October 7, 2016
Moose in Westborough
Moose (Alces alces)
November 1, 2013
Fishers make a comeback
Fisher (Martes pennanti)
November 5, 2010
Raccoons share our natural environment
Raccoon (Procyon lotor)
February 5, 2010
Spring begins in February
Groundhog (Marmota monax)
November 27, 2009
Beavers get busy
Beaver (Castor canadensis)
May 15, 2009
Foxy neighbors
Red fox (Vulpes vulpes)
April 3, 2009
Our diving muskrats
Muskrat (Ondatra zibethicus)
October 24, 2008
Smart and feisty red squirrels
Red squirrel (Tamiasciurus hudsonicus)
December 14, 2007
Winter marks return of deer-watching season
White-tailed deer (Odocoileus virginianus)
April 6, 2007
Blue butterfly days
Gray squirrel (Sciurus carolinensis)
February 9, 2007
Valentine's Day for Skunks
Skunk (Mephitis mephitis)
October 20, 2006
Acorns and chipmunks
Chipmunk (Tamias striatus)
July 28, 2006
A white squirrel sighting
Gray squirrel (Sciurus carolinensis)
June 23, 2006
The tale of the cottontail rabbit
Eastern cottontail rabbit (Sylvilagus floridanus)
European rabbit (Oryctolagus cuniculus)
New England cottontail rabbit (Sylvilagus transitionalis)
February 18, 2005
Squirrel tales
Flying Squirrel (Glaucomys volans)
Gray squirrel (Sciurus carolinensis)
Red Squirrel (Tamiasciurus hudsonicus)
Reptiles
October 24, 2014
The Number 2 Snake in Town
Northern water snake (Nerodia sipedon)
August 7, 2009
Snapper Sightings in Westborough
Snapping turtle (Chelydra serpentina)
June 20, 2008
Westborough’s snakes are harmless
Garter snake (Thamnophis sirtalis)
Ribbon snake (Thamnophis sauritus)
July 22, 2005
Cardinal flower attracts hummingbirds, butterflies
Painted turtle (Chrysemys picta)
July 9, 2004
Watch for painted turtles
Painted turtle (Chrysemys picta)
Snapping turtle (Chelydra serpentina)
Amphibians
April 29, 2011
An ancient and useful moss
Four-toed salamander (Hemidactylium scutatum)
March 18, 2011
WCLT’s wildlife sightings page
Redback salamander (Plethodon cinereus)
August 13, 2010
Frogs at our feet
Leopard frog (Lithobates pipiens)
Leopard frog (Rana pipiens)
Pickerel frog (Lithobates palustris)
May 7, 2010
Songsters with warts
American toad (Bufo americanus)
July 3, 2009
Listen for treefrogs
Gray treefrog (Hyla versicolor)
August 29, 2008
A surprising salamander
Red-spotted newt (Notophthalmus viridescens viridescens)
March 28, 2008
Special concern for blue-spotted salamanders
Blue-spotted salamander (Ambystoma laterale)
September 7, 2007
Bullfrogs in our ponds
Bullfrog (Lithobates catesbeianus)
Bullfrog (Rana catesbeiana)
Green frog (Rana clamitans)
April 14, 2006
Tiny frogs herald springtime
Spring peeper (Hyla crucifer)
Spring peeper (Pseudacris crucifer)
March 17, 2006
Visitors to our vernal pools
Blue-spotted salamander (Ambystoma laterale)
Jefferson salamander (Ambystoma jeffersonianum)
Marbled salamander (Ambystoma opacum)
Spadefoot toad (Scaphiopus holbrookii holbrookii)
Spotted salamander (Ambystoma maculatum)
Wood frog (Rana sylvatica)
April 16, 2004
Signs of spring: Wood frogs and vernal pools
Wood frog (Rana sylvatica)
Annual quizzes
January 27, 2017
Review your nature knowledge – Nature Notes quiz 2016
Nature Notes quiz
January 15, 2016
Name the wildlife – Nature Notes quiz
Nature Notes quiz
January 30, 2015
What’s my name? Take the Nature Notes quiz
A Nature Notes quiz
January 17, 2014
Who am I? Take the Nature Notes quiz (2013)
A Nature Notes quiz
January 18, 2013
Try the annual Nature Notes quiz (2012)
A Nature Notes quiz
January 13, 2012
Quiz Yourself on Nature (2011)
A Nature Notes quiz
January 14, 2011
Take the annual nature quiz (2010)
A Nature Notes quiz
January 15, 2010
Quiz Yourself on Nature (2009)
A Nature Notes quiz
January 16, 2009
Quiz Yourself on Nature (2008)
A Nature Notes quiz
January 18, 2008
Prepare to notice nature in 2008 by taking the 2007 Nature Notes quiz
A Nature Notes quiz
January 12, 2007
Think you know nature? (2006)
A Nature Notes quiz
January 6, 2006
Think you know nature? (2005)
A Nature Notes quiz
January 7, 2005
Think you know nature? (2004)
A Nature Notes quiz
Other topics
April 7, 2017
Snow Fleas
Springtail (order Collembola)
February 20, 2015
Good tips from a wildlife veterinarian
Wildlife
February 28, 2014
Ice fishing flourishes on Westborough’s ponds
Chain pickerel (Esox niger)
Largemouth bass (Micropterus salmoides)
December 7, 2012
Book gifts for nature lovers
Books
October 5, 2012
Virginia creeper and other autumn reds
Autumn leaf colors
December 9, 2011
Earthquakes in New England
Earthquakes
March 19, 2010
Earth stirs in March
Earthworm (Lumbricus terrestris)
March 20, 2009
Looking Up
Astronomy
January 30, 2009
Ice is nice
Ice
August 1, 2008
Strange plants of summer
Fungus-root partnership (Mycorrhiza)
March 14, 2008
At home in Westborough’s vernal pools
Fairy shrimp (Eubranchipus)
February 29, 2008
Moon over Westborough
Physical environment
September 21, 2007
The case of the mysterious jelly balls
Bryozoans (Pectinatella magnifica)
Jelly ball animals (Pectinatella magnifica)
Moss animals (Pectinatella magnifica)
May 12, 2006
A mighty collision and much glaciation
Geology of Westborough
May 13, 2005
Nature Notes in the classroom
Gibbons 7th-graders use Nature Notes

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