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Winter in Westborough: Ice forms on a stream at the Bowman Conservation Area, Christmas Day 2004.

January 7, 2005, Page 4


Westborough Community Land Trust

Think you know nature?

Try this quiz

When you're hunkered down in the house, hiding from the cold, what can you do to escape winter and turn your thoughts to warmer and greener days? Take a nature quiz.

The main quiz below is a matching quiz. First is a list of of 13 phrases from the Nature Notes columns published in the News in 2004. Match the questions with a list of possible answers that follow, mostly names of plants and animals in Westborough.

If you're feeling ambitious, next try the "extra credit" part of the quiz. The answers that go with these last seven questions are not necessarily listed among the possible answers.

Check your answers in the Nature Notes Answer Key on page 21. The Answer Key also lists the past column that's relevant to each answer. To reread any of the past columns, look for them on the Westborough Community Land Trust web site at www.westboroughlandtrust.org/NatureNotes.php

Match these phrases with answers from the list below:

  1. It survives the winter using a kind of biological "antifreeze".
  2. It's brightly colored and poisonous.
  3. It's a native orchid.
  4. Its seedpods are fun to pop.
  5. It hunts from up high.
  6. It causes hay fever.
  7. It's an all-white plant.
  8. It has boot-shaped leaflets.
  9. It might be useful in mental health.
  10. Its flowers are the last ones in the woods in the fall.
  11. It's a notorious invasive species.
  12. It hunts by wading.
  13. It's a native holly in our wetlands.

    "Extra credit" questions (with some but not all answers in the list above):

  14. What is the old English word for plant?
  15. Which two major rivers originate in Westborough? (Hint: One rises in Cedar Swamp, and the other flows out of the Headwaters Conservation Area.)
  16. Which creature's young develop into males or females depending on the temperature of their environment?
  17. What is Westborough's distinguishing natural feature?
  18. What do you call a landlocked pool of standing water that serves as a spring breeding ground for some kinds of frogs and salamanders but then usually dries up during the summer?
  19. Which plant produces male flowers when young, female flowers (and berries) in its prime, and male flowers again when it's old?
  20. From whom did early settlers in New England learn medicinal uses of native plants?

Possible answers:

Go to Answer Key on page 21.

Nature Notes is printed in The Westborough News on behalf of WCLT (Westborough Community Land Trust). Report your own local nature sightings (or check out what others have seen) on WCLT's Facebook page! Find more information about enjoying nature in Westborough, including trail maps and a calendar of events, at the WCLT website

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