Category: Out in the Woods

The Turkey

First domesticated in Mexico about 3000 years ago by the pre-Aztecs, Turkey’s were used not so much for meat, but for their feathers…which were used during their rituals and ceremonies, and for making blankets and robes. They were again domesticated about 2300 years ago…

Light Pollution

On the first night of an Outward Bound camping trip, a teenager was found staring up to the skies…with tearful eyes. She had never before seen the stars and hadn’t realized the awesome beauty above her all those years. She was from an urban…

Spicebush Swallowtail Butterfly

  Part of most land trusts advocacies are efforts to secure habitat for the local creatures, especially the rare species like the spicebush plant upon which the spicebush swallowtail butterfly lays its eggs, and which also provides food for their caterpillars. Here, we see something…

Vernal Pools

During the current month of August, a keen eye may be needed to recognize these life-generating and protected areas. Often associated with forested wetlands, vernal pools (also called “spring pools”) are found in many of the Trust’s lands. These pools are typically shallow depressions…

The Beaver

The Beaver have returned after a long hiatus!! The guy above is telling his friends that someone’s a bit too close! At 3-4 feet long (tail included) and 40-60 pounds, the Beaver is the largest rodent in North America. Once among the most widely…