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Biodiversity abundant

Thanks to Dave, Ted, Dan, Scott, Caren, Becky, Nick, Shelby, Gabriella, Nathaniel, Dave, Ruth and Cynthia

Thanks to Dave, Ted, Dan, Scott, Caren, Becky, Nick, Shelby, Peter, Gabriella, Nathaniel, Dave, Ruth and Cynthia for exploring Pynchon’s Grist Mill Preserve this morning!

This morning we spent some time at Pynchon’s Grist Mill Preserve in West Brookfield looking for signs of life. Boy did we find a bunch of stuff! Several plants, insects and mushrooms are yet to be identified, but we were able to greatly expand our species list.

raccoon prints

Raccoon prints along the pond edge

Several youngsters spent some time fishing and caught a yellow perch, pumpkin sunfish, yellow bullhead and saw a large-mouth bass took a great leap out of the water nearby. We also saw raccoon tracks, Great blue heron and wood ducks, and several species of dragonflies and damselflies even though the sun wasn’t out. The full list will be available this week after the data sheets are tabulated.

Dave photographing a damselfly for later identification

Dave photographing a damselfly for later identification

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