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Cynthia Staples

Cynthia Staples is a Boston-based freelance writer and photographer. For nearly fifteen years she has worked with local education and environmental nonprofits as well as with national sustainability organizations.

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EASTERN SCREECH OWL, Megascops asio (or Otus asio)

October 2012
The Eastern Screech Owl is a year-round inhabitant of Newton. It comes in two colors, red or gray. You’ll rarely see it during daylight hours unless you’re lucky enough to spot one dozing at the entrance of its tree-hole.

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GREAT SPANGLED FRITILLARY, Speyeria cybel

September 2012
The Great Spangled Fritillary is the most common fritillary butterfly in the northeastern U.S. It is relatively large, up to four inches, with orange to tawny brown wings that have a delicate pattern of markings and spots.

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COMMON NIGHTHAWK, Chordeiles minor

August 2012
In past years one could often see and hear the common nighthawk as it circled in the glow of streetlights, picking off moths and other insects attracted by the glare.

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AMERICAN CHESTNUT, Castanea dentata

July 2012
The American Chestnut was once the most common tree in the eastern woods. Chestnut is in the beech family and is related to the oaks that replaced it as the dominant forest tree.

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Public Street Trees – A Choice

What is happening to Newton’s street trees?
In the early 1970’s there were approximately 40,000 trees lining the streets of Newton. Today, that number is about 26,000-a 35% loss.

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TROUT LILY, Erythronium americanum

May 2012
Trout Lily is also known as dogtooth violet or yellow adder’s tongue. It grows in colonies in moist woods. Yellow, nodding flowers are carried singly above the basal mottled leaves,

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