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Almanac Excerpt

NORTHERN SHRIKE, Lanius excubitor

February 2013
The northern shrike is an occasional winter visitor in the Newton area. Look for it in an open area, perched on a fence post or exposed tree limb watching for prey,

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Almanac Excerpt

RIVER BIRCH, Betula nigra

December 2012
River Birch is most commonly found in moist areas. It is a fast-growing, medium-sized tree with a single or multiple stems that grows to be 50 to 70 feet tall.

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Almanac Excerpt

WITCH-HAZEL, Hamamelis virginiana

November 2012
Witch-Hazel is a multi-stemmed shrub with a bowing, graceful form that grows eight to 15 feet high and wide. “Hamamelis” means the flower and fruit mature at the same time.

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Essay

Owls in Newton

Are there any owls in Newton ?
Yes, there are at least two species regularly residing in the city, but as nocturnal creatures, they are more often heard than seen.

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Artist Page

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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Almanac Excerpt

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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