News

Almanac Excerpt

RUDDY DUCK, Oxyura jamaicensis

November 2011
Late fall is the best time to see this lively little freshwater duck. Along with other waterfowl, it migrates south through our region in November.

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History

Wilson Conservation Restriction

Longtime Newton Conservators Richard and Andrée Wilson own a beautiful two-acre parcel of property in Newton Centre. Together with a smaller parcel donated to the City years ago,

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Almanac Excerpt

SASSAFRAS, Sassafras albidum

October 2011
Sassafras are trees that grow to be 30 to 60 feet tall and can live for more than a century. It is dioecious, meaning each tree is male or female.

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Almanac Excerpt

MONARCH BUTTERFLY, Danaus plexippus

July 2011
A Monarch Butterfly is a spectacular frequent visitor to the gardens and conservation areas of Newton. It is hard to miss this large butterfly with its striking wing pattern and coloration.

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Essay

Cecropia Moths

Cecropia moths are native to the US and are found throughout New England but are rare in densely settled areas like Newton, probably because the adults require large tracts of dark forest to fly normally while seeking mates or host plants.

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