Newton Conservators Almanac

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Samples from the Almanac

GREAT HORNED OWL, Bubo virginianus

This Month in the Newton Conservators Almanac
December 2013
In some years during early morning hours of the Christmas Bird Count, the owl team has located as many as three or four great horned owls within the city limits.

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SUGAR MAPLE, Acer saccharum

October 2013
Sugar maple is the classic New England maple tree. Its five-lobed dark green leaves turn a brilliant yellow, crimson and scarlet color in the fall. Sugar maple grows to be 60 to 80 feet tall.

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Aster

September 2013
ASTERS have star-shaped flower heads. There are many different kinds of aster and most of them bloom in late summer or early fall. A common aster of woods and thickets is heart-leaved aster,

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CARDINAL FLOWER, Lobelia cardinalis

August 2013
Cardinal flower is a striking plant standing two to five feet tall. It has scarlet petals the color of a cardinal’s robe. The flower is a long tube with two lobed lips and protruding stamens.

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SPOTTED WINTERGREEN, Chimaphila maculata

July 2013
Spotted Wintergreen, also known as striped prince’s-pine or pipsissewa, is an attractive sub-shrub of the forest floor conspicuous by its waxy, dark green leaves, which have a white stripe along the midrib.

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LITTLE WOOD SATYR, Megisto cymela

June 2013
At the woodland edge, near meadows and fields, look for the little wood satyr, which is a member of the brushfoot family of butterflies. Its brown wings span about one and a quarter inches,

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SPICEBUSH, Lindera benzoin

April 2013
Spicebush is a fairly common large shrub in the understory near streams and in lowlands. Spicebush grows slowly, reaching up to 10 feet high and two to eight feet wide.

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