Newton Conservators Almanac

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Samples from the Almanac

Male Ruddy Duck

RUDDY DUCK, Oxyura jamaicensis

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. It is most often seen on the Charles River,

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Cedar Waxwing

CEDAR WAXWING, Bombycilla cedrorum

The Cedar Waxwing is a year-round bird in Massachusetts, often seen in September feeding on fruit left hanging on bare trees. It travels in flocks, moving from tree to tree in an area as they feed.

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BLOODROOT, Sanguinaria canadensis

Bloodroot, a true harbinger of spring, blooms in mid-April. The flower bud emerges with a single leaf wrapped around the stem. The leaf unfurls to reveal a pure white, waxy flower with gold-colored stamens.

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SKUNK CABBAGE, Symplocarpus foetidus

Skunk Cabbage emerges in swampy areas. This plant generates enough heat to melt snow and ice around it. Look for its unusual flowers, which are maroon-striped, leaf-like spathes surrounding a spadix or club.

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PUSSY WILLOW, Salix discolor

Who doesn’t rembember the pussy willow from childhood, with its irresistble, fuzzy catkin buds? As children, we put pussy willow twigs in the ground, and marveled as they took root.

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