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Kate E.

Location:

Natick, MA
Hometown: Natick

Member since:

January 27, 2013

What plants and animals have you seen in your backyard?

In my backyard? woodchucks, muscrats, raptors (redtailed hawks) crows, swans, hummingbirds, mice, chipmonks,, herons, canadian geese, ducks (I haven't identified type) woodpeckers, plants: a lot of invasives bittersweet, knotweed, a wild rose , also iris, and a lot of wildflowers I haven't identified. in my neigborhood I've seen turtles. possums, deer, fox, a fisher, many bunnies, a coyote, robins (one yesterday poor thing). I hear a lot of peepers, some bullfrogs and owls.

What have you done to help them and encourage more?

work on fighting back invasives, planted perennials and annuals valued by birds, butterflies and bees, refused to use chemicals on my beautiful roses afflicted with black spot, or pesticides at all. I don't hang birdfeeders as I do have a cat who goes outside in daytime. (I know, my bad but I've only known her to catch a bird once, her specialty is mice and chipmonks) I also have 3 dogs that I have scrupulously kept away from the bank of the ponds where they can disturb muscrats, ducks, geese etc I've maintained a "brush pile" where things can be undisturbed.

What are your favorites? Got pictures? Share them!

favorites? Foxes definitely foxes. Also love watching the v formed in the water as a muscrat swims past. used to use and love a 35mm camera which I lost. Only recently, reluctantly started with digital photography but have to admit it is good. No pictures to share.

Introduction

I'm happy to have found group, always had an interest in the natural world. Just never seemed to grow out of it. Have library of books on birds, trees, wildfowers, mushrooms, insects, seashells, clouds. An expert on nothing, interested in everything.


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