17.22 | Nature Notes (May 28 – Jun 3)

Photo of Big-toothed Poplar seeds

Highlights of the Week

Most evergreen trees have pushed out (or are in the process of pushing out) new light-green growth. The feel of the soft branch tips of some species (like Balsam Fir, American Larch, and the Norway Spruce in my backyard) reminds me of Koosh balls.

Countless, fluffy seeds of Big-toothed and Quaking Poplars fall like spring snowflakes from tree tops.

I saw or heard a handful of FOY birds in my travels, including: Olive-sided Flycatcher and Saltmarsh Sparrow in York County; Mourning Warbler, Yellow-bellied Flycatcher, Bicknell's Thrush, and Black-backed Woodpecker in Franklin County; and Atlantic Puffin and Arctic Tern at Petit Manan Island in Washington County.

Wild Edible of the Week

I ate about a dozen peeled Curly Dock shoots.

Nature Challenge of the Week (for you, the reader)

Visit a local wetland to find at least 2 dragonfly species.


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