17.28 | Nature Notes (Jul 9-15)

Photo of Roseate Tern
Roseate Tern | Biddeford, ME | 15 Jul 2017

Highlights of the Week

Rose Pogonia, White-fringed Bog-orchid, and Tawny Cottonsedge are flowering at the Saco Heath.

Common Lowbush Blueberry, Red Raspberry, and Shadbush have ripe fruit.

Shorebird diversity and overall numbers are on the rise, as birds return from their breeding grounds to our north. Migrant shorebirds this week included: Black-bellied and Semipalmated Plover, Whimbrel (FOY), Sanderling, Least and Semipalmated Sandpiper, Short-billed Dowitcher, and Greater and Lesser Yellowlegs.

Wild Edible of the Week

I enjoyed the sweet-tart fruits of Hairy-stemmed Gooseberry.

Moon Challenge Report

I met my Movement Moon goal this week by walking 3+ miles or biking 5+ miles, on 5 out of 7 days.

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

Find and sketch two types of mushrooms: one with gills and one with pores.

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