Category Archives: Nature Quiz

Quiz #6: Tree

Time to dust off your field guides and identify the following tree.  Here are three photos (taken in Plainville, MA) to help you narrow it down.

Note the leaf shape and arrangement:

Photo of Quiz #6.1: Tree

The bark of a young tree:

Photo of Quiz #6.2: Tree

And finally, the bark of an older tree:

Photo of Quiz #6.3: Tree

Leave your guess in the comments below.  The answer will be added to the Quiz Answers page next week.

Quiz #5: Mammal Tracks

I found these prints near the Ten Mile River in Plainville, MA. Who left them?  (Photo taken 4/24/12)

A. Red Fox

B. Eastern Gray Squirrel

C. Northern Raccoon

D. American Mink

When you are ready, scroll down for the answer…

A, B, and D are… incorrect.

C is… CORRECT!  The tracks belong to a Northern Raccoon (Procyon lotor). The print on the left is from a front foot, while the one on the right is from a hind foot. Both show five digits. The 2×2 walking gait — where pairs of different sized prints (front & hind) alternate every 12″ or so — is common in raccoons and rarely found in other mammals.