Amphibian Neighbors

Kids discovering amphibians along our trails with Yale biologists Dave Skelly and Kealoha Freidenburg.

Reading the Forest

Author and biologist Tom Wessels taught us how to understand history by looking at the forest.

Spring Wildflowers

Yale Botanist Michael Donoghue leading a spring botany and wildflower walk.

Ox Pasture Hike

Julie Ainsworth leading a group out into the Ox Pasture in the spring time.

Greist Pond

Fall on the Greist Pond loop of the Ironwoods Trail.

Treasure Hunt Hike

Young hikers following a treasure hunt along the Neck River.

Spring Birding

Birder Mike DiGiorgio leads a group in the early spring along the Summer Hill Trail.

Red-Shouldered Hawk with Chick

Photo by Dave Stephenson, near Indian Rock Shelters Trail

Mushroom Forest

Photo by Anne Elliott, 2011 photo contest, Ironwoods Preserve

Fairytale Forest

Photo by Emily Soboleski, 2011 photo contest, Shepherds Trail

Ox Pasture in the Early Morning

Photo by Natasha Barrow, 2011 photo contest

Cedar Island

Photo by Joan O’Neill, view of Cedar Island looking toward the Sound from the East River

Wood Frog

Photo by Geoffrey Giller

Dam in the Ironwoods Preserve

Photo by Joan O’Neill


Don’t miss our Annual Meeting talk — Cougars Return to the East with Susan Morse on Friday, December 1 at 7:30. Join us for a hike with Susan the next day, Saturday, Dec 2.

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What to look for on the trail October-December

OCTOBER  Nuts ripe. Juncos, Grosbeaks, Purple Finches, Chickadees appear. Sharpshinned Hawks, Ospreys, Blackbirds migrate, flocks of waterfowl appear out of the north. Chipmunks go underground. Sept. leftovers of Black-Eyed Susan, Peppergrass, Sneezeweed, Sticktight, Common Mallow.

NOVEMBER  Canada Geese honking across the sky. Old birds’ nests visible. Golden pods high on tulip trees. Witch Hazel in bloom. Last calls of Meadow Crickets. Deer herds gathering. Early snows.

DECEMBER  Orion visible. Wood Turtles go into hibernation. Ducks active as ponds start to freeze over. Mice feed on grass shoots and bark. Starlings flock. Redpolls, Goldfinches, Titmice appear.