Rettich Preserve

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


Autumn Moonlight Walk

Sunday, October 21, 7:00 p.m.


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What to look for on the trail August-October

New England AsterAUGUST  Persaid meteor showers in northeast sky after 10 P.M. Insects chorus nightly. Early morning spider webs. Nighthawks on the wing. First Asters, Wild Mint, Beechdrops, Virginia Dayflower, Tick-trefoil, Burdock, Groundnut, Cardinal-Flower, Great Lobelia.

SEPTEMBER  Mushrooms. Goldenrod, Asters, Fringed Gentian. Monarch Butterfly and Great Darner migration. Broad-Winged Hawks on the wing. Webs of Fall Webworm. Tree swallow and Fall Warbler migration. Full moon will reveal passing bird migrants.

OCTOBER  Nuts ripen. 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.