Bonier Reservation

On Thursday, April 14th, I went on a walk through the Bonier Reservation, on Monahan Lane off of Cross street, to learn a little about its history and talk about the plants found on the reservation. Two of the wardens, Erich O’Neil and Barbara Wrightson came along with my mentors and me to teach us about Bonier’s history.  Erich O’Neil’s […]

Scouting for mushrooms

Physalacriacaeae fungi family Polyporaceae fungi family or shelf fungus Gomphaceae fungi family or Coral fungi Mycenaceae fungi family or Bonnet mushroom On October 5th my mentors and I went on a walk through the Purdon Reservation after a rainy day. On the walk, we were able to find many different types of mushrooms. It is most common to find fungi […]

Heads up on vernal pools!

As winter comes to an end, low wooded areas become flooded creating temporary isolated pools. These pools fill with melting snow, spring rain, runoff, and even rising ground water. They are called vernal pools. Many amphibians and insects, like salamanders, frogs, fairy shrimp, and ​​caddisflies breed in these vernal pools. You can find vernal pools on many AVIS reservations. Some […]

Observing the winter woods

I have been having trouble knowing what to look out for in the winter when everything seems to be dormant, so I asked Walter Kittredge for some help. He gave me great pointers on where to start.  He mentioned – Looking at plant architecture. You could look at trees and shrubs seeing how they look when they are bare and […]

Winter activities

During the winter it is less common for people to be going out walking the AVIS Reservations. Is it because of the snow or the chill of winter? Maybe you didn’t have someone to go out with. There are plenty of activities that are still enjoyable on these trails in the wintertime, especially with friends and family.  Some activities that […]

White squirrels of Ballardvale

This year during my cross country season, my friend and I would sometimes run through the Shawsheen River Reservation to the Vale Reservation. We always saw a white squirrel running across the paths on our runs. I was fascinated by how beautiful the squirrel’s fur was. I am used to seeing gray squirrels running around everywhere but it was a […]

The mysterious oak

Oak trees are vital to our native food web, especially for the animals who rely on acorns as a food source. Have you ever paid attention to the number of acorns falling this year or in past years? If so, have you noticed any change from one year to the next? There are certain years where there is a boom […]

Containing the burning bush

And now for an update:  On November 17th, a hardy group of seven of the AVIS Weed Warriors worked all along the path at Indian Ridge to begin to reign in the burning bush that is encroaching. One team member removed and bagged berries on branches that were cut so that they would not start a new crop of this […]