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Exploring our preserves

Fall reflections at Franklin Pond Preserve. This 14-acre pond is surrounded by woodland swamp and hardwood forest.

The praying mantis is a predatory insect that feeds on other insects. This one is photographed in the act at Uplands Farm Preserve.

The palm warbler, like this one at Daniel R. Davis Preserve, is most easily recognized by a distinctive tail-wagging behavior that shows off its yellow undertail.

A little wood satyr requires grassy woods or open fields for breeding habitat, like that at Daniel R. Davis Preserve. Adults feed on tree sap, aphids and sometimes nectar.

A native shrub with beautiful white and pink flowers, the mountain laurel can grow in dense thickets. Plan a hike at Butler-Huntington Woods in the spring to see it.

The golden-crowned kinglet is a tiny songbird with a yellow crown, short tail and wing bars. This one, seen at Uplands Farm Preserve spends the winter at local preserves.

A ruby-crowned kinglet stops at Uplands Farm Preserve during migration. One of the smallest birds in North America, the males occasionally flash their deep-red crown.

An Eastern box turtle at Iselin Preserve. Box turtles are long lived, slow to mature, and have relatively few offspring per year.

An Eastern garter snake sits silently at the Daniel R. Davis Sanctuary. Garter snakes are one of the first snakes to emerge in spring.

At the David Weld Sanctuary, a bank swallow looks inquisitively at visitors. A small colony has been successfully nesting in the bluffs here every year.

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