Neponset Nature Blog

Birds, Seen and Heard, at Fowl Meadow

During the early morning hours of May 14, NepRWA board member, Les Tyrala, led a group of 14 bird watchers through Fowl Meadow (along Burma Road from Paul’s Bridge to the south edge of marsh), which is within the western portion of the DCR Blue Hills Reservation. They observed and / or heard 45 species […]

Asters & Insect Wings

A warm, sunny autumn day finds me seated on the back porch, relaxing for just a moment. My gaze is caught by sunlight illuminating the delicate, fast-moving wings of insects flying between asters along the porch’s edge. Two species of aster grow in this spot, and their respective flowers differ in color, shape and size. […]

Practicing Fall

Late August has me dipping my toe into the idea of fall’s return – I’d bet, to lessen the sting of the coming cold weather and the grey landscape that follows. This fall-visioning might be initiated by catching sight of aster or goldenrod flowers – personal change-of-season indicators, or perhaps from acknowledging how late into […]

Summer Snapshot

Summer Snapshot    It’s the time of cicada hum, heat and humidity, young birds begging for food (and some foraging for themselves), and flowers – Phlox, Echinacea, Hydrangea, purple loosestrife, sneezeweed, black swallow-wort, St. Johnswort, bellflower, rose of Sharon…. It’s the time of water restrictions, whining mosquitoes, lightning bugs, and the yard smelling of fat […]

Jamaica Pond, Neighbor to the Neponset Watershed

Open sky, sun-lit trees, reflective water, people, dogs, wildlife, small boats, and speeding traffic – the vista around Jamaica Pond in the Boston neighborhood of Jamaica Plain is endlessly fascinating – and, to boot, changes with the seasons! Now, it’s true that Jamaica Pond is not within the natural bounds of the Neponset River Watershed. […]

Adventuring along the Neponset Estuary in Quincy

It’s a sunny, warm day in mid-May, and we are adventuring! Our plan? To visit Squantum Point Park in Quincy , followed by a stroll along the nearby Quincy RiverWalk (NepRWA worked so hard on this!) As we cruise along Quincy’s Commander Shea Boulevard in our car, hugging the edge of the Neponset Estuary on […]

Observations along the Neponset River, 2015

Thanks to NepRWA friend, Stephen Baird, for sending us his observations from a recent walk along the Neponset River! Notes: There is a bounty of waterfowl and wildlife to admire on Neponset River winter walks… The Bald Eagle soared over the salt marsh and scattered the flocks of Hooded Mergansers, Common Mergansers, Bufflehead Ducks, and […]

Getting Ready for Winter: Observations in the Natural World

Late November / Early December 2014 Here in our Boston neighborhood of Roslindale, I’ve been appreciating the flocks of American robins moving through the landscape. They alight in fruit trees and shrubs to feed on the remaining berries. Their calls are refreshing – as though spring were starting around us, again (and with that brief […]

Geologist Les Tyrala Unveils Deep Past at Lower Mills

Last Wednesday evening, geologist Les Tyrala of Quincy, a NepRWA board member, took twenty-odd guests on a rock hunt around Lower Mills, where the river squeezes through the former Baker Chocolate Factory at the head of tidewater between Milton and Dorchester.

NepRWA Paddlers Explore Estuary

Enjoy the following photo gallery of the Neponset Estuary paddle trip, which took place on May 18, 2014.  Special thanks goes to Board Member Maura O’Gara and Willet Pond Manager, Tom Palmer for leading the way! Story and photos by Tom Palmer Last Sunday afternoon, eight kayaks and two canoes launched from the floating dock […]

Snowy Owl Update

Currently New England is hosting a major incursion of snowy owls, many of which will likely spend the winter in our area. Typically these Arctic visitors tend to appear most frequently near the coast, but the first report this year was inland at Mount Wachusett in Princeton on November 17. Since then, snowy owls have […]

Avoid Decorating with Invasive Plants

The Division of Fisheries and Wildlife (DFW) and the Department of Agricultural Resources (DAR) encourage people to avoid using exotic, invasive plants such as Oriental bittersweet (Celastrus orbiculatus) and Multiflora rose (Rosa multiflora) in holiday decorations. Though these plants are attractive, it is best not to use them. Birds eat fruits from wreaths and garlands […]

Backyard Feathered Babies

July 24, 2013 – Roslindale (Carly Rocklen) Over the last three weeks, our bird-feeding station has been visited by a variety of young birds who’ve accompanied their parents – and eventually, learned to feed on their own. When the young birds first would arrive, they would be skilled at flying but not know how to […]

The Hum of Cicadas

July 21, 2013 – Roslindale (Carly Rocklen) Cicadas are humming from the trees, and their exoskeletons cling to the bark, spines, and leaves of local trees –