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Nature Sightings

Welcome to Nature Sightings. Here, we post nature sightings that have been reported to us throughout the Sudbury, Assabet and Concord Rivers Valley.  You'll also find photos from remote wildlife cameras here.  Learn more about our Camera In The Woods project and motion-sensing wildlife cameras.  Also learn about how SVT has helped to monitor wildlife passages beneath route 2 in Concord, and view photos from the project.

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Latest Sightings:

Nature at Garden in the Woods

Sighting Date: 
July 15, 2014
Amethyst coral fungus at Garden in the Woods in Frmaingham, photographed by Dawn Dentzer.Amethyst coral fungus at Garden in the Woods in Frmaingham, photographed by Dawn Dentzer.Amethyst coral fungus at Garden in the Woods in Frmaingham, photographed by Dawn Dentzer.Turk's cap lilies at Garden in the Woods in Frmaingham, photographed by Dawn Dentzer.
Dawn Dentzer photographed amethyst coral fungus and turk's cap lilies at Garden in the Woods in Framingham.
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Nature at Great Meadows in Concord

Sighting Date: 
July 10, 2014
A blue dasher dragonfly at Great Meadows National Wildlife Refuge in Concord, photographed by Joan Chasan.A Canada goose gosling at Great Meadows National Wildlife Refuge in Concord, photographed by Joan Chasan.Mallards at Great Meadows National Wildlife Refuge in Concord, photographed by Joan Chasan.
Joan Chasan photographed a blue dasher dragonfly, a Canada goose gosling and mallards at Great Meadows National Wildlife Refuge in Concord.
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Butterflies in Sudbury

Sighting Date: 
July 9, 2014
A fritillary butterfly in Sudbury, photographed by Dawn Dentzer.A fritillary butterfly in Sudbury, photographed by Dawn Dentzer.A spicebush swallowtail in Sudbury, photographed by Dawn Dentzer.A spicebush swallowtail in Sudbury, photographed by Dawn Dentzer.A spicebush swallowtail in Sudbury, photographed by Dawn Dentzer.A spicebush swallowtail in Sudbury, photographed by Dawn Dentzer.A spicebush swallowtail in Sudbury, photographed by Dawn Dentzer.
Dawn Dentzer photographed a fritillary butterfly and a spicebush swallowtail in Sudbury.
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Nature in Sudbury

Sighting Date: 
July 8, 2014
A Canada lily blossom in Sudbury, photographed by Dawn Dentzer.An eyed click beetle in Sudbury, photographed by Dawn Dentzer.An eyed click beetle in Sudbury, photographed by Dawn Dentzer.A large lace-border moth in Sudbury, photographed by Dawn Dentzer.
Dawn Dentzer photographed a Canada lily blossom, an eyed click beetle and a large lace-border moth in Sudbury.
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Butterflies at Garden in the Woods

Sighting Date: 
July 7, 2014
A fritillary butterfly at Garden in the Woods in Framingham, photographed by Dawn Dentzer.A fritillary butterfly at Garden in the Woods in Framingham, photographed by Dawn Dentzer.A fritillary butterfly at Garden in the Woods in Framingham, photographed by Dawn Dentzer.Little wood satyrs at Garden in the Woods in Framingham, photographed by Dawn Dentzer.Little wood satyrs at Garden in the Woods in Framingham, photographed by Dawn Dentzer.Little wood satyrs at Garden in the Woods in Framingham, photographed by Dawn Dentzer.
Dawn Dentzer photographed a fritillary butterfly and two little wood satyrs at Garden in the Woods in Framingham.
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Nature at Fort Meadow Reservoir

Sighting Date: 
July 7, 2014
White-breasted nuthatches near Fort Meadow Reservoir in Marlborough, photographed by Ginny Hutchison.A great blue heron near Fort Meadow Reservoir in Marlborough, photographed by Ginny Hutchison.A pileated woodpecker near Fort Meadow Reservoir in Marlborough, photographed by Ginny Hutchison.A belted kingfisher near Fort Meadow Reservoir in Marlborough, photographed by Ginny Hutchison.A cedar waxwing near Fort Meadow Reservoir in Marlborough, photographed by Ginny Hutchison.A gray squirrel near Fort Meadow Reservoir in Marlborough, photographed by Ginny Hutchison.A great blue heron near Fort Meadow Reservoir in Marlborough, photographed by Ginny Hutchison.
Ginny Hutchison photographed white-breasted nuthatches, a great blue heron, a pileated woodpecker, a belted kingfisher, a cedar waxwing and a gray squirrel at Fort Meadow Reservoir in Marlborough.
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Nature in Framingham

Sighting Date: 
July 7, 2014
An American lotus in Framingham, photographed by Joan Chasan.An American bullfrog in Framingham, photographed by Joan Chasan.
Joan Chasan photographed an American lotus and an American bullfrog in Framingham.
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Butterflies at Tower Hill

Sighting Date: 
July 6, 2014
An eastern tiger swallowtail at Tower Hill in Boylston, photographed by Joan Chasan.A fritillary butterfly at Tower Hill in Boylston, photographed by Joan Chasan.A spicebush swallowtail at Tower Hill in Boylston, photographed by Joan Chasan.
Joan Chasan photographed an eastern tiger swallowtail, a fritillary butterfly and a spicebush swallowtail at Tower Hill in Boylston.
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Nature at Garden in the Woods

Sighting Date: 
July 6, 2014
A damselfly at Garden in the Woods in Framingham, photographed by Joan Chasan.A damselfly at Garden in the Woods in Framingham, photographed by Joan Chasan.A painted turtle at Garden in the Woods in Framingham, photographed by Joan Chasan.
Joan Chasan photographed damselflies and a painted turtle at Garden in the Woods in Framingham.
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Dragonfly in Sudbury

Sighting Date: 
July 5, 2014
A blue dasher in Sudbury, photographed by Joan Chasan.
Joan Chasan photographed a blue dasher off of Water Row in Sudbury.
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Nature at Great Meadows in Concord

Sighting Date: 
July 5, 2014
An American lotus leaf at Great Meadows National Wildlife Refuge in Concord, photographed by Joan Chasan.A milkweed beetle at Great Meadows National Wildlife Refuge in Concord, photographed by Joan Chasan.A blue dasher at Great Meadows National Wildlife Refuge in Concord, photographed by Joan Chasan.
Joan Chasan photographed an American lotus leaf, a milkweed beetle and a blue dasher dragonfly at Great Meadows National Wildlife Refuge in Concord.
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Night Sky from Framingham

Sighting Date: 
July 5, 2014
The Moon and Mars from Framingham, photographed by Todd Boli.The Moon, Mars and Spica from Framingham, photographed by Todd Boli.
Todd Boli photographed the night sky in Framingham. The first photo shows the Moon and Mars. Todd shares that the wider shot shows the contrast between the reddish hue of the planet Mars with the blue color of the nearby first-magnitude star, Spica.
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Mourning Cloak in Sudbury

Sighting Date: 
July 3, 2014
A mourning cloak butterfly in Sudbury, photographed by Dawn Dentzer.A mourning cloak butterfly in Sudbury, photographed by Dawn Dentzer.A mourning cloak butterfly in Sudbury, photographed by Dawn Dentzer.
Dawn Dentzer photographed this mourning cloak butterfly in Sudbury.
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Cotton-tailed Rabbit in Framingham

Sighting Date: 
July 2, 2014
A cotton-tailed rabbit in Framingham, photographed by Gerry White.
Gerry White photographed this cotton-tailed rabbit in Framingham.
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Banded Hairstreaks at Garden in the Woods

Sighting Date: 
July 1, 2014
A banded hairstreak at Garden in the Woods in Framingham, photographed by Dawn Dentzer.A banded hairstreak at Garden in the Woods in Framingham, photographed by Dawn Dentzer.A banded hairstreak at Garden in the Woods in Framingham, photographed by Dawn Dentzer.A banded hairstreak at Garden in the Woods in Framingham, photographed by Dawn Dentzer.A banded hairstreak at Garden in the Woods in Framingham, photographed by Dawn Dentzer.
Dawn Dentzer photographed these banded hairstreak butterflies at Garden in the Woods in Framingham.
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Eyed Click Beetle in Stow

Sighting Date: 
June 30, 2014
An eyed click beetle in Stow.
Steve from Stow photographed this eyed click beetle near his home.
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Great Blue Heron in Lincoln

Sighting Date: 
June 30, 2014
A great blue heron at Farrar Pond in Lincoln, photographed by Harold McAleer.
Harold McAleer photographed and recorded video of this great blue heron at Farrar Pond in Lincoln.
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Red-tailed Hawk and Northern Mockingbirds in Stow

Sighting Date: 
June 29, 2014
A red-tailed hawk being mobbed by northern mockingbirds after preying on a red squirrel in Stow.A red-tailed hawk being mobbed by northern mockingbirds after preying on a red squirrel in Stow.A red-tailed hawk being mobbed by northern mockingbirds after preying on a red squirrel in Stow.A red-tailed hawk being mobbed by northern mockingbirds after preying on a red squirrel in Stow.A red-tailed hawk being mobbed by northern mockingbirds after preying on a red squirrel in Stow.
Steve from Stow photographed a red-tailed hawk being mobbed by a pair of northern mockingbirds in his back yard. The hawk had just pounced on one of two red squirrels nearby and the mockingbirds harassed it for 15 minutes before it flew off with its prey.
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White-tailed Deer Fawn in Framingham

Sighting Date: 
June 29, 2014
A white-tailed deer fawn at Callahan State Park in Framingham, photographed by John MacLeod.
John MacLeod photographed a white-tailed deer fawn at Callahan State Park in Framingham. John took four images of the same young deer and stitched them together into the image here.
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Backyard Wildlife in Marlborough

Sighting Date: 
June 29, 2014
An eastern kingbird near Fort Meadow Reservoir in Marlborough, photographed by Ginny Hutchison.A gray squirrel near Fort Meadow Reservoir in Marlborough, photographed by Ginny Hutchison.A gray squirrel near Fort Meadow Reservoir in Marlborough, photographed by Ginny Hutchison.A gray squirrel near Fort Meadow Reservoir in Marlborough, photographed by Ginny Hutchison.Tufted titmice near Fort Meadow Reservoir in Marlborough, photographed by Ginny Hutchison.Tufted titmice near Fort Meadow Reservoir in Marlborough, photographed by Ginny Hutchison.Tufted titmice near Fort Meadow Reservoir in Marlborough, photographed by Ginny Hutchison.Downy woodpeckers near Fort Meadow Reservoir in Marlborough, photographed by Ginny Hutchison.Downy woodpeckers near Fort Meadow Reservoir in Marlborough, photographed by Ginny Hutchison.Mallards near Fort Meadow Reservoir in Marlborough, photographed by Ginny Hutchison.Mallards near Fort Meadow Reservoir in Marlborough, photographed by Ginny Hutchison.Mallards near Fort Meadow Reservoir in Marlborough, photographed by Ginny Hutchison.
Ginny Hutchison photographed an eastern kingbird, a gray squirrel in a "squirrel-proof" bird feeder, tufted titmice, downy woodpeckers and mallards near Fort Meadow Reservoir in Marlborough.
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