On October 10, 2010, botanist and educator Richard Aaron led a small group of members of the Concord West Residents’ Ad Hoc Committee on a nature walk in the Concord West greenspace. The event was sponsored by the Concord West Seniors Club. It was intended not only as an opportunity for the participants to get better acquainted with the flora and fauna of the greenspace, but also as a “trial run” for regularly scheduled group-walks in the future. On both counts, it was a definite success, in spite of the late time of year, and we greatly enjoyed Richard’s engaging and informative stories about the plants we encountered.
These were some of the trees and plants we saw and learned about in the course of the walk: black locust, trembling aspen, wild asparagus, European buckthorn, various species of goldenrod, garlic mustard, carrion flower, Manitoba maple, Eastern white cedar, alfalfa, dog-strangling vine, evening primrose, milkweed, red osier dogwood, large-tooth aspen, scots pine, riverbank grape, calico aster, New England aster, horseweed, toadflax, white sweet clover, mullein, goatsbeard.
There will, of course, be many more life-forms to see in spring and summer.
The pictures below were taken during the walk by Alexandra Correa and Julie Seemann.