A hardy band of hikers celebrated the New Year by taking a hike through the Sawmill Hills Conservation area in Florence, Massachusetts (Sponsored by Valley Land Fund). It was a comfortable day and everyone was in high spirits to explore the beauty of nature on the first day of 2011. The Conservation Area has wonderful hiking trails. Here is the trail guide put together by the “Friends of Sawmill Hills”. Click on either to enlarge and print:
Today, we saw porcupine habitat, vernal pools, coyote scat, and blooming lichen called British soldiers! Lichen are really two organisms (a fungus and algae) living together to form one new organism. The British soldiers are the fungus named Cladonia cristatella and the algae named Trebouxia erici. The green stem is the fungus and the red that makes the tale-tell British soldier is from the algae. Click on any pic to enlarge:
Here is a video I made a couple of years ago about the Sawmill Hills:
Happy New Year Everyone!