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Wachusett Meadow

A meadow is an area with shallow ground water that allows grasses and wildflowers to flourish. Meadows support a wide range flora and fauna that could not thrive in other habitats, including flowers for native bees and other pollinators.

A recent ramble through this habitat at Mass Audubon’s Wachusett Meadow enabled me to study and appreciate the flowers and grasses up close. In turn, three common meadow creatures kept an eye on me as I walked.

Eastern Bluebird
Common Purple Vetch and Other Meadow Grasses
Wild Turkey

Red-winged Blackbird
Common Milkweed

For more information visit: https://www.massaudubon.org/get-outdoors/wildlife-sanctuaries/wachusett-meadow

To learn more about meadow habitats, visit http://www.magnificentmeadows.org.uk/conserve-restore/importance-of-meadows

About the author jmankowsky

This photo blog features the seasonal changes in nature observed in my own backyard and a variety of local environments. The Wachusett Meadow Audubon Sanctuary in Princeton, MA is often highlighted as a model for the positive effects a small nature preserve can have on the larger environment and the local community. Local sites of historical, cultural and recreational interest are spotlighted as well. All photographs were taken by me. Thank you so much for visiting.

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  1. That is the prettiest wild turkey I’ve seen surrounded by wildflowers, very nice! Great shot of the handsome bluebird on the fence!

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    1. Thank your! Turkeys aren’t usually what you’d call pretty, are they? But bluebirds are always good looking and fun to photograph!

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      1. All creatures are prettier with flowers around them! 😁

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  2. I expect that meadows need all the protection they can get? Natural grasslands are a very threatened habitat here in SA.

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    1. They certainly do need protecting! Not sure about how much meadow has been lost in the United States, but I’ve read that Great Britain has lost 97% of its meadows since WWII. Astounding!

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      1. Gosh that is astounding and shocking too.

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