Nature in Northampton: A Walking Tour
Tuesday, August 6, 2019 | 12 - 1 pm
Laurie Sanders, co-director of Historic Northampton and naturalist
$5 members and donors; $8 all others.
Pre-registration is required. Limited to 20. Meeting place upon registration.
We'll look for every plant or animal species that survives in downtown, from the mosses and ants living in the cracks and margins to the larger plants and creatures that are able to survive in the wilder and untended pockets that occur in and around the heart of the city.
At right: In natural settings, this beautiful fern known as ebony spleenwort occurs in dry, rich soils like those found on Mount Tom, the Mount Holyoke Range and Mount Sugarloaf. In Northampton, it is infrequently found and is restricted to the ridges of the Mineral Hills and curiously, in the mortar between the stones of two of the City's downtown bridge abutments.