Wildlife

Studying bats at Mount Auburn  

August 2, 2017

Have you seen any bats at Mount Auburn? Where have you seen them? I’m Chris Richardson, a professor in the Natural Sciences and Mathematics division at Lesley University. I am a physiological ecologist, and am currently studying the energy cost and immune response of bats who are fighting White Nose Syndrome in the spring, when they are trying to reproduce. Together with several undergraduate students and Regina Harrison, Executive Assistant at Mount Auburn, I have been investigating bat species and their activity at the Cemetery, looking for information to help us identify the location and presence of bats in this incredible urban ecosystem. (more…)

Butterflies and Dragonflies

July 25, 2017

Please join Jeremiah Trimble, Curatorial Associate, Ornithology, Museum of Comparative Zoology at Harvard University, as seen in the video below, on Wednesday, August 16th at 10AM for a leisurely walk around Mount Auburn exploring habitats from pond edges to wildflower patches, in search of the various types of butterflies and dragonflies.  Sign up today! 

Join us for A Nighthawk Watch at Washington Tower in 2017!

July 24, 2017

The Nighthawk is a member of the nightjar family which include the Whip-poor-will. All members of this family are rather cryptic in color with tiny bills and huge mouths. Join us for a Nighthawk Watch this summer at Washington Tower:

Nighthawk Watches

Nighthawks on Tues. 8/22 at 5:45

Nighthawks on Wed. 8/23 at 5:45

Nighthawks on Tues. 8/29 at 5:45

Nighthawks on Wed. 8/30 at 5:45

The flight of the nighthawk is unmistakable as it wheels erratically chasing insects. The Nighthawk nests most often on open cultivated fields, gravel beaches, rocky outcrops and burned over woodlands.  It is also well known to nest on flat gravel roof tops especially in cities. Locally birds have nested in a number of different places in Cambridge and Somerville as well as the Back Bay and South End sections of Boston. The roofs of many of these buildings have been converted to rubber and are no longer appealing to the nighthawks. (more…)

Summer Birding at Mount Auburn

June 25, 2017

Photo by Bob Stymeist

Summer is a great time to come birding at Mount Auburn at a more relaxed pace.  There is less diversity of species which allows for you to spend more time really studying the birds rather than just checking them off.

Find a shady bench near Auburn Lake or Willow Pond and bring your sketchbook.  Carefully observe a Red-tailed Hawk soaring above or a Great Blue Heron fishing.  Another great spot for birdwatching in the heat of summer are the fountains at Willow Court and Birch Gardens.  Small birds and even hawks have been known to cool off in these small pools.

See more fountain bird photos by Bob Stymeist.