Nature Walk One

Today, my mom and I walked the trail at Cutler park in Needham, Massachusetts. Though I had been there multiple times before, I had never looked closely at the insane variety of species and life that covered the trees, mud and water. The weather was quite cool and somewhat breezy, which made it easy to look at and take pictures at the different species. Most of the trees were covered with different moss and what I believe to be different types of fungi. It was very interesting to see the insects and plants surrounding these different types of fungi and lichen. Near the water, I was able to observe the different species that were growing in the mud, or on different rocks or tree roots adjacent to the water. The loop was a little bit over a mile, and my mom and I were shocked at the different things we found! One of my favorite observations was a type of fungi growing on the side of a tree with what looked like sap dripping down it! it was cool to see the mushrooms and different types of fungi we have discussed in lectures and on perusall in real life!

Posted by frankiefaggiano frankiefaggiano, June 11, 2021 17:51

Observations

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What

Mosses Phylum Bryophyta

Observer

frankiefaggiano

Date

June 11, 2021 12:03 PM EDT

Description

Bright green moss like structure. In mud nearby water.

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Observer

frankiefaggiano

Date

June 11, 2021 12:06 PM EDT

Description

Most trees at Cutler park were covered with this light green flowery shaped covering.

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What

Common Gilled Mushrooms and Allies Order Agaricales

Observer

frankiefaggiano

Date

June 11, 2021 12:07 PM EDT

Description

I found this mushroom species growing on a tree trunk that was hanging over water. the mushroom looked to be growing out of the trunk and the mud that was directly beneath the trunk. I looked for more of this species around this mushroom but this appeared to be the only visible one.

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What

Sallow Sedge Carex lurida

Observer

frankiefaggiano

Date

June 11, 2021 12:14 PM EDT

Description

I have never seen anything like this before! Growing all over this patch of grass were these types of grass with these spikes sticking out of them!

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Observer

frankiefaggiano

Date

June 11, 2021 12:16 PM EDT

Description

Found these little red flakes scattered all over the trail and on plants. I was not sure if maybe they were pollen.

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Observer

frankiefaggiano

Date

June 11, 2021 12:20 PM EDT

Description

One tree was covered with this white film. It looked almost like paint.

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Observer

frankiefaggiano

Date

June 11, 2021 12:21 PM EDT

Description

I found a few of these red and yellow balls. They were firm and berry shaped. I was very unsure of what they were, but their firmness made me think that they were not any type of berry.

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What

Yellow Birch Betula alleghaniensis

Observer

frankiefaggiano

Date

June 11, 2021 12:22 PM EDT

Description

Multiple trees were covered with this thick grey covering. It looked somewhat like straw.

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What

Veiled Polypore Cryptoporus volvatus

Observer

frankiefaggiano

Date

June 11, 2021 12:23 PM EDT

Description

This tiny white mushroom like ball was stuck on the side of a tree!

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What

White Carnival Candy Slime Mold Arcyria cinerea

Observer

frankiefaggiano

Date

June 11, 2021 12:25 PM EDT

Description

This tree trunk was covered with tiny white flakes. I am not positive if it is white carnival candy slin, but it looked very similar

Fungi

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What

Fungi Including Lichens Kingdom Fungi

Observer

frankiefaggiano

Date

June 11, 2021 12:30 PM EDT

Description

This tree was super interesting to look at. It was very dark in some places and had this thick yellowish film that I believed to be some sort of fungi growing on it!

Fungi

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What

Fungi Including Lichens Kingdom Fungi

Observer

frankiefaggiano

Date

June 11, 2021 12:31 PM EDT

Description

On this tree there was a bright white film with reddish orangish ends. what looked like yellowish sap was dripping out of it. I believe it is a type of fungi, but I am unsure what species.

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What

Mossy Maze Polypore Cerrena unicolor

Observer

frankiefaggiano

Date

June 11, 2021 12:40 PM EDT

Description

These were growing on the sides of multiple trees. They look similar to mushrooms and had some moths landing on them.

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