The Waterman Farm woodlot is a small riparian corridor dominated by sugar maple and hackberry. Adjacent to the woodland corridor are agricultural and grassland fields dominated by asters, and corn is typically grown in the ag fields. The woodlot provides habitat for a number of breeding bird species, including Scarlet Tanagers and Barred Owls, and the riparian vegetation provides good habitat for many small migrant passerines. Mammals common at the site include Raccoon, Woodchuck, Fox Squirrel, Eastern Gray Squirrel, and Eastern Cottontail.
sugar maple (Acer saccharum)
I identified this Catalpa by its large entire simple leaves, flattened at the base.
Virginia creeper (Parthenocisssus quinquefolia)
I identified this Virginia creeper by its distinctive palmate 5-leaflet leaves on a thin vine. Virginia creeper is often this shade of green but briefly turns bright red and orange in the late fall!
riverbank grape (Vitis riparia)
I identified this grape by its distinctive vine structure with strips of bark peeling off the thick vine hanging down to the forest floor. These grapes are quite sour but still edible by humans!
Common chicory (Cichorium intybus)
I identified this common chicory by its distinctive bright blue flowers. Chicory can be used as a substitute for coffee!
American pokeweed (Phytolacca americana)
I identified this pokeweed by its distinctive clusters of dark purple fruits. Pokeweed is an extremely important food source for many birds during fall migration in September and October!
poison ivy (Toxicodendron radicans)
I identified this poison ivy by the distinctive trifoliate dark green leaves, bluntly serrated in a classic “arrowhead” shape.