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Sightings From July 2015

July 28, 2015

Fall color in summer

Fall color in summer

July is the time we see the first changing leaves, often the black ash or Virginia creeper. The bright red makes an impressive contrast that is fun to photograph.

July 27, 2015

Dragonfly in Native Plant Garden

Dragonfly in Native Plant Garden

The native plant garden pond is a great spot to watch dragonflies and if you're patient, they often will land and pose.

July 23, 2015

Tiger swallowtail on monarda

Tiger swallowtail on monarda

July is the best time to view butterflies on the Mountain and the monarda or "bee balm" is a great native plant to attract more to your home landscape.

July 22, 2015

Hummingbird on cardinal flower

Hummingbird on cardinal flower

The native cardinal flower grows in sunny spots but it likes to have its feet wet. Here, it grows well in area that often pools with water after a rain and the bright red poker-like flower attracts hummingbirds every day during July.

July 16, 2015

Ovenbird

Ovenbird

July 7, 2015

Trees are starting to re-leaf

Trees are starting to re-leaf

After a tough season of defoliating caterpillars, the trees are pushing new leaves, likely in great part thanks to generous amounts of rain. Defoliation stresses a tree but also removes protection from nesting species.

July 5, 2015

Dragonfly nymph

Dragonfly nymph

The pupae stage of the dragonfly, this nymph will leave a shell behind when it emerges as an adult.

July 3, 2015

Milkweed

Milkweed

The milkweed looks wonderful along Hawk Mountain Road. We hope to see it full of monarch caterpillars later this summer.

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