Discovery Day Participants Find Butterflies, Dragonflies, and More

SVT's Discovery Day: Plants & Pollinators. Photo by Dany Pelletier.
SVT's Discovery Day: Plants & Pollinators. Photo by Dany Pelletier.
SVT's Discovery Day: Plants & Pollinators. Photo by Dany Pelletier.

The second of our three Discovery Days was a rousing success! Twenty-five amateur naturalists turned out on Saturday, May 18, at the newly acquired Smith Conservation Land in Littleton to learn about pollinators and their habitat, how to identify plants, and how to use the iNatualist application to log their findings. 

The theme of the day became, "Biology is messy and not everything is easily classified, but it can be a lot of fun!" 

The group divided into three and rotated around to different areas of the reservation to learn from expert naturalists like Ted Elliman, Pam Durrant, and Greg Dysart. There were exciting finds like American Lady butterflies, Dot-tailed Whiteface dragonflies, and many spring wildflowers. Other sightings included Spring Azure and Cabbage White butterflies and a Fragile Forktail damselfly.

This was the second of three Discovery Days, an educational program designed give amateurs the skills to interact with the natural world and take part in our BioBlitz on June 22. The final Discovery Day, focusing on Herpetology and Aquatics, is scheduled for June 1 at the Smith Conservation Land. Register to join us as we survey Black Pond for turtles and examine vernal pools for salamanders’ larvae and frog tadpoles.

All participants of the Discovery Days series and other expert naturalists will be invited to take part in our BioBlitz on June 22,  when volunteers will have the opportunity to catalogue all species on properties in Littleton, Boxborough, and Harvard. This biological inventory will help SVT and our conservation partners taking care of this ecologically important area and the species it protects.

Thank you to our volunteer experts who made this second Discovery Day possible:

  • Pam Durrant
  • Ted Elliman
  • Greg Dysart
  • Mary Brogan
  • Ryan Dorsey