Preston Nature Preserve

Posted By on September 13, 2014

Preston Nature Preserve

1.6 miles, 1.6 mph; preston, ct

i took a leisurely stroll around this avalonia land conservancy property with some friends. this is one beautiful and unusual property. it mostly consists of fields full of wildflowers: milkweed, goldenrod, queen anne’s lace, lots of other things we couldn’t identify.

one of the fields

one of the fields

this place must be a haven for birds and dragonflies, i would love to see it at dawn or dusk.

milkweed

milkweed

i don’t know but i imagine we’ve missed the monarch migration. too bad, as this would be a great place to see them. i’ve never seen so much milkweed in one place before.

Scleroderma citrinum or common earthball

Scleroderma citrinum or common earthball

we also saw a good number of these guys… common earth balls. not edible by any means, but interesting. it’s a puffball relative, but unlike puffballs, who disperse their spores through holes in the top, these guys just disintegrate. they’re very tough and very black inside, as you can see.

i have added this hike to the hikefinder, and have linked to the avalonia conservancy map. it’s a rather sketchy, hand-drawn affair, and i really couldn’t relate our track to it.

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