Scavenger Hunt at Notch Hill Brook Trail

Can you find these natural landmarks, flora and fauna? Check the ones that you find. They are all on or near the Notch Hill Brook Trail.

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A toad hidden among the leaves.

 

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White flowers

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Rocks piled high

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Boundary marker

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Climbing vine

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Arisaema triphyllum (jack-in-the-pulpit, bog onion, brown dragon, Indian turnip, American wake robin, or wild turnip) is a herbaceous perennial plant growing from a corm. It is a highly variable species typically growing 12–26 in in height with three-parted leaves and flowers contained in a spadix that is covered by a hood. It is native to eastern North America, occurring in moist woodlands and thickets.

 

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Unusual Rock formation.  This was part of a large standalone rock with odd lines running through it.

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Ferns growing in a crack in some large rocks.

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Mushrooms growing on tree.

Bark mushrooms typically grow in the form of conk, also called a bract or shelf. Although some varieties of bark mushrooms are harmless, some cause what is called white rot, and some cause the more serious brown rot. Bark mushrooms most often grow in cool, rainy coastal areas and on the shady, north side of trees.

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Tree stripped of bark with lots of bug activity.

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Tree with a burl.

burl is a tree growth in which the grain has grown in a deformed manner. It is commonly found in the form of a rounded outgrowth on a tree trunk or branch that is filled with small knots from dormant buds. A burl results from a tree undergoing some form of stress. It may be caused by an injury, virus or fungus.

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Tree with a burl at base.

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Moss growing on tree roots.

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Caltha palustris, known as marsh marigold and kingcup, is a small to medium size perennial herbaceous plat of the family Ranunculaceae, native to marshes, fens, ditches and wet woodland in temperate regions of the Northern Hemisphere.  It flowers between April and August, dependent on altitude and latitude, but occasional flowers may occur at other times.

 

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Swamp violet. Habitats include marshes, bogs, swamps, seeps, and borders of rocky streams. This violet is found in both sandy and non-sandy wetlands in both shaded and unshaded areas.