Natural History at Murphy's Point

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~Red Osier Dogwood (Cornus stolonifera) ~

 In autumn, many of the bushes and trees along the trail are bearing fruit. Red Osier Dogwood, Highbush Cranberry, Buckthorn, Wild Grape, and Staghorn Sumac are but a few of the plants which will provide wild birds and mammals with berries and seeds throughout the coming months.

~ Staghorn Sumac (Rhus typhina) ~

Throughout the park, mast trees such as Beech and various species of Oak will provide an abundance of nuts for autumn foragers, while the conifers bear cones which will be dismantled for their seeds.

~ A mound of stripped cone shafts and scales of the Eastern White Pine (Pinus strobus)
are the familiar calling card of the Red Squirrel (Tamiasciurus hudsonicus) ~

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