Archive for the 'Fruit' Category

08
Jul
08

Prickly Gooseberry(dogberry) – July 8 2008

These gooseberries are one of the few wild edible berries that can be found in the forest. Although those spikes look a bit intimidating they can be scraped off fairly easily.

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19
May
08

Paw Paw Blossoms Near Parking Lot – May 18, 2008

I spy these paw paw blossoms near the main parking lot of camp. These will turn into green fruit by the fall.

25
Jan
07

High Bush Cranberries – Girls Cabin Area – Jan 24, 2007


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Originally uploaded by Camp Naturalist.

These highbush cranberries give some needed winter color to camp.

“Native high bush cranberry fruit…is a preferred food only of ruffed grouse and cedar waxwing, but fruit is also eaten by over 20 other species. More importantly, fruits hang on throughout the winter and serve as critical emergency food when other sources are not available. Because the tips die over the winter, plants become very bushy as they get older. They provide valuable cover and are used as nesting sites by several species of birds.”
from http://www.macphailwoods.org/shrub/hbcran.html