Coffin Wild Flower Reservation

This sanctuary is one of seven owned by the Society. Hilly woods, a brook, and 1,256 feet of sandy shore and tidal marsh make up the 177-acre sanctuary, which borders lovely Merrymeeting Bay, well-known for its diversity of waterfowl. This hike along the trails will take us through woodlands that border the east side of the bay to a large, old stand of bigtooth aspen and fascinating freshwater estuary plants that are limited to this rare habitat type. Bring binoculars if you have them; be prepared to get your feet wet! Habitat: estuary and mixed hardwood-conifer forest
Known For: freshwater estuary plants
Difficulty: Easy/Moderate

Program Code: FDT8029
Instructor: Ted Elliman, botanist and author of "Wild Flowers of New England"

Pros and Cons of Assisted Plant Migration

Climate change poses many challenges to plants that are adapted to particular environmental conditions. Conservation biologists ask: How best can we protect plant diversity in light of these challenges? Should we actively move plants or genes, protect land that enables plants to migrate on their own, or take other steps? Engage in a moderated, lively discussion based on provided readings and your own opinions.

Throwback Thursday Photo of the Day: Secret Squirrel Edition

Yes, it's the famous Albino Squirrel of Jamaica Pond. Interrobang Letterpress captured this photo of the little guy back in 2008. He (or she?) has become an iconic figure: the albino squirrel of Jamaica Pond. Interrobang Press shared this 2008 photo of the famous rodent to the Jamaica Plain News Photo Pool on Flickr. The secret squirrel has entered local logo lore as the symbol of the Jamaica Plain Music Festival.

The White Squirrel of Jamaica Pond, circa August 2007

Throwback Thursday: The White Squirrel of Jamaica Pond

Each weekday we post a random image from around the neighborhood. On Thursdays we reach into the photo archive of the Jamaica Plain Historical Society. Today we've got a real gem. Remember the Albino Squirrel of Jamaica Pond? This famous furry denizen lives on as the symbol of the JP Music Festival.