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Did you know that there is a native cactus in Connecticut? Opuntia humifusa, or the prickly-pear, grows in all eastern states except Maine, Vermont, and New Hampshire. It is rare and listed as a species of special concern in the state, but you can find it on our preserve if you look carefully! Its beautiful yellow flower blooms in late-spring or early-summer and only lasts for one day. In the winter, the plant pulls most of the water out of its cells to avoid freezing damage. The cactus is pollinated primarily by bees. Click here to see info source and find more places you can find it in CT.
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The great egret is one of the most handsome and elegant visitors we get in our preserve. With long legs and beak, you may find the egret in the marsh or near the shore seeking out prey of small fish, frogs, small mammals, and other small critters that can be found in shallow water.