In the Mystic River and Mystic Lakes, you might spot a fairly large, gangly black bird with a long, kinky neck. Perhaps just its head and neck can be seen bobbing along in the water while it searches for fish. This is the double-crested cormorant.
More people are aware of the benefits of milkweed as a host plant for monarch butterflies. But if you look carefully in the plant, long before the monarchs arrive you may see a spotted, long red beetle with curled black antennae – the red milkweed beetle.
Our city is full of wild things – and not people, in this case, or even other mammals. If you look closely, you will see an environment full of bees, butterflies, beetles, birds and other smallish critters.
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