Tag Archive | Oak Woodlands

The Vanishing Butterfly

The Vanishing Butterfly

It is May on Long Island and as I walk down a trail that winds through oak woodlands, my attention is drawn to flashes of blue about a foot or two above the ground. As I get closer, I see that the flashes are from a metallic blue colored butterfly fluttering across the trail. I […]

The Fern Found Around the World

The Fern Found Around the World

This fern grows on every continent except for Antarctica. It favors dry acidic poor soils. I have seen this fern in oak woodlands where scarlet, white and black oaks dominate a landscape with an understory of low-bush blueberries and huckleberries. The bracken fern also grows in disturbed areas where it appears to be weedy. Its […]