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Virtual Eco-Tour: Norcross Wildlife Sanctuary
Starting with a 100 acre woodlot by Sanctuary founder and benefactor, Arthur D. Norcross Jr. , the Sanctuary is operated by the Norcross Wildlife Foundation and has grown to over 8,000 acres of forests, meadows and wildlands in Massachusetts and Connecticut. The Sanctuary is managed and maintained for the benefit of native plants and animals of New England, as Mr. Norcross originally directed.
Nearly three miles of walking trails traverse a variety of habitats and naturalistic wildflower gardens in the 75 acre Pocket Sanctuary, which represents the diversity that can be found at Tupper Hill. Plants grown here are native to the eastern seaboard, from the Carolinas to Canada.
Hundreds of plant species can be found in the various habitats and 14 gardens maintained at the Norcross Wildlife Sanctuary. This virtual walk will highlight many of these habitats and native plants including: Meadowscapes, both wet and dry, Native orchids, Liatris, Actaea, Pycnanthemum, Solidago, and much more.
Dan Jaffe is a photographer and author. He earned a degree in botany from the University of Maine, Orono, an advanced certificate in Native Plant Horticulture and Design from Native Plant Trust (formally New England Wild Flower Society), and has years of nursery management and plant sales experience. He is passionate about ecological horticulture, building both sustainability and wildlife value into every landscape, and the foraging and cultivation of wild edible plants. He is the Horticulturalist and Propagator for Norcross Wildlife Sanctuary and the staff photographer. Dan is the co-author of Native Plants for New England Gardens and has contributed photographs to many more horticulture books.
- Penny Lewis