After rainfall, garden snails emerge from the ivy growing alongside the fence on Quincy St., where they face the dangers of passing feet and drying out in the glare of the ferocious Cambridge sun. Students are encouraged to move them gently back into the undergrowth.
The group of mushroom shaped crab-apple trees on the route between Lamont and Tercentenary Theatre bear especially fragrant flowers. Allegedly, these trees were supposed to be removed some years back, but a photo published in a Tercentenary issue of Harvard Magazine saved them.
In late fall, just about the only flowers blooming are witch hazel, found near the Mass. Ave Widener entrance. These fragrant yellow beauties also hover around Mallinckrodt behind the Science Center.
JFK & Memorial Dr.
According to Gogan, come May, there is almost certainly an osprey or two to be seen above this intersection and the Charles River. They come to feast on the migrating Alewifes, as well as perch, carp and sunfish in the river.
More than just a T-stop, alewife are a variety of river herring that swim up the Charles River to spawn each Spring. Onlookers from the river bank beside Anderson Bridge get a prime view of the fish breaking the surface. Also, the presence of fresh-water clams in the water signal improving water quality.
According to Gogan, white-crowned herons nest under the Radcliffe crew’s dock each spring. Mallard ducks and Canada geese also find a home in the vicinity.