The table below lists all animals found and identified in the Experimental Plots so far this year:

 

Wildlife identified on the greater Phillips Academy campus: 

Animals      
Vertebrates      
Mammals (Class Mammalia) Fish (Class Osteichthyes) Amphibians (Class Amphibia) Reptiles (Class Reptilia)
Birds (Class Aves)      
       
Arthropods      
Insects (Class Insecta) Springtails (Class Entognatha) Spiders/Harvestman/Mites (Class Arachnid) Millipedes (Class Diplopoda)
Centipedes (Class Chilopoda) Pillbugs/Woodlouse (Class Malacostraca)    
       
Molluscs      
Snails and Slugs (Class 

Dragonflies are remarkable beasties......proto-typically big "bug" eyes, four see-through wings, catchy coloration and interesting and complex flight patterns, these nasty insect predators can be seen all over the place flitting about picking off smaller insects for a quick meal or perching precariously at the end of a grass stalk.  Since we started the experimental garden plots over next to the Gelb Science Building (north side), dragonflies have shown up in the area in abundance.....no doubt pulled in by the varieties of insect prey drawn to the plots by the wildflowers now growing there.  The transformation has been remarkable.  Here is a sampling of the dragonflies that can be seen at the plots.  If you are on

Two years ago, the Phillips Academy Biology Department, with the help of the Phillips Academy Office of Physical Plant (especially with Russell Stott, Senior Manager--Campus Design, Sustainability & Grounds), established five experimental garden plots on a portion of the Gelb lawn just north of the Gelb Science Center.  Each of these plots are small, roughly 15' x 4' in size, but are protected from the usual groundskeeping activities that keep the surrounding PA lawns in such good condition......they are not mowed or weed-whacked at anytime.

Two of these plots are available to be used for specific projects that might be initiated by some of the various biology and/or science courses or for Independent Projects to be carried out

Cemeteries are fascinating places. Plots of land where, traditionally, humans bury the dead, they sometimes serve as places that almost exist out of time, preserving a record of the people who lived in the adjoining communities going back to the first settling of the area by humanity.  Often quiet, well-tended but also protected and largely devoid of people, cemeteries sometimes serve as areas that straddle the developed and natural world.  In that capacity, they can be home to a