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Bench 5 at Kuse Nature Preserve

The environment near Bench 5 supports a variety of birds, mammals and insects. Some hide in the brush pile. Others come to eat buds, seeds, apples and raspberries or rest on branches of trees and the brush pile.

Spring ephemerals, such as the Wood Anemone, thrive and bloom before leaves form on the trees and die back when there is shade. Fruit trees bloom and attract pollinating insects. In summer and fall, weeds and wildflowers, such as Yellow Avens, Whorled Loosestrife, Buttercups, Birdsfoot Trefoil, Common Milkweed or Moneywort may be seen.

Watch for apples or plums that ripen in fall.

Use the links on the grid below to help you observe.

Location Information



Brush Pile


Animals that Live in Brush Piles

Glossy Buckthorn

Red Maple


Plum Tree

Silver Maple

Wild Apple

White Pine




Wood Anemones


Dr. Hildegard Kuse and Dr. Loretta Kuse