Monthly Archives: May 2013

Wildlife Abounds at N.I.R.M. Preserve

The wildlife preserve at the Historic 1816 Jacob Shupe Homestead, along the Beaver Creek in Amherst is filled with active wildlife!  While checking out part of our woods today, May 19, 2013, New Indian Ridge Museum Trustee Diane Nahorn along with Col. Nahorn came across a wild turkey’s nest tucked in the floodplain woods.

Wild turkey nest at the New Indian Ridge Museum's wildlife preserve along the Beaver Creek in Amherst.

Wild turkey nest at the New Indian Ridge Museum’s wildlife preserve along the Beaver Creek in Amherst.

The Beaver Creek floodplain is full of wildflowers, but many have now finished blooming for the season.  The May Apples and Wild Hyacinth are still evident, however.  Below shows a portion of the Beaver Creek floodplain thick with the native Wild Hyacinth flowers.  The bulbs were used by Native Americans and early explorers as food.

Wild Hyacinth in the Beaver Creek floodplain.

Wild Hyacinth in the Beaver Creek floodplain.

 

Artifact Found at N.I.R.M. Preserve

On May 16, 2013 while pulling non-native, invasive Garlic Mustard plants out of the woods at the New Indian Ridge Museum’s Wildlife Preserve here in Amherst, Col. Nahorn stumbled upon a Native American Indian artifact.

This small sandstone rock was poking out of the ground among May Apples (a native wildflower) in the woods, on the southwestern part of the property, near the Hollstein field (where we have found artifacts in that field, which indicate prehistoric inhabitance).  The stone has two indentations on one side, and another indentation is on the reverse side.  This was a fire starting rock, and is in a typical style for this type of artifact; these forms have been found at local sites as well.  We are concluding that this stone is a part of the Hollstein Site, which is on the contiguous property.  It is an important find, and we are glad to be able to document and preserve another artifact from this very local site.

See the fire starting rock – obverse and reverse – below:

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