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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.