Parke’s Place – This week NJ Audubon Stewardship Project Director & Fight’n Femelschlager John Parke photographed Scarlet Hawtho… | Things to Do in Cape May NJ

Parke’s Place – This week NJ Audubon Stewardship Project Director & Fight’n Femelschlager John Parke photographed Scarlet Hawthorn fruit in his yard! According to NJ Division of Parks and Forestry, “Scarlet Hawthorn is one of more than 150 species of Hawthorn that occur in North America, 14 of which occur in NJ. Scarlet Hawthorn produces small-apple like fruits that are often retained on the tree well into winter.” These fruits (soft mast) are good fall and winter forage for animals and birds, especially Cedar Waxwings, Wild Turkey, and Northern Mockingbird. When gardening for wildlife, consider planting trees and shrubs that produce mast for wildlife forage. Mast is the botanical name for the nuts, seeds, buds, or fruits of trees and shrubs that are eaten by wildlife. Acorns are an example of “Hard Mast” and fruits are an example of “Soft Mast”. What’s in your yard? We want to know!

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