Thom Smith, NatureWatch columnist.

Butterfly on goldenrod

A monarch butterfly perches on goldenrod in Thom Smith's backyard.

Goldenrod in Berkshire County includes some 23 species and most have never been encountered by your NatureWatch writer since past 1970 and beyond.

Before then, I encountered botanical learning in the field from Waldo Bailey, Roger Brown, Alvah Sanborn, Rick Oltsch, David St.


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