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The Mystic is truly an urban river, but a fantastic variety of birds, fish, animals, and vegetation live here too. The river's calm water and grassy banks provide important habitat for these creatures. Like many other bodies of water, the Mystic has its share of alien invasive species that threaten the food supply and living space of indigenous species. The Friends of the Mystic River want to safeguard habitats for native species. We are reviewing a draft of the Metropolitan District Commission's Mystic River Shoreline Management Plan.

Click on the heron, the alewife, the white oak and the gray squirrel to find out which species you can find living in and around the Mystic.

black-crowned night heron

Black-crowned Night Heron



white oak

White Oak

gray squirrel

Gray Squirrel