Dameselfly. Photo by Roger Frymire.
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Friends of the
Mystic River

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, and the Friends of the Mystic River want to safeguard habitats. The Mystic has many alien invasive species that threaten the food supply and living space of indigenous species.

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. Or, visit the EOEA Visible Species of Massachusetts Database.

black-crowned night heron




white oak


gray squirrel