Rochester Plants, Animals & Natural Communities

Rochester is home to 26 state-listed natural communities and species listed as endangered, threatened or special concern that are protected under the Massachusetts Endangered Species Act (MESA). These include 1 bird, 2 reptiles, 2 amphibians, 1 fish, 1 insect, 2 mussels, 5 plants and 12 natural communities. Click on the BioMap2 link for more details.

Below are photos taken by local residents of a few of Rochester’s plants, animals and natural communities.

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Shelf Mushrooms

Shelf Mushrooms

Leonard's Pond

Leonard's Pond

Bullfrog

Bullfrog

Cardinal Flower

Cardinal Flower

Cardinal

Cardinal

Bald Eagle

Bald Eagle


Blue Heron

Blue Heron

Leonard's Pond

Leonard's Pond

Blue Heron

Blue Heron

Milk Snake

Milk Snake

Lichens & Mushrooms

Lichens

Monarch Butterflies

Monarch Butterflies


Mary's Pond Coastal Plain Pond

Coastal Plain Pond

Mattapoisett River

Mattapoisett River

River Community

River Community

Wetland Community

Wetland Community

Pickerel Frog

Pickerel Frog

Pipewort

Pipewort


Sandpiper

Sandpiper

Plymouth Gentian

Plymouth Gentian

Pink Lady's Slippers

Pink Lady's Slippers

Skunk

Skunk

Snapping Turtle

Snapping Turtle

Snowy Egret

Snowy Egret


Spider Web

Spider Web

Spotted Turtle

Spotted Turtle

Swallowtail Butterfly

Swallowtail Butterfly

Turtle Laying Eggs

Turtle Laying Eggs

Echinacea

Echinacea

White Trillium

White Trillium


Wood Duck

Wood Duck

Wood Frog

Wood Frog

Young Toad

Young Toad

Tree Frog

Tree Frog

Black Wasp & Mint

Black Wasp & Mint

Spotted Salamander

Spotted Salamander


Polypodium

Polypodium

Autumn Leaves

Autumn Leaves

Bittern

Bittern

Leonard's Pond

Leonard's Pond

Wild Turkeys

Wild Turkeys

Cardinal

Cardinal


Doe

Doe