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Ashumet Holly Wildlife Sanctuary
Written by Brian Tarcy

FALMOUTH – A few lifetimes ago, the Ashumet Holly Wildlife Sanctuary was one of my go-to places for a hike.

While I’d been back there a couple times in the past few years, it had been a while since I took this interesting trek through the woods. It was as good as I remembered it.

Even as most of the leaves have fallen off many of the trees, this 45-acre parcel had plenty of evergreen holly trees, along with rhododendron bushes on the 1.5 miles of trails.

In the middle of it is an eight-acre coastal plain pond, which according to Mass Audubon, which owns and operates the property, is “considered a globally rare natural community attracting over 30 species of dragonflies and rare pond shore wildflowers.”

At this time of year, the wildflowers and dragonflies were nowhere to be seen. But we did see ducks.

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About the author

Brian Tarcy

Brian Tarcy is co-founder of Cape Cod Wave. He is a longtime journalist who has written for the Boston Globe, Boston magazine, the Cape Cod Times and several other publications. He is the author of "YOU CAN'T SELL RIGHT FIELD; A Cape Cod Novel." He is also the author or co-author of more than a dozen mostly non-fiction books, including books with celebrity athletes Cam Neely, Tom Glavine and Joe Theisman. His previous book was, "ALMOST: 12 Electric Months Chasing A Silicon Valley Dream" with Hap Klopp,who created the iconic brand, The North Face.
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