In May 2011 the Student Chapter of the American Society of Landscape Architects at the Boston Architectural College sponsored a canoe trip to DiMaura Island. Students canoed down the Charles River to land on the recently acquired island for an initial assessment of the property.
The island will provide a wonderful educational opportunity for our students to understand the ecologies of both limnal and upland plant species as well as the fauna associated with those ecologies. The flora ranged from beautiful mature river birch (Betula nigra) at the river's edge, to wonderful examples of paper birch (Betula papyrifera) in the upland. Low bush blueberries (Vaccinium sp.) were in bloom with their delicate waxy bell-shaped flowers and high-bush blueberries (Vaccinium corrymbosum) were in bud. There was evidence of deer on the island and a raptor nest in one of the mature trees. In addition, beaver had freshly cut a few trees at the water's edge.
The initial assessment of DiMaura Island suggests that students may want to develop a longitudinal and cross-sectional transect of the island to assess the lowland and upland species and develop a base-line for further study of the Island.