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Happy Park[ing] Day, from a New England City

This just in.

Plankton have been sighted on Huron Avenue.

Children have been observed observing pond water through microscopes.

A new arboreal species has been discovered: the Tree of Really, Really Small, Teeny Tiny Things, whose symbolic foliage depicts the minerals, water, microarthropods, bacteria, and mycorrhizal fungi critical to good tree health.

Fragilaria algae handpuppet created at the Park of Microscopic Life, Park[ing] Day 2013, Cambridge, Mass.

Fragilaria algae handpuppet created at the Park of Microscopic Life, Park[ing] Day 2013, Cambridge, Mass.

The tree of really, really, small, teeny tiny things.

The tree of really, really, small, teeny tiny things.

Models of algae have been multiplying rapidly on the site, says Kristin L., a volunteer ranger at the corner of Huron and Chilton who preferred to remain semi-anonymous.

Paparazzi snapped photos of Fresh Pond Reservation’s ranger, Jean Rogers, transporting phytoplankton from Black’s Nook across Chilton Street well before working hours. Stay tuned for all the news from microorganism’s reporter in the city of Cambridge, Mass., yours truly.

Photo of kindergarteners and teacher looking through microscopes courtesy of D. Jamas.

Photo of kindergarteners and teacher looking through microscopes courtesy of D. Jamas.

Photo courtesy of D. Jamas.

Photo courtesy of D. Jamas.

fragilaria

Fragilaria (non-puppet version).

Citizens and Microscopes. An excellent match.

Citizens and Microscopes. An excellent match.

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