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Wildlife visits our Historic Burying Grounds


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These delightful photos remind us that humans, whether living or deceased, are not the only users of the City of Boston's historic burying grounds.

Birds, squirrels, rabbits, cats, rats, and even fishers have all been spotted in Boston’s historic burying grounds. Hawks live in and hunt from the large trees.

The photo below was taken several months ago at Hawes Burying Ground in South Boston and shows some local “residents” including birds and a curious rabbit.

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Rabbit and birds in Hawes Burying Ground. (Photo by Steve O’Brien)

Rabbits have returned to Copp’s Hill Burying Ground in the North End after many years of absence as seen in the photo below taken in July 2020.

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A lazy rabbit in Copp's Hill Burying Ground. (Photo by Tom Schiavoni)

Historic Burying Grounds initiative

This post originally appeared in the latest version of the Boston Parks Historic Burying Grounds Initiative. To learn more and sign up for future newsletters, visit our website:

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