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A mother swan and her eight cygnets swim (Credit: Newsday/John Paraskevas)

A mother swan and her eight cygnets swim in the pond at the Charles T. Church Nature Preserve, also known as Shu Swamp Preserve, in Mill Neck. The swans share the pond with geese, river otters, muskrat and snapping turtles. (May 14, 2012)

Charles T. Church Nature Preserve/Shu Swamp

The 65-acre preserve west of Frost Mill Road has 70-foot-tall tulip trees, huge oaks, Tupelo trees, a host of wildlife and bird species, plus snapping turtles weighing in at 65 pounds. It also has 2.5 miles of trails and boardwalks. The preserve is home to a shrub called Hearts-a-Bustin, which is found nowhere else in the state. Creeks feed Beaver Brook and a large pond.

At the Charles T. Church Preserve, also known
(Credit: Newsday/John Paraskevas)

At the Charles T. Church Preserve, also known as Shu Swamp Preserve, in Mill Neck, delicate ferns and large-leaved skunk cabbage evoke a feeling of being in a prehistoric world. (May 14, 2012)

A mother swan and her eight cygnets swim
(Credit: Newsday/John Paraskevas)

A mother swan and her eight cygnets swim in the pond at the Charles T. Church Nature Preserve, also known as Shu Swamp Preserve, in Mill Neck. The swans share the pond with geese, river otters, muskrat and snapping turtles. (May 14, 2012)

A frog blends in with his surroundings in
(Credit: Newsday/John Paraskevas)

A frog blends in with his surroundings in a wooded area of the Charles T. Church Preserve, also known as Shu Swamp Preserve, in Mill Neck. (May 14, 2012)

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Large skunk cabbage lines a stream at the
(Credit: Newsday/John Paraskevas)

Large skunk cabbage lines a stream at the Charles T. Church Preserve, also known as Shu Swamp Preserve, in Mill Neck. Walking through this old growth forest at the preserve evokes the feeling of being in a prehistoric world. (May 14, 2012)

At the Charles T. Church Preserve, also known
(Credit: Newsday/John Paraskevas)

At the Charles T. Church Preserve, also known as Shu Swamp Preserve, in Mill Neck, delicate ferns and large-leaved skunk cabbage evoke a feeling of being in a prehistoric world. (May 14, 2012)

Large-leaved skunk cabbage lines a trail at the
(Credit: Newsday/John Paraskevas)

Large-leaved skunk cabbage lines a trail at the Charles T. Church Preserve, also known as Shu Swamp Preserve, in Mill Neck. Walking through this old growth forest at the preserve evokes the feeling of being in a prehistoric world. (May 14, 2012)

At the Charles T. Church Preserve, also known
(Credit: Newsday/John Paraskevas)

At the Charles T. Church Preserve, also known as Shu Swamp Preserve, in Mill Neck, delicate ferns and large-leaved skunk cabbage evoke a feeling of being in a prehistoric world. (May 14, 2012)

A goose swims in the pond at the
(Credit: Newsday/John Paraskevas)

A goose swims in the pond at the Charles T. Church Preserve, also known as Shu Swamp Preserve, in Mill Neck. The geese at the preserve share the pond with geese, river otters, muskrat and snapping turtles. (May 14, 2012)

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A mother swan and her eight cygnets swim
(Credit: Newsday/John Paraskevas)

A mother swan and her eight cygnets swim in the pond at the Charles T. Church Preserve, also known as Shu Swamp Preserve, in Mill Neck. The swans share the pond with geese, river otters, muskrat and snapping turtles. (May 14, 2012)

A mother swan and her eight cygnets are
(Credit: Newsday/John Paraskevas)

A mother swan and her eight cygnets are seen swimming on May 14, 2012 in the pond at the Charles T. Church Preserve, also known as Shu Swamp Preserve, in Mill Neck. The swans share the pond with geese, river otters, muskrat and snapping turtles.

A girl crosses a stream on a fallen
(Credit: Michael E. Ach)

A girl crosses a stream on a fallen log at the Charles T. Church Preserve, also known as Shu Swamp Preserve, in Mill Neck. (June 11, 2010)

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