Events of Interest

Now - April 30
Acton Memorial Library Celebrating Earth Month
In honor of Earth Month (April 22 is Earth Day), the original group that built a climate change display for the Augusta Garden Club Flower Show in 2013 special exhibit division, has set up the display in the second floor of the Acotn Memorial Library for the month of April.  Although the information was accurate and up to date as of September 2013, much has changed since then.  Green Acton has written an update to the informant and it is available at the display at the Acton Memorial Library. 

Fridays, April 20, 27 and May 2       
Conservation Trail Walks with Tom Tidman 
10-11:30 AM
Acton Recreation Department Program SS67-01.  Sign up at  www.actonrec.com  

Saturday, April 21
Household Hazardous Waste Day.
9-11:30 AM 
Acton DPW Building, 14 Forest Road 
For what can and cannot be brought, see  www.acton-ma.gov/141/Hazardous-Waste or call 978-263-6632

Saturday, April 21 
Birds of Prey with Tom Ricardi, Licensed Rehabilitator 
Noon-2 PM 
Walden Pond Visitor Center.  Free, regular parking fees apply.
Walden Pond State Reservation will host Tom Ricardi of the Massachusetts Birds of Prey Rehabilitation Center, in Conway for an interactive presentation featuring live birds of prey.  A retired Massachusetts Fish and Wildlife game warden and licensed wildlife rehabilitator, Ricardi cares for injured birds and operates a successful captive breeding program.  All children must be accompanied by a supervising adult.  Among raptors featured may be a golden eagle, peregrine falcon, red-tailed hawk, Harris’s hawk, kestrel, screech owl and great horned owl. 

Saturday, April 21 
Day Before Earth Day Hike, Littleton LCT
1-3 PM 
Prouty Woods 
Come celebrate Earth Day, a day early, with an afternoon hike to one of Littleton’s most beloved areas.  Prouty Woods boasts beautiful fields, forest, frontage along Long Lake, and, on top of Wilderness Hill, views to the west and north including Mount Monadnock and Wachusett.  Parking is available along the back of the lot at the fire station and off Wilderness Road behind the NEFF Headquarters Building on the right.
 
Sunday, April 22 
Earth Day:  Spring Birding in Lincoln 
7:30 am
Harrington and Twin Ponds trails at Stony Brook South; Park in the turnout on Rte. 117 near the Weston-Lincoln town line. 
This is the first walk in a four part series.  At least two  local birding experts will lead each walk.  Find out why birds love early mornings in spring as you learn to identify birds by sight and song, and explore some birding hot spots in Lincoln.  Offered by Lincoln Land Conservation Trust.

Saturday, April 22 
Earth Day Walk, Greenough Land, Carlisle 
1 PM 
Greenough Land, Meet at the main parking lot opposite 811 Maple Street 
Celebrate Earth Day with a spring walk on the trails of the Greenough Land.  The 4-mile walk is suitable for families prepared for wet conditions underfoot; bring drinking water and insect repellent.  Light refreshments served at the end.


Sunday, April 22 
Who's Hiding in Vernal Pools? 
1 PM 
Park and meet at the commuter lot beyond Donelan’s supermarket at Lincoln Station, l145 Lincoln Road, Lincoln. 
Explore a large vernal pool and the surrounding woods with Matt Burne, Conservation Director at The Walden Woods Project and co-author of A Field Guide to the Animals of Vernal Pools;  Recommended for adults and kids 7+.  Co-sponsored with The Walden Woods Project and Lincoln Land Conservation Trust.

Sunday, April 22
Fabulous Frogs 
3 PM 
Lincoln Land Conservation Trust (LLCT) office, 145 Lincoln Road, Suite  102A, Lincoln (above post office). 
A famly-freindly filml (Rated PG) from Nature with movie snacks and refreshments provided. 
Sir David Attenborough takes us on a journey through the weird and wonderful world of frogs, shedding new light on these charismatic, colorful and frequently bizarre little animals through first-hand stories, the latest science, and cutting-edge technology.  Run time:  53 min.

Monday, April 23 
Birding at Mainstone Farm 
7 AM - 9 AM 
Mainstone Farm, Rice Road, Wayland 
Join SVT’s Dan Stimson and Brian Harris, Wayland Conservation Commission Land Manager, for a walk through the woodlands of Mainstone Farm.  This area will be teeming with birds returning from their winter migration.  New birders welcome.  Co-sponsored by the Wayland Conservation Commission. SVT members:  Free, Non-members:  $10. Registration is required for all SVT activities unless noted.  Call 978-443-5588, or register on-line.  Outings may be rescheduled due to inclement weather.  Call SVT's Outings Hotline (978-443-5588, x30) for updated status.

Saturday, April 21-29
Acton Clean Up Day 
Green Acton and the Asian American Civic Engagement Alliance (AACEA) have organized a week-long clean up activity for residents to help clean up trash in public places  around the town.  We invite everyone to participate.  To register and learn more, click on http://ActonCleanup.info.  Once registered, you can use the interactive map of Acton to identify areas that need cleaning or sign up for areas to clean.  Bags for trash and recycling can be picked up from the Acton Memorial Library, 486 Main St. and the Junior and Senior High School, but not elementary schools. 

Thursday, April 26 
Nagog Pond Water Treatment Plant Permit Hearing 
7 PM 
Acton Town Hall, Room 204 

Friday, April 27-30 
City Nature Challenge:  Greater Boston Area 
There is a friendly bioblitz competition among cities worldwide to document the most species from April 27 - 30. You can help the Boston effort by submitting observations (e.g. taking photos with your phone/camera and uploading them) of as many species as possible to record nature in and around Boston (as far out as Route 495). All species count -- birds, animals, plants, fungi, etc.! More details on how you can participate at http://www.zoonewengland.org/citynaturechallenge and 


Saturday, April 28 
Earth Day Parade 
10:30-11:30 AM 
The Umbrella, 40 Stow St., Concord to the Old Manse, 269 Monument Street 

Saturday, April 28 
River Ceremony
11:30 AM-noon
Minute Man National Historic Park at the Old North Bridge; Singing, drumming, and the launching of Earth Floats at the water’s edge 

Saturday, April 28 
Arts and Environment Festival 
noon-2 PM 
The Old Manse Lawn and Orchard 
Featured performances include:  Eric Bornstein and Behind the Mast Theater, Jody Weber Dance Company and Mass Audubon Drumlin Farm’s Birds of Prey. PLUS music, local food, table exhibitors, art activities, and tree climing with Andrew Joslin.

Sunday, April 29 
Friends of Pine Hawk Service Day
Volunteers needed to brush out short path near Nashoba Brook’s Trail through Time.
For more information contact Linda McElroy, meadowpond1@comcast.net.

Sunday, April 29 
Spring Botany Walk at Horse Meadows Knoll 
10 AM to noon 
Horse Meadow Knoll, Harvard, MA 
Join SVT Director of Land Protection Christa Collins to explore the flora of Horse Meadows Knoll.  The protection of theses ecologically important acres is underway.  This property boasts a beautiful beech forest, a historic reservoir, wetlands, and plants that thrive about the rich plant life along the trails.  $10 (free for SVT members)  Register now at https://www.svtweb.org/node/6269/register

Monday, April 30 
Speaking for our Trees:  A conversation about Wellesley’s Leafy Infrastructure. 
7 PM
Wellesley Free Library
The League of Women Voters Wellesley and the Wellesley Natural resources Commission present  this event, featuring Dr. David Foster, Director of the Harvard Forest, a 4000 acre ecological laboratory and classroom in central Massachusetts.  Dr. Foster’s interests focus on understanding  the changes in forest  ecosystems that result from human natural disturbances and applying the results to the conservation and management of natural and cultural landscapes  .  Come learn why urban forests are so vital to our well being and how to protect them.  Free and open to the public.  For more information, contact nrc@wellesleyma.gov 

Tuesday, May 1
"Plovers and Terns and Oystercatchers, Oh My!”
7-9 PM 
Sargent Memorial Library, 427 Mass. Ae., Boxborough
Boxborough Birders members and local bird enthusiasts and others can attend a talk on beach nesting birds of Massachusetts by ornithologist Dr. Becky Harris.  Dr. Harris teaches conservation biology at Tufts University Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine and was the director of Mass. Audubon’s Coastal Water Bird Program.  Bird photography show; Exhibits on Bird houses/Photography; Birding resources; Guide books/Birding apps.Light refreshments provided.  The program is open to all ages.  For information on Boxborough Birders and how to join, visit boxboroughbirders.org.  For event information:  978-264-4077

Saturday, May 5 
Spring Birding and Nature Walk of Wetherbee Conservation Land, Acton
10:30 AM - 12:30 PM (Rain or Shine) 
Park on Wetherbee Street near the Wetherbee Conservation Land sign - carpooling encouraged
Join the Acton Conservation Trust for a Spring Birding and Nature Walk of the Wetherbee Conservation Land in Acton on Wetherbee Street beginning at the wooded edge of the farm field next to Rt. 2.
  The Wetherbee Conservation Land is a 73 acre conservation area in East Acton.  Enjoy the agricultural vista of the farm field along Route 2 while local birder, Al Sgroi, introduces us to breeding field birds such as savannah sparrow, vesper sparrow, swamp sparrow, red-tailed and sharp-shinned hawk, indigo bunting and eastern bluebirds.  If we’re lucky we might also see upland birds such as the hermit thrush, scarlet tanager and others.   Please bring binoculars and come dressed for ticks and sprayed for mosquitos.  Refreshments will be provided.  Please RSVP to ACT President, Susan Mitchell-Hardt at info@actonconservationtrust.org or phone 978-369-9264.

Saturday,  May 5 
What Would Henry Do?  
2-3:30 PM
Thoreau Farm
Based on Thoreau Farm’s new book, What Would Henry Do?:  Essays for the 21st century, a panel of Thoreauvian essayists, including Keith Bergman volunteer with The Climate Reality Project; Debbie Bier, board member, Thoreau Farm Trust; Jayne Gordon, historian; and Sandy Stott, writer and editor; and moderated by Ken Lizotte, president, Thoreau Farm Trust, will discuss their contributions to the book and lead a group discussion on potential actions Thoreau might take if he were with us today.  Free and open to the public.  Seating is limited.  RSVP to margaretcb@thoreaufarm.org .

Monday, May 14
Lincoln Land Conservation Trust Annual Meeting; Keynote Address given by Rand Wentworth
7 PM 
Flint Hall at St. Anne’s in-the-Field, Lincoln 
Keynote Address given by Rand Wentworth, President emeritus of the Land Trust Alliance, a national conservation organization based in Washington, D.C.  He served as president from 2002-2016 and is widely recognized for expanding the pace and quality of land conservation in America.  He is currently the Louis Bacon Senior Fellow in Environmental Leadership, an Adjunct Lecturer in Public Policy and a member of the faculty for the Senior Executive Fellows at the Harvard Kennedy School.

SVT’s Crowding Funding Effort for Horse Meadows Knoll in Harvard - through May 31.
Help SVT raise $30,000 by May 31 to save 47 acres of quality habitat, and support new marked trails for visitors at Horse Meadows Knoll in Harvard.  It is an ecological gem, abundant with wildlife and even a few rare species.  The scarlet tanager is an interior forest bird sensitive to fragmentation, so look for them in larger, undisturbed forests like Horse Meadows Knoll.  Learn more about the project and contribute to SVT's crowdfunding effort. 





Ongoing

NEW:  Acton WildAware is a local wildlife awareness program sponsored by the Acton Natural Resources Department that runs from fall, 2015 through Fall, 2017. To participate, read monthly articles in the Beacon and Action Unlimited.  The most recent Beacon article was published on 9/28/17, “Co-existing with, protecting native snakes in region” by Paula Goodwin.  It will also be posted on the Land Stewardship Committee website, actontrails.org.
Send WildAware your local wildlife photos; “like” and visit the Acton WildAware Facebook page; get a free button at town hall to show you are WildAware! For more info email nr@acton-ma.gov or call 978-929-6634.

Boxborough Birders 
Boxborough Birders is a local, all-volunteer group of bird watchers with varying levels of experience. Local walks in Boxborough, Acton, Harvard, Stow, Bolton, Littleton, and occasionally beyond are organized during spring and fall migration.   Also, some of us volunteer in the historic, annual Christmas Bird Count. Our walks are free of charge and most are scheduled on weekends. Visit their website at:boxboroughbirders.org for this spring's calendar of walks, links to local birding spots, photos, and more. You can sign up there to be on our mailing list and get all the information you need. We hope you will join us out on the trail soon.

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