Events of Interest


Tuesday, May 19 

 (MassLand Conservation Conference) Land Trusts and the Municipal Vulnerability Program 

Noon-1:15 PM 

Register at


Wednesdays, May  20, 27, June 3


I  Saw A Bird: Audubon’s Spring Migration Show from the National Audubon Society is a weekly webinar/Zoom series. Wednesdays at 7:00 p.m.


Lyme Disease Awareness Month Lunch & Learn Series

Friday, May 22

The Traveling Tick:  Studying Ticks across Borders,” the Western Gulf Center of Excellence for Vector-Borne Diseases

1 PM


Join the Vector-Borne Disease Regional Centers of Excellence for a series of webinars during Lyme Disease Awareness Month.  These webinars will cover topics including tick surveillance, how to collect ticks, protecting yourself against tick bites, and current tickborne disease research.  

Learn more and register here.


Wednesday; May 27 

Coyote Ecology and Behavior offered by Sudbury Valley Trustees

7 PM 

Dr. Jon Way, founder of Eastern Coyote/Coywolf Research, returns to SVT to share his expertise eastern coyotes in Massachusetts.  This photo and video presentation will cover coyote ecology and behavior, and hybridization with western coyote and wolves.  Join us over Zoom to learn about Dr. Way’s fascinating experience studying coyotes.  Free.   Register


Thursday, May 28 

 (Mass Land Conservation Conference) Broadening Support for Land Conservation Through Economic Messaging

Noon-1:15 PM

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Friday, May 29 

Lyme Disease Awareness Month Lunch & Learn Series - Ticks in the Wild West,” the Pacific Southwest Center of Excellence in Vector-Borne Diseases”

1 PM 


Learn more and register here.


Thursday, May 30 

Learning Bird Song Online:

7-9 PM 

Are you ready for spring migration? This class at Drumlin Farm focuses on identifying the cheerful songbirds we hear every spring. You'll leave with greater confidence and a simple, logical framework for finding and identifying birds by ear on your own and with our ongoing birding outings. To accommodate safe distancing during the Covid-19 pandemic, this program will be offered as an online meeting with discussion.

Evening presentation: Thursday May 30th, 7-9pm

Fee: $21.00 (Member) $25.00 (Non-member)





Thoreauvians at Home: Born in the same airspace as Henry David Thoreau,

Joseph Wheeler recalls what it was like to grow up on Thoreau Farm.

His parents sold the farm in the 1950’s.  After a career in the federal government, where he toured the world, Joe returned to Concord and helped organize the Thoreau Farm Trust, the group that saved Henry’s birth house form demolition.

Joe talks about what it was like living on Thoreau Farm and how, as a young man, he almost did not get his start with the federal government because of it. 

View the interview here.


Thoreauvians at Home:  John Hanson Mitchell Reflects on his Thoreauvian  Experiment. 

John Hanson Mitchell, author of “Living at the End of Time:  Two Years in a Tiny House,” among other books, discusses his Thoreauvian experiment, isolation, and nature’s role in helping to deal with the pandemic with Thoreau Farm’s executive director Margaret Carroll-Bergman over Zoom.  Click here to see the interview.


Boston Globe Article from 5/1520. In Praise of Birdsong by Ty Burr

The following video is from Essex County Greenbelt:


Bev Com

All Ages

Salamanders at Beverly Commons -Video

Join Greenbelt volunteer Mary Ellen Kelly in learning how to gently roll a decomposing log and discover what creatures live below!

Watch Video »








Grow Native offers a video of Nature’s Best Hope, a 1-hour lecture that discusses simple steps that each of us can take to reverse declining biodiversity.


The Cornell Lab of Ornithology’Bird Cams are live-streaming the activities of several species. In the barred owl nest, the eggs have hatched into 3 fluffy owlets.


Enjoy learning about flora with Laney Widener of Concord Land Conservation Trust at  the Corey- Bourquin Field off Barretts Mill Road at


 You will learn about the Potentilla, a Cinquefoil, and the Green Field Speedwells 


The Green Acton website post about the “I hiked Acton’s Trails” program is now up at: - website doesn’t work with all browsers.


Acton Trails Challenge:


Hike 20 in 2020: Littleton Trails Hiking Challenge 

Challenge yourself this year to increase health, decrease stress, and spend quality time making memories with your loved ones.  See the rules on LCT website,  Hike 20 of the trails listed on the Hiking Log form and receive a “Hike Littleton Trails” sew-on patch., Full details including links to the enrollment form and hike log form:



Self-guided Nature and Birding Walk at Grassy Pond West. 

 It’s possible to enter the trail across the street from Church of the Good Shepherd, 164 Newtown Road.  This land was purchased  in 2017 using a combination of  CPA funds and private fundraising.  Grassy Pond is a kettle-hole pond formed by the retreat of the last glacier.  It exhibits bog characteristics (very wet/highly acidic) around its perimeter, and is home to a number of wetland loving plants such as leatherleaf, high bush blueberry, pitcher plants, red maple and tamarack.  You may also search for ducks, swallows, red-winged blackbirds, woodpeckers and bog plants.  There are two boardwalks, one running through the pond-shore bog and a second going out into the pond.  

The Acton Conservation Trust will soon release a virtual tour led by botanist Boot Boutwell featuring many of  the wetland loving plants and two poems.


Walden Pond in Concord 

8 am-6:30 pm

 915 Walden St.

One-way trail loop system to promote social distancing


 The Old Manse,

Monument Street, Concord, MA 

The grounds have been been re-opened during normal hours by the Trustees of the Reservation 


Even from Afar, Viewing Nature Benefits You

If isolation is getting to you and it’s hard to get outside, consider that        . Adding some indoor plants to your space not only gives you cleaner air but can result in you feeling “related and grounded” and “more interested,” according to a survey conducted by The Conservation.  Even just looking at nature shots or videos on a screen offers some benefit.  So look up those nature shows on Netflix or find some of the free national park tours organized by Google Earth. 


Saturdays and Sundays 

Assabet River Wildlife Refuge   (Thank you Marion Maxwell)

10AM - 4 PM

680 Hudson Road, Sudbury, MA 01776  

The refuge is open and the entrance fee is waived until further nosy.  The Visitor Center and Restrooms on the refuge are closed until further notice.  Good place to walk.  See brochure with map at


SVT Earth Day Newsletter, April 2020

Of great note are pages 4-6, "Acting Locally for Global Impact" followed by Spotlight on “Acting Locally" -  I urge you to read it in its entirety, visit

From “Spotlight On Acting Locally” 

In your yard: 

Avoid lawn treatments.  Your grass won’t be as green, but you’ll keep pesticides and chemicals out of our soils and water. 

Plant a tree.  A young tree can absorb 13 pounds of CO2 each year, and a mature tree can absorb 48.  Over 4 years, one tree can sequester 1 ton of carbon. 

Replace part of your lawn.   Add a small garden of native wildflowers or use a ground cover.  You’ll reduce mowing time (and save gas), and you’ll provide habitat for native insects. 

Remove invasive shrubs.  Prevent birds form spreading the berries and seeds of invasives to forests, where the plants take root and smother nature species.  Pull out the perniciously invasive burning bush and plant natives like high bush blueberry, black chokeberry, or winterberry holly instead.   

 In your community: 

 Be an environmental voter. Support initiatives like  the Community Preservation Act, and vote to elect conservation-minded candidates. 

Support local agriculture.  Join a Community Supported Agriculture collaborative, or shop at a farmstead.  You’ll eat nutritious food, contribute to the local economy, and reduce carbon emissions generated by the long haul transport of vegetables.  Help clean up our natural areas.  Join a volunteer project at SVT, OARS,  ACT or a similar group to pull invasive plants, clean our local drivers, or pick up trash along the road. 


 And I would like to add this -  to support the Environmental Voter Project,


Signs posted re: COVID-19 Public Health Alert at Acton’s Conservation Lands.

“Do not come to public areas if sick or have any symptoms”

 “Must keep 6 feet apart from each other”

 “Must not congregate in groups greater than 10, even if 6 feet apart.” 

"Pick up your trash to protect others’ 

 - Step aside to allow room to pass. 

 - Do not touch bridge railings, tables or benches. 

 - Wear cloth face coverings when out in public..


Now is the Time to Pull Garlic Mustard (From CISMA Newsletter of 5/1/20) 


Garlic mustard is an invasive herbaceous biennial that can form thick stands in our forest underscores, along trails/roadsides, and other disturbed Areas.  This plant is also able to release allopathic chemicals from its roots, preventing natives from growing.  Fortunately, seasonal pulling can be effective at moving a population; however, depending not eh extend of the population it may take several years to see a significant decrease.  

 Pull the plant up by the root.  

Tear it apart and shake soil out of the roots. - DO NOT LEAVE IT ON THE GROUND!  . Be sure to bag and dispose of pulled plants as  garbage.  Alternatively one can bag them in paper or plastic and leave to dry out.  When the plants are completely dried they can be composted in a non-garden use compost pile   Pull in your yard, nearby roadside, or along a trail! 








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