Events of Interest

Tuesday, April 23
Birding at Mainstone
7-9 AM
Mainstone Farm, Rice Road, Wayland
Join Dan Stimson, SVT Assistant Director of Stewardship, and Brian Harris, Wayland Conservation Commission Land Manager for a morning spring bird walk through the woodlands of Mainstone Farm.  This area will be teeming with birds returning from winter migration.  New birders welcome!  Co-sponsored by Wayland Conservation Commission. SVT members:  Free, Non-members $10. Register at  http://www.svtweb.org/node/5823/register; for questions, call Debbie Pullen, 978-443-5588, x123.  $10; Free for SVT Members.

Wednesday, April 24
Hummingbirds of the Americas
7 PM
 Acton Memorial Library, Main Street Acton
A presentation by naturalist John Root, this program features spectacular images of hummingbirds from North, Central,a nd South America.  Information about attracting hummingbirds with feeders and hummingbird gardens will also be presented.

Fridays, April 26-May17
Springtime Conservation Walks.
10-11:30 AM
First class will meet at the Acton Arboretum, remaining classes will be a various conservation lands in Town.  Call Acton Recreation for more information 978-929-6640.

Saturday,  April 27
Earth Day 2019:  Embracing Diversity in a Climate of Change; Celebrating the Confluence of Art and Nature
10:30 AM - 2 PM
Muster at The Umbrella Community Arts Center
11 AM

Parade Down Main and Monument Streets from The Umbrella Community Arts Center to The Old Manse, with giant puppets, dancers, music, costumes, banners, groups and families!

11:30-Noon

Ceremony:  Song, story, drumming, and launching of Earth Floats at the waters edge at the Old North Bridge of Minute Man National Historic Park Arts and  Environmental Festival
Noon - 2 PM 
The  Old Manse Lawn and Orchard
“Ecology of Sound”, interactive performance with Brazililan musican, Ricardo Frota,
" A Passion for Birds” with naturalist  Henry Lappen;  “Birds of Prey” with Drumlin Farm; puppet show with  Sarah Nolen plus local food, table exhibitors, and art activities.  Visit The UmbrellaArts.org/EarthDay for more information.

Saturday April 27
Vernal Pool Walk
10 AM - noon
Conant Land, Meet at the Carlisle Town Hall parking lot.
Bryan Windmiller, founder of the Headstart program for Blanding’s Turtles and Grassroots WIldlife Conservation, all lead this walk to visit a vernal pool.  Learn about some of the creatures, such as frogs and salamanders, that make use of this habitat.  Species identification on this walk will be part of the Boston Area City Nature Challenge, a fun competition with cities across the world, to document and identify the most species.  Sponsored by Carlisle Conservation Foundation, Trails Committee,, Bryan Windmiller.

Saturday, April 27
Turtle Time!  with the Turtle Rescue League
4 PM
St. Anne’s in-the-Field, Lincoln, MA
Turtles are amazing reptiles that have been around for more than 200 million years, longer than crocodiles and snakes!  Meet a snapping turtle, box turtle, painted turtle and more at this family-friendly program with live animals, and learn how we can help these amazing animals continue to flourish in Lincoln.  At this program, representatives from the Turtle Rescue League will share information on what to do when you find a turtle in your backyard or in the road.  We will also learn what steps to take when faced with an injured turtle, baby turtle, or turtle nest that is imperiled.  By helping turtles navigate a rapidly changing world, we can help ensure their path to the future!  The Turtle Rescue League (TRL) is a non-profit organization committed to helping turtles through education, conservation, rehabilitation, and incubation programs.  Sponsored by Lincoln Land Conservation Trust

Sunday, April 28
Spring Birding
7:30 AM
Turnout on Route 117 on the Weston Town Line 
Explore the Harrington and Twin Pond (Stony Brook South) trails with two local birding experts.   Enjoy the glorious spring mornings and learn to identify birds by sight and sound. Sponsored by the Lincoln Land Conservation Trust.  Register at  http://www.svtweb.org/node/5823/register; for questions, call Debbie Pullen, 978-443-5588, x123.   Free

Saturday, May 4
Bioblitz Discovery Day:  Birds
7 - 10 AM
Horse Meadows Knoll, 45 Sherry Road,  Harvard
Want to learn more about birding?  Join SVT Staff and Volunteers for our first Discovery Day of the year to learn essential skills, like how to use a scope, identifying birds by habitat, and birding by ear.  Bring binoculars and a healthy sense of curiosity.  All participants will be invited to take part in our All Day BioBlitz on June 22.

Sunday, May 5
Spring Birding and Nature Walk at Stoneymeade and Annursnac Conservation Lands, in Acton and Concord
8:30 AM-10:30 (Rain or Shine)
Entrance to Stoneymeade Conservation Land is in-between 45 & 47 Stoneymeade Way off of Pope Road.   Carpooling encouraged.
 Join the Acton Conservation Trust (ACT) as we follow our Fall Walk with a Spring outing.   
  Stoneymeade Conservation Land is a 45 acre parcel which connects to 32 acres of privately owned agricultural lands in Acton along the Line of March to the Old North Bridge in Concord.   
Acton birder, Al Sgroi, will introduce us to some of the following birds that frequent this area.  These include the  scarlet tanager, rose-breasted grosbeak, yellow warbler, red-eyed vireo, warbling vireo, gray catbird, song sparrow, eastern bluebird, tree swallow, and occasionally, bobolinks.   We are sure to see year round residents robins, chickadees, and tufted titmice as well as the spring harbinger red-winged blackbirds, who nest beside the marshy margin of the pond.   From the meadows we will backtrack and follow the trail into the 118 acre woods beginning the Annursnac Conservation Land trail in Concord and pass through low woodlands and wetlands.  We will loop back to the beginning for refreshments! Please bring binoculars and come dressed for ticks and sprayed for mosquitos.    RSVP to ACT President, Susan Mitchell-Hardt at info@actonconservationtrust.org or phone 978-369-9264.

Thursday, May 9
Protecting and Preserving Your Town’s Indigenous Ceremonial Stone Landscape
7-9 PM; Refreshments at 6:30 PM
The Discovery Museum - 177 Main Street, Acton, MA
Please join us for a workshop led by Doug Harris, the Deputy Tribal Historic Preservation Officer for the Narragansett Indian Tribal Historic Preservation Office.  The indigenous ceremonial stone landscape is of cultural significance to the Tribes of the northeast.  Mr. Harris will explain why the ceremonial features should be preserved, how to protect them in your area, and provide analysis of local sites.  This program is supported by the Acton Conservation Trust, the Boxborough Conservation Trust, the Littleton Conservation Trust, the Friends of Pine Hawk and by a grant from the Littleton Local Cultural Council, a local agency which is supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency. 

Sunday, May 12 (MOTHER’S DAY)
Breakfast at Fort Pond
8-11 AM
8 Kaleva Road, Littleton (on the Acton line), off Central Street
Choice of eggs/homefries or pancakes with sausage or bacon, plus Finnish sweet bread (nisu) beverages.  Second Sunday of each month through November.  Sponsor:  Finnish Knights and Ladies of Kaleva.  www.KalevaLittleton.org

ACT Land Trust News, March 2019, is Here!!!  
To read it, please visit www.ActonConservationTrust.org and click on “2019 Newsletter” on the ACT home page.  Email info@actonconservationtrust.org if you would like to receive a digital copy and/or a hard copy.




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