Grassy Pond Nature Walk

We had a nice group who joined us for Sunday’s Nature Walk at Grassy Pond West! The walk of this beautiful and biodiverse land just off Newtown Road was led by Boot Boutwell, a freelance itinerant naturalist who teaches and leads nature walks for Mass. Audubon and the New England Wild Flower Society among others. … Read more

Native Pollinator Preservation Tours

The Native Pollinator Task Force (NPTF) of the Metrowest Conservation Alliance (MCA) is hosting Native Pollinator Preservation Tours in Lincoln, Chelmsford, Littleton, Southborough, Marlborough, Northborough and Sudbury during June. The Littleton/Chelmsford date is June 23rd. The tours are designed to demonstrate how MCA members, NPTF Ambassadors and others can design and install their own Pollination … Read more

Spring Bird Walk

What a lovely morning we had for our bird walk led by Al Sgroi at NARA Park. Here is the list of the birds and number of each species that we saw or heard. 41 species in all! 5/17/227:00 – 9:00 am1.6 miles Turkey vulture 1 Canada goose 2 Mallard 1 Red tailed hawk 1 Great … Read more

Spring Community Service Day 2022

Many thanks again to our volunteers for helping to remove invasives at our beautiful Wright Hill Conservation Area. We were lucky to have the best weather of the week for working. And work we did, judging by the piles of plants and root material which collected on the tarp! The beds we prepared on either side … Read more

Earth Day Walk

ACT celebrated Earth Day on April 22, 2022 with a beautiful walk of Pratt’s Brook Conservation Land.   Dogs were invited!  We were treated to this stately stand of old white pines,  blueberry “barrens”, two brooks, skunk cabbages, two big ant hills, and more – see the ACT Instagram page

Woodcock Prowl

Acton Conservation Trust member and local birder, Al Sgroi, guided us in viewing the fascinating courtship ritual of the American Woodcock. The males displayed a series of peents, twitters, and chirps as they pranced on the ground, then spiraled rapidly upward, circled and drifted down while whistling. This was a “crepuscular” or twilight-active bird, so … Read more

Winter Island at Heath Hen Meadow

We had a great group make it to Winter Island and into Stow last weekend! The ice skating was fantastic, so traction gear was the footwear fashion of the day. The white trail in Stow has an impressive beaver dam and lodge. On the return trip we found part of a spinal column, probably deer.

Winter Wildlife Tracking Walk

It was a blue bird day for our tracking walk with Tracker Paul Wanta and a great group of ACT members and friends at Nashoba Brook. The snow was perfect and captured and preserved the tracks of so many animals, beginning at the parking lot! Paul has so many interesting stories about tracking adventures and … Read more

Events of Interest November 26, 2021

Dear Acton Conservation Trust Members and Other Friends, The following  news and events may be of interest: Oxyporus Fungi in Camp Acton Tuesday November 30, Boston Area Gleaners, Giving  TuesdayGiving Tuesday is a global day of charitable giving, falling on the first Tuesday after Thanksgiving. As we enter the holiday season and approach winter, your Giving … Read more

Events of Interest November 19, 2021

NEWS CPA November 2021 Statewide Trust Fund Distribution Announced. The state match is 39.4%!  For more information click here.  For the Town of Acton the net surcharge raised is $1,161,044 and the Round 1 Distribution is $457,105.  This represents $147,105 more than last year’s match. “For almost all communities, this was the fourth straight year the … Read more