Apr 252013

The Nashua River Watershed Association is working to combine Earth Day and National Volunteer Week with two big projects up the river in Fitchburg this Saturday, April 27th.

Bird Walk & Survey near Baker Brook

Mark Archambault, NRWA Smart Growth Circuit Rider and avid birder, will lead a walk and volunteer bird survey of land near the headwaters of Baker Brook in Fitchburg Saturday, April 27 from 10:00 to 11:30 a.m. People interested in the bird survey should have some experience identifying the more common birds of Massachusetts, though beginners are also welcome.

By late-April, spring migration is in full swing, and we”ll be focusing on birds passing through the area as well as those likely to nest in this location. Mark will supply checklists and provide a short ‘tutorial” on likely birds to be encountered before leading the group down the trail. Please bring binoculars and a bird guide, if possible. Consider insect repellent & sunscreen. The meeting location for the April 27 birding survey is at the Fitchburg State University parking lot adjacent to the Wallace Civic Center on John Fitch Highway.

The survey will be held on a ¾ mile long trail that begins on the FSU”s Michael Richards Field off of Pearl Hill Road and travels north through the Gelinas Open Space tract. This trail follows an unnamed tributary stream to Baker Brook. Adjacent land that appears to be good bird habitat may also be examined. Registration is required for planning purposes. To register, or for more information, please contact Mark Archambault at MarkA@NashuaRiverWatershed.org.

Clean-up of Coolidge Park and Baker Brook

From 1:00 to 4:00 p.m., the NRWA is leading a clean-up of Coolidge Park and the banks of Baker Brook in Fitchburg on Saturday afternoon. Volunteers are needed to help pick up trash, do spring raking, and more. All ages welcome! This is a great opportunity for families, youth groups, church groups, local business employees, and others to participate in community service, cleaning up the Brook and helping to ensure that Coolidge Park remains a great community gathering place. Meet at the playground parking lot entrance of Coolidge Park off of Pearl Street.

Please wear work clothes & sturdy shoes; shoes/boots that can get wet may be helpful for shoreline clean-up. Consider insect repellent & sunscreen. Bring drinking water, work gloves, & a rake, if you can. We will provide some supplies, trash bags, & snacks. Pre-registration is required for planning purposes. To register, or for more information, please contact Kathryn Nelson at KathrynN@NashuaRiverWatershed.org.

For more information on either event, contact the NRWA at (978) 448-0299.