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This entry is part 7 of 11 in the series A Swarm of Drumlins

Autumn at the Gamlin Springs Conservation AreaMary Metzger

Autumn at the Gamlin Springs Conservation Area

The Devens Regional Household Hazardous Products Collection Center is open to Groton residents Wednesday, November 5, and Saturday November 8, 9 a.m.- Noon. Proof of residency is required, and there is a charge for disposal. For more information

Groton Lions Club Birdseed Sale, Saturday, November 8, 8 a.m.-2 p.m. in front of the Prescott School, Main Street.

Groton Conservation Trust’s 50th Birthday Bash, Saturday, November 8, Williams Barn, Chicopee Row. 2-3:00 p.m. Guided hikes, birdhouse building. 3-4:00 p.m. The Creature Teachers will be showing off some critters. Music by Contra Banditos.  5 p.m. At the Vestry of Groton’s First Parish Church, Main Street, Ben Kilham will talk about his years of rescuing and returning orphaned black bears into the wilds of New Hampshire. Cupcakes and cider. FREE. RSVP

Groton Trails Committee  will lead a Gamlin Crystal Spring Conservation Area Esker Trail Walk, Sunday, November 9, 1 p.m.  Hike together through the woods, up and over a beautiful esker overlooking Cow Pond Brook and flanking a large wetland area where beavers are very active. Suitable for families with children. Meet at the very end of Cow Pond Brook Rd., just past the transfer station.

Nashua River Watershed Association 2014 annual meeting, Thursday, November 13, 7 p.m. at the Devens Common Center, 31 Andrews Parkway, Devens, will feature keynote speaker Wayne Klockner, Director of The Nature Conservancy in Massachusetts. Full evening ticket price, $20 per person, includes reception and dessert. As always, the business meeting and speaking portions of the evening can be attended at no charge, but reservations are required by November 5th.  978-448-0299

Nashua River Watershed Association’s Holiday Online Auction 2014 begins November 20 and ends on December 5.  Items for donation are accepted until November 17. To make a donation, see a wish list, sign up for Email Updates, or for more information, contact Pam Gilfillan, 978-448-0299, or visit

The Groton Thanksgiving Holiday Farmer’s Market is Saturday, November 22, 10 a.m.- 1 p.m. at the Williams Barn, 160 Chicopee Row.

Annual Ayer/Groton Hills AMC Walk, Friday, November 28, 10 a.m. Explore the natural areas between the Nashua River and the Snake Hills. Exact route determined on the fly. Some bushwhacking possible. Bring warm clothes and lunch for the 7 mile 5 hour hike. Meet leader Olin Lathrop in the Northwest corner of the parking lot behind Nashoba Valley Medical Center, 200  Groton Road in Ayer.

Individuals and organizations may comment on the FERC Application submitted by the Tennessee Gas Pipeline Company. Information at  under Announcements.

In the Area

Central Mass Railroad Hike, Sunday, November 2, 10 a.m.-Noon. Rain or Shine. Learn how the Central Mass Railroad was realigned for the construction of the Wachusett Reservoir. You will see the remnants of the railroad still visible today along the North Dike. Historic maps and pictures will be on display. Meet at Gate 39 at the intersection of West Boylston St. and South Meadow Rd., Clinton. Part of DCR’s Wachusett Reservoir Free Interpretive Programs.

Red Sox Hall of Famer Luis Tiant, Jr. will make an appearance at a fundraiser to benefit Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church in Aguacate, Cuba. Saturday, November 8, 7:00-10:00 p.m. at St. Catherine’s Parish Hall, 107 North Main St. Westford. The suggested donation for admission is $5.00 per individual, $10.00 per family.  978-692-8416

Annual Bonfire Night, Saturday, November 8, 5 p.m. Free family event to help welcome the Winter Season with a bonfire, drummers, light sticks, and s’mores. Constructed to look like a giant birthday cake, the centennial bonfire will cast a warm glow and illuminate the autumn sky. Fruitlands Museum 102 Prospect Rd. Harvard MA

The Return of Bald Eagles to Massachusetts, Tuesday, November 18, 7:00-8:30 p.m. at Sudbury Valley Trustees Wolbach Farm. This presentation from MassWildlife’s Andrew Vitz, State Ornithologist, reports on the success of restoring Bald Eagles to Massachusetts in 1982. Today eagle populations continue to grow and have expanded their range to include nearly the entire state of Massachusetts. The program is free for SVT members and $10 for nonmembers. Registration required.

Friends of the Assabet River National Wildlife Refuge Monthly Speaker Series presents DCR’s Senior Wildlife Biologist, Ken MacKenzie, talking about “The Loons of Massachusetts”, Wednesday, November 19, 7 p.m. at the US Fish and Wildlife Services’ Eastern Mass. Visitor Center, 680 Hudson Road, Sudbury MA.  Loons were reintroduced to Massachusetts in 1975, after their extirpation in the early 1900s, and now have active breeding areas on the Quabbin and Wachusett Reservoirs. Free and open to the public.

A reminder that hunting season is beginning. The Groton Police Department recommends the wearing of colorful clothes, like hunter’s orange, while in the woods. There is no hunting on Sundays in Massachusetts.  For more information on hunting in Groton:

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