Feb 022015
 
This entry is part 9 of 11 in the series A Swarm of Drumlins

Sledding at Town FieldMary Metzger

Sledding at Town Field

The Groton Public Library is hosting a Woods Forum, Wednesday, February 4, 7 p.m. with informal meeting 6:30-7:00 p.m. This presentation, facilitated by UMass extension Professor Dave Kittredge, will discuss various options for private land owners in Ayer, Dunstable, Groton, Harvard, Littleton, Pepperell, Shirley, Townsend, and Westford to manage and make informed decisions about their land. FREE and open to the public. For more information, see http://masswoods.net/woods-forum.

The Groton Conservation Trust, the Groton Conservation Commission, and the Groton Trails Committee are sponsoring the first Groton Conservation Forum, Wednesday, February 11, 7 p.m. at the Groton Country Club, 94 Lovers Lane. According to a news release from the Trust, the three sponsoring groups “… invite organizations and individuals with interests in conservation and recreation in Groton to the First Annual Groton Conservation Forum on Wednesday February 11, 2015, at 7 p.m. at the Groton Country Club.

The Forum is being established to improve communications, coordinate activities, and share information among conservation and recreation groups and with the public, as well as to celebrate conservation efforts in Groton.

Mark Gerath of the Groton Conservation Trust, who will chair the first forum, said, “We all feel very lucky to have access to Groton’s abundance of natural resources. We are excited by our collective accomplishments to protect, enhance, nd help others enjoy what our town offers. We hope that everyone with an interest in Conservation in Groton will attend the Forum and join with others in making our collective efforts better.”

The Groton Trails Committee and the Appalachian Mountain Club will lead a Guided Winter Hike, Sunday, February 15, 1:00 — 3 p.m. at the McLain’s Woods. They will also explore some brand-new trails recently opened on the adjacent Cox-Walker conservation land. From Reedy Meadow Rd., turn onto McLain’s Woods Rd. Go about 0.1 mile, staying left. Park at the trail head on the right (south) side of the road, next to an open field. For into: olin@embedinc.com, (978) 742-9014. FREE.

Know Your Trees with Michael Wojtech, author of Bark: A Field Guide to Trees of the Northeast, Wednesday, February 18, 7:00- 9 p.m. at the NRWA River Resource Center, 592 Main Street. Learn how to identify trees in your own woods. Michael is known for his animated lectures on tree identification and ecology in New England. He earned his Master’s degree in Conservation Biology from Antioch New England. FREE. Made possible in part by a grant from the Groton Trust Funds’ Lecture Fund. To preregister, contact Pam Gilfillan, (978) 448-0299, PamG@NashuaRiverWatershed.org.

Think Spring! Online registration is open for the Sunday, April 26 Groton Road Race. www.grotonroadrace.com

Groton Public Library’s Groton READS 2015 selection is Following Atticus: Forty Eight High Peaks, one Little Dog, and an Extraordinary Friendship, by Tom Ryan, a story of the transformative powers of hiking the New Hampshire 4,000 footer mountains. Copies of the book are available at the Circulation Desk. Watch for related activities in March and April.

In the Area

The Middlesex Conservation District is now accepting orders for their Spring 2015 Plant Sale. Order deadline is March 31, with plants picked up at the Westford Fairgrounds the weekend of April 24. Many native plants are available. www.middlesexconservation.org

New England Grows! 2015 Expo Wednesday-Friday, February 4-6, Boston Exhibition and Convention Center. Education, trends, products available for the professional horticultural and green industry. Registration required for attendance.www.newenglandgrows.org.

Saturday, February 7, Merrimack River Eagle Festival, Newburyport. Coordinated by MassAudubon’s Joppa Flats Education Center, 1 Plum Island Turnpike, and the US Fish and Wildlife Service Parker River National Wildlife Refuge, 6 Plum Island Turnpike. This annual winter event is a great opportunity to learn about eagles in the area. 8:30 a.m.- 4 p.m. Full day of FREE activities.

Fruitlands Museum, 102 Prospect Rd., Harvard, is hosting a Snowshoeing Clinic, Sunday, February 8, 12 p.m. Meet the staff of Eastern Mountain Sports and learn the essentials of snowshoeing on the Fruitlands fields. Equipment will be available for rentals. Free.

Food for Thought Film Series: Cherokee Word for Water, Wednesday, February 18, 7 p.m. Free, and soup is $5 per person. Based the true story of the Bell Waterline Project, the movie is about a community coming together to improve the welfare of its residents.

Nature Walk: A Sense of Place at Great Meadows NWR Sunday, February 15, 3:00 — 5 p.m.
Join naturalist Cherrie Corey for her continuing exploration of the Great Meadows Wildlife Refuge landscape; walks of winter revelation and sunset splendors. $5/person voluntary donation is requested. No preregistration required. Meet at the information kiosk by the parking lot, Great Meadows NWR in Concord (Monsen Rd, off RTE. 62, driveway on left where road curves right). Co-sponsored by the Friends of the Assabet River NWR, Musketaquid Arts and Environment Program, and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

Uncommon Loons, Sunday, February 22, 3 p.m. Free presentation for all ages at the Quabbin Reservoir Visitor Center, 485 Ware Rd. Belchertown. The Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR) watersheds are breeding areas for the largest concentration of Common Loons in Massachusetts. Join DCR Wildlife Biologist Jill Whitney for a program about these beautiful birds, how they are monitored and what we have learned about them.

Harvard Forest Spring Seminars Fridays at 11 a.m. in the Harvard Forest Seminar Room, 324 North Main St. Petersham. Also available by web-streaming. Since 1988, the Harvard Forest has been a Long-Term Ecological Research Site, funded by the National Science Foundation to conduct integrated, long-term studies of forest dynamics. Since 2011, the Harvard Forest has been the Northeast Core site for the National Ecological Observatory Network. Seminars are free and open to the public, no preregistration is required. http://harvardforest.fas.harvard.edu/seminars . For more information, contact Audrey Barker Plotkin (aabarker@fas.harvard.edu)


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