BBC Volunteers Work At FLCA

Members of the Trails Committee enjoy the fruits of their labor after building a bench on the dam overlooking Fitzgerald Lake. The volunteers constructed three additional benches: another at the dam, one at the junction of the Marian Street Trail and Boggy Meadow Road, and one on Boggy Meadow Road near the entrance of the Loop Trail that leads to the Lathrop Community. Lathrop residents asked if BBC would build some benches to provide spots for rest and a view. The bench builders were Dave Herships, Jim Reis, Steven Harding, Alex Neubert and Michael Kesten. (Michael Kesten)

Originally published in the Fall 2017 BBC Newsletter.

Documenting Wildlife at FLCA

A research project using cameras to document wildlife at the Fitzgerald Lake Conservation Area earned its author, Virginia Sowers, second place in Best in Show at the University of Massachusetts Annual Geographic Information Systems Poster Conference.

The UMass senior in the Department of Environmental Conservation wanted to gauge the influence of human visitors on wildlife at FLCA. Her conclusion: recreational activities on the trails in the conservation area do not appear to deter wildlife.

Sowers Poster of FLCA Wildlife