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Walks & Talks

  • Sun

    Looking at Trees by their Bark with Nancy Goodman

    10 am - 1 pmNorth Farms Road entrance to FLCA
    Walks & Talks

    Bark provides the best clue to identifying trees in winter, but why pay attention to it in summer, when trees are fully leafed out? For one thing, the leaves of many trees may be out of reach, and while the general shape may be visible, subtle features may be lost. And bark can give us information about the age and condition of a tree that isn’t apparent from examining its leaves. This walk will examine trees in various ways, with a focus on the characteristic bark of different species in different habitats and at different stages of growth.

    Nancy Goodman has been interested in native New England plants for more than 35 years. Part of her quest has been to spread the joy of being able to ID trees by their bark, thus opening a new perspective on nature by seeing more in the forest as you walk. Nancy leads classes at the Hitchcock Center, New England Wildflower Society, Pioneer Valley Institute, and MA Audubon.


    Meet at the North Farms Road entrance.

  • Sat

    Night Sounds at Fitzgerald Lake with Molly Hale

    8:30pm - 10pm
    Walks & Talks

    Take a walk to explore the sounds of the woods and shoreline at night. We’ll be on trails using flashlights (bring your own, plus extra batteries). We’ll talk about the sounds we hear and also spend several minutes experiencing the dark in silence. To hone our hearing to the sounds of the wild, we’ll request people to refrain from much talking while we walk. Be prepared for mosquitoes and ticks. Adults and children welcome, but space is limited to 10 participants; please call Molly at 413-585-0791 or 413-336-1348 to register.

    Molly has been an active participant with BBC for many years, leading walks, advising us on habitat and wildlife issues, and serving on the Board of Directors. She teaches natural history at Greenfield Community College, works for Conservation Works, LLC, and does project work for state Division of Fisheries and Wildlife.

    Free. Space limited.

Volunteer days

  • Sun

    Workday: Removal of Invasives on Boggy Meadow Road

    10:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m.Meet at Cooke Avenue entrance
    Volunteer day

    The margins of roads provide excellent habitat for the
    growth of invasive plants. We have surveyed and located
    many patches of invasives along Boggy Meadow Road, which
    connects the former Moose Lodge parking lot at the end of
    Cooke Avenue with the Fitzgerald Lake dam. We will remove
    invasive plants from the road and the adjacent wooded areas
    by hand: pulling, cutting and digging. This is another project
    postponed from last year due to flooding of the work site,
    and we’re eager to get back to it this summer.

    Tools will be provided, but if you care to bring shovels, mattocks and
    lopping shears, it would be a help. And don’t forget gloves, sunscreen and insect repellent.

    Meet at the Cooke Avenue (former Moose Lodge) parking lot. Contact Bruce Hart at 584-4176.

  • North Farms Rd. entrance is off Bridge Rd., N. off Mountain St. or N. Maple St. in Florence.
  • Cooke Avenue entrance is off Hatfield St., which runs behind the WalMart/Big Y shopping center, to the end of Cooke Avenue (former Moose Lodge). Park only on the right side.
  • Coles Meadow Road entrance is on the eastern end of FLCA, about 0.7 miles from North King Street (Routes 5/10). Park carefully on the street.