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Event Information:

  • Sat

    Walk: Woodcocks at Dusk

    6:30 pmMeet at Cooke Avenue entrance
    Walks & Talks

    Woodcocks at Dusk
    Led by Nora E. Hanke
    Saturday, March 25: 6:30–8:30 p.m.
    (if steady rain, changed to March 26th)

    Meet at Cooke Ave. entrance to Fitzgerald Lake Conservation Area
    (at the former Moose Lodge; park to the right)

    Come join us on this evening search for the timberdoodle, "mysterious hermit of the alders, . . . recluse of the boggy thickets, . . . wood nymph of crepuscular habits" (Arthur Cleveland Bent). Of course we mean American Woodcocks, curious-looking, ground-nesting woodland birds that are most evident at this time of the year during their spring courtship. We have a high chance for success on this date, and if you have not heard or seen the male woodcock's "sky dance," you will have an extra thrill in store. Be prepared for a substantial walk, about 1.25 miles each way (to and from Cooke's Pasture), with the return trip in the dark, in potentially wet, muddy conditions. A flashlight with a red filter can help you find your way without spoiling your night vision. Children able to remain quiet for our observation are welcome.

    This free event is supported by Broad Brook Coalition.

Walks & Talks

  • 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

  • Sat

    Work Day: Pulling Water Chestnut on Fitzgerald Lake

    9am to NoonNorth Farms Road entrance at Fitzgerald Lake
    Volunteer day

    At our first pull of the year at Fitzgerald Lake, we found the water chestnut abundant and spread over almost all sections of the lake. The plants were still fairly small and easy to pull, and the crew of 10 made good progress, removing perhaps 80% of the visible rosettes. However, it's clear that we have much work ahead of us as we were surprised at the presence of water chestnut at so many sites in the lake.

    We would like to invite you once again to participate in our water chestnut control efforts. Our next pull date is scheduled for 9 a.m. till noon on Saturday, July 8, and we'd like to get as many people out on the lake as possible as this is the optimal time of year for controlling the proliferation of this invasive plant. As before, we want to have a crew lined up in advance and we hope that you will be able to join us.

    Please let us know if you'll be able to help us on July 8 (as well as any of the other dates we've scheduled pulls: July 29, August 19 and September 16). Those of you with kayaks and canoes are particularly encouraged to participate, but come along even if you don't have a boat as there are almost always spare seats in canoes as well as jobs at the dock.

    There are two ways to sign up. Either reply to the Doodle poll at: 4mnb7cpic7dxrddy
    or send an email to

    Many thanks in advance for considering this request. We look forward to your participation.

  • 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.