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Sat20May20178:30 amNorth Farms Road entrance to FLCA
Birding for Children with Dan ZiomekWalks & Talks
Co-Sponsored by BBC and Hampshire Bird Club Education Committee
Dan will have just completed his six-week class, Birding for Children, at the Hitchcock Center for the Environment. Dan is generously giving us part of the following weekend for a program open to all children at FLCA.
For this children's program, we want to enlist support from any interested birders who would like to help us get "the eyes on the prize." This supports the growth of children's awareness of birding, habitat and the great outdoors.
To enhance the experience, extra binoculars, a spotting scope, and other technical resources will be available.
Meet at the North Farms Road entrance.
Walks & Talks
Sun25Jun201710 am - 1 pmNorth Farms Road entrance to FLCA
Looking at Trees by their Bark with Nancy GoodmanWalks & 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.
Sat26Aug20178:30pm - 10pm
Night Sounds at Fitzgerald Lake with Molly HaleWalks & 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.
Sun09Jul201710:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m.Meet at Cooke Avenue entrance
Workday: Removal of Invasives on Boggy Meadow RoadVolunteer 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.