Events

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Brought to you by the members and the naturalists of the Broad Brook Coalition (BBC).

Event Information:

  • Tue
    25
    Apr
    2017
    Tue
    02
    May
    2017

    Valley Gives Day: Support BBC

    All DayOnline
    Special
    Please support Fitzgerald Lake Conservation Area by giving to Broad Brook Coalition on Valley Gives Day on Tuesday, May 2. Broad Brook Coalition provides stewardship and management of FLCA.
     
    Any donation will help Fitzgerald Lake and Broad Brook Coalition, and you can start giving any time starting April 25.
     
    Go to this link to donate from 4/25 to 5/2 or RSVP today and get an email reminder before the event.

Walks & Talks

  • Sun
    07
    May
    2017

    Talk: Reading The Forested Landscape with Tom Wessels

    1:00 pmChesterfield Community Center
    Walks & Talks

    Tom Wessels, author of Reading The Forested Landscape: A Natural History of New England, will present a talk on Forest Forensics at the Chesterfield Community Center on Main Road in Chesterfield MA at 1PM on Sunday, May 7th.

    An intrepid sleuth and articulate tutor, Wessels has spent over 20 years interpreting the New England landscape, helping those who love the out of doors enrich their sense of place. With slides and stories, Wessels will show how to read the patterns in the field that have shaped our New England landscape.

    A book sales and signing will follow the talk.

    The Chesterfield Cultural Council and Westfield Wild and Scenic are sponsoring the talk which is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be served.

  • Sun
    14
    May
    2017

    Mother’s Day Bird Walk with Laura Beltran

    7:30am-9:30amNorth Farms Road entrance to FLCA
    Walks & Talks

    This is a beginner/intermediate bird walk at the height of songbird migration.

    Join Laura Beltran, long-time birder and an educator at Arcadia Wildlife Refuge, as we walk the woodland and lakeside trails at Fitzgerald Lake, looking for warblers, thrushes, vireos, swallows, and herons. We will continue on to the dam and Cooke’s Pasture, where orioles, tanagers, bluebirds, and hummingbirds are likely.

    Free. All ages are welcome. Bring binoculars if you have them.

    Meet at the North Farms Road entrance.

     

     

     

  • Sat
    20
    May
    2017

    Birding for Children with Dan Ziomek

    8:30 amNorth Farms Road entrance to FLCA
    Walks & 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.

    Free.

    Meet at the North Farms Road entrance.

     

     

     

  • Sun
    25
    Jun
    2017

    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.

    Free.

    Meet at the North Farms Road entrance.

  • Sat
    26
    Aug
    2017

    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
    06
    May
    2017

    Workday: Shrubland Habitat and Native Plants

    8:30 or 9:00 a.m.Meet at Cooke Avenue entrance
    Volunteer day

    Shrubland Habitat and Native Plants
    Saturday, May 6, 9:00-12:00 a.m.

    Almost ten years ago, we established three ‘islands’ of native
    shrubs in Cooke’s Pasture to provide food and habitat for
    shrubland birds and small mammals. Each year we return
    to prune the shrubs, cut back competing undergrowth, and
    replace plants that have not survived the winter. We were
    unable to access the area last year because Boggy Meadow
    Road was flooded, so we’ll have to catch up this year.

    Tools will be provided, though additional clippers are always
    welcome. Wear long pants and bring along your favorite
    insect repellent.

    Meet at the former Moose Lodge parking lot at the end of Cooke Avenue at 8:30 a.m. or at the Fitzgerald
    Lake dam at 9:00 a.m.

    Contact: Bob Zimmermann at 585-0405.

  • Sat
    20
    May
    2017

    Annual Cleanup at the North Farms Road Entrance

    9:00-11:00 a.m.North Farms Road entrance to FLCA
    Volunteer day

    Each year we devote one day in the spring to cleaning up the
    North Farms Road entrance to the FLCA, including clearing
    winter debris from the path to the bridge and boardwalk,
    picking up trash in the parking lot, and hand removal of
    invasive plants such as garlic mustard, Japanese knotweed
    and multiflora rose in the adjoining woods.

    Please help us spruce up this heavily used route to the conservation area.

    Contact: Dick Wynne at 584-7930.

  • Sun
    09
    Jul
    2017

    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.