2015 Calendar of Events

Sunday
January 25, 2015
1:30 - 3:00 PM
Bowman Conservation Area

Signs of Winter

Join naturalist Paul Wanta to look for tracks and signs of wildlife, including foods, shelters, and tracks in the snow. Learn how to read a winter landscape for clues of passing wildlife. Check the weather forecast and be sure to dress appropriately. Please leave your dog at home.

[Postponed from January 18 to January 25, due to weather.]

Meet at the parking lot of Bowman Conservation Area, Bowman Street.

Trail Map:
http://www.westboroughcharm.org/guide/maps/bowman_map.pdf

Contact: events@westboroughlandtrust.org

Saturday
February 28, 2015
1:30 - 3:00 PM

Maple Syrup Discovery

Ever wonder if you could make maple syrup in Westborough?  Making syrup from the sugar maple tree in your own yard, evaluate a sugar maple tree, buy the necessary equipment for a few dollars at your local hardware store, tap the tree, collect sap, and boil it to make syrup.  Reconnect with a sweet early spring New England tradition—samples will be given!

Limited to 20 participants; please pre-register to receive directions.

Contact: events@westboroughlandtrust.org

Saturday
March 28, 2015
9:00 AM
and 11:00 AM
Knights of Columbus Hall, 17 Willow St

Meet the Raptors

[NOTE: Updated times for Meet the Raptors: 9am and 11am.]
Massachusetts Birds of Prey
Swooping, gliding, diving—birds of prey can be majestic symbols of freedom and power. Armed with sharp talons, hooked beaks, and keen eyesight, these birds are respected as fierce hunters.  In this program Massachusetts Birds of Prey, Tom Ricardi invites you to meet up close such raptors as an eagles, falcons, owls, kestrels, and hawks. You will learn about their habitats, behavior, and field markings.  These birds that have been injured and cannot survive in the wild are part of a successful educational and breeding program. All ages are welcome. Donations are appreciated.

This event is supported in part by the Westborough Newcomers Club and by a grant from the Westborough Cultural Council, a local agency which is supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency.

Contact: events@westboroughlandtrust.org

Saturday
April 25, 2015
Earth Day Event
6:30 AM, 9:30 AM

Earth Day Town-Wide Clean-Up

Join the annual town-wide litter clean-up sponsored by WCLT!

Early birds meet at 6:30 a.m. at West Meadow Plaza or Bellows Road.

Families are invited at 9:30 a.m. to Lake Chauncy parking lot to be assigned a site to clean up.

Wear gloves, long sleeves, and sturdy shoes—trash bags will be provided. Rally your co-workers or neighbors to form a team to pick up litter and beautify our streets!

Contact: earthday@westboroughlandtrust.org

Sunday
May 31, 2015
1:30 - 3:30 PM
Mass Fish & Wildlife Headquarters, Rabbit Hill

*** CANCELLED *** Knowing our Wild Edibles: Finding, Growing, Eating

Whether you’re interested in your health, sustainability, or simple pleasure, knowing your wild edibles is fun and useful. From the woods to the meadows to our gardens, wild edibles are all around us. Walk with Dan Jaffe of the New England Wild Flower Society (NEWFS) at the Westborough Wildlife Management Area for an introduction to the wild plants that can feed us. He will also address questions of sustainability and conservation of rare edible species.

Cancelled due to probable thunderstorms or downpours.

Meet at Mass Fish & Wildlife headquarters parking lot, 1 Rabbit Hill Road (at end of North Drive off Milk St./Rte.135).

Trail Map:
http://www.westboroughcharm.org/guide/maps/map_FishWildlife.pdf

Contact: events@westboroughlandtrust.org

Saturday
June 6, 2015
9:00 AM

National Trails Day Hike

Celebrate this day with a 5-mile hike from Sawink Farm, through MWRA’s open meadow, over Cedar Hill (with wonderful views of Westborough), through Crane Swamp with its great biodiversity, and back through the treatment plant to climb the newest trails over Walnut Hill. If time permits there may be a short diversion to the open channel of the Wachusett Aqueduct before returning to Sawink Farm.

Trail Map:
http://www.sudburyvalleytrustees.org/sites/default/files/CraneSwamp.pdf

Contact: events@westboroughlandtrust.org

Saturday
June 13, 2015
9 AM - NOON
Bowman Conservation Area

Stewardship Work Party

Trail work at Bowman Conservation Area.
Recommended: Loppers, clippers, work gloves, long pants, long sleeves, bug spray, water.
Meet at Bowman Street parking lot.

Contact: stewardship@westboroughlandtrust.org

Monday
June 15, 2015
7:00 - 9:00 PM
St. Luke’s Parish Hall

WCLT Annual Meeting: Epic Journeys

Each year millions of shorebirds make an amazing round-trip journey between the northern and southern hemisphere. Migration Productions’ stunning video, “Epic Journeys,” by Shawn Carey and Jim Grady looks at three shorebird species—red knot, piping plover and semipalmated sandpiper—and the challenges these species face during each of their monumental annual treks. Interviews and footage were shot on Plymouth Beach and South Beach in Massachusetts, the Bay of Fundy in Canada, and Cape May/Delaware Bay area in New Jersey.

Presentation followed by reception and refreshments. Program will be from 7 – 8 p.m. Annual Meeting with recognition of WCLT Scholarship winners, committee reports, and election of officers begins at 8 p.m.

Contact: events@westboroughlandtrust.org

Saturday
July 25, 2015
9 AM - NOON
Bowman Conservation Area

Stewardship Work Party

Trail work at Bowman Conservation Area.
Recommended: Loppers, clippers, work gloves, long pants, long sleeves, bug spray, water.
Meet at Bowman Street parking lot.

Contact: stewardship@westboroughlandtrust.org

Thursday
July 30, 2015

Redlining the Charm Bracelet

AMC is resuming their Charm Bracelet hikes with a hike that includes Bowman/Sandra Pond, Hidden Meadow, Upper Jackstraw, and Libbey/Wile. (These hikes were described in our last e-news.)

More information on this hike can be found at http://activities.outdoors.org/search/index.cfm/action/details/id/84793
Registration is required. Contact Joe Massery via the information page.

Saturday
August 22, 2015
9 AM - NOON
Bowman Conservation Area

Stewardship Work Party

Trail work at Bowman Conservation Area.
Recommended: Loppers, clippers, work gloves, long pants, long sleeves, bug spray, water.
Meet at Bowman Street parking lot.

Contact: events@westboroughlandtrust.org

Sunday
September 20, 2015
1:00 - 5:00 PM
Bowman Conservation Area

Bowman Conservation Area Discovery Day

**** Postponed due to weather – new date Sept 20 ****
Westborough Community Land Trust presents a Westborough family event to discover the newly renovated trails at Bowman Conservation Area. Three hikes of different lengths begin at 1:30 pm at the Bowman Conservation Area pavilion. Children’s games will be at 2:30 and 3:30pm, and participatory drumming circle with renowned musician Otha Day is slated for at 3 p.m. A free burrito picnic will be offered at 3 p.m. Bring your own lawn chairs. Because of limited parking, park at Minute Man Park on Upton Road to be shuttled to Bowman Street. WCLT members and Westborough residents invited.
Contact: events@westboroughlandtrust.org

Saturday
October 3, 2015
9:00 AM - NOON
Orchard Swamp

Orchard Swamp Work Party

Stewardship is holding a workday Saturday, October 3, to create a walkable trail through the Orchard Swamp property. It will go from the Haskell ballfields outfield all the way to East Main Street just north of the NGRID substation.

Folks who are interested in helping should wear long pants, long sleeves, and work gloves. Equipment can include loppers, hand saws, and metal rakes if available. The trail will be almost 0.4 mile long.

Meet at the Haskell ballfields, lower parking lot.

Contact: stewardship@westboroughlandtrust.org

Sunday
October 18, 2015
1:30 - 3:30 PM
Gilmore Pond

Fall Foliage Hike at Gilmore Pond & Libbey Conservation Area

We will catch a view of lovely Gilmore Pond in autumn, then walk a new trail through wooded uplands and along stone walls to see the fall foliage in the Libbey/Wile forest before looping back. The hike is approximately 2.5 miles with one hill, led by Marge Fisher.

Meet on Quick Farm Road at the new Gilmore Pond access gate.

Trail Maps:
http://westboroughcharm.org/guide/maps/upperjackstraw_trail_map.pdf
http://westboroughcharm.org/guide/maps/libbeywile_trail_map.pdf

Contact: events@westboroughlandtrust.org

Sunday
November 1, 2015
9:00 - 11:00 AM
Orchard Swamp

Orchard Swamp Work Party

About 2/3 of this trail was done on October 3 before the rains came.

Stewardship is planning a workday on Sunday, Nov 1, from 9:00-11:00 to complete a walkable trail through the Orchard Swamp property. It will go from the Haskell ballfields outfield all the way to East Main Street just north of the NGRID substation.

Folks who are interested in helping should wear long pants, long sleeves, and work gloves. Equipment can include loppers, hand saws, and metal rakes if available. The trail will be almost 0.4 mile long.

Meet at the Haskell ballfields, lower parking lot.

Contact: stewardship@westboroughlandtrust.org

Sunday
November 8, 2015
1:30 - 3:30 PM
Headwaters Conservation Area

Shaped by Ice: How the Ice Ages Created Westborough’s Landscape

Learn how the Ice Ages created Westborough’s landscape. If you stood anywhere in and around Westborough 18,000 years ago, you would have been under a glacier a mile thick. About 8,000 years later, the ice was gone, leaving the landscape we see today. We will walk around the Headwaters Conservation Area with Andy Koenigsberg to look at some of the land features shaped by ice and by water as the ice receded. He will talk about the geologic history of Westborough and how the changing climate that is part of our Ice Age legacy provides lessons for our future.

Meet at Mill Pond School parking lot.

Trail Maps:
http://westboroughcharm.org/guide/maps/hca_trail_map.pdf
http://westboroughcharm.org/guide/maps/mill_pond_map.pdf

Contact: events@westboroughlandtrust.org

Thursday
December 24, 2015
Morning

Redlining the Westborough Charm Bracelet

If you are interested in an AMC Christmas Eve hike from Regal Cinema to Sawink Farm Reservation, check out this link:
activities.outdoors.org/search/index.cfm/action/details/id/87590
Registration is required.

Westborough Community Land Trust, PO Box 838, Westborough , MA 01581
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