Calendar of Events

Also check out the Westborough Walks Meetup group for hikes and activities guided by volunteers from WCLT.

Wednesday
April 1, 2020
thru Saturday
April 11
Earth Day Event

Sign-up for the Earth Day Cleanup

Online sign-up for the Earth Day Town-Wide Cleanup will be available from April 1 through April 11 this year. This will be the only way to sign up this year.

Cleanup can be done any day, from April 12 until noon Saturday, April 18.

See cleanup details.

Go to westboroughlandtrust.org/earth-day-signup to sign up.

Contact: earthday@westboroughlandtrust.org

Sunday
April 5, 2020
7:00 - 10:00 AM
and/or
10:00 AM - 1:00 PM
Westborough Wildlife Management area

*** CANCELLED *** Early Spring Birding

Hike at a relaxed pace in the Westborough Wildlife Management area with Nick Paulson of the Forbush Bird Club. Explore easy to moderate trails in search of early spring arrivals in a variety of marsh, field, and woodland habitats. We will check the ponds and marsh for any migrant ducks and swallows.

Participants may hike either or both sections. We will walk the eastern trails until around 10 a.m. and then explore the western trails until around 1 p.m.
 
Meet at 7 a.m. or 10 a.m. at the Westborough Town Beach parking area near 60 Lyman Street.

Leader: Nick Paulson, (508) 330-4401 [grendelpgill@yahoo.com]

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

Friday
April 17, 2020
6:30 - 8:00 PM
Westborough Wildlife Management Area

*** CANCELLED *** Evening Woodcock Walk

As the sun sets in spring, the American woodcock performs a spectacular mating ritual. We will walk gentle trails at the Westborough Wildlife Management Area with Laura Lane of the Forbush Bird Club to listen for the woodcock’s unique call and watch its amazing sky dance. Families with school-age children are welcome.

Meet at the Mass Wildlife Field Headquarters, 1 Rabbit Hill Road (off North Drive) in Westborough.

Note: Walk will be canceled in case of heavy rain.

Leader: Laura Lane (508)-480-8259 [pete.lane@comcast.net]

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

Saturday
April 18, 2020
Earth Day Event
Morning, OR
week of April 12-17

Earth Day Town-Wide Cleanup
Online Signup Only—No Same-Day or Walk-In Registration this year.
Picnic Lunch cancelled this year due to coronavirus concerns.

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

NOTE: Due to coronavirus concerns, the event has been restructured this year. Nothing will take place at Bay State Commons; all signups MUST be done online by April 11.

Go to westboroughlandtrust.org/earth-day-signup between April 1-11 to sign up and choose an area to clean.

Trash bags will be dropped off at participants’ homes on the 12th, or you can arrange to pick them up at 7 Chauncy St.

You can clean your chosen area any day, or any time before noon on April 18.

Leave closed bags by the road, and they will be removed on the morning of April 18. If you use any supplemental bags that are not the yellow bags you were supplied with, please leave them in a pile with at least one yellow bag or they will not be picked up.

For the cleanup, wear gloves, long pants, long sleeves, and sturdy shoes. Trash bags provided.

Contact: earthday@westboroughlandtrust.org

Saturday
April 25, 2020
9:00 AM
Westborough High School

Town Meeting Article 13: Land Acquisition - 30 Belknap St

**** Town Meeting is currently scheduled for April 25 at 9:00am. ****

If you are a registered voter in Westborough, you can be part of Town Meeting, which is Westborough's legislature.

At this meeting, a warrant article (#13) important to WCLT will be voted on.

Article 13 will ask the Town to vote to authorize the Board of Selectmen to acquire, by purchase in the amount of one million dollars ($1,000,000), approximately 31 acres of the 30 Belknap Street property (the Zwicker property) for conservation, passive recreation and/or utility purposes.

This property contains beautiful fields, woodlands, wetlands, tributaries to Piccadilly Brook, stone walls, riverfront area, and abundant diverse wildlife.

See maps and other details.

Monday
April 27, 2020
6:00 - 8:00 AM
Westborough Wildlife Management Area

*** CANCELLED *** Monday Morning Bird Walk #1

We will hike in the Westborough Wildlife Management Area on the north side of Lake Chauncy in search of migrant warblers with Nick Paulson of the Forbush Bird Club. This is the first of four Monday morning walks in this very productive area.

Directions: Take Dr. Solomon Carter Fuller Way [formerly Hospital Road] off Lyman Street in Westborough at the ball field entrance. Park and meet at the yellow gate at the end of the road near the water.

Leader: Nick Paulson, (508) 330-4401 [grendelpgill@yahoo.com]

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

Sunday
May 3, 2020
1:30 - 3:30 PM

*** CANCELLED *** Family Nature Hike and Scavenger Hunt!

Come on a kid-length hike where youngsters will explore nature with their parents, followed by a fun scavenger hunt for ages 6 and up to practice what you have learned. Prizes will be awarded!

Parents/Guardians must supervise their children; this is not a drop-off event.

Sturdy shoes and insect repellent recommended.

Event is being held in conjunction with Unplugged Week in Westborough.

Meet at the Gilmore Pond Trail Entrance, GPS address approximately 19 Quick Farm Rd. Westborough. Park along one side of Quick Farm Road.

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

Contact: events@westboroughlandtrust.org

Monday
May 4, 2020
6:00 - 8:00 AM
Westborough Wildlife Management Area

*** CANCELLED *** Monday Morning Bird Walk #2

Join us for our second walk in the Westborough Wildlife Management Area on the north side of Lake Chauncy in search of spring migrants with Nick Paulson of the Forbush Bird Club.

Directions: Take Dr. Solomon Carter Fuller Way [formerly Hospital Road] off Lyman Street in Westborough at the ball field entrance. Park and meet at the yellow gate at the end of the road near the water.

Leader: Nick Paulson, (508) 330-4401 [grendelpgill@yahoo.com]

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

Monday
May 11, 2020
6:00 - 8:00 AM
Westborough Wildlife Management Area

Monday Morning Bird Walk #3

Many newly arrived migrant warblers can be expected during our third early-morning hike at the Westborough Wildlife Management Area with Nick Paulson of the Forbush Bird Club through the trails on the north side of Lake Chauncy.

Directions: Take Dr. Solomon Carter Fuller Way [formerly Hospital Road] off Lyman Street in Westborough at the ball field entrance. Park and meet at the yellow gate at the end of the road near the water.

Leader: Nick Paulson, (508) 330-4401 [grendelpgill@yahoo.com]

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

Monday
May 18, 2020
6:00 - 8:00 AM
Westborough Wildlife Management Area

Monday Morning Bird Walk #4

Spring migration is at its peak! Don’t miss our last early-morning hike at the Westborough Wildlife Management Area on the north side of Lake Chauncy with Nick Paulson of the Forbush Bird Club.

Directions: Take Dr. Solomon Carter Fuller Way [formerly Hospital Road] off Lyman Street in Westborough at the ball field entrance. Park and meet just before the yellow gate at the end of the road near the water.

Leader: Nick Paulson, (508) 330-4401 [grendelpgill@yahoo.com]

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

Monday
June 15, 2020
7:00 - 9:00 PM
St. Luke's Parish Hall

Birds of the New England Swamp (Speaker: Peter Christoph) And WCLT Annual Meeting

Wildlife photographer Peter Christoph presents a narrated slideshow, sharing both his award-winning images and his photographic secrets as he brings you inside a typical New England swamp.

Enjoy an intimate look into the many varieties of birds that inhabit our swamps, including ospreys and herons, shorebirds, and woodpeckers and other cavity dwellers. Sloshing through the swamp so you don’t have to, Peter captures the birds’ many activities including nest building, feeding their young, and catching their prey. You’ll almost want to bring your own wading boots and bug spray as you experience this captivating presentation!

Reception and Annual Meeting to follow.

At St. Luke's Parish Hall, 1 Ruggles St.

Contact: events@westboroughlandtrust.org

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