2010 Calendar of Events

February 7, 2010
1:30 - 3:30 PM
Mass Wildlife Headquarters

Tracking Mammals

Explore the wilds of Westborough as we search for animal tracks and signs at the Wildlife Management Area at Mass Wildlife’s Headquarters. If there's enough snow, you’re welcome to bring snowshoes for an afternoon of family fun! Open to adults and families with children ages 6 and up. Co-sponsored with Broad Meadow Brook Audubon Sanctuary.
Free to members of Mass Audubon and Westborough Community Land Trust.
Fee for nonmembers: $4 adult / $2 child ; $8/family maximum.
Meet at Mass Wildlife parking lot at the top Rabbit Hill, off North Drive from Route 135.
Snow date February 14.
Contact: Janet Anderson jwebanderson@msn.com

March 14, 2010
2:00 - 4:00 PM
Westborough Library Meeting Room

Family Nature Resources at Home and Beyond

Learn about the area resources that offer nature programs and sites for the whole family to enjoy. In our own backyard there are fields of butterflies; wildflower paths, deep pine woods, frog ponds with tadpoles, bird walks, and otters in pools. Nature lovers of all ages will discover where they can bring their children, grandchildren, or themselves to learn formally and informally about nature’s wonders.
Contact: Barbara Muise BMUISE2@aol.com

April 10, 2010
2:00- 3:00 PM
Knights of Columbus Hall, 17 Willow St

Earth Awareness Program: Animal Adventures

Meet live animals that are found in the New England woods and your own back yard. You will learn about each animal’s impact on their habitats and your neighborhood. We will discuss how these animals coexist in the wild, as well as learn many other interesting facts about these native animals. Featured animals include red fox, snapping turtles, woodchuck, skunk, ferret, milk snake and a tree frog.
Contact: Kris Allen krisallen@charter.net

April 24, 2010
6:30 AM and 9:00 AM

Town-wide Earth Day Clean-up

Join the annual town-wide litter clean-up sponsored by WCLT! Early birds meet at 6:30 am at West Meadow Plaza traffic island. Families are invited at 9 am to Lake Chauncy parking to be assigned a site to clean up. Wear gloves 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: Bruce Tretter EarthDay@WestboroughLandTrust.org

April 25, 2010
7:00 AM
Headwaters Conservation Area

Spring Migratory Bird Walk

Follow WCLT Directors Sharon Williams and Vivian Kimball, who are working on a “Birds of Westborough” survey, into the meadows and woods to catch glimpses of migrating birds stopping on their flights north. Catch a glimpse or hear warblers, thrashers, osprey, and other migrants. Bring field guide and binoculars.
Meet at the Andrews Rd. parking lot of Headwaters Conservation Area.

Contact: sharonaw@hotmail.com

April 26, 2010
7:00 PM
Westborough Library Meeting Room


Alien species are plants and animals that have been introduced from some other part of the world, either accidentally or intentionally, to our backyards, wetlands, and beaches. Some prove to be aggressive invaders of their new homes and have a negative impact on our native species. Asiatic Bittersweet, Bush Honeysuckles, Eurasian Watermillfoil, Purple Loosestrife, Burning Bush, Hemlock Wooly Adelgid, Asian Longhorned Beetle, and Multiflora Rose are just a few examples. How did these alien invaders get to New England? How can we recognize them? What impact are they having? What, if anything, can be done to control them? These questions will be answered in a series of presentations by Wheaton College seniors enrolled in Professor Scott Shumway’s seminar on invasive species.
Contact: Scott Shumway sshumway@wheatonma.edu

April 28, 2010
WHS Guidance Office


Last day for Westborough High School seniors to submit Earth Day Essays and WCLT Scholarship applications to the WHS Guidance Office. The $500 scholarship will be awarded to the winner of the essay contest at graduation.
See Scholarship page for details.

May 2, 2010
Gilmore Pond

Gilmore Pond Invasive Plant Removal *CANCELLED*

We will be ripping up and hauling invasive plants out of the woods at Gilmore Pond. Loppers and mattocks are desirable, but a willingness to work is all that is needed. Meet at WCLT Property Reservation sign on Gilmore Farm Road.
Contact: stewardship@westboroughlandtrust.org

May 23, 2010
1:00 PM

Trees of Downtown Westborough: Walk Tour

Join Dr. Scott Shumway to search for the tallest deciduous tree species in Eastern North America, a medicinally important tree from China, a species with more than 400 different varieties, the original Christmas tree, the state tree of Massachusetts, some of the most ancient of all flowering plants, and a few invasive aliens. Professor of Biology at Wheaton College, Scott teaches courses in botany, marine biology, and environmental science. He is the author of the Naturalist’s Guide to the Atlantic Seashore and a WCLT Director.
Meet in front of the Westborough Public Library.
Contact: Scott Shumway sshumway@wheatonma.edu

June 12, 2010
9:00 AM - 12:00 Noon
Gilmore Pond

Gilmore Pond Invasive Plant Removal

We will be ripping up and hauling invasive plants out of the woods at Gilmore Pond. Loppers and mattocks are desirable, but a willingness to work is all that is needed. Meet at WCLT Property Reservation sign on Gilmore Farm Road.
Rain date is Saturday, June 19, 2010
Contact: stewardship@westboroughlandtrust.org

June 14, 2010
7:30 PM
Program at 8:30 PM

WCLT Annual Meeting

Learn about the activities and accomplishment of the WCLT Committees during the year and vote for new officers and directors. A talk about the changes in habitats of New England over the centuries will follow. Reception with refreshments and comraderie.

August 22, 2010
1:30 - 4:30 PM

Field Trip to Great Meadows Reservation in Sudbury

Discover the fascinating wildlife and plants in the meadows and water bodies of Great Meadows Wildlife Reservation.
Meet in front of the Westborough Public Library at 1:30pm to carpool.
Contact: Kris Allen krisallen@charter.net

September 26, 2010
1:00 - 3:00 PM
Mill Pond School grounds


Celebrate the ten years that hikers have enjoyed the Charm Bracelet trail system in Westborough.  Gather friends and family, bring your own picnic, socialize, and walk nearby trails. Cider and cookies will be available, and WCLT members will lead walks. You can print out a trail map of the area and bring it with you.

October 17, 2010
1:30 – 3:30 PM
SVT Walkup-Robinson Reservation


Hike the trails and old trolley line at Walkup-Robinson Reservation, off Connector Road.
Contact: krisallen@charter.net

November 7, 2010
1:30 – 3:30 PM
Around Lake Chauncy


Explore the shores of Lake Chauncy and nearby agricultural fields.
Meet at Lake Chauncy boat ramp (off Chauncy Street).
Contact: krisallen@charter.net

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