2013 Calendar of Events

January 20, 2013
1:30 - 3:00 PM
Wile Forest (end of Carroll Drive)

Tracking the Landscape

Join naturalist and tracking enthusiast Ann Marie Pilch, Education Director for Tower Hill Botanic Garden, to explore the winter woods and discover the clues of animals living close by—their tracks, shelter, and food—and learn to closely observe the landscape to identify other signs of the season, including seeds and winter buds.

Trail map: www.westboroughcharm.org/guide/maps/libbeywile_trail_map.pdf

Snow/rain date: January 27.

Contact: events@westboroughlandtrust.org

February 24, 2013
1:30 - 3:00 PM
Westborough Public Library

Seashells at the Seashore

Lifelong beachcomber, biology teacher, and natural history author Dr. Scott Shumway will explore the secret lives of the molluscs whose shells wash up on our shores. Learn about the clam that was used for wampum, the sex-changing snail, clams that ride the waves, jet propulsion in scallops, and snails that drill holes in clam shells. Audience members are encouraged to bring shells from their collection and try to stump the professor. All ages are welcome. Scott Shumway is Professor of Biology at Wheaton College and author of Naturalist's Guide to the Atlantic Seashore. Book signing to follow.
Contact: events@westboroughlandtrust.org

March 1, 2013
7:00 - 8:30 PM
Tufts Agnes Varis Campus Center AUDITORIUM

Coyote Presentation

Join the Grafton Land Trust for the most comprehensive presentation of Eastern Coyote research around. Thanks to a grant from the Tufts Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine, The Grafton Land Trust will welcome Jonathan Way, Ph.D. and wildlife biologist. Jonathan is the author of "Suburban Howls" an account of his experiences and findings from his studies of coyote ecology and behavior in urbanized eastern Massachusetts.

This 90 minute presentation, which includes photographs and video clips, will highlight Eastern Coyote/Coywolf ecology and behavior. Jonathan is "dedicated to providing education and scientific research to better protect and conserve eastern coyotes/coywolves".

This program is offered as part of the GLT's Roger Hohman Memorial Lecture Series. The coyote presentation will begin at 7PM at the Tufts Agnes Varis Campus Center AUDITORIUM. All are welcome and the program is free!

Please RSVP to info@graftonland.org if you plan to attend.

Click here for more info.

Contact: events@westboroughlandtrust.org

March 23, 2013
10:00 - 11:00 AM
Knights of Columbus Hall

Free Live Animal Program: Who’s Watching You? Owls of the World

Everyone loves owls! Perhaps you've glimpsed the shadowy form of a Great-horned Owl in the beam of your headlights as you traveled a back road at night. Have you ever scanned a frozen saltmarsh or hayfield in winter, hoping to find that arctic hunter, the Snowy Owl? How about that mob of noisy crows circling a white pine tree—have they found an owl? Marcia and Mark Wilson introduce us to the owls of New England and beyond, sharing the field marks, signs, and naturalist's skills that you can use to find wild owls without disturbing them. Then meet six live owls up close! All ages invited. The program is free, but donations are welcome.

(This program is supported in part 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

April 20, 2013
Earth Day Event
6:30 AM or 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

April 28, 2013
1:30 - 3:00 PM
Bowman Conservation Area

Attacking Invasives: Garlic Mustard Pull

Learn to identify the insidious garlic mustard! Join us in a vigorous attack to help rid the Bowman Conservation Area of this common invasive. Bring gloves and meet at the Bowman Conservation Area parking lot.
Contact: events@westboroughlandtrust.org

May 19, 2013
1:30 - 3:00 PM
Mill Pond School

Hike for Ice Cream!

Celebrate the warming weather with a treat! This short hike through the Headwaters Conservation Area will start at Mill Pond School. We’ll traverse through the woods, past the headwaters of the Assabet River, and along old stone walls and pastures, keeping an eye out for shy woodland flowers. Then out to Nourse Farm for ice cream!— before returning to Mill Pond School.

Trail map: www.westboroughcharm.org/guide/maps/hca_trail_map.pdf

Contact: events@westboroughlandtrust.org

June 17, 2013
7:00 - 9:00 PM
St. Luke’s Parish Hall

WCLT Annual Meeting: The Return of the Wild

Did you know that we now have almost every species that was here at the time of European settlement? From ravens, eagles, and turkeys to moose, bears, beavers, and fishers, many of these species had nearly or completely disappeared from Massachusetts, but they are now making a comeback. Find out how and why as Dr. Tom French, Assistant Director for the Natural Heritage and Endangered Species Program at MassWildlife, leads us through the rollercoaster history of wildlife in Massachusetts and discusses our role in shaping that history.

Presentation followed by reception, refreshments, and Annual Meeting at 8:00 PM.

Contact: events@westboroughlandtrust.org

July 10, 2013
6:45 PM

Willows Concert to Benefit WCLT

The Wolverines
Contact: events@westboroughlandtrust.org

September 22, 2013
1:30 - 3:30 PM

Autumn Vistas Hike

Enjoy impressive vistas of Westborough and fall foliage from the top of Cedar Hill on a 2.5-mile loop hike on Crane Swamp Trail.

Meet at the State Hospital power plant on Lyman Street.

Contact: events@westboroughlandtrust.org

October 27, 2013
1:30 - 3:30
Rain or Shine
Wile Forest,
end of Carroll Drive

More Fascinating Fungi

Larry Millman, author of the field guild Fascinating Fungi of New England, returns to Westborough to lead a mushroom walk at a new location and a new time in the fall. He will focus on mushroom ecology and mushroom identification rather than on edibility.

Space is limited to 18, so please let us know if you are interested.

Meet at end of Carroll Drive (off West Main/Kendall/Frances Dr.).

Trail map of Libbey Conservation Area & Wile Forest: westboroughcharm.org/guide/maps/libbeywile_trail_map.pdf

Contact: events@westboroughlandtrust.org

November 9, 2013
1:30 - 4:00 PM
Bowman Conservation Area West

Hidden Meadow Walk

Join a loop hike through forests and a hidden meadow on the Bowman West trail.

Trail map of Bowman Conservation Area West and Hidden Meadow Property:

Contact: events@westboroughlandtrust.org

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