2021 Calendar of Events

Saturday
January 16, 2021
– Sunday
February 28
Westborough

"The Nature of Westborough": WCLT's 2021 Amateur Photography Contest!

Enter WCLT's amateur nature photography competition!

With many families hiking and taking photos during the pandemic, we thought this would be a great way to showcase the best of Westborough's natural beauty.

Entrants must be Westborough residents, and photographs must be nature-inspired and taken in Westborough from January 1, 2020 – February 28, 2021.

Keep track of when and where your Westborough best shots are from, as we’ll be asking for dates and locations for each entry.

Plants, trees, flowers, sunsets, sunrises, ponds, rivers, wildlife... so many beautiful images to capture.

Read the rules. (.pdf)

Fill out the entry form.

Contest will run through the end of February.

Show us how you click with nature!

Prizes will be awarded in adult and youth categories!

Thank you to our prize donors:
Peter Christoph Photography
Elsie Kaye Glassworks
Art Emporium
Tatnuck Bookseller
Curry Printing
Hunt’s Photo

Contact: photocontest@westboroughlandtrust.org

Sunday
January 24, 2021
1:30 - 3:30 PM
Bowman West

Explore Bowman West in Winter

Covid Update: Masks covering the nose and mouth are required for all WCLT events, and social distancing will be practiced.

Weather and other factors may cause event cancellation. Please check westboroughlandtrust.org before leaving to attend any event.

Many people are familiar with the Bowman Conservation Area, the area around Sandra Pond. Come on this walk to enjoy the lesser-known trails of Bowman West, the area on the other side of Bowman St.

This walk will be led by Chris Sassetti, providing an opportunity to meet WCLT’s new President!

About 2¾ miles on woodland trails with some small hills.

Park on Long Drive where it meets the south end of Cook St. Park on one side of Long Drive only. Meet at the trailhead on Long Drive.

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

Contact: events@westboroughlandtrust.org

Sunday
February 21, 2021
7:00 - 8:00 PM

A Few Days in the Galapagos Islands (Virtual Presentation)

Situated in the Pacific Ocean some 600 miles from the South American continent, the nineteen Galapagos Islands and the surrounding marine reserve have been called a unique “living museum and showcase of evolution.”

We will explore a small portion of the archipelago, primarily around Santa Cruz, and see many of the unique species that inspired Darwin in 1835.

Travel vicariously through wildlife photographer Garry Kessler’s stunning photos, which he took on his “bucket list” trip there in 2018.

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Contact: events@westboroughlandtrust.org

Monday
March 1, 2021
– Sunday
October 31
Westborough

Westborough Wildflower Hunt

Help WCLT inventory the wildflowers on our properties by taking part in this fun scavenger hunt!

Check WCLT's Facebook page every month, where we will post pictures of wildflowers that bloom that month. If you see those flowers in Westborough, comment with a picture and include where you saw it.

Have fun and learn to identify local wildflowers at the same time!

Please, absolutely no picking flowers or damaging plants!

Contact: events@westboroughlandtrust.org

Saturday
March 6, 2021
– Friday
March 19

Vote for "The Nature of Westborough" Photo Contest People’s Choice Award!

We received 133 photo entries for our competition!

While the judges ponder the top three winners, you can vote as well! WCLT will post the photos on our Facebook page in groups of 10 over the course of a week, March 6-12, in no particular order. Click “Like” to vote for your favorites. Share and get your friends to vote as well!

The photo with the most likes at midnight on 3/19/2021 will win the People’s Choice Award. (Winners of the judged prizes will be excluded—one prize per photo).

Thank you to the businesses that provided prizes: Curry Printing, Elsie Kaye Glassworks, Art Emporium, Hunt’s Photo Education and Walks, Tatnuck Bookseller, and Peter Christoph Photography.

Contact: photocontest@westboroughlandtrust.org

Sunday
March 21, 2021
7:00 PM

"The Nature of Westborough" Photo Contest Award Presentation via Zoom

Find out who won prizes in the photo competition, and learn from some of the judges what makes a great photograph and how they chose the winners!

Zoom link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/83256393392

Everyone is welcome, whether you entered the contest or not.

Contact: photocontest@westboroughlandtrust.org

Thursday
April 1, 2021
– Saturday
April 17
Earth Day Event
Signup April 1-9
Cleanup April 10 thru Noon April 17

Earth Day Town-Wide Cleanup
Online Signup Only—No Same-Day or Walk-In Registration.

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

NOTE: Due to continued coronavirus concerns, no in-person signups or picnic will take place.

Go to westboroughlandtrust.org/earth-day-signup April 1-9 to sign up and choose an area to clean.

Sign up by April 9; trash bags will be dropped off at participants’ homes by the 10th, or you can arrange to pick them up.

You can clean your chosen area any day or time starting April 10 and ending at noon on April 17.

Leave closed bags by the road, and they will be removed on April 17.

For the cleanup, wear gloves, long pants, long sleeves, and sturdy shoes. Trash bags, some rubber gloves provided. Bringing a rake to reach items under bushes can be helpful.

Contact: events@westboroughlandtrust.org

Monday
April 5, 2021
6:30 - 8:30 AM
Wayne F. McCallum Wildlife Management Area

Early Spring Birding

Hike easy to moderate trails at the Wayne F. McCallum Wildlife Management Area with Nick Paulson of the Forbush Bird Club in search of early spring arrivals in a variety of marsh, field, woodland, and pond habitats.

Masks required and numbers will be limited.

Pre-registration is required and opens two days in advance; please email leader Nick Paulson, grendelpgill@yahoo.com / (508) 330-4401 by 5 pm 4/4/21 to register.

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

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

Friday
April 16, 2021
6:30 - 8:00 PM
Wayne F. McCallum Wildlife Management Area

Evening Woodcock Walk

As the sun sets, walk easy trails at the Wayne F. McCallum Wildlife Management Area with Laura Lane of the Forbush Bird Club to listen for the American Woodcock’s unique call and watch its amazing sky dance.

Families with school-age children are welcome.

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

Masks required and numbers will be limited.

Pre-registration is required and opens two days in advance; please contact Laura by 5 p.m. on Thursday, April 15, to register: (508)-480-8259 or email: pete.lane@comcast.net

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

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

Saturday
April 24, 2021
9:00 - 11:00 AM

Invasive Species Removal: Garlic Mustard Pull Party

Garlic mustard is an invasive plant in this area. Originally brought from Europe, it kills native wildflowers not only by out-competing with them, but also by actually poisoning the soil so other plants can’t grow.

Volunteers will be instructed on how to identify, pull, and dispose of invasive plant materials. If interested, volunteers may also learn about identifying and removing other types of invasive plants.

Limit of 10 volunteers.

Co-sponsored by Sudbury Valley Trustees and the Town of Westborough.

Pre-registration required at https://naturegroupie.org/experiences/garlic-mustard-workday-2

Contact: events@westboroughlandtrust.org

Monday
April 26, 2021
7:00 PM

The Legacy of Birding in Westborough

Westborough Historic Society President Kathy Cavaliere will reveal the fascinating career of ornithologist Edward Howe Forbush. He lived in Westborough, became the state ornithologist in 1908, and was a founder of the Massachusetts Audubon Society. The Westborough Library’s case of stuffed birds is a product of his expertise at age 18.

Continuing that bird-watching legacy, Wheaton Biology Professor Scott Shumway of Westborough Community Land Trust (WCLT) and local ornithologist Sean Williams, Visiting Assistant Professor at Holy Cross, will describe their favorite sites and habitats for birdwatching in Westborough. Co-sponsored with the Westborough Historical Society.

Online event; for the link go to https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZAqceGrrDopHtMFiPixkVRU1lArtXW7AC27

Contact: events@westboroughlandtrust.org

Thursday
April 29, 2021
6:00 - 8:00 AM
Wayne F. McCallum Wildlife Management Area

Thursday Morning Bird Walk #1

Hike easy to moderate trails at the Wayne F. McCallum Wildlife Management Area north of Lake Chauncy with Nick Paulson of the Forbush Bird Club to view birds in a variety of marsh, field, woodland, and pond habitats.

Masks required and numbers will be limited.

Pre-registration is required and opens two days in advance; please email leader Nick Paulson, grendelpgill@yahoo.com / (508) 330-4401 by 5 pm 4/28/21 to register.

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

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

Monday
May 3, 2021
7:00 - 9:00 PM
via Zoom

Alien Invasion Night!

Alien plants and animals have invaded and there are more and more of them every day.

Where did they come from? How did they get here? Why should we be concerned? Can they be controlled? Or is it too late?

The spread of non-native species presents a threat to native species and natural ecosystems that is as great as the better known problems of habitat destruction and climate change.

Join Professor of Biology Scott Shumway and seniors from Wheaton College for a virtual field trip to learn more about the invasive species that are growing in our backyards and nature preserves.

Join Zoom Meeting https://wheatoncollege-edu.zoom.us/j/91662235886

Contact Person: Scott Shumway Shumway_Scott@wheatoncollege.edu

Monday
May 3, 2021
– Sunday
May 9

Westborough Unplugs Week

WCLT supports Westborough Unplugs by offering "Explore Outdoors," a non-competitive challenge to find a variety of iconic spots on the trails in Westborough. Use photos and clues to find ten spots on the Charm Bracelet trails, and take a selfie there! Can you find all ten? These are the sites originally used in last fall's scavenger hunt. See the list here.
Contact: events@westboroughlandtrust.org

Thursday
May 6, 2021
6:00 - 8:00 AM
Wayne F. McCallum Wildlife Management Area

Thursday Morning Bird Walk #2

Hike easy to moderate trails at the Wayne F. McCallum Wildlife Management Area north of Lake Chauncy with Nick Paulson of the Forbush Bird Club to search for migrant warblers and other songbirds.

Masks required and numbers will be limited.

Pre-registration is required and opens two days in advance; please email leader Nick Paulson, grendelpgill@yahoo.com / (508) 330-4401 by 5 pm 5/5/21 to register.

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

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

Thursday
May 13, 2021
6:00 - 8:00 AM
Wayne F. McCallum Wildlife Management Area

Thursday Morning Bird Walk #3

Enjoy Spring migration at its peak! Hike easy to moderate trails at the Wayne F. McCallum Wildlife Management Area north of Lake Chauncy with Nick Paulson of the Forbush Bird Club.

Masks required and numbers will be limited.

Pre-registration is required and opens two days in advance; please email leader Nick Paulson, grendelpgill@yahoo.com / (508) 330-4401 by 5 pm 5/12/21 to register.

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

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

Contact: events@westboroughlandtrust.org

Sunday
May 16, 2021
1:30 - 3:30 PM
Mill Pond Area

Family Nature Hike: Nature for Kids and Curious Adults!

Covid Update: Masks covering the nose and mouth are required for all WCLT events, and social distancing will be practiced.

Weather and other factors may cause event cancellation. Please check westboroughlandtrust.org before leaving to attend any event.

Come on a kid-length hike where kids and people of all ages will find out how to identify local trees, plants, and animals, and learn some basic natural history of the area.

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

Meet at the Mill Pond School parking lot, 6 Olde Hickory Path, Westborough, MA. No reservation needed.

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

Contact: events@westboroughlandtrust.org

Monday
June 14, 2021
7:00 - 9:00 PM
St. Luke’s Parish Hall

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

(In-person indoor event; may be cancelled due to coronavirus concerns; check westboroughlandtrust.org for updates.)

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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