Upcoming Events

You can always check our upcoming events from the News and Events page. Here is a current list:

Date/Time Event
Saturday, September 10, 2016
9:00 am - 10:30 am

Acker-Dean-DeSilva Land Hike


Join Westford Conservation Trust Director Lenny Palmer as we explore this hidden gem along the Stony Brook.  Discover an historic stone cattle tunnel, take a rest on the benches along the trail and observe the ample wildlife that inhabits this beautiful parcel.
Young children and sociable dogs on leash are welcome.

Park across Depot Street at the entrance to Stony Brook Conservation Land.

Walk is free of charge and no sign-up is required.

For further information call Lenny at 978-392-9876Acker trail sign and QR code


Location: Acker-Dean-DeSilva Land, Westford MA

(click event name to see full details, including directions, if available)

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Wildlife Watch by Marian Harman

Marian’s Wildlife Watch Blog

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Grey Catbird – Doug Pederson

How are the birds doing in North America?

To answer that question, the North American Bird Conservation Initiative, a consortium of forty conservation organizations and government agencies has just published an important new document titled “The State of North America’s Birds”. More than 350 species of our migratory birds, such as the gray catbird, Baltimore oriole, and the wood thrush pass between Canada, the United States, and Mexico. The report combined citizen science bird data, collected on platforms such as e-Bird, to come up with the 2016 status report on the birds of all three countries, a total of 1,154 species.

The reports’ findings are alarming. It placed 37% of North American birds on a Watch List for Species in Urgent Need of Conservation. For some habitats birds are even more imperiled.  For instance, 57% of ocean birds are on the Watch List. Birds of tropical forests, coasts, arid lands and grasslands are also in steep decline. For these habitats, up to 56% of bird species are in decline. In other habitats, such as temperate forests, tundra, wetlands, and boreal forests, up to 27% of bird species are on the Watch List. Westford is a temperate forest habitat, but our migratory birds spend the winter in the tropical forest.  read more….

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Grassy Pond

Grassy Pond is interesting right now because the water level is so low, and it really is “grassy”.

The low water level is probably caused by all the sunny days with little rain in recent weeks.  It is said that Grassy Pond becomes entirely without water about once every 10 years.

By the way, Grassy Pond develops a chorus of frogs on summer evenings, particularly when it’s rainy.  Here’s a recording I made on such a night, focusing on a barred owl.  The owl is interesting, but the background of tree frogs, green frogs, and loud bull frogs is interesting too.

-Bill Harman

 

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Earth Day 2016

 

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Celebrate Earth Day all month by supporting the month long Lowell Earth Day Celebration, Westford’s Town Wide Clean Up Day, and Concord’s Umbrella for the Arts Earth Day Event!

Earth Day Festival in Lowell – April 23rd

This free celebration features environmentally conscious organizations and artists, children’s activities, demonstrations, hands-on workshops, greenhouse tours, and local entertainment. It is a wonderful chance to learn about community gardening and what environmentally conscious organizations are accomplishing.

This family event is hosted by the Community Gardens Greenhouse and sponsored by the Lowell National Historical Park. It is held on Saturday, April 23, rain or shine! Food and drinks are available.

The event also kicks-off the annual volunteer season for the Community Gardens Greenhouse and Lowell National Historical Park. You’ll be able to learn about the season’s new projects and see what’s growing in the greenhouse!

Westford Town Wide Clean Up Day – April 30th

Meet at Roudenbush Community Center at 8:00 a.m. to register, get a free tee shirt and your location assignment. Return to Roudenbush at noon for free BBQ lunch!

To register your group, email bandrews@roudenbush.org

Concord Musketaquid Arts & Environment, Celebrating the Confluence of Art and Nature – Earth Day Celebration – April 30th from 9:30-2:00pm

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