Join Westford Conservation Trust director Lenny Palmer who will lead a walk through the Cider Mill Pond conservation area. We will stop at the top of Little Tadmuck Hill, check out the continuing advance of the Hemlock Wooly Adelgid that is slowly killing the hemlocks and of course reexamine the “Indian Grinding Stone”, with a suggestion of what caused this interesting hole in the granite.
This walk is appropriate for all ages, but area is not suitable for strollers. Sociable dogs on leash welcome.
Park along Lowell Road at the entrance to the area. For further information contact Lenny Palmer at 978-392-9876
Location: Cider Mill Pond Conservation Land, Westford MA
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Where: Parish Center for the Arts (PCA), 10 Lincoln St, Westford, MA 01886
Guest Speaker: Mike Callahan, Beaver Solutions
Our guest speaker this year will be Western MA based Beaver Solutions founder Mike Callahan. Mike will talk about beaver behavior and biology and the latest in beaver management techniques. Questions from the audience will be encouraged! Come join us to learn more about these amazing creatures and some ideas about working together in resolving beaver/human conflicts.
Business Meeting – A short trust annual business meeting will be held from 7:00-7:30pm. Our guest speaker will follow this brief business meeting. Refreshments will also be served. Hope to see you there!
The tail of a large beaver may be 15 inches long and 6 inches wide. It is covered with leathery scales and sparse, coarse hairs.The beaver’s tail has important uses both in the water and on land. In the water, the animal uses its flexible tail as a four-way rudder.
When diving after being frightened, a beaver loudly slaps the water with its tail; the sound warns all beavers in the vicinity that danger is near, and perhaps serves to frighten potential predators.
On land, the tail acts as a prop when a beaver is sitting or standing upright. It also serves as a counterbalance and support when a beaver is walking on its hind legs while carrying building materials with its teeth, front legs, and paws. Contrary to common belief, beavers do not use their tails to plaster mud on their dams.
The tail stores fat, and because it is nearly hairless, releases body heat, helping the beaver to regulate its body temperature.
The Westford Stream Team is having an open house this Saturday, April 16th from 2:30 – 4:00pm in the Mary Atwood meeting Room, J.V. Fletcher Library. Stop by to learn more about the town and the trust’s water quality monitoring program, find out about last year’s results, and get some hands on experience with our sampling equipment.
Become a Citizen Scientist! Join us to learn more about how you can volunteer to monitor water quality in our streams for the 2016 season!
Rick Roth, a conservationist and teacher, runs The Creature Teachers, a family owned environmental and animal education company. His goal is to educate the public about the wonders and diversity of the animals that share our planet. Continue reading Annual Meeting on November 5, 2015→
If you enjoy the natural world, want to learn about Westford trails, wildlife, and history, could use some company, or just need to get out and stretch your legs, consider joining a guided trail walk sponsored by the Trust. Usually held on the first Saturday of the month from 9:00 – 10:30 a.m., these walks are open to all, free of charge, and fun! Walks take place rain or shine and no sign-up or pre-registration necessary. For details: Facebook Events Calendar