Wildlife Watch

Wildlife Watch is a series of monthly stories by Honorary Director Marian Harman. Marian has been writing these since 1990! We’re delighted to feature her new stories here to share with you!

May 2017 – Wildlife Watch by Marian Harman

If you are trying to tread lightly on the earth, and reduce your carbon footprint, one of the most effective steps you can take is to eliminate palm oil from your life. Palm oil is cheap to produce and is shelf-stable, so is the oil of choice for many companies. But, palm oil production has … Continue reading May 2017 – Wildlife Watch by Marian Harman

March 2017 – Wildlife Watch by Marian Harman

To eat a healthy diet, you need to eat organic. That is the message from the Cornucopia Institute (www://cornucopia.org). But the consumer needs to be careful, because not everything labeled “organic” is truly healthy or humane. The Cornucopia Institute is a non-profit, based in Wisconsin, which does research and investigation into agricultural and food issues. … Continue reading March 2017 – Wildlife Watch by Marian Harman

February 2017 – Wildlife Watch by Marian Harman

Farmland is disappearing in Massachusetts. We are losing agricultural lands and farming opportunities at an alarming rate. To try to stem the tide of farmland loss, the Mass Department of Agricultural Resources (MDAR) established the Agricultural Preservation Restriction (APR) program in 1979. It was a first-in-the-nation model for many other states. The MDAR website states, … Continue reading February 2017 – Wildlife Watch by Marian Harman

December 2016 – Wildlife Watch by Marian Harman

Happy New Year! At this time of year I like to review the reports to Westford Wildlife Watch from the past year. In 2016, fifty-three residents and one elementary school from all over town sent in flora and fauna reports, some monthly, and others only once or twice. Altogether, there were 2123 different reports. That’s … Continue reading December 2016 – Wildlife Watch by Marian Harman

November 2016 – Wildlife Watch by Marian Harman

At this season, our native trees are on full display. We notice some are still lovely in their fall foliage, especially the oaks which tend to hold on to their leaves long into winter. Other deciduous trees are now bare and displaying beautiful branching patterns we may not notice when they are covered in leaves. … Continue reading November 2016 – Wildlife Watch by Marian Harman

October 2016 – Wildlife Watch by Marian Harman

As fall and winter approach, birders are thinking about keeping our birds fed in the cold weather. Many bird lovers in Westford note down the different species and numbers we see, and many of you report your findings to Westford Wildlife Watch, so that we can all read and enjoy them. An additional way to … Continue reading October 2016 – Wildlife Watch by Marian Harman

Westford Wildlife Watch, September 2016 – Marian Harman

Farmland is disappearing in Massachusetts. In response to open space loss, about ten years ago, the Mass Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs, developed a continually updated document titled the Smart Growth Tool Kit. The Tool Kit website states, “We are losing agricultural lands and farming opportunities at an alarming rate….over 16,000 acres of … Continue reading Westford Wildlife Watch, September 2016 – Marian Harman

Wildlife Watch by Marian Harman

Marian’s Wildlife Watch Blog Probably you are discouraged by the severe drought we are having in the northeast. It’s hard on our yards and gardens, and especia lly hard on wildlife, which need extra water put out at our bird feeders to survive. But there is one very big upside of the drought from my … Continue reading Wildlife Watch by Marian Harman

August 2016 – Wildlife Watch

Westford Wildlife by Marian Harman Probably you are discouraged by the severe drought we are having in the northeast. It’s hard on our yards and gardens, and especially hard on wildlife, which need extra water put out at our bird feeders to survive. But there is one very big upside of the drought from my … Continue reading August 2016 – Wildlife Watch

July 2016 – Wildlife Watch

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 … Continue reading July 2016 – Wildlife Watch

June 2016 Wildlife Watch – Marian Harman

Last fall was a huge “mast” year in Westford. In other words, there were a lot of acorns on the ground. We predicted that there would be a lot of chipmunks this spring as a result of the abundant food source, and that prediction has certainly been realized. “Lots of chipmunks” would be an understatement. … Continue reading June 2016 Wildlife Watch – Marian Harman

Ravens are making a comeback

May 2016 Wildlife Watch by Marian Harman Ravens are making a comeback in eastern New England, specifically in Nashua, NH and Westford. This spring, and for the past few years, ravens have been nesting under an overhang at the Lowe’s store in Nashua, and in the Westford Highway Department’s salt storage shed. This is great … Continue reading Ravens are making a comeback

Trails at Lakeside Meadows

by Marian Harman Lakeside Meadows, a subdivision built in 1995, on an approximately one hundred acre hayfield, abuts Lake Nabnasset and Shipley Swamp. Because of the sensitivity of the land, so close to water, the subdivision was carefully planned to retain as much open space as possible. Lakeside Meadows includes sixty-eight acres of conservation land, … Continue reading Trails at Lakeside Meadows