Spring 2024 Newsletter

In This Issue WCT 40th Anniversary See Something – Say Something by Rich Strazdas Anatomy of a Boardwalk by Rich Strazdas The New Overlook Trail by Bill Harman Help Wanted! May is Garlic Mustard Pulling Time Spring 2024 Newsletter

Wildlife Watch by Marian Harman – April 2024

Early Birds Its clear that spring has started early. Precipitation is seven inches above normal this year, and above average temperatures suggest that this will be a warm spring.  As I write this at the end of April, many trees are in full bloom, and are already opening their leaves, blueberry bushes are blooming, starflower … Read more

Wildlife Watch by Marian Harman – March 2024

Spring has come early this year, at least if you watch and listen for emerging amphibians. Many amphibians usually emerge from their winter hibernation in late March or early April. They wait for very specific conditions: a rainy night after the ground has thawed and the temperature is at least 40 degrees. Amphibians migrate from … Read more

Wildlife Watch by Marian Harman – February 2024

In May of 2020, northern Westford experienced a furious microburst of wind. It came on very suddenly and knocked down huge swathes of big old pine trees in its path. Our condo and some others were damaged by trees falling. The forest to the north of us which borders on Snake Meadow Brook and Keyes … Read more

Vernal Pool Critters

Here are some recent photos from two vernal pool locations near us that saw some activity on a few rainy early March nights (3/6/24 & 3/8/24) . Temps were a bit chilly at 41 degrees. Vernal Pools Small seasonal pools found throughout Massachusetts that fill up with water for part of the year, but don’t … Read more