Wildlife Watch by Marian Harman

Chemical Free Lawns Our lawns should be kept chemical free, and mown less frequently. Rob Moir of the Ocean River Institute of Cambridge, MA has studied lawns and bees. He found in a study he conducted in Springfield MA this past May that “lawns mowed every three weeks instead of weekly resulted in as many … Read more

Westford Conservation Trust Scholarship Recipients for 2021

Each year the Trust presents college scholarships of up to $1000 to Westford seniors who demonstrate an interest beyond their studies in the cause of conservation. Education and conservation are foremost in the minds of the Trust directors and we hope to encourage the youth of Westford to follow this same passion. We are honored … Read more

Pale Green Critters

Pale Green Assassin Bug Photo taken May 15, 2021 on local flora. Description: Pale green or yellowish insect with a thin body. Adults have dark wings, males have a dark head as well. Nymphs lack wings and thorax spines. Adults can fly but rarely do so. Reproduction: In July adults lay eggs. The eggs are laid in … Read more

Pollination Preservation Garden Tours hosted by MCA Native Pollinator Task Force

Subject: All this Month – Pollination Preservation Garden Tours, Join us!   Native Plant – Native Pollinator Preservation Month: Celebrate with Pollination Preservation Garden Tours! The MCA Native Pollinator Task Force (NPTF) invites you to participate in our first Native Plant-Pollinator Preservation Month for the MetroWest region. Throughout the month of June we will be … Read more

Wildlife Watch by Marian Harman – May 2021

Birds need native trees. Laura Tangley and Desiree Narango worked for three years as interns for Professor Doug Tallamy, Professor of Entomology at the University of Delaware. They studied how nonnative trees in cities and suburbs affect birds. In Laura Tangley’s  National Wildlife Federation article titled “Why Birds Need Native Trees”, she noted that 80% … Read more