Wildlife Watch by Marian Harman – October 2020

Many of Westford’s birds have migrated south by now, and we miss seeing them at our feeders and hearing their songs in our yards and woods. But, late fall and winter bring new opportunities. This is the time to really pay attention to and learn about our resident birds. There is much to learn about … Read more

Wildlife Watch by Marian Harman – September 2020

We have certainly had a hot summer, with lots of sun. But there’s a lot to love about the sun, especially its energy! We can capture the sun’s energy in solar panels, heat and cool our homes, run our electric stoves and lights. While using lots of electricity derived from the burning of fossil fuels … Read more

Westford Girl Scout Project

Westford Girl Scout Troop 85410 Silver Award Congratulations to Cadettes Nandana, Amelia and Ashley, who completed their Silver Award project this summer. Their pollinator awareness project included two parts, a public pollinator garden with a sign, and an educational workshop (virtual) including ‘seed bombs‘ which includes select pollinator friendly plants. Originally the scouts planned to … Read more

Late Summer Visitors

Here are a few recent sightings of Monarch Butterflies along with a Tiger Swallowtail, Fritillary and Hummingbird Moth. All enjoying some nectar from Butterfly Bush (Buddleia davidii) which can aggressively reseed so best to keep an eye on where you plant this butterfly attracting shrub. These were all seen in late summer – August and … Read more

Wildlife Watch by Marian Harman – August 2020

Scientists have only recently learned that birds, like insects, can see ultraviolet light. Birds can see the entire spectrum of light from ultraviolet to infrared. They see the same colors we see, but much more. And this explains a lot. The history of research on this phenomenon is reported in The American Institute of Biological … Read more