Virginia Virgin’s-bower

Virgin’s-bower (Clematis virginiana) growing at Grey Fox Conservation land, photo taken on 9/24/22, near the banks of Stony Brook in Westford. According to Native Plant Trust’s Go Botany, this beautiful native is the most common clematis in New England. The Cherokee made an infusion of virgin’s-bower with milkweed (Asclepias) to treat backache, as well as … Read more

Wildlife Watch by Marian Harman – September 2022

The feeling of fall is definitely in the air. Its a lovely time of year, with colorful red maples changing into brilliant red and orange costumes, mushrooms popping up, and purple and white asters blooming in the meadows and woods. We may notice migrating birds passing by or arriving at our feeders for only a … Read more

Wildlife Watch by Marian Harman – August 2022

September is an exciting month for birders; its hawk migration time.¬† Broad-winged hawks head south to Central and South America between September 1 and September 30. None of these hawks stay north in the winter. Mid-month sees the majority of broad-wings circling and gliding their way south. Broad-winged hawks migrate over land, avoiding flying over … Read more

Wildlife Watch by Marian Harman – July 2022

Heat waves! Westford is experiencing a heat waves this summer, and so is much of the country, Europe, and other parts of the world. Some of us are fortunate in that we can turn on an air conditioner if we want to; not everyone is so lucky. But this ability to cool ourselves is putting … Read more

WA Capstone Project by Dave Ebitson

This spring the Westford Conservation Trust was faced with two large projects to complete. The first project was clearing and re-opening a trail which follows both sides of the scenic Vine Brook from Powers Road to Lyberty Road. The other project was creating a trail connecting our Hildreth Meadow property¬†to Burns Hill, providing an enjoyable … Read more