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  OCTOBER 2018 PROGRAMS
 
OCTOBER 2018 PROGRAMS
at Fresh Pond Reservation
Offered by Friends of Fresh Pond Reservation and the Cambridge Water Department
These events are FREE and open to the public. Children are welcome in the company of an adult.
You will receive information on parking when you register. Registration information is below.
 
ONGOING WEEKLY OPPORTUNITIES
 
Tuesdays: Woodland Restoration Area Gardening
Between 9:30am and 1:00pm
Meets at the Woodland Habitat (near the Lusitania Wet Meadow))
 
Join other stewardship-minded volunteers in caretaking the native plant restoration area next to Lusitania Meadow, and learn about the diversity of native plant life! We seek dedicated participants who enjoy camaraderie and hard work that includes weeding, pruning, planting, watering new plantings, hauling wood chips and moving logs. Please email friendsoffreshpond@yahoo.com if you would like to come, and for more information.
 
 
Wednesdays: Fresh Air Walks
12:00 noon to 1:30 pm
Meets at the Ranger Station
250 Fresh Pond Parkway
 
 These casual walks, led by Ranger Tim, will encompass Fresh Pond and take an informal look at each week in nature, life, and the city. Come alone or bring your co-workers! Rain or shine. Questions? Contact: tpuopolo@cambridgeMA.gov
 
 
Thursdays: Fresh Pond Stewards
10:00am to 12:00 noon
Meets at the volunteer trailer near the front of the Water Treatment Facility, 250 Fresh Pond Parkway.
 
Join our weed-warrior crew! We are Fresh Pond citizens dedicated to keeping invasive plants at bay for the benefit of wildlife, water and humans alike. No experience or long-term commitment necessary! All tools are provided; sturdy shoes, pants, long-sleeves and a water bottle are strongly recommended. Meets at the volunteer trailer in the lower parking lot. Contact tpuopolo@cambridgeMA.gov for more information
 
PUBLIC PROGRAMS
 
 
Migratory Bird Walk
Saturday. October 6
8 to 10 am
Register for location, parking information, and notice of cancellation due to weather
 
We will look for migrating songbirds and waterfowl that have stopped at the Fresh Pond to rest and feed on their way south for the winter. We also may see a variety of year-round avian residents. Beginners are welcome!  We have binoculars to lend and will show you how to use them. Led by Nancy Guppy. To register, for important parking information, and for notice of cancellation due to weather, email Catherine Pedemonti at friendsoffreshpond@yahoo.com
 
 
Fall Foliage Fun
Sunday, October 7
11 am to 12 noon
Meets at the Ranger Station, 250 Fresh Pond Parkway
 
With the equinox in the rear-view mirror, foliage season is upon us with a plethora of colors! Great for kids, learn a little bit about leaves as we make our way to the Kingsley Park overlooks where you can make your own leaf-rubbing art to take home! Contact tpuopolo@cambridgeMA.gov for questions or more information. For people of all ages, children must be accompanied by an adult.
 
 
Seasonal Walkabout at Black's Nook
Friday, October 12
11 am to 12 noon
Meets at Maher Park (650 Concord Ave)
 
Come out for a seasonal walkabout with Ranger Jean at Black’s Nook. We will monitor wildlife by sign, track or presence, and make note of weather, state of plants, condition of water and other abiotic resources. You can help chart the seasonal changes of some of our most active wildlife spots, or simply come to enjoy the walk. Come dressed to be outdoors for the hour. All knowledge levels welcome. We will be walking off-path. To RSVP, please contact Ranger Jean at (508) 562-7605 or email jrogers@cambridgeMA.gov Heavy rain postpones to the following Friday.
 
 
Fall Family Hike 
Sunday, October 14
1 to 3 pm
Meets at the Ranger Station
250 Fresh Pond Parkway
 
Join the Cambridge Rangers on a journey through woodlands and meadows to find beauty! Along the way, record your travels with a Journey Stick, an ancient form of way-finding and storytelling used by Aboriginals and Native Peoples. We’ll trek through different habitats and world as we make our way around Fresh Pond. Fun for the whole family! Accompanying adult must be present, contact Ranger Tim at tpuopolo@cambridgeMA.gov with any questions.
 
 
Walter J Sullivan Water Purification Facility Tour
Monday, October 15
6 to 7:30 pm
Meets at the Water Purification Facility front door
250 Fresh Pond Parkway
 
Come learn how the Cambridge Water Department purifies drinking water for your tap after it’s conveyed from nearby Fresh Pond into our facility.  You’ll have the chance to speak with water treatment staff, see the equipment in action and check out our water quality lab!  For more information, contact Ranger Tim at (617) 349-6489 or tpuopolo@cambridgeMA.gov.  Please call ahead if coming with a large group.
 
 
Do the Duck Walk
Saturday, October 20
1 to 3 pm
Register for location, parking information, and notice of cancellation due to weather
 
Fresh Pond Reservation is an attractive resting place for a variety of birds – especially waterfowl – during the fall migration.  We will use a telescope to get good looks at ducks on the water, and binoculars to look at songbirds.  We have binoculars to lend and will show you how to use them. Beginners are welcome. To register, for important parking information, and for notice of cancellation due to weather, email Catherine Pedemonti at friendsoffreshpond@yahoo.com
 
 
 The Great Milkweed Blowout
Sunday, October 21
1 to 2:30 pm
Meets at the Ranger Station
250 Fresh Pond Parkway
 
Fresh Pond’s Monarch Watch didn’t end with the release of over 50 monarch butterflies, we welcome you to return to Fresh Pond and assist us in spreading milkweed seeds across the reservation to better help the returning monarchs of 2019. Learn a little more about the plight of the monarchs, the science of milkweed, and then go forth and help us spread milkweed seeds here on the reservation! (And even take a little bit home with you too!) Contact tpuopolo@cambridgeMA.gov. for questions or more information.
 
 
Nocturnal Animal Buffet
Saturday, October 27
2 to 4 pm
Meets at the Maynard Ecology Center (basement of Neville Place)
650 Concord Avenue
 
In collaboration with Green Cambridge’s Wildlife Puppetry Project: make masks and puppets of Cambridge animals usually seen only in the dark of night... bats, owls, and a few other creatures! Suitable for ages 4–10. Children must be accompanied by an adult. For questions or more information, email info@greencambridge.org.
 
 
Fascinating Fungi at Fresh Pond
Sunday, October 28
2 to 4:30 pm
Register for  parking and meeting information
 
Mycologist Lawrence Millman has identified over 300 mushroom species at Fresh Pond Reservation alone.   For the past 13 years he has led Fresh Pond mushroom forays that give participants the chance to add to this list as well as learn more about the world of fungi. Fresh Pond Reservation’s “no harvesting” regulation will be emphasized at this event. Mr. Millman is the author of Fascinating Fungi of New England, the first guidebook devoted exclusively to New England mushrooms. To register and for important parking information, email Catherine Pedemonti at friendsoffreshpond@yahoo.com.
 
To receive monthly email program announcements, send an email to friendsoffreshpond@yahoo.com
 
DONATIONS
Friends of Fresh Pond Reservation is an all-volunteer organization. We no longer collect membership dues as we did in the past, but we still need money to do our work. We pay professionals to lead programs, maintain this website, and buy supplies for our conservation work on the Reservation. If you would like to help us by making a donation, we would be grateful. Thank you!
 
                  You can donate online via Paypal by clicking HERE.
                  
                           Or you can mail a check to:
                           Friends of Fresh Pond Reservation
                           31 Mount Pleasant Street
                           Cambridge MA 02140-2613
 


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