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  SEPTEMBER 2018 PROGRAMS
SEPTEMBER 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
 
Mondays: Fresh Pond Stewards*
5:00 to 7:00 pm (Note earlier meeting time, as darkness comes earlier)
September 10, 17, and 24 *Does not meet on Labor Day, September 3!
Meets at the volunteer trailer near the front of the Water Treatment Facility, 250 Fresh Pond Parkway.
 
*Does not meet on Labor Day, September 3! 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.
 
 
Tuesdays: Woodland Restoration Area Gardening
Between 9:30am and 1:00pm
Meets at the Woodland Habitat (Northeast Sector)
 
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
 
Labor Day Bird Walk
Monday, September 3
8:30 to 10:30 am
Register for location, parking information, and notice of cancellation due to weather
 
Enjoy your day of rest from your labors by going on a bird walk at Fresh Pond! Many birds stop there to take a break while heading south for the winter. We will look for migrating warblers in their non-breeding plumage and several species of ducks. We also might see local summer residents such as herons, vireos and orioles that will soon be leaving; and birds that stay year-round, such as woodpeckers and hawks. Beginners are welcome. We have binoculars to lend and will show you how to use them. Led by Nancy Guppy. To register and for important parking information, email Catherine Pedemonti at friendsoffreshpond@yahoo.com.
 
 
Seasonal Walkabout at Black's Nook
Friday, September 14
11:00 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.
 
 
Welcome to Fresh Pond! @ Kingsley Park
Sunday, September 16
1:00 to 2:00 pm
Meets at Ranger Station
250 Fresh Pond Parkway
 
Are you new to Cambridge or the Fresh Pond area? Looking to learn more about restoration on the Reservation? Join Ranger Jean for an introductory tour of Kingsley Park. The tour will cover the rich human and natural history of the land, as well as new improvements. A great opportunity to bring questions or to see what Fresh Pond Reservation is all about! For any RSVPs or questions, please email jrogers@cambridgema.gov or call (508) 562-7605.
 
 
Walter J Sullivan Water Purification Facility Tour
Monday, September 17
6:00pm to 7:30pm 
Meets at the 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.
 
 
Cambridge PARK(ing) Day
Friday, September 21
8:00 am to 6:00 pm
Citywide Event 
 
 In our biggest event yet, we're partnering with 75 organizations, artists, businesses and City departments to turn 145 parking spots including Main Street from Third to Ames Street into vibrant community spaces for the day! This year WILL be epic. Contact Jennifer Lawrence at jlawrence@cambridgema.gov with any questions. Check out Fresh Pond and the Water Dept. near Central Square!
 
 
Wildflower Walk with Ted Elliman
Sunday, September 23
11:00 am to 1:00 pm
Meets at Maher Park (650 Concord Ave)
 
If you wish that you could identify the wildflowers you see lining the paths around Fresh Pond, this walk might be perfect for you! Ted Elliman of the New England Wildflower Society will lead a walk around our lovely meadows, demonstrating the use of identification guides and sharing information about some of our most lovely floral inhabitants. We have several field guides and hand lenses to lend out. Feel free to bring your favorite wildflower guide! Ted will also have copies of his book, Wildflowers of New England, available for purchase. Please RSVP to Catherine Pedemonti for parking and meeting information at friendsoffreshpond@yahoo.com
 
 
The Owlet Debriefed
Thursday, September 27
6:00 pm to 7:30 pm
Meets at the front door of the Water Purification Facility
250 Fresh Pond Parkway 
 
Back by popular demand! Maybe you’ve heard the news about Cambridge’s most famous baby bird—the owlet. After a season of intrigue, danger, and drama, all worked out for the best in the natural world. You’re invited to Fresh Pond to hear the story from beginning to end about what truly went on here with over 100 photos of the owlet growing up and how we can balance our curiosity with the needs of the wild. For more information, contact Ranger Tim at tpuopolo@cambridgeMA.gov.
 
 
Cycle to the Source 2018
Saturday, September 29
8:30 am to 4:00 pm
Meets at the Water Purification Facility 
250 Fresh Pond Parkway
 
      Along with Cambridge Water Department staff and guides from Urban Adventours.  This event is free and open to the public, but for safety reasons is for adults only. Cycle to the Source is a 33-mile bike tour of the Cambridge Watershed. It is a chance to explore where your water comes from, how it is collected, and what steps are taken to ensure the city has clean drinking water. It will include stops at the upper reservoirs, dams, gatehouses, and the CWD field office.
The ride starts and ends at the Walter J. Sullivan Purification Facility at 250 Fresh Pond Parkway, and explores the Cambridge watershed, which includes the lands and reservoirs in Lincoln, Lexington, Weston, and Waltham. Register at tiny.cc/cycletothesource  or with aoconnell@Cambridgema.gov if you’d like to participate! All you need is a working bike, helmet, lunch, and water. If you would like to join but need a bike, Urban Adventours rents hybrid and road bikes that are suitable for the event. $65 would cover the cost of the bike, helmet, and delivery to Fresh Pond on the morning of the tour. Visit their website for more information.
 
 
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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