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APRIL 2019 PROGRAMS
 and a Lecture Series, Below
APRIL 2019 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: Fresh Air Walks
Tuesdays in April
12:00 noon to 1:30 pm
Meets at the Ranger Station (under the clock tower) 
250 Fresh Pond Parkway
 
(Note the Change of Day!) 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
 
 
Tuesdays: Woodland Restoration Area Gardening
Between 9:30 am and 1:00 pm
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.
 
 
Thursdays: Fresh Pond Stewards
10:00 am 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
 
Spring in the City:
One Bee, Two Bee, Red Bee, Blue Bee!
Monday, April 1
 6:00 to 7:30 pm
Meets at the Water Treatment Plant (front door)
250 Fresh Pond Parkway
 
Once upon a springtime, apples were flowers and bees helped turn them into the sweet fruits that you love to pick and eat. But which bees? There are over 200 species in New England and they’re wonderfully diverse in size, color, and behavior. In this talk, Nick Dorian, a second-year PhD student at Tufts, will teach you all about our native bees, with a focus on the spring-emerging bees you’ll be able to find in Cambridge. You’ll learn about basic bee biology, why our native bees are such efficient pollinators, and how you can provide flowers and shelter to make a difference in the life of a bee.
 
 
Nature Journaling
 Friday, April 5
 2:00 to 4:00 pm
Meets
at the Ranger Station, under the clock tower 
250 Fresh Pond Parkway
 
 
This is a fun series! We share together how to create, illustrate and maintain a Naturalist & Field journal. This includes practicing sketching, nature illustration skills, recording field observations, and simply writing about what we see, including how we feel. The series runs the first Friday of the month. Over the year, we explore a few sites of the reservoir and cover ecology, phenology, birds, insects, mammals and the many critters that make the different habitats of Fresh Pond. Please bring your own (portable) art supplies, and RSVP on Eventbrite (https://bit.ly/2HNcR6r) because space is limited.
 
 
Walter J Sullivan Water Purification Facility Tour
Monday, April 8
 6:00 to 7:30 pm
Meets at the front door, 250 Fresh Pond Parkway
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.
 
 
Seasonal Walkabout at Lusitania Wet Meadow
Friday, April 12
11:00 am to 12:00 noon
Meets at the “Meeting Rocks” (where the meadow meets the perimeter road trail)
 
Come out for a seasonal walkabout with Ranger Jean at the Lusitania Wet Meadow. 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.
 
 
Migratory Bird Walk #1
Saturday, April 13
9:00 to 11:00 am
Register for parking and meeting information, and for notice of cancellation due to weather.
 
Among the migrating birds that are passing through at this time of year, we might see several species of waterfowl as well as songbirds, including a variety of warblers.  In addition, many of our summer residents will have returned: tree swallows, catbirds, phoebes, vireos, orioles, grackles and red-winged blackbirds. Beginning birders are welcome.  We have binoculars to lend and will show you how to use them. Led by Nancy Guppy. Register with Catherine Pedemonti at friendsoffreshpond@yahoo.com.
 
 
 iNaturalist Field Training 
Saturday, April 13
 10:00 to 11:30 am
Meets
at the Ranger Station, under the clock tower 
250 Fresh Pond Parkway
 
Upload the iNaturalist app (app store/google play) and join us. We share with you how to take great pictures and record great observations! Learn how to use this great program in preparation for the City Nature Challenge where together we can make Greater Boston #1 in participation for 2019. This program is a partnership with Earthwise Aware. Participants must have a smart device and dress properly for the outdoors. Contact citizenscience@earthwiseaware.org to RSVP and to receive an email update in case of inclement weather.
 
 
 Fresh Pond Owl Watch! 
Monday, April 15
 11:00 am to 3:30 pm
Meets On site. Follow signs from main parking lots at
250 Fresh Pond Parkway
 
As part of the Cambridge Science Festival, join the Cambridge Rangers in the observation of Fresh Pond's resident owls. Learn about the science of animal behavior, biology, tracking, and life history. Maybe even see an owlet! We'll have binoculars, photos, and other things owl at the ready!
 
 
Fresh "Ponding"
Thursday, April 18
 11:00 am to 3:00 pm
Meets On site at Black's Nook 
 
 
What is "ponding"? Ponding is the act of looking through a scoop of "pond muck" to find all the beautiful things living in it! Every square inch of a healthy pond should yield something alive. Tadpoles and turtles and nymphs, oh my!
Part of the Cambridge Science Festival, meet the Cambridge Rangers on-site at the boardwalk of Black's Nook (trail map here: https://bit.ly/2G1b3DE) at Fresh Pond Reservation. We'll have the buckets, bins, nets, microscopes, magnifying glasses, and nature guides... you just need to show up and see what you can find living in these waters. It's a (micro) jungle out there!
 
 
Migratory Bird Walk #2
Saturday, April 27
8:00 to 10:00 am
Register for parking, meeting information, and for notice of cancellation due to weather.
 
Part of the thrill of birding is that every bird walk is unique and an opportunity for surprise sightings. We can only guess in advance what we might see and hear.  At this time of year many of the birds at Fresh Pond are courting and claiming territories, so we will probably hear plenty of bird song. We welcome beginners, and we will lend you binoculars. Led by Nancy Guppy. Register with Catherine Pedemonti at friendsoffreshpond@yahoo.com.
 
 
2019 City Nature Challenge at Fresh Pond
Saturday, April 27
 1:00 to 3:00 pm
Meets
On site at the Lusitania Meadow
 
 
We’re Getting Ready for the 2019 City Biodiversity Challenge! Between April 26th and 29th, many cities across the world will be competing to see who can make the most observations of nature, find the most species, and engage the most people in the worldwide 2019 City Nature Challenge (CNC). In partnership with Earthwise Aware, we will help document the diversity of species at Fresh Pond’s Lusitania Meadow. To register for this 1-3pm window, contact: citizenscience@earthwiseaware.org. We’re also looking for groups of volunteers to help out! Contact Ranger Jean at (617) 349-4793
 

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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presents
EVENINGS WITH EXPERTS
A FREE public lecture series at the Cambridge Public Library, 449 Broadway
First Wednesdays, February through May
7:00 to 8:30 pm
Programs typically run 1.5 hours and include an interactive Q&A.
Doors open at 6:30 pm for general seating. Seating is unassigned and will be available on a first-come basis. 
Thank You to our program partners for supporting this series:
Mount Auburn Cemetery and the Cambridge Public Library
 
You may watch videos of many past Evenings With Experts lectures on the
Grow Native Massachusetts website under the heading "Programs" and sub-heading "Experts Videos."
 
The Challenge and Promise of Restoring Urban Landscapes
Date: Wednesday, February 6 
Time: 7:00 to 8:30 pm
Meeting Place:Cambridge Public Library, Main Library Lecture Hall 
449 Broadway,Cambridge
 
Speaker: Steven Handel, Distinguished Professor of Ecology and Evolution, Rutgers University 
Human activity has degraded much of our urban landscape, making the rebuilding of native habitat on these lands an important priority. But potential restoration sites are often small and heavily altered, and questions about best strategies abound. Can these landscapes be designed and managed to support native biodiversity? How can we rebuild functioning ecosystems on them? Which target sites are practical ones, especially in this time of rapid climate change? Noted ecologist Steven Handel has been researching these challenges for most of his career and his work illustrates the surprising and significant transformations that are possible. He will discuss projects that he has worked on, including Freshkills Park (a former landfill on Staten Island), Brooklyn Bridge Park, and several other coastal sites. Join us to learn more about urban ecological restoration in a world that desperately needs it. 
Dr. Steven Handel is currently a Visiting Professor at the Harvard Graduate School of Design, and editor of the journal, Ecological Restoration.
 
 
Sugar, Sex, and Poison:
Understanding the Vital Powers of Plants
Date: Wednesday, March 6 
Time: 7:00 to 8:30 pm
Meeting Place:Cambridge Public Library, Main Library Lecture Hall 
449 Broadway,Cambridge
 
William Cullina, Executive Director, Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens 
Are we humans masters of our world, or are plants really the ones in charge? What they lack in locomotion, they compensate for in structure and chemistry. Celebrated author and botanist Bill Cullina will explain why plant life is at the center of a carefully balanced natural economy that is critical to the functioning of our ecosystems. Through photosynthesis, plants produce the energy that powers the food chain. And although eaten by others, they are far from helpless prey, having evolved a dizzying arsenal of poisons, spines, camouflage, and other means of deterring herbivores. Plants are sophisticated in their production of pollen, nectar, fruits, and root exudates— to nourish animal partnerships, harnessing them for vital services such as pollination and seed dispersal. Join us for a fascinating dive into these complex ecological dynamics, and learn more about horticultural practices that capitalize on these relationships to create ecologically sound landscapes.
William Cullina is the author of many great books about native plants, including the well-known trio: Growing and Propagating Wildflowers; Native Trees, Shrubs, and Vines; and Native Ferns, Moss & Grasses.
 
 
More than Just the Buzz:
Finding Real Solutions to Native Pollinator Decline
Date: Wednesday, April 3 
Time: 7:00 to 8:30 pm
Meeting Place:Cambridge Public Library, Main Library Lecture Hall 
449 Broadway,Cambridge
 
Robert Gegear, Assistant Professor of Biology, W?orcester Polytechnic Institute 
For almost two decades, pollinators have been declining in abundance, species richness, and geographic distribution at an unprecedented rate worldwide. While media attention has focused largely on the domesticated European honeybee, the decline of our native species poses a significant threat to global biodiversity due to the keystone role that pollinators play in terrestrial ecosystems. Biologist Robert Gegear will explain the beautifully complex interactions between plant species and the insects that pollinate them— intricate ecological systems that we humans are only beginning to understand. Join us to learn how Dr. Gegear’s research on pollination ‘networks’ can help develop truly effective conservation and restoration strategies, and come away with scientifically informed and practical actions you can take to support these vital insects.
Dr. Rob Gegear is the founder of the Bee-cology Project, an initiative that uses citizen science to collect much-needed ecological data on native pollinator species and pollinator habitat.
 
 
A Grassland Restoration Tale of Weeds, Wildlife, and Renewal
Date: Wednesday, May 1 
Time: 7:00 to 8:30 pm
Meeting Place:Cambridge Public Library, Main Library Lecture Hall 
449 Broadway,Cambridge
 
Jenna Webster, Senior Designer, Larry Weaner Landscape Associates
Restoring weed-dominated habitats comes with many complex challenges and often involves difficult tradeoffs. This process is even more complicated in public landscapes with diverse constituencies. Join landscape designer Jenna Webster to learn how Larry Weaner Landscape Associates negotiated these challenges in their restoration planning for a 100-acre grassland at Croton Point Park in New York. Located atop a capped landfill, this site provides vital habitat for imperiled bird species. The Park’s popularity and complex history led Jenna and her team to seek stakeholder input, synthesize crowd-sourced ecological data, and utilize scientific research— creating a thoughtful restoration plan that is now under construction. This case study gives us valuable lessons for land restoration on sites both large and small, and particularly for protecting specialized habitat used by native wildlife.
 
Jenna Webster is co-curator of the New Directions in the American Landscape conference, and teaches in the Ecological Gardening Certificate program at the Mt. Cuba Center.
 
You may watch videos of many past Evenings With Experts lectures on the
Grow Native Massachusetts website under the heading "Programs" and sub-heading "Experts Videos."
 
*Limited public parking is available under the Library, with an entrance ramp on Broadway. Fee is $1/hour.
*Limited metered spaces are available in the area, including on Broadway, Cambridge Street, Quincy Street, Massachusetts Avenue, and around Cambridge Common. Cambridge resident street spaces are available throughout the area
*If you are driving, know that this is an active urban area, and allow time to park. Please carpool if you can. It reduces the competition for spaces.
*Additional garage parking is available at market rates in Harvard Square (a short walk across Harvard Yard) at the Harvard Square Parking Garage and several other locations.
*The closest T stop is Harvard Square on the Red Line.
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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