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NOVEMBER and DECEMBER 2014

NOVEMBER 2014 PROGRAMS

at Fresh Pond Reservation

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.

 

Purple Loosestrife Fall Data Collection

Date: Saturday, November 1
Time: 10 am to 12 noon
Meeting Place : We will meet at Maher Park and walk to Little Fresh Pond
650 Concord Ave

Help Reservation staff monitor biologically-controlled invasive purple loosestrife at Little Fresh Pond! This is a day of science-in-action, so come prepared to collect data in the field. Pants, long sleeves and a water bottle are strongly recommended. No experience necessary! Open to ages 8 and up; children must be accompanied by an adult assistant. Please REGISTER so that equipment can be coordinated. For more information and to register contact Kirsten at klindquist@cambridgema.gov or (617) 349-6489.


Knowing Trees by their Buds

Dates: Sunday, November 2
Time: 1 to 3 pm
Meeting Place :
Maynard Ecology Center, basement of Neville Place
650 Concord Avenue

Did you know that you can identify a tree in winter by looking at its buds? Careful examination will reveal that the buds of each species are unique. Ranger Jean Rogers will show you how and will lead this walk from the Maynard Ecology Center to the nearby Lusitania Wet Meadow. Please register for this program by Oct 26 so we can be sure to have enough materials available. To register and for more information contact Ranger Jean at jrogers@cambridgema.gov or call 508-562-7605. For parking information, email Elizabeth at friendsoffreshpond@yahoo.com .


A Tour of the Water Purification Facility

Date: Monday, November 3
Time: 6 to 7:30 pm
Meeting Place : Water Purification Facility front door
250 Fresh Pond Parkway

Find out how water that falls as rain in the suburbs 10 miles west of Cambridge is transported to Fresh Pond and then tested, treated and delivered to the city's residents and businesses! Members of the Cambridge Water Department staff will describe the process, answer your questions, and give a tour of the building. For more information contact Kirsten at klindquist@cambridgema.gov or (617) 349-6489. No registration necessary.

 

Wake Up and Weed

Date: Thursday mornings through November 20
Time:
10 am to 12 noon
Meeting Place: Volunteer Trailer, Cambridge Water Department Parking Lot
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. Contact: Kirsten at (617) 349-6489 / klindquist@cambridgema.gov for more information. No registration necessary.

 

Autumn Bird Walk

Date: Saturday, November 8
Time: 9 to 11 am
Meeting Place: Register for parking and meeting information.

We will look for migrating songbirds and waterfowl that stop at Fresh Pond Reservation to rest and feed while on the way south for the winter. We may also see a variety of year-round avian residents. We have a telescope for close looks at ducks on the water, and binoculars to lend you if you don't have your own. Beginners are welcome! To register and for important parking information email Elizabeth at friendsoffreshpond@yahoo.com .

 

Grow Your Own Wildflowers

Date: Sunday, November 9
Time: 1:30 to 3:30 pm
Meeting Place: Maynard Ecology Center, basement of Neville Place
650 Concord Avenue.

We will provide everything you need (containers, potting mix, seeds, and directions) to grow wildflowers from seeds that we collected on the reservation. These wildflowers also make good garden plants. You may keep the plants you grow for your own garden or donate them to the reservation for habitat restoration projects. Note that the planted seeds will need to winter over either outside or in a refrigerator. Plant options include foamflowers, columbines, and species of aster, goldenrod and milkweed. You MUST register for this program. Limit, 10 people. To register and for important parking information email Elizabeth at friendsoffreshpond@yahoo.com .


Volunteer Adventure

Date: Monday, November 10
Time: 1 to 3:30 pm
Meeting Place: Huron Ave Gate House (opposite Park Ave)

Take a day off from the gym and join volunteers from MIT in refurbishing hillside paths with wood chips on Huron Ave. Hand tools, gloves, drinking water, instruction and the good company of our Water Department staff will be provided. People of all abilities are welcome. Stay as little or long as you like. Bring a water bottle and be sure to wear shoes that completely cover your feet. Contact Ranger Jean at jrogers@cambridgema.gov or 508 562-7605 for more information.


First Annual Fresh Pond Great Gobble Give-Back

Date: Saturday, November 22
Time: 1 to 3:30 pm
Meeting Place:
Fresh Pond Ranger Station
250 Fresh Pond Parkway

Do you drink Cambridge tap water? Do you run, walk, bike, yoga or play at Fresh Pond? Show thanks for the clean drinking water and beautiful recreational space Fresh Pond provides - lend a hand! Volunteer activities will include trail maintenance and invasive species removal to protect important habitat and prevent soil erosion. Sturdy, close-toed shoes required; long pants, long sleeves and a water bottle are recommended. All tools are provided, and no experience is necessary! Appropriate for ages 10 and up. IF you are volunteering as a group, please register with Kirsten at (617) 349-6489 / fpr@cambridgema.gov : Thank you. Otherwise, no registration necessary.

  Please register for each event that you plan to attend:
You will receive directions and information on parking in response to your registration.
Follow registration directions included with each program description

To receive monthly email program announcements, send an email to friendsoffreshpond@yahoo.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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DECEMBER 2014 PROGRAMS

at Fresh Pond Reservation

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.


Last Chance (in 2014) Bird Walk

Date: Sunday, December 14
Time: 1 to 3 pm
Meeting Place : Meeting place given upon registering
The parade of migrating waterfowl at Fresh Pond continues into early winter. By December, the long-distance flyers such as canvasbacks and redheads have arrived, and all three merganser species may be present. We'll use a telescope to identify birds on the water, and we'll use binoculars to look at over-wintering songbirds in the trees. Dress warmly; it can be very cold and windy near the water! Beginners are welcome. We have binoculars to lend and will show you how to use them. To register and for parking and meeting information, e-mail Elizabeth Wylde at friendsoffreshpond@yahoo.com .

 

  Please register for each event that you plan to attend:
You will receive directions and information on parking in response to your registration.
Follow registration directions included with each program description

To receive monthly email program announcements, send an email to friendsoffreshpond@yahoo.com

 


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Programs Offered by
The Cambridge Water Department
Spring, Summer and Fall 2014

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The Fresh Pond Reservation Stewardship Program

Fresh Pond Reservation users are getting involved! The Cambridge Water Department's Fresh Pond Reservation Stewardship Program brings people together on a regular basis to monitor plants, conduct maintenance activities, and to learn about the ecology and history of the area. You can find out about projects that are being planned for this summer, including invasive plants removal, Purple Loosestrife monitoring, bird box monitoring, and more.

Call Kirsten Kindquist at 617-349 6489 or email klindquist@cambridgema.gov for more information.
Regular Meeting Place : The volunteer trailer, parked in the Water Department parking lot.
What to bring: water, closed-toe shoes, long sleeves to prevent bug bites, hat if it is sunny, sun lotion. Your own gloves if you prefer them.
We provide: gloves, tools, instructions, good companyemail klindquist@cambridgema.gov for more information.

Tours of the Water Purification Facility


Dates: Monday Evenings: May 5, June 9, July 7, August 4,
September 8, October 6, November 3
Time: 6:00 to 7:30 pm
Location: Walter J. Sullivan Water Purification Facility
250 Fresh Pond Parkway, Cambridge

The Cambridge Water Department is offering tours of the City's beautiful Walter J. Sullivan Water Purification Facility. The program will include a virtual tour of the Cambridge water supply system, explaining the process by which water that falls as rain in the suburbs 10 miles west of Cambridge is transported to Fresh Pond and made into pure drinking water for our city. Come, and bring your questions. For more information and parking directions, contact Kirsten at (617) 349-6489 / klindquist@cambridgema.gov

Fresh Pond Plant Identification Walks


Dates: Monday Evenings:June 16, Sept 15
Time: 6:00 to 7:30 pm
Meeting Place: Walter J. Sullivan Water Purification Facility Front Door
250 Fresh Pond Parkway, Cambridge

Ted Elliman, New England Wild Flower botanist and author of an upcoming plant guide, will lead walks around the reservation, highlighting some of the Reservation's more common native and non-native plants, and describing their roles in the ecosystem. For more information and parking directions, contact Kirsten at (617) 349-6489 / klindquist@cambridgema.gov

The Cambridge Water Department
250 Fresh Pond Parkway
Cambridge, MA, 02138
617-349 6489
www.cambridgema.gov/cwd/