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 APRIL 2016
and Two Lecture Series, Below
APRIL 2016 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.

 

Wake Up and Weed

Date: Thursdays, 10 am to 12 noon
Time: 6:00 to 7:30 pm
Meeting Place:
Volunteer Trailer in the front parking lot

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. Please contact Martine at (617) 349-6489 or mwong@cambridgema.gov  for any RSVPs or questions!

 

Migratory Bird Walk #1
 
Date: Saturday, April 2
Time: 8 to 10 am
Meeting Place:
Register for location and parking information

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. Beginners 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.

 

Walter J. Sullivan Water Purification Facility Tour

Date: Monday, April 11
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! Learn about the plant’s state-of-the-art technology that keeps our community’s tap water clean. You’ll have the chance to speak with water treatment staff, see the equipment in action, and check out our water quality lab. Advance notice is appreciated if coming with a large group. For more information or to RSVP, please contact Martine at (617) 349-6489 or fpr@cambridgema.gov.

Future Monday evening Water Department tours: April 11, May 16, June 13, July 11, August 15, September 12, October 17, November 14

 

Third Friday Seasonal Walkabout
 
Date: Friday, April 15
Time: 12 noon to 1 pm
Meeting Place:
Maher Parking Lot
      650 Concord Avenue, Cambridge, MA

Join Ranger Jean for a Third Friday lunchtime Ranger walkabout around Fresh Pond. We will monitor wildlife by sign, track or presence, and make note of weather, state of plants, condition of water and other abiotic resources. On these monthly walks from December through June, help chart the seasonal changes of some of our most active wildlife spots, or simply come and enjoy the walk.  Come dressed to be outdoors for the hour. Attend one or the series and develop your ability to take in more of the reservation.  No dogs please! Extreme weather cancels.  For more info, contact Ranger Jean at (508)-562-7605.

 
 
FAMILY-FRIENDLY Earth Day at Fresh Pond:
Think Globally, Act Locally
Volunteer Events and DIY Seed Bomb Session
 
Date: Friday, April 22
Time: 10 to 11:30 am
Meeting Place: Register for location and parking information

A volunteer event perfect for both kids and adults! Come help remove garlic mustard, an invasive, non-native plant that crowds out native plants and puts toxins in the soil that inhibit native seeds from sprouting.  Fortunately, it’s easy to recognize, easy to pull, and edible! No experience necessary! All tools are provided; long sleeves, pants and a water bottle are recommended.

In addition we invite you to help sprout wildflowers all over Cambridge by making “seed-bombs” out of compost, clay and seeds!  Take them home with you and spread throughout town. Native wildflower species are not only beautiful, they also provide nectar and seed for wildlife, and reduce erosion.  Please RSVP to fpr@cambridgema.gov.

 

MIgratory Bird Walk #2

Date: Sunday, April 24
Time: 8 to 10 am 
Meeting Place: Register for location and parking information

Every bird walk is unique and an opportunity for surprise sightings. That is part of the thrill of birding! We can only guess in advance what we might see and hear.  At this time of year many of the birds 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.

 

Invasive Plant Walk @ Fresh Pond with Ted Elliman 

Date: Wednesday, April 27
Time: 6 to 7:30 pm
Meeting Place: Water Purification Facility front door
250 Fresh Pond Parkway

Curious about the seemingly innocuous plants you’ve observed volunteers removing from the Reservation during the summertime? Or are you suspicious of some strange new visitors popping up in your garden or climbing up your fences? Join Ted Elliman, botanist extraordinaire formerly of the New England Wildflower Society, for an evening walk around the Reservation, in which he will teach how to identify common invasive plants, why these invasive species pose such a danger to native plant and animal communities, and how to manage them for the health of our local ecosystems. Please RSVP to fpr@cambridgema.gov or (617) 349-6489.

 
SEE ADDITIONAL PROGRAMS BELOW! 

Follow registration directions
included with each program description

You will receive directions and information on parking in response to your registration or inquiry.

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


Learn about growing Native Plants: Visit the website of
GROW NATIVE MASSACHUSETTS

 

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City of Cambridge's user-friendly and informative

Recycling and Composting Newsletter
by emailing recycle@cambridgema.gov

Also, check out the Recycling Division's Website

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Grow Native Massachusetts
presents
EVENINGS WITH EXPERTS
A public lecture series at the Cambridge Public Library, 449 Broadway
First Wednesdays, February through May
7:00 to 8:30 pm
 
 
Spring Wildflowers: Ephemeral Beauty with a Purpose
Date: Wednesday, April 6
Time: 7:00 to 8:30 pm
Meeting Place:Cambridge Public Library, Main Library Lecture Hall
      449 Broadway,Cambridge

Speaker: Carol Gracie, Author of  Spring Wildflowers of the Northeast
Our native spring wildflowers evolved in the once contiguous forests that stretched the length of the East Coast and west to the prairies. Their flowering coincides with increased sunlight and warmth before the forest canopy leafs out, and their associations with the early-flying insects of spring are remarkable. Come learn about the life cycles of selected species in detail— and why many populations are in a marked decline due to human activity. By understanding their evolutionary relationships to forest habitat, we can better protect these ephemeral beauties on all lands, and integrate them into our woodland gardens.

Carol Gracie is a botanist and highly-skilled photographer. In addition to
Spring Wildflowers of the Northeast: A Natural History, she has authored several field guides. Her botanizing in South and Central America has led to seven tropical plant species and one genus being named for her.

 

Planting in a Post-Wild World

Date: Wednesday, May 4
Time: 7:00 to 8:30 pm
Meeting Place:Cambridge Public Library, Main Library Lecture Hall
      449 Broadway,Cambridge

Speaker: Claudia West, Co-author of  Planting in a Post-Wild World
Few wild places remain in today’s world, making it ever more important to bring ecological principles back into the design of our managed landscapes. Much more than simply using native plants, this work necessitates understanding plant communities and embracing a new form of design that marries horticulture with ecology.  Join us as we translate the ecological principles of wild plant communities into design and management tools to inform our native plantings. Using the work of several European ecologists and planting designers, we explore the science behind stable and lasting plant combinations—to help you create the landscapes you envision.

Claudia West co-authored
Planting in a Post-Wild World with Thomas Rainer. As the Ecological Sales Manager at North Creek Nurseries, Claudia works closely with ecological design and restoration professionals throughout the northeast— focused on stable, layered planting designs and the extensive use of native plants. ?

 

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New England Wild Flower Society's

URBAN GARDENING SERIES

Our Urban Gardening Series is a set of classes designed to help city dwellers grow healthy, sustainable, and beautiful urban gardens. Led by Society staff in partnership with the Cambridge Conservation Commission, these free classes take place in the lecture hall at the Cambridge Public Library, 449 Broadway, Cambridge, MA 02138.

 

Managing Invasive Species

Date: Saturday, April 2
Time: 10:30 am to 12 noon
Meeting Place:Cambridge Public Library, Main Library Lecture Hall
      449 Broadway,Cambridge

Invasive plants displace native flora in home and natural landscapes, impacting the diversity of native plant species and affecting the pollinators and other wildlife that depend on them. Learn how to best control invasive plant species to ensure the health and survival of native plant communities. Instructor: Amanda Weise

 

Managing Difficult Soils

Date: Saturday, May 7
Time: 10:30 am to 12 noon
Meeting Place:Cambridge Public Library, Main Library Lecture Hall
      449 Broadway,Cambridge

Urban gardens pose a variety of challenges, including difficult soils. In this class, you will learn about different soil types, some ways to tell them apart, and how to test your soil. The focus will be on soil amendments and using the natural resources you already have. Instructor:  Amy Nyman.

 

Container Gardening 

Date: Saturday, June 11
Time: 10:30 am to 12 noon
Meeting Place:Cambridge Public Library, Main Library Lecture Hall
      449 Broadway,Cambridge

Find out how to create beautiful container gardens using native perennials, trees, and shrubs. We’ll explore materials, types of containers, maintenance, and plant selections that offer a full season of interest and wildlife value. Instructor:  Anna Fialkoff

 

Tough Plants for Tough Places

Date: Saturday, July 23
Time: 10:30 am to 12 noon
Meeting Place:Cambridge Public Library, Main Library Lecture Hall
      449 Broadway,Cambridge

What will grow well under that hemlock tree? Or out back on the edge of the neighbor’s lawn where the goutweed pushed in? How about those really difficult places where nothing grows? Join Dan Jaffe to learn about the toughest of the New England flora, from black cohosh, which thrives in dry, acidic, shady ground, to little blue stem, at home in sunny, barren, dry sites. Instructor:  Dan Jaffe

 

Pruning Fundamentals 

Date: Saturday, August 13
Time: 10:30 am to 12 noon
Meeting Place:Cambridge Public Library, Main Library Lecture Hall
      449 Broadway,Cambridge

Proper pruning of trees and shrubs improves their health and structure while enhancing their appearance in the landscape. Learn basic pruning principles, how to make proper cuts, when to prune different species, and how to select and maintain tools. Instructor:  Mark Richardson

 

Planting Basics 

Date: Saturday, September 17
Time: 10:30 am to 12 noon
Meeting Place:Cambridge Public Library, Main Library Lecture Hall
      449 Broadway,Cambridge

Find out which plants thrive in an urban environment and which do not. Learn how to choose the healthiest plants at the nursery and then how to plant those trees, shrubs, and herbaceous species so that they will thrive for years. Instructor:  Mark Richardson

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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