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FEBRUARY 2020 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 February
12:00 noon to 1:30 pm
Meets at the Ranger Station (under the clock tower) 
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! Parking passes available. Rain or shine. Questions? Contact: tpuopolo@cambridgeMA.gov.   
 
 
PUBLIC PROGRAMS
 
Hike and Sketch
Friday, February 7 
 1 to 3 pm
Register for meeting location
(Different locations each month)
 
This is a fun series! We share 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 and 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.
 
 
Monday Night Movie Series: 
"Harvesting Ice in New England"
Monday, February 10
 6 to 7:30 pm
Meets inside the Water Treatment Plant (front door)
250 Fresh Pond Parkway
 
What’s better than a free movie? Free popcorn! Did you know that Fresh Pond was once home to the Fresh Pond Ice Company? This is a compilation of black and white footage of workers harvesting ice for New England’s rich industry in the pre-refrigeration days with historian commentary. The footage captured in this film reflects the local history of ice in Cambridge and Massachusetts [Runtime: 66 min.] tpuopolo@cambridgeMA.gov for more information.
 
 
"Living with Coyotes" Presentation
Thursday, February 13
 6:30 to 8 pm
Meets inside the Water Treatment Plant (front door)
250 Fresh Pond Parkway
 
Did you know that there are coyotes at Fresh Pond in Cambridge? Former Animal Control Officer and Massachusetts’ Representative for Project Coyote, John Maguranis has been able to get up close with these increasingly common animals. Join us for an evening of photos, data, and information about North America’s most adaptable and misunderstood carnivore. Topics include diet, behavior, tracking, hazing, pet and human safety, and much more.
 
 
Seasonal Walkabout at the Lusitania Meadow
Friday, February 14 
 11 am to 12 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.
 
 
Humorous Stories from the Pond #1
Wednesday, February 19
 10:30 to 11:30 am
Meets at the Maynard Ecology Center (lower level of Neville Place)
 650 Concord Avenue, Cambridge
 
Sponsored by the Friends of Fresh Pond: Professional Storytellers, Sumner and Linda McClain from Stories Celebrating Life will present “Humorous Stories from the Pond” – a program for children and families exploring the adventures of wildlife at Fresh Pond through the art of storytelling, music, movement, puppetry and audience participation. This program will run two separate times during February school vacation. For questions or directions, contact Ranger Tim at tpuopolo@cambridgeMA.gov
 
 
Humorous Stories from the Pond #2
Thursday, February 20
 1:30 to 2:30 pm
Meets at the Maynard Ecology Center (lower level of Neville Place)
 650 Concord Avenue, Cambridge
 
Sponsored by the Friends of Fresh Pond: Professional Storytellers, Sumner and Linda McClain from Stories Celebrating Life will present “Humorous Stories from the Pond” – a program for children and families exploring the adventures of wildlife at Fresh Pond through the art of storytelling, music, movement, puppetry and audience participation. This program will run two separate times during February school vacation. For questions or directions, contact Ranger Tim at tpuopolo@cambridgeMA.gov
 
 

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

MEMBERSHIPS AND DONATIONS
Although Friends of Fresh Pond Reservation is an all-volunteer organization, we do rely on contributions for some of our activities. These include paying professionals to lead special programs, maintaining this website, and buying supplies for our conservation work on the Reservation.          
 
 Membership fees are $10 per year, retroactive to January 1. If you would like to join us, please mail a check made out to Friends of Fresh Pond Reservation to the address below. If you care to make an additional donation, we thank you, and promise to put it to good use
                          
If you would like to receive monthly e-mail notices of our programs on the Reservation, please include your email address.
 
                                 Friends of Fresh Pond Reservation
                                 31 Mount Pleasant Street
                                 Cambridge MA 02140-2613
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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MARCH 2020 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 March
12:00 noon to 1:30 pm
Meets at the Ranger Station (under the clock tower) 
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! Parking passes available. Rain or shine. Questions? Contact: tpuopolo@cambridgeMA.gov.   
 
 
PUBLIC PROGRAMS
 
Hike and Sketch
Friday, March 6 
 1 to 3 pm
Register for meeting location
(Different locations each month)
 
This is a fun series! We share 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 and 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.
 
 
Seasonal Walkabout at the Lusitania Meadow
Thursday, March 12 
 11 am to 12 noon
 Meets at the “Meeting Rocks” (where the meadow meets the perimeter road trail)
 
[Note the change of day!] 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.
 
 
Trees in Meadows 
Friday, March 13
 2 to 3:30 pm
 Register for meeting location and details
 
 
Join Ranger Jean for an activity-based exploration of trees and the role they play in a meadow habitat. Notice their winter characteristics and what to look for as spring unfolds. Includes off trail areas. Come dressed to be outside and actively participate.  Bring binoculars if you have them.  Limited to 12 adults. Service dogs only please.  Register to jrogers@cambridgeMA.gov for location, parking and rain plan details.
 
 
Trees in Meadows
Sunday, March 15
 1 to 2:30 pm
 Register for meeting location and details
 
Join Ranger Jean for an activity-based exploration of trees and the role they play in a meadow habitat. Notice their winter characteristics and what to look for as spring unfolds. Includes off trail areas. Come dressed to be outside and actively participate.  Bring binoculars if you have them.  Limited to 12 adults. Service dogs only please.  Register to jrogers@cambridgeMA.gov for location, parking and rain plan details.
 
 
Welcome Spring Bird Walk
Saturday, March 21
 9 to 11 am
Register for parking and meeting information, and for notice of cancellation due to weather.
 
Spring is here, and migrating birds are arriving at Fresh Pond. Some will stay for the breeding season, others will rest and eat before continuing their northward journey. The new arrivals and our year-round residents soon will be busy building nests and defending territories. We may see a variety of migrating waterfowl on the ponds as well as songbirds in trees. Beginners are welcome!  We have binoculars to lend and will show you how to use them. To register, email Joanne Mullan at friendsoffreshpond@yahoo.com
 
 
The Signs of Spring, Big and Small 
Sunday, March 22
 10 to 11:30 am
Meets at the Ranger Station (under the clock tower) 
250 Fresh Pond Parkway
 
The Vernal Equinox is officially on March 19th and even if it does not feel Spring-like outside, the evidence is all around us. Walk with a ranger and notice the proof that indeed Spring has Sprung. This walk will go on and off-trail. Service dogs only, please. For questions please contact Ranger Tim at tpuopolo@cambridgeMA.gov.
 
 
Citizen Science Findings at Fresh Pond 2019: Gearing up for 2020
Sunday, March 22
 2 to 4 pm
Meets inside the Cambridge Water Treatment Plant (front door)
250 Fresh Pond Parkway)
 
It's in the news: our insects are the quiet victims of both the climate and the ecological crises. Also revealed this past year is how their decline badly affects Earth's ecosystems and the species that depend upon them (including humans). Come see what volunteer citizen scientists saw, discovered, and recorded at Fresh Pond this past year. Because insects are understudied, this also means that there is a ton that we can do to help. The good news is that you can really make a difference (yes, you!). Our growing community of citizen scientists and volunteers demonstrate this continuously and we are continuing the program this year. Join us and learn how you can help.
 
 

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

MEMBERSHIPS AND DONATIONS
Although Friends of Fresh Pond Reservation is an all-volunteer organization, we do rely on contributions for some of our activities. These include paying professionals to lead special programs, maintaining this website, and buying supplies for our conservation work on the Reservation.          
 
 Membership fees are $10 per year, retroactive to January 1. If you would like to join us, please mail a check made out to Friends of Fresh Pond Reservation to the address below. If you care to make an additional donation, we thank you, and promise to put it to good use
                          
If you would like to receive monthly e-mail notices of our programs on the Reservation, please include your email address.
 
                                 Friends of Fresh Pond Reservation
                                 31 Mount Pleasant Street
                                 Cambridge MA 02140-2613
 


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presents
2020
EVENINGS WITH EXPERTS
A FREE public lecture series at the Cambridge Public Library, 449 Broadway
*(except February 5, see below!)
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 "Our Programs" and sub-heading "Evenings with Experts"
 
Nature's Best Hope
Date: Wednesday, February 5 
Time: 7:00 to 8:30 pm
Meeting Place: Harvard University Science Center, Hall B
1 Oxford Street,Cambridge
 
Doug Tallamy, Professor of Entomology and Wildlife Biology, University of Delaware
Recent headlines about global insect declines, the impending extinction of one million species worldwide, and three billion fewer birds in North America are a bleak reality check about how ineffective our current landscape designs have been at sustaining the plants and animals that sustain us.  Such losses are not an option if we wish to continue our present-day standard of living on Planet Earth. The good news is that none of this is inevitable. Doug Tallamy will discuss simple steps that each of us can— and must take— to reverse declining biodiversity and to explain why we, ourselves, are nature’s best hope.
Doug Tallamy is the nationally acclaimed author of Bringing Nature Home, and the co-author of The Living Landscape. His newest book, Nature’s Best Hope, is being released in February, concurrently with this event.
 
 
Climate Change, Conservation, and the Role of Native Plant Horticulture
 
Date: Wednesday, March 4 
Time: 7:00 to 8:30 pm
Meeting Place:Cambridge Public Library, Main Library Lecture Hall 
449 Broadway,Cambridge
 
Jesse Bellemare, Associate Professor of Biological Sciences, Smith College
As our world warms, the distributions of many native plant species are shifting with the climate. But not all species will keep pace with modern climate change, and some could face extinction. This poses a dilemma— what role should we take in helping native plant populations migrate? How do we balance our instinct for preservation with the risk of a relocated plant species disrupting the ecology of its new region? Jesse Bellemare will explore these questions in the context of the constant evolution of plant ranges over time, and the current insights we can gain from native plant horticulture.
Jesse Bellemare’s research focuses on the ecology and biogeography of forest plants in the eastern United States. He is currently the president of the New England Botanical Club.
 
 
Designing with Plant Communities
Date: Wednesday, April 1 
Time: 7:00 to 8:30 pm
Meeting Place:Cambridge Public Library, Main Library Lecture Hall 
449 Broadway,Cambridge
Dan Jaffe, Horticulturist, Norcross Wildlife Sanctuary 
All too often, during the design process, we think of plants on an individual or species basis. Yet in the landscape, plants are constantly interacting with one another in intricate ways. What happens if we create planting plans focused on complete systems rather than collections of individuals? Join us to learn how to create healthy, resilient plant communities that are beautiful and ecologically vibrant. Dan Jaffe will discuss how to select and combine the right species for specific site conditions, and how this community-oriented approach can be applied to plantings of all sizes.
Dan Jaffe is passionate about ecological horticulture, and enhancing the wildlife value of every landscape. He is the co-author of Native Plants for New England Gardens.
 
 
Native Bees, Our Pollination Powerhouses
Date: Wednesday, May 6 
Time: 7:00 to 8:30 pm
Meeting Place:Cambridge Public Library, Main Library Lecture Hall 
449 Broadway,Cambridge
 
Heather Holm, Author, Bees: An Identification and Native Plant Forage Guide
Native bees are the most important and effective pollinators for our flowering plants. Although they play a crucial role in sustaining biodiversity, they are poorly understood and under threat from human activity. Heather Holm will teach us how to recognize common bee genera, and enlighten us about their fascinating life cycles, nesting habitat, and foraging needs. Come learn more about the mutualistic relationships that they have with native plants— a powerful reminder that the salvation of one is inextricably linked to the proper stewardship of the other.
Heather Holm is an expert on pollinators whose first book, Pollinators of Native Plants, brought her national attention. Her recent book, Bees: An Identification and Native Plant Forage Guide, won the 2018 American Horticultural Society Book Award.
 
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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