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MAY and JUNE 2015


MAY 2015 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.

 

Fresh Pond Kids' Walks!

Dates: Fridays, May 1, 8, 15 and 22
Time:10 am to 11:30 am
Meeting Place : Maher Park Parking Lot
650 Concord Avenue

Join CWD staff and volunteers for casual nature explorations, designed for young kids and their parents/caretakers, and play in our urban wild! Please come dressed ready for the weather (and in clothes that are OK to get a bit dirty). Rain or thunder cancels. Sorry, no Kids' Walks on the 29th - staff will be preparing for Fresh Pond Day! Contact: Kirsten at (617) 349-6489, klindquist@cambridgema.gov. *This series is for small family/caretaker groups only - if you wish to bring a class or other organized group, please contact Kirsten for alternative opportunities.*

 

Spring Bird Walk

Date: Sunday, May 3
Time: 8 to 10 am
Meeting Place : Register for parking and meeting information

Many of our summer residents will have returned, including tree swallows, catbirds, grackles, and red-winged blackbirds - and perhaps phoebes, vireos, and orioles. They will be singing up a storm, courting mates, defending territories, and some will be hard at work building nests. Led by Nancy Guppy. Beginners are welcome. We have binoculars to lend and will show you how to use them. To register and for important meeting and parking information, email Elizabeth Wylde at friendsoffreshpond@yahoo.com

 

Wake Up & Weed

Dates: Thursdays, May 7, 14, and 21
Time: 10 am to 12 noon
Meeting Place : Volunteer trailer in the lower 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. Sorry, no Wake Up & Weed on May 28th - staff will be preparing for Fresh Pond Day all day! Contact: Kirsten at (617) 349-6489, klindquist@cambridgema.gov.

 

A Tour of the Water Purification Facility

Date: Monday, May 4
Time: 6 to 7:30 pm
Meeting Place : Water Purification Facility front door
250 Fresh Pond Parkway

Come learn how the Cambridge Water Department purifies drinking water for your tap after it's pumped into our facility from nearby Fresh Pond. You'll have the chance to speak with water treatment and testing staff, see the equipment in action and check out our water quality lab! For more information, contact Kirsten: (617) 349-6489, klindquist@cambridgema.gov. Please call ahead if coming with a large group..


Community Weedouts

Dates: Mondays, May 4 and 11
Time: 6 to 7:30 pm
Meeting Place: Volunteer trailer in the lower parking lot

Spring has sprung at Fresh Pond, and among other things this means…weeds! Invasive weeds, that is. Help us protect native plants on the Reservation by keeping these intruders at bay at these evening weeding sessions. No experience necessary; all equipment provided! *If you are coming as a group, please contact Kirsten in advance at (617) 349-6489 or klindquist@cambridgema.gov. *

 

Birding by Ear

Date: Saturday, May 9
Time: 7:30 to 9:30 am
Meeting Place : Register for parking and meeting information

Bird walk leader Herb Pearce will help us learn to identify and locate birds by their songs. At this time of year we may also hear babies in the nest and see their parents bringing them food. We will use guides with pictures of the birds to help you get to know them. Birders of all experience levels are welcome. We have binoculars to lend and will show you how to use them. Register with Elizabeth Wylde at friendsoffreshpond@yahoo.com

 

Craft & Construction Night for Fresh Pond Day!

Date: Monday, May 18
Time: 6 to 7:30 pm
Meeting Place : Fresh Pond Ranger Station
250 Fresh Pond Parkway

Fresh Pond Day is around the corner, and we always have last-minute crafts and materials to prepare! Come lend a hand to give the event some extra flair. There'll be artistic tasks as well as general assembly of signs, tags, and things yet to be known. We'll be ever grateful - no experience necessary! *If you are coming as a group, please contact Kirsten in advance at (617) 349-6489 or klindquist@cambridgema.gov. *

 

8th Annual Fresh Pond Day!

Date: Saturday, May 30
Time: 11 am to 3 pm
Meeting Place : Festivities around the Water Treatment Facility
250 Fresh Pond Parkway

Join us in celebrating the land, water, wildlife and people that make Fresh Pond Reservation a unique and vital part of our City! The festivities will feature bicycle and wildlife parades (for all ages!), live music, kids' activities, live wildlife demos by MassAudubon, water treatment, restoration project and nature tours; truck climb-aboards; free etiquette clinics for dogs; and more! Dogs are welcome but must be leashed at all times (Cambridge dogs included). For those arriving by car: plan on parking at the Tobin School (197 Vassal Lane). There are plenty of green transit options: the bikeway, bus routes 72, 74, 75 & 78; and Alewife T Station.

Get your sun-boogie on: rain cancels! For full schedule, weather updates, and volunteering info, click here: FRESH POND DAY for the CWD website or contact Kirsten at (617) 349-6489, klindquist@cambridgema.gov.

 

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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JUNE 2015 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.

 

A Tour of the Water Purification Facility

Date: Monday, June 1
Time: 6 to 7:30 pm
Meeting Place : Water Purification Facility front door
250 Fresh Pond Parkway

Come learn how the Cambridge Water Department purifies drinking water for your tap after it's pumped into our facility from nearby Fresh Pond. You'll have the chance to speak with water treatment and testing staff, see the equipment in action and check out our water quality lab! For more information, contact Kirsten: (617) 349-6489, klindquist@cambridgema.gov. Please call ahead if coming with a large group..

Future Water Department Tours: Mondays, July 6, August 3, September 14, October 5, November 2

 

Nesting Bird Walk

Date: Saturday, June 6
Time: 7:30 to 9:30 am
Meeting Place : Register for parking and meeting information

Many birds choose Fresh Pond Reservation as the place to build their nests and raise their young. There is an abundance of insect food and plenty of safe habitat. We may hear birds singing to protect their territories and see others gathering food for their hungry babies. Walk leader Nancy Guppy will help us look for Baltimore orioles, yellow warblers, warbling vireos, and redwing blackbirds, all of which spend the breeding season at Fresh Pond. Beginning birders are welcome! If you don't have binoculars you may borrow a pair from us. Register with Elizabeth at friendsoffreshpond@yahoo.com

 

Fresh Pond Bioblitz

Date: Saturday, June 6
Time: all day
Meeting Places: Varies

REGISTER for meeting location schedule and/or to join Fresh Pond's iNaturalist page.

Be a citizen scientist for the day: join CWD staff & regional experts for a biological inventory of the plants, animals, and other living things that make their home at Fresh Pond! We will break into groups with specialists to identify birds, wildflowers, fish, insects, fungi, and mammals at different locations throughout the day. *Or do your own biodiversity survey and post your findings to our iNaturalist page! No experience necessary. Ages 12+ please! For a schedule or more information, contact Julie at 617-349-7712 or jcoffey@cambridgema.gov.

 

Thistle Trimming

Date: Monday, June 15
Time: 6 to 7:30 pm
Meeting Place: Volunteer trailer in the lower parking lot

Help stop the spread of invasive Canada thistle in our beloved Lusitania Meadow! We won't be pulling out these prickly buggers (phew), but we will weaken them over time by cutting them at the base of their stems to make room for the lupine, sweet clovers, tansies and yarrows we (and the bees) love. Heavy leather gloves and tools are provided! Long sleeves & pants are recommended, as are a water bottle and bug spray. No experience necessary. For more information, contact Julie Coffey: jcoffey@cambridgema.gov, (617) 349-7712 . This program is still in the planning stages. Contact Julie for confirmation if you plan to come.

 

Summer Solstice Bird Walk

Date: Sunday, June 21
Time: 6 to 8 pm
Meeting Place : Register for parking and meeting information

If you can't bear to get up at dawn to look at birds, this walk, led by Nancy Guppy, is for you. Just as people take advantage of the longest days of the year to continue their outdoor activities, so do birds. They spend the extra hours of daylight foraging for food for their hungry babies. Beginning birders are welcome. We have binoculars to lend and will show you how to use them. Register with Elizabeth at friendsoffreshpond@yahoo.com

 

Planting Night at Larch Corner

Date: Monday, June 29
Time: 6 to 7:30 pm
Meeting Place: Volunteer trailer in the lower parking lot

Last season, dogged volunteers removed bundles, buckets and heaps of buckthorn and bittersweet from this woodland edge by Lusitania Meadow - freeing young larches from a jungle of weeds. Now it needs new plants to take the place of weeds! Come plant with us; no experience is necessary. All equipment will be provided. Long sleeves & pants, bug spray and a water bottle are recommended. For more information, contact Julie Coffey: jcoffey@cambridgema.gov, (617) 349-7712.

 

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


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GROW NATIVE MASSACHUSETTS

 

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