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JANUARY 2019 PROGRAMS
 and a Lecture Series, Below
JANUARY 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
 
Wednesdays: Fresh Air Walks
12:00 noon to 1:30 pm
Meets at the Ranger Station
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! Rain or shine. Questions? Contact: tpuopolo@cambridgeMA.gov
 
 
PUBLIC PROGRAMS
 
New Year's Day Bird Walk
Tuesday, January 1
10 am to 12 noon
Register for parking and meeting information, and for notice of cancellation due to weather.
 
Welcome 2019! Start the New Year right by going on a bird walk at Fresh Pond Reservation – an annual tradition. We will use a telescope to get close-up looks at waterfowl on the Pond and binoculars to identify the over-wintering songbirds in the trees and in the Lusitania Wetland Meadow. Led by Nancy Guppy.  Hats, gloves, and warm boots are essential.  Beginners are welcome, as are children with an adult. We will lend you binoculars and show you how to use them. To register and for parking and meeting information, email Catherine Pedemonti at friendsoffreshpond@yahoo.com.
 
 
 Seasonal Walkabout at Lusitania Wet Meadow 
Friday, January 11
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. Service dogs only, please. To RSVP, please contact Ranger Jean at (508) 562-7605 or email jrogers@cambridgeMA.gov. Heavy rain postpones to the following Friday.
 
 
 Fresh Pond Owl Prowl #1 
Sunday, January 13
 3 to 5 pm
Meets inside the Water Treatment Plant (front door)
250 Fresh Pond Parkway
 
 
Have you ever heard an owl before? After learning all about owls inside, we’ll embark on a dusk walk to look and listen for the signs of owls. We will explore their role in the ecosystem as well as in human culture. Owls are beautiful and majestic, but also wild; there is no guarantee of a sighting. Space is limited and RSVP to tpuopolo@cambridgeMA.gov is required. Service dogs only, please.
 
 
Evergreens!  Are they all the same?
Sunday, January 20
 1 to 2 pm
Meets at the Ranger Station
250 Fresh Pond Parkway
 
Join Ranger Jean for a short exploratory walk where we will explore what makes an evergreen an evergreen and how different trees express these differences. Come discover the wide variety that can be seen here at Fresh Pond. This program will venture on- and off-trail, please dress for the weather and wear sturdy footwear. In case of inclement weather, this program will be held indoors. Please contact jrogers@cambridgeMA.gov. to RSVP.
 
 
Fresh Pond Owl Prowl #2
Sunday, January 20
 3 to 5 pm
Meets inside the Water Treatment Plant (front door)
250 Fresh Pond Parkway
 
Have you ever heard an owl before? After learning all about owls inside, we’ll embark on a dusk walk to look and listen for the signs of owls. We will explore their role in the ecosystem as well as in human culture. Owls are beautiful and majestic, but also wild; there is no guarantee of a sighting. Space is limited and RSVP to tpuopolo@cambridgeMA.gov is required. Service dogs only, please.
 
 
Feeder Birds for Kids
Sunday, January 27
 11 am to 12 noon
 Meets at the Maynard Ecology Center, lower level of Neville Place (back building)
650 Concord Ave
 
Winter birds are a great introduction to wildlife watching, join us in learning about the birds that tough out the cold just like us. We’ll be crafting our own homemade bird feeders to take home and continue the birding fun! For more information or directions, contact Ranger Tim at tpuopolo@cambridgeMA.gov.
 
 
Kingsley Park Then and Now
Monday, January 28
 6 to 7:30 pm
 Meets inside the Water Treatment Plant (front door)
250 Fresh Pond Parkway
 
Have you ever wanted to look through a window back in time? With over 300 years of documented history, Fresh Pond has quite the storied past. Join the Cambridge Rangers for this indoor program where we’ll review the changes to our favorite outdoor space from the perspective of historical photos and maps. For questions or more information contact Ranger Tim at tpuopolo@cambridgeMA.gov.
 
Interested in Volunteering?
Get hands on and give back to the land! Contact Ranger Tim at tpuopolo@cambridgeMA.gov to find out more!
 

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
 
 
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.
 
*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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