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 JUNE 2019 PROGRAMS
JUNE 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
 
Tuesdays: Woodland Restoration Area Gardening
Between 9:30 am and 1:00 pm

Meets at the Woodland Habitat (Northeast Sector)

 
Join other stewardship-minded volunteers in caretaking the native plant restoration area next to Lusitania Meadow, and learn about the diversity of native plant life! We seek dedicated participants who enjoy camaraderie and hard work that includes weeding, pruning, planting, watering new plantings, hauling wood chips and moving logs. Please email friendsoffreshpond@yahoo.com if you would like to come, and for more information.
 
 
Tuesdays: Fresh Air Walks
Tuesdays in June
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
 
 
Fresh Pond Stewards
Mondays: 5:30 to 7:30 pm
Thursdays: 10:00 am to 12:00 noon
Meets at the volunteer trailer near the front of the Water Treatment Facility, 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. Meets at the volunteer trailer in the lower parking lot. Contact tpuopolo@cambridgeMA.gov for more information.
 
 
PUBLIC PROGRAMS
 
Nesting Bird Walk
Sunday, June 2
 8 to 10 am
Register for parking, meeting information, and for notice of cancellation due to weather.
 
Many birds choose to build their nests and raise their young at Fresh Pond Reservation because there is an abundance of insect food and plenty of safe habitat. We may hear birds singing their territorial songs and see others gathering food for their hungry babies. Walk leader Nancy Guppy will help us look for Baltimore orioles, yellow warblers, warbling vireos, redwing blackbirds, and other migratory birds which spend the breeding season at the Pond. Beginning birders are welcome! If you don't have binoculars you may borrow a pair from us. Register with Catherine Pedemonti at friendsoffreshpond@yahoo.com.
 
 
Walter J Sullivan Water Purification Facility Tour
Monday, June 3
 6:00 to 7:30 pm
Meets at the front door, Cambridge Water Department 
250 Fresh Pond Parkway
 
Come learn how the Cambridge Water Department purifies drinking water for your tap after it’s conveyed from nearby Fresh Pond into our facility.  You’ll have the chance to speak with water treatment staff, see the equipment in action and check out our water quality lab!  For more information, contact Ranger Tim at (617) 349-6489 or  tpuopolo@cambridgeMA.gov.  Please call ahead if coming with a large group.
Future programs in 2019:  July 8, August 5, September 9, October 7, November 4.
 
 
Nature Journaling
Friday, June 7
 2:00 to 4:00 pm
 
Register for meeting location
(There are different sketch targets each month.)
 
This is a fun series! We share together 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, including how we 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.
 
 
Pollinator Survey at Fresh Pond
Tuesday, June 11 and Tuesday June 25
 1 to 3 pm
Meets at the Lusitania Meadow entrance across from Wheeler St. on Concord Ave.
 
This is an opportunity to be a citizen scientist and connect with nature. In partnership with Earthwise Aware, help us observe and collect information about what pollinators visit our meadows. We then feed our findings into global databases that help track species richness, population abundance, and phenophases. This will also help us develop a virtual guide to the insects of Fresh Pond, and you can be a part of it! We’ll be meeting on-site at the entrance to Lusitania from Concord Ave. and please RSVP to citizenscience@earthwiseaware.org for communication about what to wear, bring, and if there is any change in plan due to weather.
 
 
Seasonal Walkabout at Lusitania Wet Meadow
Friday, June 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.
 
 
 FRESH POND DAY 2019!
Saturday, June 15
11 am to 3 pm
Meeting Place:
Cambridge Water Department 
250 Fresh Pond Parkway
Parking at 197 Vassal Lane, Cambridge MA (Tobin School)
 
Fresh Pond Reservation is truly Cambridge's green gem - an urban wild that protects Fresh Pond, Cambridge's in-city drinking water reservoir. Fresh Pond Day is the Cambridge Water Department's annual tribute to this unique Reservation that is a vital natural resource, an invaluable sanctuary for wildlife, and a beloved recreational escape in the City. So, let's give Fresh Pond the celebration, jubilation and love it deserves; join in the festivities! Attendees will enjoy live wildlife presentations, live music and dancers, facepainting, truck climb-aboards, tours, and more.
Free and open to all, activities will take place around the Water Treatment Facility – at Kingsley Park, and the two parking lots. For those arriving by car, please plan on parking at the Tobin School. There are plenty of green transit options: the bikeway, bus routes 72, 74, 75 & 78; and Alewife T Station is 1 mile away.
On-leash dogs are welcome. Please note that rain cancels this event. For more information or if you’d like to get involved, please email tpuopolo@cambridgeMA.gov., call (617)-349-6489
 
 
Summer Solstice Bird Walk
Friday, June 21
 6 to 8 pm
Register for parking, meeting information, and for notice of cancellation due to weather
 
If you can’t bear to get up at dawn to look at birds, this evening walk 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.  Led by Nancy Guppy. Beginning birders are welcome.  We have binoculars to lend and will show you how to use them. Register with Catherine Pedemonti at friendsoffreshpond@yahoo.com.
 
 
 NIght (Insect) Life at Fresh Pond
Saturday, June 29
8 to 10 pm
Meets at the Lusitania Meadow entrance across from Wheeler St. on Concord Ave.
 
Take part in this Earthwise Aware citizen science event with a knowledgeable project entomologist. The Lusitania Meadow is full of life and is regularly surveyed during daylight hours.  This is a chance to collect meaningful scientific data and learn about the nocturnal insect life that inhabits our urban reservoir. This program meets on-site at the entrance to Lusitania from Concord Ave.  RSVP is required to citizenscience@earthwiseaware.org for communication about what to wear, bring, and if there is any change in plan due to weather.
 
 
To receive monthly email program announcements, send an email to friendsoffreshpond@yahoo.com
MEMBERSHIPS and DONATIONS
Friends of Fresh Pond Reservation is an all-volunteer organization.  We pay professionals to lead some of our programs, we maintain this website, and we buy supplies for our conservation work on the Reservation. You can support our work by becoming a member of the Friends group. Dues are $10 per year per person, retroactive to January 1 of the current year. If you care to make an additional donation, we will put the money to good use. Thank you so much!
 
                  You can donate online via Paypal by clicking HERE.
                  
                           Or you can mail a check made out to:
                           Friends of Fresh Pond Reservation
                           31 Mount Pleasant Street
                           Cambridge MA 02140-2613
 


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