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MARCH and APRIL 2015
plus FUTURE BIRD WALKS

 

PLEASE NOTE!
Friends of Fresh Pond Reservation
is seeking new Leadership!

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MARCH 2014 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.

 

Film Screening: The Incredible Journey of the Butterflies!

Date: Monday, March 2
Time: 6 to 7:30 pm
Meeting Place : Russell Youth Center
680 Huron Avenue

Fresh Pond Monarch Watch will return to the Reservation in 2015! Gear up for the season and learn more about this amazing butterfly with this NOVA documentary that charts the epic migration of the monarch across North America. The film features superb aerial views using helicopter, ultralight, and hot-air balloon cameras along the 2,000 mile journey. This film will be screened at the Russell Youth Center, followed by brief discussion. For more details, and to sign-up for updates in event of stormy weather, contact Kirsten: (617) 349-6489, klindquist@cambridgema.gov.

Whole Tree Identification

Date: Saturday, March 7
Time: 1 to 3 pm
Meeting Place : Neville Place Assisted Living Facility front door
650 Concord Avenue

Come get acquainted with some extraordinary trees that you will find easy to remember because of their unique shapes, bark, and branching patterns. Many of these impressive "specimen trees"* are out on the golf course, and are inaccessible to the public during other seasons. The program will start outside and finish inside with refreshments. Prepare for cold, with hats, gloves, and warm, waterproof footwear for walking off-path, possibly in snow. All levels of experience are welcome! Register with Elizabeth Wylde at friendsoffreshpond@yahoo.com
                                     *Trees that illustrate the outstanding characteristics of their species.


Growing Up WILD
a nature-education workshop
for teachers, caregivers and parents of young children

Date: Saturday, March 14
Time: 9am to 3:30pm
Meeting Place : Maynard Ecology Center, basement of Neville Place
650 Concord Avenue

Registration required by Feb. 26.

Growing Up WILD is an early childhood education guide that builds on children's sense of wonder and invites them to explore the natural world. Through a wide range of activities, it provides a foundation for developing positive impressions about nature while building social and cognitive skills. Join CWD staff to learn how WILD activities work and ways they can be used at the Reservation. All program participants receive a copy of the guide. Materials fee is $25 to cover the cost of the book. REGISTER by February 26th. Contact Jean for more info and to register: jrogers@cambridgema.gov

 

Nature Lives!
CANCELLED DUE TO DEEP SNOW!

Date: Sunday, March 15
Time: 2 to 4:30 pm
Meeting Place : Maynard Ecology Center, basement of Neville Place
650 Concord Avenue

Take a walk with naturalists Larry Millman, Joe Warfel, and Elizabeth Wylde as we explore the Reservation in search of fungi, insects, plants, birds, and anything else that shows signs of life in these lengthening days of early spring. There is a lot happening in, on, and above ground! We may even find some species that are new to our Reservation species lists. Dress for the weather and wear boots for walking off-path. To register and for important parking information, email Elizabeth Wylde at friendsoffreshpond@yahoo.com


Welcome Spring Bird Walk

Date: Sunday, March 22
Time: 1 to 3 pm
Meeting Place : Location given on registration

Spring is here! The earliest migrating birds are beginning to arrive at the Reservation, where they will either stay for the breeding season, or rest before continuing their journey northward. The new arrivals and year-round residents will soon 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 and for meeting place, email Elizabeth Wylde at friendsoffreshpond@yahoo.com


Winter Tree Identification by Buds, Bark and Branching Patterns

Date: Saturday, March 28
Time: 1 to 3 pm
Meeting Place : Neville Place Parking Lot
650 Concord Avenue
REGISTER by March 26!

Learn to identify members of the maple, ash, birch, elm, willow and sycamore families - all species threatened by the Asian Longhorned Beetle-by their most distinguishable winter characteristics. With the guidance of Ranger Jean Rogers, keys and photos, we'll discover these species around the Reservation. Bring a field notebook, binoculars and a camera if you have them. Dress to be outside for the first half of the program! Meets at Neville Place parking lot; stormy weather cancels. Please register to be updated in the event of bad weather. Contact: Ranger Jean Rogers at jrogers@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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APRIL 2014 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.

 

Migratory Bird Walk #1

Date: Saturday, April 4
Time: 8 to 10 am
Meeting Place : Register for parking and meeting 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 Elizabeth Wylde at friendsoffreshpond@yahoo.com

 

A Tour of the Water Purification Facility

Date: Monday, April 6
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..


Wake Up & Weed

Dates: Thursdays, starting April 9
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. Contact: Kirsten at (617) 349-6489, klindquist@cambridgema.gov

 

Fresh Pond Kids' Walks!

Dates: Fridays, April 10, 17, and 24
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). Solid rain or thunder cancels. 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.*

 

Migratory Bird Walk #2

Date: Sunday, April 19
Time: 8 to 10 am
Meeting Place : Register for parking and meeting 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. Beginners welcome, and we will lend you binoculars. Led by Nancy Guppy. Register with Elizabeth Wylde at friendsoffreshpond@yahoo.com

 

Spring Walk for Families
REGISTER by April 17

Date: Tuesday, April 21
Time: 9:30 to 10:30 am
Meeting Place : Register for parking and meeting information

We'll search for signs of spring and take note of animals and insects moving about. Children 8 and up must be accompanied by an adult. Limit: 24 participants. Please register by April 17 with Ranger Jean Rogers at jrogers@cambridgema.gov .

Earth Day at Fresh Pond:
Lend a Hand Locally!
Wednesday, April 22nd
:
(Two Programs)

Sprout the City Spring: Throw Seeds!

Date: Wednesday, April 22
Time: 1:30 to 2:30 pm
Meeting Place : Ranger Station
at the Water Department
250 Fresh Pond Parkway

Go guerilla in a good way: help spread wildflowers around Cambridge! Native wildflower species are not only beautiful, they also provide nectar and seed sources for wildlife and reduce erosion. Make "seed bombs" out of compost, clay and seeds at this workshop to toss around town! Contact: Kirsten at klindquist@cambridgema.gov, (617) 349-6489.


Garlic Mustard Muster

Date: Wednesday, April 22
Time: 6 to 7:30 pm
Meeting Place : Maher Park Parking Lot
650 Concord Avenue

Join our Community Weed-Out kick-off! We'll tackle garlic mustard to free up our woodland for native species like wild violet. No experience necessary! All tools are provided; long sleeves, pants and a water bottle are recommended. Latecomers welcome; you'll find us weeding near Black's Nook. Contact: Kirsten at klindquist@cambridgema.gov, (617) 349-6489. Groups: please register in advance.


Pick a Tree, Plant a Tree
an Arbor Day workshop with Ranger Jean

REGISTER by April 18

Date: Saturday, April 25
Time: 1 to 3:30 pm
Meeting Place :Maynard Ecology Center, Basement of Neville Place
650 Concord Avenue

Did you know that each human on Earth needs 7 mature trees to take up the CO2 we breathe out? Do you know where your 7 trees are? Learn about selecting and planting trees in your Cambridge location. After activity based learning inside the Maynard Ecology Center, apply what you've learned by planting a tree on the Reservation. Rain postpones to May 2. For directions on what to bring and wear, please register by April 18 by emailing jrogers@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


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

 

You can sign up for the
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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FUTURE BIRD WALKS
at Fresh Pond Reservation

Offered by Friends of Fresh Pond Reservation

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.

Beginners are always welcome.
We have binoculars to lend and will show you how to use them.

 

Spring Bird Walk

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


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



Nesting Bird Walk

Date: Sunday, 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


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


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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