High Ridge BioBlitz Celebration

Want to know more about the flora and fauna that surround us?

Upcoming BioBlitz Events and “All About Monarchs” Presentation

 
The Sudbury Valley Trustees are hosting a series of BioBlitz events in the High Ridge area, “a 12-square-mile area in Harvard, Littleton, and Boxborough which is rich with wildlife habitat, abundant native plants, and important sources of drinking water.” During BioBlitzes, volunteers record as many living species within a designated location and time period as possible.

Please click on the links below for information and to register for one or more of these events. And, see also, the link for the “All About Monarchs” presentation on May 29 at the Sargent Memorial Library in Boxborough. Hope to see you soon!
 
BioBlitz Discovery Day: Plants and Pollinators – May 18https://www.svtweb.org/calendar/bioblitz-discovery-day-plants-and-pollinators

All About Monarchs – May 29https://www.svtweb.org/calendar/all-about-monarchs

BioBlitz Discovery Day: Herps and Aquatics – June 1https://www.svtweb.org/calendar/bioblitz-discovery-day-herps-and-aquatics

BioBlitz – June 22https://www.svtweb.org/calendar/bioblitz

Garlic Mustard Pull – Volunteers Needed!

Help us eradicate garlic mustard from the woods at HCT’s Muller conservation area on Littleton County Road (meet at the pull-off between numbers 74 and 82).  The Muller land is an area of distinct ecological importance, removing garlic mustard helps to protect soil microbial processes and native plant diversity.  Two sessions are planned, Saturday April 27th from 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM, and Sunday April 28th from 1:00 to 3:00 PM; bags and gloves provided.  Let us know if you if you plan to join one or both by sending an email to, info@harvardconservationtrust.org, with the subject line “garlic mustard pull.”

Annual Tree for All

This year’s Tree for All plant is silky dogwood (Cornus amomum).  HCT members are invited to pick up a free seedling on Saturday 4/27 at the Transfer Station from 8:00 – 12:00, and Sunday 4/28 at the Town Green across from the General Store from 9:30 – 12:00.  Seedlings will also be available for purchase for $5.00 each while supplies last.

A medium-sized shrub of the understory, silky dogwood can grow to be 6 – 10 feet tall, growing a rounded crown and spreading by suckering to form thickets.  In the wild it is usually found in or near wetlands and floodplains.  It is a great plant for a hedge or border and can also be used as a specimen in naturalized landscapes.  Its tiny yellowish-white flowers in flat-topped clusters usually bloom in late spring to early summer. Flowers give way to attractive berry-like fruit that turn a porcelain-like blue as they mature in late summer. Several bird species are attracted to them. While silky dogwood prefers to grow in moist, partially shaded areas, it is quite adaptable and can grow in sunny areas with less than optimal moisture as well.

Photo courtesy of Roland Boutwell.

Harvard Lions Club Winter Fest

Saturday March 2, 1:00 pm to 7:00 pm

We hope you will come out for some community fun and comradery during Winter Fest at Prospect Hill Farm (115 Prospect Hill Road) – guided nature walks, orchard wassailing and more fun activities outside; live music and refreshments inside the heated barn. Free and family friendly. To learn more visit the Lion’s e-clubhouse @ http://e-clubhouse.org/sites/harvardma/page-6.php.

Annual New Years Day Walk

Per tradition, HCT likes to ring in the New Year with a stroll among Harvard’s forests and fields.  Nothing sets the tone for the year ahead like a leisurely walk with friends and neighbors in the crisp rejuvenating air of January.  This year, in the spirit of cooperation and good company, we will have the walk at Bowers Springs Conservation Land, which straddles the towns of Harvard and Bolton.  Meet at the parking lot of the main entrance at the end of Flanagan Road in Bolton (just over the line).  From the center of Harvard, pass the schools, stay straight on Bolton Road, cross over into Bolton, and take the second right onto Flanagan Road and follow it to the end.  Parking area is on the left.  The walk starts at 11:00am, is about 2.5 miles and should take about 1 hour. We will walk though fields and woods and pass a lovely pond.  Sorry, but due to the group size, this is a dog-free event.  Dress weather appropriate; in the event of hazardous weather, the walk will be cancelled and posted on NextDoor Harvard by 9:00am on the day of the event.

Directions to the parking lot can be found here: https://tinyurl.com/yc97bju9

MORNING BIRD WALK AT HORSE MEADOWS KNOLL

 

DATE AND TIME: May 11, 2018 7:00am to 9:00am
LOCATION: Horse Meadows Knoll, Harvard
LEADER: Andy Magee, SVT Board President and Birder
PRICE: $10 (free for HCT and SVT members)

 
Join avid birder and SVT Board President Andy Magee for an early morning walk to look and listen for birds when they are most active. Horse Meadows Knoll is a current conservation project that offers fabulous habitat, from wetland and reservoir to woodland forest. New birders welcome!

Co-sponsored by Harvard Conservation Trust. Program fee waived for members of HCT (select “yes” for member when registering)

Learn more about Horse Meadows Knoll

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Lives of Beavers at Horse Meadows Knoll

Come learn about the history of beavers in Massachusetts, and the important role they play in creating habitat for a wide range of wildlife!  Dan Stimson, Assistant Director of Stewardship at the Sudbury Valley Trustees, will lead a presentation and slideshow on these amazing creatures, focusing on the beavers and wildlife of Harvard’s newest conservation land, Horse Meadows Knoll, to illustrate.

Date and Time:  March 12, 2018, 7:00 to 8:30 p.m.

Location: Harvard Public Library, 4 Pond Rd

Leader: Dan Stimson, SVT Assistant Director of Stewardship

Price: Free

Register online at: https://www.svtweb.org/calendar/lives-beavers-horse-meadows-knoll

Geology Walk

Save the Date: December 3rd @ 1:30 P.M.

 

The Harvard Conservation Trust is sponsoring a geology walk led by local geologist Britt Argow on December 3 at 1:30. We will meet at the field on the Williams Land along Stow Road. Members and non-members, adults and children are welcome. Plenty of parking available. Stay tuned – more info to come . . .

 

Run for the Hills 2017

Run for the Hills (click for details) annual 5k to support the Harvard Conservation Trust’s mission to protect land, water, wildlife, and the rural character of Harvard will be held on October 22nd, at 34 Lancaster Road, from 9:00 to 1:00.  This year, in addition to the 5K trail race, we offer a non-competitive 2 ½ K ( 1 ½ mile) walk through the same wooded trails and field paths that the runners follow. Children and adults are very welcome to join in the fun and enjoy the community walk. Register online with Lightbox; free t-shirt and $5 discount if registered before 9/1. All proceeds to benefit the Harvard Conservation Trust.