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

Vote for Conservation @ Annual Town Meeting

Please come out and vote for conservation at Annual Town Meeting this Saturday, May 4, 2019, 9:00 A.M. at the Bromfield School.  HCT is partnering with Town Conservation Commission in an effort to purchase a 23-acre parcel off of Willard Lane. Your help is needed to be sure Article 22, item 4 and Article 26, item 6 are acted upon favorably at town meeting, which is a critical next step in allowing the project to move forward.  If approved, these two votes would result in the allocation of $200,000 to be used for the purchase of ~18-acres of important conservation and recreation land.  For more information and a map of the project, please follow the links below.  Thank you for supporting land conservation in Harvard!

Project information sheet LINK

Project map LINK

Harvard’s Newest Conservation Land

HCT is happy to announce that the scenic field on Slough Road known as John’s Field is officially Harvard’s newest conservation area – a gift to the community, including future generations! We simply could not do projects like this without membership support. Please renew or join HCT during our year-end appeal (Donate). Help keep Harvard a verdant and healthy home for people and wildlife.

For more info, photos, and map of John’s Field please visit: https://harvardconservationtrust.org/muller-conservation-collaborative/johns-field/

 

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 . . .

 

Presentation/Public Forum on Harvard’s Environment, 5/31

Wednesday, May 31, 2017 @ 7:00 PM

Presentation/Public Forum on Harvard’s Environment, 5/31

Do you love Harvard’s waterways, conservation lands, orchards, trails, parks, and open spaces? Do you support sustainability in town/school policies and practice? Come to the Bromfield School library Wednesday, May 31, at 7 PM. to hear from local committees, groups, residents, and students working to protect and sustain Harvard, and join in discussion on what we can achieve together!

Tree-For-All Photos

200 Redbud seedlings wrapped and ready to go . . .
scenes from HCT’s annual Tree-For-All

Saturday at the Transfer Station

Sunday on the Common

Tree-For-All 2017—Cercis canadensis—Eastern Redbud

Save the Date: Saturday, May 6th/Sunday, May 7th

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Tree-For-All 2017—Cercis canadensis—Eastern Redbud

The Harvard Conservation Trust’s 37th Annual Tree-For-All:
The Harvard Conservation Trust will distribute Eastern Redbud seedlings at the Transfer Station on Saturday, May 6th from 8 AM to noon, and on the Harvard Common on Sunday, May 7th from 9:30 AM to noon.

In early spring, their pink-purple flowers line the bark of their twigs, branches, and trunks, announcing the end of winter. Redbud has uniquely heart-shaped leaves. Many birds eat the seeds, and honeybees visit the blossoms. The shrubs are free to Harvard Conservation Trust members and are available to non-members for a $5.00 contribution.

Saturday, May 6: Tree-For-All at the Transfer Station, 8:00 AM-12:00 PM
Sunday, May 7: Tree-For-All in the Town Center, 9:30 AM-12:00 PM

HCT Co-sponsored Warner Free Lecture

HCT Co-sponsored Warner Free Lecture:

These, too, are the sounds of nature . . .

Did you know that the “sounds of nature” are not necessarily pleasant, nor is the music that imitates them? Join local musician Stephen Peisch and David Pihl as they present a program of piano music that was inspired by nature, including compositions by Robert Schumann, Franz Liszt, Bela Bartok, Amy Beach, Edward MacDowell, Sergei Rachmaninoff, Allen Hovhaness, Claude Debussy, Stephen Peisch, and William Thomas McKinley.


David Pihl, pianist, of Worcester, Massachusetts, studied at Boston University School of Music and received his Master of Music in Piano Performance at the University of Lowell School of Music. His principal teachers have been Michael Kramer and Anthony di Bonaventura. He also studied vocal accompaniment in Europe under Ellly Ameling and Rudolf Jansen. He has performed widely in the Northeast, and, together with Michael Finegold, co-founded the Essex Chamber Music Players.

David Pihl has taught music at Worcester State College, Northern Essex Community College and Becker Junior College. He is the staff accompanist for the Theatre Dept at Holy Cross College and has been the accompanist for the University of Massachusetts – Lowell Chorus and Westford Chorus.

Volunteers Hall, Harvard Public Library. Free! No reservations or tickets required.