Come join us at HCT’s Annual Meeting, held on Tuesday, November 19th, at Volunteer Hall in the Harvard Public Library (4 Pond Road), 7:00 to 9:00 PM.
This year’s guest speaker will be Richard Higgins, author of Thoreau and the Language of Trees. Richard Higgins is a writer, editor, photographer and lecturer in Concord, Massachusetts. He was a staff reporter and editor for The Boston Globe for 20 years, and his writing has appeared in The New York Times, Atlantic Monthly, Christian Century, Esquire, and Smithsonian and many other publications. In this presentation drawn from the book, he explores Thoreau’s deep connections to trees through Thoreau’s words, photos of historic trees and his own images of trees today. Mr. Higgins will show how trees inspired Thoreau’s creativity as a writer, work as a naturalist, philosophical thought and spiritual life, and explain why Thoreau’s love of trees and wisdom about them speaks to us today.
The presentation will be followed by light refreshments, including homemade gingerbread, fresh apple cider, and good cheer. Bring a friend!
Fall Forest Bathing Walk with Pam Frederick, Certified Nature and Forest Therapy Guide
Saturday, 10/12/19 from 1:30 pm – 3:30 pm.
Location: Brown Conservation land at the end of Murray Lane in Harvard.
Let stress and “to do” lists melt away as you relax, unplug and open your senses to the “medicine” of the forest. Research on “bathing” or taking in the atmosphere of the forest shows improved cognitive functioning and increased sense of well-being.
Pam will guide you with invitations designed to create immersive experiences in nature. The walk concludes with a wild collected tea ceremony and snacks
Registration: You must pre-register with Pam to participate in the walk and a minimum of four people is required. Please call or email Pam to register or with questions.
For online registration: www.runforthehills.org
The Board of Health, Town of Harvard and Nashoba Associated Boards of Health have issued a press release regarding the recent EEE positive mosquito sample found in Harvard, and have asked that this information be shared. Below are links to the press release, plus further information on insect repellents and EEE (Eastern Equine Encephalitis) from the Massachusetts Department of Public Health.
Board of Health Press Release
MA Department of Public Health Fact Sheet on Mosquito Repellents
MA Department of Public Health Fact Sheet on EEE
Want to know more about the flora and fauna that surround us?
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 18 – https://www.svtweb.org/calendar/bioblitz-discovery-day-plants-and-pollinators
All About Monarchs – May 29 – https://www.svtweb.org/calendar/all-about-monarchs
BioBlitz Discovery Day: Herps and Aquatics – June 1 – https://www.svtweb.org/calendar/bioblitz-discovery-day-herps-and-aquatics
BioBlitz – June 22 – https://www.svtweb.org/calendar/bioblitz
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
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/
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)