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

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.