Showing posts with label nature. Show all posts
Showing posts with label nature. Show all posts

Friday, September 10, 2021

NATURE: A Walking Play -> Sep 24 - Oct 3

"NATURE: A Walking Play is coming to Bird Park! Don’t miss this immersive and family-friendly performance that highlights the natural world and Emerson & Thoreau’s love for nature.  
Walk along with the actors as the play’s scenes unfold throughout beautiful Bird Park.  
Performances at the park run from September 24-October 3. Please visit https://thetrustees.org/program/nature-play/ to order tickets. 
Performances also take place at Fruitlands Museum in Harvard and Appleton Farms in Ipswich."

NATURE: A Walking Play  -> Sep 24 - Oct 3
NATURE: A Walking Play  -> Sep 24 - Oct 3


Saturday, October 10, 2020

“Some people are afraid of opossums based on their looks"

From the Milford Daily News, an article of interest for Franklin:

Some are fearful of their beady eyes and sharp claws, but any danger opossums pose is usually outweighed by a human’s reaction to them, says Franklin wildlife rehabilitator Stacey Cobb.

On Sept. 14, she met “Hope,” a juvenile opossum who was shot repeatedly with a pellet gun, she said.

“He was in rough shape,” said Cobb, of Nature’s Nurse Wildlife Rehabilitation, when she met the injured marsupial at about 5 that morning. A North Attleborough woman and her niece, who Cobb noted were both “pretty badly beaten up” themselves, brought the animal over after he was shot by a neighbor a few hours earlier.

“It was bad,” said Cobb. “He was shot in the eye, and the bullet had gone into his eye and was trying to come out his cheek/jaw area.” He was also shot in the abdomen, she added.

Continue reading the article online (subscription may be required)
 
"Nature's Nurse Wildlife Rehabilitation is a registered 501c3 in Franklin, Massachusetts. We nurse sick, orphaned and injured wildlife back to health and back into their natural environment within the state of Massachusetts."

Visit their webpage  http://naturesnursewildliferehabilitation.org/

Or their Facebook page  https://www.facebook.com/naturesnursewildliferehabilitation/

 

Sunday, September 27, 2020

Nature’s Nurse Wildlife Rehabilitation has an easy way for you to help today!

"Friends, Family, Everyone 😁 Please, PLEASE vote for me through the Tractor Supply Rescue Grant. I am one of the 25 finalists ( through my Nature’s Nurse Wildlife Rehabilitation page ) Top 8 win $25,000 for their rescue. 

Voting started at midnight and ends Sept 30. You can only vote once so please share with everyone you know and encourage them to vote. I would be so grateful and can do so much more with these funds ❤️🐾. 

You vote by putting a heart on my photo through the link I'll provide.

Vote here > http://tractorsupply.com/rescueyourrescue

#RescueYourRescue #Contest

Please share on Instagram and Twitter if you have them. Thank you all!"

(This is the photo you'll see on the link)

Nature’s Nurse Wildlife Rehabilitation has an easy way for you to help today!
Nature’s Nurse Wildlife Rehabilitation has an easy way for you to help today!


"Nature's Nurse Wildlife Rehabilitation is a registered 501c3 in Franklin, Massachusetts. We nurse sick, orphaned and injured wildlife back to health and back into their natural environment within the state of Massachusetts."

Visit their webpage  http://naturesnursewildliferehabilitation.org/

Or their Facebook page  https://www.facebook.com/naturesnursewildliferehabilitation/ 

Tuesday, August 20, 2019

September Events with Metacomet Land Trust




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This wonderful little songbird
This wonderful little songbird was safely tagged and released in May as part of bird-banding projects in our region. See below for our September 14th event at which you can help this effort!

Upcoming Hikes in Blackstone with Volunteer Tom Bik

Tom Bik is leading two free hikes in Blackstone in early September. Please check our calendar and join us to visit the Blackstone River Gorge and Metacomet's Hop Brook Conservation Area!

Thursday, September 5th - Afternoon Guided 1-Mile Hike, Blackstone Gorge State Park, end of County Street, Blackstone, MA. 4:30 p.m.

Join Blackstone Heritage Corridor Trail Ambassador and Metacomet Land Trust board member Tom Bik on a guided, one-mile hike in the woods along the Blackstone River. Tom will highlight the history and natural resources along the Blackstone River Gorge. This easy-to-moderate hike is just long enough to satisfy outdoor enthusiasts and short enough for beginners. Free and open to all. Rain date September 6th, 2019, same time. This event is co-sponsored with the Go! events program of the Blackstone Heritage Corridor.
 
Saturday, September 7th Morning Nature Walk, Hop Brook Conservation Area, Mendon Street, Blackstone MA. 10:00 a.m.

Please join us for a morning nature walk at our Hop Brook Conservation Area in Blackstone at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, September 6th. Tom will guide you and your family through the woodlands of this large preserve. Metacomet's property is a key protected area within more than 1,000 acres of conservation land. For more information please email info@metacometlandtrust.org or call 508-271-7131. This event is free and open to all. In case of rain the walk will take place on September 8th at the same time. The entrance to the parking lot is opposite 249 Mendon Street, in Blackstone. The Google Map link is:
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Sunday, February 24, 2019

Parmenter Story Walk in 2010

An explore along the nature trail and now a story walk behind the Parmenter Elementary School, in Franklin, MA. These are a sample of the views along the walk in the fall of 2010.

Parmenter: Story Walk


or go directly to Flickr
https://www.flickr.com/photos/steve_sherlock/sets/72157625155278049/

Saturday, November 11, 2017

In the News: schools wrestle with hate crimes; wild turkeys return

From the Milford Daily News, articles of interest for Franklin:

"As schools across Massachusetts grapple with a recent surge in racist graffiti and anti-Semitic incidents, many educators say they are working to build programs into their curriculum to combat hate. 
As schools across Massachusetts grapple with a recent surge in racist graffiti and anti-Semitic incidents, many educators say they are working to build programs into their curriculum to combat hate. 
“We are trying to focus proactively on creating an inclusive culture and climate in a preventative way,” said Sara Ahern, superintendent of schools in Franklin, where swastikas were scrawled on school buildings and playground equipment three times last year and again earlier this month."

Continue reading the article online (subscription may be required)
http://www.milforddailynews.com/news/20171110/massachusetts-schools-wrestle-with-hate-incidents


"For more than 100 years, there were no wild turkeys in Massachusetts. 
Hunting and increased development completely wiped out the wild turkeys, but in the past few decades, the large birds have rebounded in a big way. Turkeys are increasingly popping up in urban and residential areas. 
“It is a great success story we were able to get them re-established,” said Wayne Petersen, director of important bird areas for Mass Audubon. 
The Massachusetts Division of Fisheries and Wildlife tried in 1911, then in the 1950s and ’60s, to bring wild turkeys back to the Bay State, but the attempts didn’t find success until the late-1970s. That is when adult turkeys trapped in upstate New York were moved into the Berkshires. The initial group of 37 turkeys took hold and thrived. As the wild turkey population grew, MassWildlife caught some of the birds and brought them to other parts of the state and turkeys soon became a re-established species."


Continue reading the article online (subscription may be required)
http://www.milforddailynews.com/news/20171110/turkeys-conservation-success-story-in-massachusetts

part of the flock of wild turkeys seen in the Four Corners area
part of the flock of wild turkeys seen in the Four Corners area

Wednesday, November 1, 2017

Charles River Meadowlands hike recap

The Oct. 28 Charles River Meadowlands hike attracted a total of 20 people. The group made it through the rugged, wet, and overgrown terrain south of Oak Street Extension, eventually emerging in beautiful upland fields and tall stands of evergreens, ultimately exiting via White Avenue. 

Two town council candidates attended the event: Eamon McCarthy Earls and Andy Bissanti. 

“It was great to have so many people exploring this area,” said Meadowlands organizer, Alan Earls. “We got to see the challenges for trail development in the wetter areas as well as the enormous potential in the extensive field and forest sections,” he added.

Charles River Meadowlands hike recap
Charles River Meadowlands hike recap

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

New nature blog for Franklin's natural areas


Attention nature-lovers of Franklin, MA: As part of my internship with the Franklin Conservation Commission, I have created a public nature blog for the natural areas around town. The blog provides a great opportunity for citizens science, or gathering information/data from the general public, to keep an inventory on the flora and fauna of the sites.  
In addition, the blog will be used as an aid to track the impacts of climate change as the areas experience seasonal transitions.  
If you utilize the beautiful conservation areas in Franklin and would like to contribute to the blog by reporting a sighting, please go to https://franklinmanature.wordpress.com/ and follow the instructions.  
Thank you!
https://franklinmanature.wordpress.com/
https://franklinmanature.wordpress.com/

Friday, June 10, 2016

Guided Nature Walk - Saturday, Jun 11 at 8 AM

The Stony Brook Nature Center in Norfolk is hosting a free event in Franklin this Saturday. Please see the attachment. We would appreciate any assistance that you can provide to spread the word.






one of the trails in the Franklin Town Forest off Summer St
one of the trails in the Franklin Town Forest off Summer St

Thursday, March 10, 2016

Big Night! Vernal Pools come alive in Franklin


With spring-like weather expected this week and into the next few weeks, the Conservation Commission reminds you to keep your eyes and ears open for signs of "Big Night".

Big Night is the term we use for those first few warm, rainy nights of spring. The warmer weather and rain cue wood frogs and salamanders to begin migration, through forests and across roadways, to local vernal pools to breed. Vernal pools, as their name suggests are small depressions that collect snow melt and rain in the spring and fill for just a few short months, providing a safe place for some frogs and salamanders to breed.

These animals live in the uplands during most of the year and move in large numbers to the pool they were hatched in on these nights. If you’re lucky, you’ll hear wood frogs (they sound a little like quacking ducks) and spring peepers in the next few weeks.

If you are lucky enough to witness or hear nature's musings, please enjoy! And then do not forget to call the Conservation Department at 508-520-4929 to report it.

You can learn more about vernal pools here: vernalpool.org

image from vernalpool.org
image from vernalpool.org

This was shared from the Franklin webpage
http://franklin.ma.us/Pages/FranklinMA_News/02358E87-000F8513

Monday, July 13, 2015

Parmenter Bird House (photo essay)

Saturday's walk gave me a great chance to capture some photos of the new bird house  put in at the entrance to the Parmenter Nature Walk.

One weekend in June, I happened upon a group of parents and 5th graders working to clean up the trail and to prepare for the installation of the bird house.

entrance to Parmenter Nature Trail (bird house now in its own circle of stones to the left of the trail)
entrance to Parmenter Nature Trail (bird house now in its own circle of stones to the left of the trail)
The bird house was supposed to be installed that Monday but the weather (rain) prevented that, time went by, it did get installed (sometime) and I finally did get to take some photos (on Saturday).

The group posed for a photo after their trail clean up work (thanks to Mary Jo Peterson for sharing)

The group posed for a photo (thanks to Mary Jo Peterson for sharing)
The group posed for a photo (thanks to Mary Jo Peterson for sharing)

The bird feeder

front view
front view


memorial plaque
memorial plaque


one side view
one side view


other side view
other side view


full size  view
full size  view

Photos of the Story Walk from October 2010 can be found here
https://www.flickr.com/photos/steve_sherlock/sets/72157625155278049/

Note: The "Story Walk" is no longer but the trail is what was recently cleaned up

Photos of the Nature Trail from 2008 can be found here
https://www.flickr.com/photos/steve_sherlock/sets/72157606926154439/

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Get Psyched for a Hike over Spring Vacation!


My name is Jenn Conyers and I am a Girl Scout and Senior at Franklin High School. I am completing my Gold Award Project which involves mapping the nature trails at Dacey Fields and creating interactive nature trail signs.

Calling all young children who love or want to learn about the great outdoors. Do you like being outdoors or just walking in the woods? Then come join me Wednesday, April 22nd or Friday April 24th for a 45 minute guided tour of the new nature trails at Dacey Fields.

The guided tour is designed for children all ages and abilities. All families or big groups of kids are welcome. There is no cost. 
General tours are at 11am and 2pm however times are flexible. To reserve a spot and for more information please email me at jenny.conyers@gmail.com.

Dacey Community Field - Lincoln St, Franklin
Dacey Community Field - Lincoln St, Franklin

Saturday, August 23, 2014

Sara Lewis: The loves and lies of fireflies

When I spent some time in Central Pennsylvania this summer, the fireflies amazed me as they do every summer. Fortunately, this TED Talk provides some wonderful insights about fireflies, their life and how they create the light we have come to love.

"It's amazing to think that the luminous displays we admire here and in fact everywhere around the world are actually the silent love songs of male fireflies. They're flying and flashing their hearts out. I still find it very romantic."





screen capture of Sara Lewis's TED Talk
screen capture of Sara Lewis's TED Talk

The link to the TED Talk page where you can find the author bio, the interactive transcript and more
http://www.ted.com/talks/sara_lewis_the_loves_and_lies_of_fireflies



Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Then and Now - Parmenter Nature Trail

On my weekly walks, one of the frequent side trips I make is along the Parmenter Nature Trail. I live a block from school and the Nature Trail is easily accessible across the playing fields behind the school.

Parmenter Nature Trail
Parmenter Nature Trail

The woods are lovely in the morning
The woods are lovely in the morning
 The trail is soft pine needles and slopes down quickly but easily

old stone wall
old stone wall

trail platform
trail platform

split rock by water side
split rock by water side
 The stream that runs from Spruce Pond on King St runs down here and then continues on to Mine Brook

side view of the split rock
side view of the split rock

what goes down, eventually goes back up
what goes down, eventually goes back up


ah, daffodils!
ah, daffodils!

bird house on tree behind the Parmenter School building as the trail ends
bird house on tree behind the Parmenter School building as the trail ends

The Parmenter Nature Trail in August 2008
https://www.flickr.com/photos/steve_sherlock/sets/72157606926154439/

There was a "story walk" along the trail that I captured with photos in October 2010
https://www.flickr.com/photos/steve_sherlock/sets/72157625155278049/


Where is the Parmenter Nature Trail?
The trail is found at the edge of the playing fields and runs through the green section of this map along the water and back up to the school building



Monday, September 30, 2013

SNETT walk on Saturday, Sep 28

It was a glorious day to walk on the Southern New England Trunkline Trail (SNETT). Hosted by the Franklin and Bellingham Rail Trail Committee, the Metacomet Land Trust and the MA Dept of Conservation and Resources, about 20 people enjoyed the walk along the trail stopping from time to time to check out nature along the way.


SNETT_EntranceSign
SNETT Trail sign


The rail still runs from Union St out to Grove St and ends there. On the other side of Grove St, the trail continues the path where the rails ran. The rails have been removed for some time.

SNETT_RailthatWas
the rails end here at Grove St

New England Aster

SNETT_NEAster
New England aster


the trail showing some wear from the motor bikes that travel it illegally

SNETT_OpenTrail
motorbikes create ruts on the trail


Toad sunning

SNETT_toad
toad in the sun


wooley bear caterpillar hitched a ride temporarily

SNETT_wooleycatepillar
wooley bear caterpillar


one of the activities for the younger members of the group was to find and frame some signs of life

SNETT_lifeFramed
life found and framed


Spider web in the sunlight

SNETT_spiderweb
spider web


The group as they crossed Spring St

SNETT_GroupbySpringStGate
Spring St crossing


come on out to enjoy the trail

SNETT_TrailView
shaded trail

For more about the Franklin and Bellingham Rail Trail Committee visit their webpage
http://www.franklinbellinghamrailtrail.org/

For more about the Metacomet Land trust visit their webpage  http://www.metacometlandtrust.org/

For more about the MA DCR  http://www.mass.gov/eea/agencies/dcr/

Additional photos from the walk can be found in the set on Flickr
http://www.flickr.com/photos/steve_sherlock/sets/72157636043702445/


Sunday, September 15, 2013

Autumn Rail Trail Walk/Nature Hike - Sep 28

The Franklin and Bellingham Rail Trail Committee (FBRTC) and the Metacomet Land Trust (MLT) and happy to announce an Autumn Nature Hike on the Southern New England Trunkline Trail.

Please join us Saturday, Sept 28, 2013 at 10:00 am for this family-friendly event.  Enjoy all the sights, scents and sounds the seasonal changes have to offer on this Saturday morning hike. Kid-friendly guided activities will be provided along approximately one-mile round trip hike.  Recognize trees by their scent, bark and leaves; look and listen for signs of wildlife as they prepare for winter. A professional interpreter from the Department of Conservation and Recreation will lead the walk. 

All ages welcome.  This event is free, and you can register at  http://franklinbellinghamrailtrail.org/calendar/sept-28-autumn-walk-hike.


and additional information about the hike is at www.fanklinbellinghamrailtrail.org/calendar/sept-28-autumn-walk-hike

We look forward to seeing you.


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SNETT sign on Grove St


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More about the Metacomet Land Trustwww.metacometlandtrust.org


More about Franklin and Bellingham Rail Trail Committee: www.franklinbellinghamrailtrail.org


Where is the trail?


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Friday, September 2, 2011

The demise of guys

Philip Zimbardo was the leader of the notorious 1971 Stanford Prison Experiment. Now retired from teaching for over 50 years, he makes this presentation at TED about the demise of guys.
Video is less than 5 minutes long. You may need to return and watch it multiple times!










For information on a related topic, how little time outside is creating a 'nature deficit disorder'


Note: email subscribers will need to click through to view the video on Franklin Matters






Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Parmenter School: Story Walk - photos

Dolores and I got to take in the Story Walk on Sunday morning.




Enjoy the Story Walk!


Prior posts about the Nature Trail and Story Walk:
The back story on the Nature Trail at Parmenter was published on Monday
The guide to the Nature Trail was published on Tuesday



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Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Parmenter School: Nature Trail Guide

The trail guide for the Nature Trail at the Parmenter Elementary School on Wachusett St in Franklin, MA.

Parmenter Nature Trail Guide 2010

Enjoy!


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Monday, November 1, 2010

Letter from Theresa D'Amato

How did the nature trail at the Parmenter School come to be?
This letter from Theresa D'Amato, a teacher at Parmenter (now retired), tells the story.

Dear Parmenter Parents/Guardians,
Franklin, like many other communities, has lost much of its forested areas to development thus limiting the opportunities for children to experience the natural environment and to have outdoor educational experiences. It was for this reason that grant proposals were written to fund a project designed to meet this critical need for the students at Parmenter School.
In 1999, a Franklin Education Foundation grant provided the funds to create a habitat to attract birds and butterflies at Parmenter. At that time, Parmenter students designed and planted the garden. In addition, Franklin High School football players moved rocks to border it. Today, Parmenter students maintain the garden, fill the bird feeders, and create nature-friendly crafts for the birds.
In 2001, The Massachusetts Audubon Society, in partnership with Parmenter School, received an Eisenhower grant to create a nature trail on the school property and to provide all teachers with the information needed to integrate environmental sciences into their curricula. To complement and improve this resource, a grant from Lowe’s was obtained in 2006. Using these funds in conjunction with the service of former Parmenter students, guideposts, a wetland boardwalk, trailhead sign, and erosion timbers were installed on the G. M. Parmenter Nature Trail. Future projects are planned to continue to enhance the trail.
At this time I would like to thank all of the parents—too numerous to mention—who since 1999 have helped with the habitat and the trail; I-Jen Chen who created the GPS map, and Anthony D’Amato who created the trail guide. My heartfelt gratitude goes to Robert Young, Colin Young, and Jeremy Harmon who chose to conduct their Eagle Scout projects at their former elementary school.
The completion of the trail required several years of work and was funded by grants and maintained by hundreds of hours of volunteer labor. Importantly, the trail is a resource to be enjoyed by the entire Parmenter School Community and I invite you to utilize this nature trail and to inform your extended family and friends of its existence. Moreover, it is my hope that the G.M. Parmenter School Nature Trail will provide a resource for environmental education experiences that create a sense of stewardship for the Earth’s natural resources. Please use the enclosed trail guide to enrich your walk as you enjoy the beauty of nature that exists right out our backyard.
Sincerely,
Theresa F. D’Amato

I managed to catch Theresa when I stopped by Saturday to check out the Story Walk. The Story Walk is placed along the nature trail.

The Story Walk was born in Vermont. I'll have pictures of the walk later this week.


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