Events of Interest


Saturday, February 3 
No Misery at Mt. Misery - Family Walk in Lincoln 
9:30-11 AM  
Mt. Misery, Lincoln, MA 
On this family walk, we are likely to see birds and we will explore the beautiful forests near the Sudbury River along with nearby farm fields that are part of this mis-named conservation land.  This walk is suitable for four years old and older.  The walk cancels for rain or ice on trails.  Please dress appropriately with warm hat and gloves and water and snacks as appropriate to your kids needs.  The walk is sponsored by AMC Boston Family Outings and AMC Outdoors Rx.  Contact the leader, Chris Stix, with questions at, ,781-894-2924.  Free.

Saturday, February 3 
Making Maple Syrup 
Littleton, Location to be announced. 
Littleton Community Farm will offer a workshop where participants will learn the craft of making maple syrup.  This will be a hands-on-learning day (rain or shine).  The teacher will walk participants through the process of collecting sap and show them how to make it into syrup.  Presented by : Jennifer Wilson.  Sign up at  Pre-registration is required.  A donation to LSC is appreciated, but not required to sign up.

Sunday, February 4 
Concord Land Conservation Trust Winter Walk, Ski or Snowshoe 
1 PM 
Parking lot of the  Willard School, 185 Powdermill Road 
Stretch your legs before the Super Bowl?  Bring your snowshoes, skis or boots (crampons recommended) and join us for a winter walk through their Miller Farm property and maybe across Sudbury Road into the Garfield Woods.  For more information, contact, 978-369-6526

Sunday, Feb. 4
 Super Cup Fungus Sunday and Winter Mushroom Count 
1-3 PM 
Estabrook Woods, Monument Street entrance, Concord, MA
Mycologist and author of “Fascinating Fungi of New England,” Lawrence Millman, will be the foray leader on a mushroom identification walk and Winter Mushroom Count to rival all other winter mushroom activities taking place this Super Bowl Sunday.  With a goal to identify 75 species, the results of the Winter Mushroom Count will appear in a subsequent issue of the Boston Mycological Club Bulletin.”  Free and open to the public; however, it is capped at 20 participants.  RSVP or call 508-241-9601.  Sponsored by Thoreau Farm:  Birthplace of Henry David Thoreau and the  Thoreau Society. 

Tuesday, February 6 
Codman North/Farm Meadow Mindfulness Walk with John Calabria 
1-2:30 PM 
Parking:  Park in the back of Donelan’s lot (145 Lincoln Road) in the last row before the commuter lot begins
Join the Lincoln Land Conservation Trust for this first walk in the series at Codman North/Farm Meadow for a gentle placed walk through nature guided by John Calabria.  The series is organized for 55+, but all are welcome.  Walking sticks or poles can help for stability, if you have them.  For inclement weather, call the LLCT’s general line at 781-259-9251 after 10 AM the morning of the walk for direction.  John Calabria is a yoga teacher, and expert in mindfulness and nature.  He cares for 60 bluebird nest boxes, forages for wild foods, and is a longtime teacher of mindfulness and Yoga in West Cocord.  Co-sponsored with the Lincoln Council on Aging.

Thursday, February 8 
Public Forum on the MAGIC Climate Resilience Plan
5:30 PM - 7:30 PM 
Acton Town Hall, Faulkner Room, 472 Main Street, Acton 
During the forum we will share the findings of the recently-completed MAGIC Climate Resilience Plan, and discuss how residents, civic groups, and towns can work to increase resilience across the region.  RSVP at   This event is free and open to the public.  Refreshments will be provided. 

Sunday, February 11 
Tracking:  Reading Wildlife and the Winter Woods
1 PM 
Concord Land Conservation Trust Chamberlin Woods
Andrew Joslin will teach us how to use both sight and sound (and sometimes smell) to interpret animal movements and behavior.  In addition to recognizing common tracks, learn to observe wintering bird flock behaviors and study animal signs like burrows, digging, and pecking.  To register go to  $5/individual; $10/family.

Thursday, Feb. 15 
Lincoln Land Conservation Trust Movie Night, “A Sloth Named Velcro” 
7:30 pm   - 9 PM

Lincoln Land Conservation Trust, 145 Lincoln Road, Lincoln 
Extend your Valentine’s Day celebration and come witness a love story between a young journalist, named Ana Salceda from Spain, and her chance encounter with a tiny orphaned sloth, which she names Velcro.  Sloths, once largely ignored, have become a hot topic of scientific researchers.  New studies are s showing that they’re not so sloth-like after all, that they have social structures, they move like primates, and that males keep small harems.  
For nearly two years, Ana and Velcro are inseparable until finally Ana travels up a remote river to reintroduce Velcro back to the wild.  This film documents Ana’s return to Central and South America to see how much as changed since Velcro came into her life.  Sloth sanctuaries and rehabilitation centers are opening throughout the Americas as development displaces these gentle creatures.  Shot on location in Panama, Costa Rica and Colombia this is a story of friendship and a growing network of people working to learn more about sloths in order to protect them.  Run time:  60 minutes.

Sunday, February 25
 Regional Collaboration around Water:  Nagog Pond as a Case Study 
11:30 AM 
First Parish,   Lexington Road, Concord, MA 
Out west they say, “Whiskey’s for drinking; water’s for fighting.”   Here in Massachusetts we’ve been blessed with abundant rainfall.  We haven’t needed to fight over water, because there has been plenty to go around.  But that is now changing, and is likely to get worse in the future, as population grows and precipitation patterns shift.  The ongoing controversy over Concord’s proposal to increase water treatment capacity at Nagog Pond, and the steadfast resistance of the Acton townspeople to this plan, may be harbingers of a future rife with water wars.  Or perhaps we will find a more neighborly way to plan for water regionally.  In this forum, Acton resident and geoscientist Dr. Kim Kastens will share her view of the Nagog Pond situation and lead a discussion of what lessons we can learn about water in a time of scarcity.  

Birding Kits 
Acton Memorial Library, Main Street, Acton 
The library has two Birding Kits available for loan.  Each kit includes a canvas field bag with Eagle Optics 8 by 42 binoculars with case:  Peterson Field Guide to Birds of Eastern and Central North America:  Birding for the Curious; town of Acton Guide to Conservation Lands; and a laminated copy of Sibley’s Backyard Birds of the Northeast, a quick reference card.  The kits circulate for two weeks, and must be checked out at the library and returned to the library. 



NEW:  Acton WildAware is a local wildlife awareness program sponsored by the Acton Natural Resources Department that runs from fall, 2015 through Fall, 2017. To participate, read monthly articles in the Beacon and Action Unlimited.  The most recent Beacon article was published on 9/28/17, “Co-existing with, protecting native snakes in region” by Paula Goodwin.  It will also be posted on the Land Stewardship Committee website,
Send WildAware your local wildlife photos; “like” and visit the Acton WildAware Facebook page; get a free button at town hall to show you are WildAware! For more info email or call 978-929-6634.

Boxborough Birders 
Boxborough Birders is a local, all-volunteer group of bird watchers with varying levels of experience. Local walks in Boxborough, Acton, Harvard, Stow, Bolton, Littleton, and occasionally beyond are organized during spring and fall migration.   Also, some of us volunteer in the historic, annual Christmas Bird Count. Our walks are free of charge and most are scheduled on weekends. Visit their website for this spring's calendar of walks, links to local birding spots, photos, and more. You can sign up there to be on our mailing list and get all the information you need. We hope you will join us out on the trail soon.

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