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Over twenty landowners and others joined Byron and Nancy Stutzman to walk their woods and learn about some of their stewardship practices on the woodland in Ware and Hardwick. They’ve been working on improving the forest health, diversifying the species and improving access. Several timber sales over the past decade have improved spacing and the […]

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The dedicated volunteer crew didn’t give up despite the periodic rain showers on Saturday. Thanks to Becky, Paul, Owen, Jason, Denis, Josh, Bill, Darrell and Cynthia so much work was done in four short hours. Everyone who passes by the Frohloff Farm on Church Street in Ware will benefit from their tremendous efforts. Seven bags […]

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Discovering Thoreau

A dozen students from Eagle Hill School spent yesterday exploring the Coxhall Kitchen Garden and Deer Park Preserve as part of their year-long exploration of Thoreau’s writings. The group did a variety of things, including building a human-sized bird nest as a piece of installation art, collecting freshwater insects from Fish Brook with Lee McLaughlin, […]

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Native pollinators come in many shapes and sizes. Sunday afternoon we spent some time building structures for the tube dependent kind. Species like the Blue Orchard Mason, Grass Carrying Wasp, Metallic Green Bee, or Leaf-cutter Bee. We created wood structures that can protect the tunnels or tubes from moisture, and then filled the space with […]

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The woodcocks are back and searching for mates. Listen to this one as he’s calling. You can listen for woodcocks at the Frohloff Farm, down by the river near dusk.

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Trees or Timber?

The book discussion about American Canopy, written by Eric Rutkow, had a lively back-and-forth conversation last night. It didn’t matter if you read the whole book, some parts or none at all. Everyone got into the discussion about specific tree species, historical figures or the overall premise. We started off with a simple meal – […]

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Abundant Signs of Wildlife

Today we focused on wildlife. David Brown, renowned naturalist and tracker spent the late morning and afternoon with many eager to learn more about the various animals that also call this area home. First David shared images of tracks and sign from a wide variety of animals. Then we trekked down to Deer Park Preserve […]

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Wood Duck Boxes Installed

Thanks to Eagle Scout candidate Aaron Morgan, and Troop 118, three new wood duck boxes are installed at the mill pond at the Pynchon’s Grist Mill Preserve. This Saturday was cold and raw, but members of West Brookfield Troop 118 spent the afternoon installing nesting boxes that they made that morning. Aaron researched various styles […]

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This past week there were two opportunities to hear directly from landowners about how conservation of their family lands fit into estate planning. Thank you to Joan and Randy Walker, Frank Patterson and Mick Huppert for sharing their experiences and insights into challenging planning situations. Fellow landowners from Barre and Oakham heard about the path […]

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Bobolinks at Wendemuth

A great crew of volunteers monitored the bird populations at Wendemuth Meadow this morning. With binoculars strapped around our necks and clipboards in hand, we divided into four groups. Each group took a field or several fields to monitor. That involves choosing a location with good visibility over the area and then watching, listening and […]

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