Discovering Thoreau

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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 … Continued

Construction fun for pollinators

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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 … Continued

Trees or Timber?

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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 … Continued

Abundant Signs of Wildlife

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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 … Continued

Wood Duck Boxes Installed

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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 … Continued

Bobolinks at Wendemuth

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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 … Continued

Signs of spring

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Here are some images of spring, thanks to Brian Miner for sharing several of his photographs taken at Moose Brook Preserve in Hardwick yesterday morning! Chris Buelow lead the group on this loop hike through the rich mesic woods. A … Continued