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  • SVT Members Help Build Bee Hotel at our Pollinator Party.
    SVT Members Help Build Bee Hotel at our Pollinator Party.

    "Bee Hotel" Unveiled at Pollinator Party

    On Saturday, July 16, SVT held a Pollinator Party at our Wolbach Farm headquarters to celebrate our year-long “Places for...

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  • Golas Farm, Boylston, Massachusetts
    SVT and the NEFF have acquired a conservation restriction on Golas Farm in Boylston.

    Farm Conservation Success in Boylston

    SVT is thrilled to announce that we have conserved a significant natural resource and agricultural asset in Boylston. On June 28,...

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  • Covered Bridge in Wayland, 15 acres newly conserved.

    Land Conservation Projects Completed in Wayland and Carlisle

    SVT's land protection staff was busy during the week of June 20, 2016, completing two important projects. In Wayland, 15 acres...

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  • SVT Stewardship Assistant James Farrell and SVT Land Steward Morgan Chambers preparing jute netting for a restoration area along Cranberry Brook at SVT's Memorial Forest.
    SVT Stewardship Assistant James Farrell and SVT Land Steward Morgan Chambers preparing jute netting for a restoration area along Cranberry Brook at SVT's Memorial Forest.

    Stream Bank Restoration at Memorial Forest

    SVT and our volunteers have been busy this season working to restore several areas of stream bank at our General Federation of Women...

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Impact

Together with our 2800 members and 200 volunteers, we...

  • Conserve and care for over 4300 acres of fields, forests, and farms in the 36 communities surrounding the Assabet, Sudbury, and Concord Rivers.
  • Maintain more than 55 miles of hiking trails.
  • Help friends and neighbors connect with nature through our events, programs, and outings.
  • Assist local organizations in their efforts to protect the region’s most important natural areas.

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Take a Hike

Hazel Brook Conservation Area, by Raj Das
Hazel Brook Conservation Area, by Raj Das

Hazel Brook Conservation Area (48.4 acres) rewards your senses almost immediately by the sound of the rushing waters of Hazel Brook, soon followed by the sight of a beautiful pond.

Don't stop there, for a moderately easy hike uphill through the quiet woods leads you to a network of more than 65 miles of trails through Weston Town Forest and other public land. A figure-eight route through the property takes about one hour, plus any additional time you choose to devote to Weston town trails beyond.

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Nature Sightings

A monarch caterpillar at SVT's Greenways Conservation Area in Wayland, photographed by Jesse Koyen.
A monarch caterpillar at SVT's Greenways Conservation Area in Wayland, photographed by Jesse Koyen.

July 21, 2016

Jesse Koyen photographed a bumble bee on blue vervain, an eastern pondhawk, and a monarch caterpillar on swamp milkweed at the SVT's Greenways Conservation Area.

A red-tailed hawk in Lincoln, photographed by Harold McAleer.
A red-tailed hawk in Lincoln, photographed by Harold McAleer.

July 19, 2016

Harold McAleer photographed this red-tailed hawk in Lincoln.

Mallard ducklings at Hager Pond in Marlborough, photographed by Steve Forman.
Mallard ducklings at Hager Pond in Marlborough, photographed by Steve Forman.

July 18, 2016

Steve Forman photographed these Canada geese, a domestic goose gosling, and mallard ducklings at Hager Pond in Marlborough.

An American black bear in Bolton, photographed by Rick Merrill.
An American black bear in Bolton, photographed by Rick Merrill.

July 17, 2016

Rick Merrill photographed this American black bear in Bolton.

A common buckeye at Greenways Conservation Area in Wayland, photographed by Michael Newton.
A common buckeye at Greenways Conservation Area in Wayland, photographed by Michael Newton.

July 12, 2016

Michael Newton photographed several insects during a pollinator survey at SVT's Greenways Conservation Area in Wayland. SVT has been working to improve habitat for the insects as part of our Places for Pollinators project. The goal of this project is to increase the abundance of quality foraging plants and bee-nesting habitat for pollinators, such as Monarch butterflies and native bees. The focus of this work has been along the Sudbury River, a major migratory corridor. At Greenways, this is a piece of an ongoing effort to restore native habitat at the property's north field.

Join us at Wolbach Farm in Sudbury for one of our Pollinator Parties on Saturday, July 16, 2016, to learn about the causes of the sharp decline in pollinators and what can be done in your own back yard to help. Register for the morning session or the afternoon session and enjoy a trail walk at Wolbach to discover plants beloved by butterflies and bees, visit the new pollinator garden beds, help construct a bee hotel, and enjoy refreshments that depend on the hard work of pollinators. There will also be activities that children will enjoy.