New! SVT Trail Guide: 40 Walks West of Boston

Nighthawk Migration Season

Common nighthawk photograph by Dennis Balboni off Water Row in Sudbury, May 2007
By SVT Volunteer Ron McAdow, written in 2006.  With migration season upon us, it felt like the right time to re-promote this article.  
Here’s a summertime riddle. I chase flies under the lights at Fenway Park. Having no mitt, I shag them with my mouth. I don’t attend day games. What’s my name?
The answer—Common Nighthawk—is itself a little puzzling because this bird is neither common nor a hawk. Nighthawks are medium-sized, long-winged birds that feed exclusively on insects snatched from the air. Biologists categorize nighthawks as “crepuscular” because they are most active at dawn and dusk. They fly late during Red Sox home games because the bright illumination creates a stadium-sized bowl of artificial twilight.
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55 Acres Conserved in Northborough

Howard Brook Bridge in Northborough
By Ashley Davies, Land Protection Specialist
On June 2, 2014, the Town of Northborough granted Sudbury Valley Trustees a conservation restriction (CR) over 55 acres of open meadows and upland forest on Green Street. The conservation restriction forever protects a forested slope, a sweeping grassland meadow, and a portion of Howard Book, a cold water stream that provides habitat to native brook trout.  
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Iconic Wayland Landscape Permanently Preserved

The views across the Lincoln Road fields are now permanently preserved.
By Christa Collins, Director of Land Protection
Dirt roads are rare in our parts, so one can’t help feeling transported to another time while standing on the rocky and rutted surface of Lincoln Road in Wayland, gazing across fields that have changed little since the days of Henry Thoreau.  As evidenced by the many walkers present on a recent morning, this is one of the most peaceful and lovely lanes in town along which to amble. The views across the Lincoln Road fields are now permanently preserved. 
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Sudbury Valley Trustees
is a regional land trust that conserves land and protects wildlife habitat in the Concord, Assabet, and Sudbury river basin for the benefit of present and future generations.