Hopkinton

Birds in Hopkinton

April 10, 2021

A northern flicker at Mass Audubon's Waseeka Wildlife Sanctuary in Hopkinton, photographed by Steve Forman.
A northern flicker at Mass Audubon's Waseeka Wildlife Sanctuary in Hopkinton, photographed by Steve Forman.
An osprey at Mass Audubon's Waseeka Wildlife Sanctuary in Hopkinton, photographed by Steve Forman.
An osprey at Mass Audubon's Waseeka Wildlife Sanctuary in Hopkinton, photographed by Steve Forman.
An osprey at Mass Audubon's Waseeka Wildlife Sanctuary in Hopkinton, photographed by Steve Forman.
An osprey at Mass Audubon's Waseeka Wildlife Sanctuary in Hopkinton, photographed by Steve Forman.
A pileated woodpecker at Mass Audubon's Waseeka Wildlife Sanctuary in Hopkinton, photographed by Steve Forman.
A pileated woodpecker at Mass Audubon's Waseeka Wildlife Sanctuary in Hopkinton, photographed by Steve Forman.
A pileated woodpecker at Mass Audubon's Waseeka Wildlife Sanctuary in Hopkinton, photographed by Steve Forman.
A pileated woodpecker at Mass Audubon's Waseeka Wildlife Sanctuary in Hopkinton, photographed by Steve Forman.
A pileated woodpecker at Mass Audubon's Waseeka Wildlife Sanctuary in Hopkinton, photographed by Steve Forman.
A pileated woodpecker at Mass Audubon's Waseeka Wildlife Sanctuary in Hopkinton, photographed by Steve Forman.

Steve Forman photographed a northern flicker, an osprey, and a pileated woodpecker at Mass Audubon's Waseeka Wildlife Sanctuary in Hopkinton.

Chickadee and Swallows in Hopkinton

April 2, 2021

A black-capped chickadee at Mass Audbuon's Waseeka Wildlife Sanctuary in Hopkinton.
A black-capped chickadee at Mass Audbuon's Waseeka Wildlife Sanctuary in Hopkinton.
A tree swallow at Mass Audbuon's Waseeka Wildlife Sanctuary in Hopkinton.
A tree swallow at Mass Audbuon's Waseeka Wildlife Sanctuary in Hopkinton.
A tree swallow at Mass Audbuon's Waseeka Wildlife Sanctuary in Hopkinton.
A tree swallow at Mass Audbuon's Waseeka Wildlife Sanctuary in Hopkinton.
A tree swallow at Mass Audbuon's Waseeka Wildlife Sanctuary in Hopkinton.
A tree swallow at Mass Audbuon's Waseeka Wildlife Sanctuary in Hopkinton.

Steve Forman photographed a black-capped chickadee and a tree swallows at Mass Audubon's Waseeka Wildlife Sanctuary in Hopkinton.

Help Us Expand Upton's Peppercorn Hill Conservation Area

The view from atop the Kelly Property

SVT is collaborating with Metacomet Land Trust and the Town of Upton to protect the 66-acre Kelly Property that sits within Upton’s Peppercorn Hill Conservation Area.

A popular hiking trail crosses the Kelly Property and extends onto other conservation lands owned by the Towns of Upton, Hopkinton, and Milford. The land is dotted with rocky outcrops, wetlands, and habitat for rare plant species.

We want to permanently protect these ecological features, close a gap in the Conservation Area, and ensure the public always has access to the trail.

SVT must raise $73,000 to assist MLT in its purchase of 23 acres of this land. We've received $45,000 from a foundation grant, and we are seeking the public's support in raising the remaining $28,000.

Please learn more about this project and make a donation to help conserve this land.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Otters in Hopkinton

November 4, 2020

Deborah Costine recorded this video of river otters at Mass Audubon's Waseeka Wildlife Sanctuary in Hopkinton.

HALT Expands Trail Network

The Hopkinton Area Land Trust (HALT) has expanded its trail network in the vicinity of SVT's Saddle Hill Reservation, making this area a more exciting place to hike.

Hikers can now enjoy a lengthy trek through:

  • SVT's Saddle Hill and Highland Park Reservations,
  • HALT conservation lands,
  • Hopkinton State Park, and
  • Town of Hopkinton conservation lands.

Now that autumn has arrived, it's a great time to get out and explore. Download a map of the Saddle Hill area.

American Carrion Beetle in Hopkinton

August 9, 2020

An American carrion beetle in Hopkinton, photographed by Nancy Shaw.
An American carrion beetle in Hopkinton, photographed by Nancy Shaw.

Nancy Shaw photographed this American carrion beetle on the Center Trail in Hopkinton.

Black-and-white Warbler in Hopkinton

May 14, 2020

A black-and-white-warbler in Hopkinton, photographed by Steve Forman.
A black-and-white-warbler in Hopkinton, photographed by Steve Forman.
A black-and-white-warbler in Hopkinton, photographed by Steve Forman.
A black-and-white-warbler in Hopkinton, photographed by Steve Forman.

Steve Forman photographed this black-and-white warbler at Mass Audubon's Waseeka Wildlife Sanctuary in Hopkinton.

Barn Swallows in Hopkinton

May 13, 2020

A barn swallow at Hopkinton State Park, photographed by Steve Forman.
A barn swallow at Hopkinton State Park, photographed by Steve Forman.
A barn swallow at Hopkinton State Park, photographed by Steve Forman.
A barn swallow at Hopkinton State Park, photographed by Steve Forman.
A barn swallow at Hopkinton State Park, photographed by Steve Forman.
A barn swallow at Hopkinton State Park, photographed by Steve Forman.

Steve Forman photographed these barn swallows at Hopkinton State Park.

Birds in Hopkinton

July 25, 2019

A belted kingfisher at Waseeka Wildlife Management Area in Hopkinton, photographed by Steve Forman.
A belted kingfisher at Waseeka Wildlife Management Area in Hopkinton, photographed by Steve Forman.
Eastern kingbirds at Waseeka Wildlife Management Area in Hopkinton, photographed by Steve Forman.
Eastern kingbirds at Waseeka Wildlife Management Area in Hopkinton, photographed by Steve Forman.
An osprey at Waseeka Wildlife Management Area in Hopkinton, photographed by Steve Forman.
An osprey at Waseeka Wildlife Management Area in Hopkinton, photographed by Steve Forman.
Ospreys at Waseeka Wildlife Management Area in Hopkinton, photographed by Steve Forman.
Ospreys at Waseeka Wildlife Management Area in Hopkinton, photographed by Steve Forman.
Ospreys at Waseeka Wildlife Management Area in Hopkinton, photographed by Steve Forman.
Ospreys at Waseeka Wildlife Management Area in Hopkinton, photographed by Steve Forman.
An osprey and a turkey vulture at Waseeka Wildlife Management Area in Hopkinton, photographed by Steve Forman.
An osprey and a turkey vulture at Waseeka Wildlife Management Area in Hopkinton, photographed by Steve Forman.

Steve Forman photographed a belted kingfisher, eastern kingbirds, ospreys, and a turkey vulture at Mass Audubon's Waseeka Wildlife Management Area in Hopkinton.

Call for Volunteers: Rescheduled for Sunday, August 4

Volunteers helped pulled glossy buckthorn at Elliott Concord River Preserve earlier this year.
Volunteers helped pulled glossy buckthorn at Elliott Concord River Preserve earlier this year.

SVT is seeking volunteers to help pull invasive plants at Whitehall Woods in Hopkinton on Sunday, August 4. We will be cutting and piling large plants and removing small plants by hand or with weed wrenches.

(We originally planned this project for Sunday, July 21, but the near record-breaking heat that day required us to reschedule.)

You will have an opportunity to learn about the biology of the target species (including Oriental bittersweet and glossy buckthorn) and enjoy good company, including some folks from HALT (the Hopkinton Area Land Trust), which holds a conservation restriction on the property.  

Sunday, August 4
8:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
203 Pond St, Hopkinton

If you can join us, please RSVP to Kristin O'Brien with the times you are available: [email protected]. (You don't have to stay for all four hours--please indicate the times that are best for you. Show up when you can and stay for as long as you like!).

Caution: There is poison ivy in part of the work area. Be sure to wear close-toed shoes, sunscreen, and a hat. We will provide gloves and water.

We'll send out detailed parking and other instructions to those who sign up.

We hope to see you there!
 

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