Birds in Hopkinton
April 10, 2021
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
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
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
Nancy Shaw photographed this American carrion beetle on the Center Trail in Hopkinton.
Black-and-white Warbler in Hopkinton
May 14, 2020
Steve Forman photographed this black-and-white warbler at Mass Audubon's Waseeka Wildlife Sanctuary in Hopkinton.
Barn Swallows in Hopkinton
May 13, 2020
Steve Forman photographed these barn swallows at Hopkinton State Park.
Birds in Hopkinton
July 25, 2019
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
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!