Marlborough

Birds at Hager Pond in Marlborough

February 12, 2020

A mallard at Hager Pond in Marlborough, photographed by Steve Forman.
A mallard at Hager Pond in Marlborough, photographed by Steve Forman.
Canada geese at Hager Pond in Marlborough, photographed by Steve Forman.
Canada geese at Hager Pond in Marlborough, photographed by Steve Forman.
A mute swan at Hager Pond in Marlborough, photographed by Steve Forman.
A mute swan at Hager Pond in Marlborough, photographed by Steve Forman.

Steve Forman photographed a mallard, Canada geese, and a mute swan at Hager Pond in Marlborough.

Habitat Restoration Continues at Memorial Forest

A scene from Memorial Forest, three months after the prescribed burn in 2014.
A scene from Memorial Forest, three months after the prescribed burn in 2014.

As part of a long-term project to restore pitch pine/scrub oak barrens that provide habitat for several threatened species, SVT and the City of Marlborough are planning a second prescribed burn for a section of Memorial Forest and the Desert Natural Area.

The nationally imperiled pitch pine/scrub oak habitat provides homes for many rare species. Of note at the Desert Natural Area are whip-poor-wills and wild lupine, which have been precipitously declining over the last 25 years.

In 2014, we conducted a prescribed fire on 14 acres, containing both City of Marlborough and SVT property. Two years ago, we cut, thinned, and removed trees in the area around the Desert Loop Trail at SVT’s Memorial Forest. Fifteen (15) acres around the sandpit were heavily cut and an additional 35 acres were thinned.

We are ready for the next step in the process. This year, as early as March, we will conduct two to three separate days of prescribed burns (see map of burn area). Scheduling of the burns is weather dependent.

Our consultants, Northeast Forest & Fire Management, have prepared a burn plan that has been approved by MassWildlife for restoration of rare species habitat. The Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection has issued a burn permit. Both the Marlborough and Sudbury Fire Departments have met with our consultant and are supportive of the plan.

We will post information about the project in our kiosks on the property as well as on the project page of our website.

You can learn more about this habitat restoration project at these events:

Public Forum: Habitat Restoration at Desert Natural Area/Memorial Forest
Thursday, February 27
7:00 – 8:30 p.m.
Assabet River National Wildlife Refuge Visitor Center
Register

Habitat Restoration Site Walk
Saturday, March 7
9:00 – 11:30 a.m.
Register

Questions? Contact:
Laura Mattei, [email protected]
Priscilla Ryder, [email protected]

To be added to our email list for regular updates on the project, including dates when a burn is anticipated, please send a request to [email protected]

Mallards at Hager Pond in Marlborough

February 5, 2020

A mallard at Hager Pond in Marlborough, photographed by Steve Forman.
A mallard at Hager Pond in Marlborough, photographed by Steve Forman.
A mallard at Hager Pond in Marlborough, photographed by Steve Forman.
A mallard at Hager Pond in Marlborough, photographed by Steve Forman.
A mallard at Hager Pond in Marlborough, photographed by Steve Forman.
A mallard at Hager Pond in Marlborough, photographed by Steve Forman.

Steve Forman photographed these mallards at Hager Pond in Marlborough.

Beaver in Marlborough

January 29, 2020

Lisa Morris recorded this video of a beaver at Fort Meadow Lake in Marlborough.

Birds at Hager Pond in Marlborough

January 28, 2020

Hooded mergansers at Hager Pond in Marlborough, photographed by Steve Forman.
Hooded mergansers at Hager Pond in Marlborough, photographed by Steve Forman.
Hooded mergansers at Hager Pond in Marlborough, photographed by Steve Forman.
Hooded mergansers at Hager Pond in Marlborough, photographed by Steve Forman.
A mallard at Hager Pond in Marlborough, photographed by Steve Forman.
A mallard at Hager Pond in Marlborough, photographed by Steve Forman.
Ring-billed gulls at Hager Pond in Marlborough, photographed by Steve Forman.
Ring-billed gulls at Hager Pond in Marlborough, photographed by Steve Forman.

Steve Forman photographed hooded mergansers, a mallard, and ring-billed gulls at Hager Pond in Marlborough.

Birds at Hager Pond in Marlborough

January 23, 2020

Canada geese at Hager Pond in Marlborough, photographed by Steve Forman.
Canada geese at Hager Pond in Marlborough, photographed by Steve Forman.
A Canada goose at Hager Pond in Marlborough, photographed by Steve Forman.
A Canada goose at Hager Pond in Marlborough, photographed by Steve Forman.
A mute swan at Hager Pond in Marlborough, photographed by Steve Forman.
A mute swan at Hager Pond in Marlborough, photographed by Steve Forman.
A northern pintail at Hager Pond in Marlborough, photographed by Steve Forman.
A northern pintail at Hager Pond in Marlborough, photographed by Steve Forman.
A ring-billed gull at Hager Pond in Marlborough, photographed by Steve Forman.
A ring-billed gull at Hager Pond in Marlborough, photographed by Steve Forman.

Steve Forman photographed Canada geese, a mute swan, a northern pintail, and a ring-billed gull at Hager Pond in Marlborough.

River Otter in Marlborough

January 24, 2020

A river otter at Fort Meadow Reservoir in Marlborough, photographed by Tami White.
A river otter at Fort Meadow Reservoir in Marlborough, photographed by Tami White.
A river otter at Fort Meadow Reservoir in Marlborough, photographed by Tami White.
A river otter at Fort Meadow Reservoir in Marlborough, photographed by Tami White.
A river otter at Fort Meadow Reservoir in Marlborough, photographed by Tami White.
A river otter at Fort Meadow Reservoir in Marlborough, photographed by Tami White.
A river otter at Fort Meadow Reservoir in Marlborough, photographed by Tami White.
A river otter at Fort Meadow Reservoir in Marlborough, photographed by Tami White.
A river otter at Fort Meadow Reservoir in Marlborough, photographed by Tami White.
A river otter at Fort Meadow Reservoir in Marlborough, photographed by Tami White.

Tami White photographed this river otter at Fort Meadow Reservoir in Marlborough.

Geese and Gulls at Hager Pond in Marlborough

December 28, 2019

Canada geese at Hager Pond in Marlborough, photographed by Steve Forman.
Canada geese at Hager Pond in Marlborough, photographed by Steve Forman.
Ring-billed gulls at Hager Pond in Marlborough, photographed by Steve Forman.
Ring-billed gulls at Hager Pond in Marlborough, photographed by Steve Forman.

Steve Forman photographed Canada geese and ring-billed gulls at Hager Pond in Marlborough.

Canada Geese and Mallards in Marlborough

December 26, 2019

Canada geese at Hager Pond in Marlborough, photographed by Steve Forman.
Canada geese at Hager Pond in Marlborough, photographed by Steve Forman.
Mallards at Hager Pond in Marlborough, photographed by Steve Forman.
Mallards at Hager Pond in Marlborough, photographed by Steve Forman.

Steve Forman photographed Canada geese and mallards at Hager Pond in Marlborough.

Mating Mallards in Marlborough

December 26, 2019

Mallards mating on Hager Pond in Marlborough, photographed by Steve Forman.
Mallards mating on Hager Pond in Marlborough, photographed by Steve Forman.
Mallards mating on Hager Pond in Marlborough, photographed by Steve Forman.
Mallards mating on Hager Pond in Marlborough, photographed by Steve Forman.
Mallards mating on Hager Pond in Marlborough, photographed by Steve Forman.
Mallards mating on Hager Pond in Marlborough, photographed by Steve Forman.
Mallards mating on Hager Pond in Marlborough, photographed by Steve Forman.
Mallards mating on Hager Pond in Marlborough, photographed by Steve Forman.
Mallards mating on Hager Pond in Marlborough, photographed by Steve Forman.
Mallards mating on Hager Pond in Marlborough, photographed by Steve Forman.
A mallard on Hager Pond in Marlborough, photographed by Steve Forman.
A mallard on Hager Pond in Marlborough, photographed by Steve Forman.

Steve Forman photographed these mating mallards on Hager Pond in Marlborough.

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