Marlborough

Mallard in Marlborough

March 24, 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.
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 this mallard at Hager Pond in Marlborough.

A Mute Swan and a Ring-billed Gull in Marlborough

March 12, 2020

A mute swan on Hager Pond in Marlborough, photographed by Steve Forman.
A mute swan on Hager Pond in Marlborough, photographed by Steve Forman.
A mute swan on Hager Pond in Marlborough, photographed by Steve Forman.
A mute swan on Hager Pond in Marlborough, photographed by Steve Forman.
A mute swan on Hager Pond in Marlborough, photographed by Steve Forman.
A mute swan on Hager Pond in Marlborough, photographed by Steve Forman.
A ring-billed gull with a fish at Hager Pond in Marlborough, photographed by Steve Forman.
A ring-billed gull with a fish at Hager Pond in Marlborough, photographed by Steve Forman.
A ring-billed gull dropping a fish at Hager Pond in Marlborough, photographed by Steve Forman.
A ring-billed gull dropping a fish at Hager Pond in Marlborough, photographed by Steve Forman.
A ring-billed gull diving for a fish at Hager Pond in Marlborough, photographed by Steve Forman.
A ring-billed gull diving for a fish at Hager Pond in Marlborough, photographed by Steve Forman.

Steve Forman photographed a mute swan landing on the water and a ring-billed gull dropping a fish it had caught over Hager Pond in Marlborough.

Mallards in Marlborough

March 11, 2020

A mallard in Marlborough, photographed by Gail Sartori.
A mallard in Marlborough, photographed by Gail Sartori.
A mallard in Marlborough, photographed by Gail Sartori.
A mallard in Marlborough, photographed by Gail Sartori.

Gail Sartori photographed these mallards in Marlborough.

Birds at Hager Pond in Marlborough

March 8, 2020

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 house sparrow at Hager Pond in Marlborough, photographed by Steve Forman.
A house sparrow at Hager Pond in Marlborough, photographed by Steve Forman.
A house sparrow at Hager Pond in Marlborough, photographed by Steve Forman.
A house sparrow 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 a Canada goose, a dust bathing house sparrow, and a ring-billed gull at Hager Pond in Marlborough.

Goldeneyes and a Merganser in Marlborough

March 6, 2020

A pair of common goldeneyes in Marlborough, photographed by Jon Turner.
A pair of common goldeneyes in Marlborough, photographed by Jon Turner.
A common merganser in Marlborough, photographed by Jon Turner.
A common merganser in Marlborough, photographed by Jon Turner.

Jon Turner photographed a pair of common goldeneyes and a common merganser in Marlborough.

Birds at Fort Meadow Reservoir in Marlborough

March 1, 2020

A bald eagle at Fort Meadow Reservoir in Marlborough, photographed by Tami White.
A bald eagle at Fort Meadow Reservoir in Marlborough, photographed by Tami White.
A common merganser with a bass at Fort Meadow Reservoir in Marlborough, photographed by Tami White.
A common merganser with a bass at Fort Meadow Reservoir in Marlborough, photographed by Tami White.
A red-tailed hawk at Fort Meadow Reservoir in Marlborough, photographed by Tami White.
A red-tailed hawk at Fort Meadow Reservoir in Marlborough, photographed by Tami White.

Tami White photographed a bald eagle, a common merganser with a bass, and a red-tailed hawk at Fort Meadow Reservoir in Marlborough.

Public Forum to Address Burn at Memorial Forest

On Thursday, February 27, SVT will lead a public forum about the upcoming prescribed burn at the Desert Natural Area and Memorial Forest. The burn, which is part of a long-term project to restore important habitat at these properties on the Marlborough-Sudbury line, will be held this spring, possibly as early as March.

SVT and the City of Marlborough are working on the habitat restoration with MassWildlife and the Massachusetts Department of Conservation & Recreation (DCR). Laura Mattei, SVT's Director of Stewardship, and Priscilla Ryder, City of Marlborough Conservation Agent (pictured), recently walked the property to define fire breaks for the burn. 

At the Public Forum, Laura will more fully explain the project and will answer questions from the audience. This is a great chance to learn about this project and about prescribed burns in general.

Public Forum: Habitat Restoration at Desert Natural Area/Memorial Forest

February 27, 2020
7:00 to 8:30 pm
Free

Assabet River NWR Visitor Center
Hudson Road
Sudbury

Register for the Forum

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.

Pages

Subscribe to RSS - Marlborough