Northborough

Black Swallowtail Chrysalis in Northborough

November 3, 2019

A black swallowtail chrysalis in Northborough, photographed by Marnie Frankian.
A black swallowtail chrysalis in Northborough, photographed by Marnie Frankian.

Marnie Frankian photographed this black swallowtail chrysalis attached to her rain barrel in Northborough.

White-breasted Nuthatch in Northborough

October 20, 2019

A white-breasted nuthatch in Northborough, photographed by Sandy Howard.
A white-breasted nuthatch in Northborough, photographed by Sandy Howard.

Sandy Howard photographed this white-breasted nuthatch in Northborough.

Join a Guided Hike on the New BLT Trail

The Boroughs Loop Trail (BLT), which links the trail networks of Marlborough, Westborough, Northborough, and Southborough, is now open to the public. Even though portions of the 33-mile trail are still being cleared and marked, the BLT provides a great way to explore the beauty of the four communities.

During October and November, you can join a Guided Hike at various locations on the trail to get a first-hand look at this wonderful recreational resource. Check out our BLT page for a schedule and also to download a trail map.

Mallard and Great Blue Heron in Northborough

October 14, 2019

A great blue heron at Bartlett Pond in Northborough, photographed by Steve Forman.
A great blue heron at Bartlett Pond in Northborough, photographed by Steve Forman.
A great blue heron at Bartlett Pond in Northborough, photographed by Steve Forman.
A great blue heron at Bartlett Pond in Northborough, photographed by Steve Forman.
A great blue heron at Bartlett Pond in Northborough, photographed by Steve Forman.
A great blue heron at Bartlett Pond in Northborough, photographed by Steve Forman.
A great blue heron at Bartlett Pond in Northborough, photographed by Steve Forman.
A great blue heron at Bartlett Pond in Northborough, photographed by Steve Forman.
A mallard at Bartlett Pond in Northborough, photographed by Steve Forman.
A mallard at Bartlett Pond in Northborough, photographed by Steve Forman.

Steve Forman photographed a great blue heron and a mallard at Bartlett Pond in Northborough.

BLT Holds Grand Opening

The new 33-mile Boroughs Loop Trail (BLT), which links the trail networks of Marlborough, Westborough, Northborough, and Southborough, was opened in grand style during a ceremony on Friday, October 4.  Representatives of the four towns and SVT, along with State Senator Jamie Eldridge, participated in the "ribbon" cutting ceremony that officially opened the BLT.

The ceremony was held at the trail head at Algonquin Regional High School in Northborough. Eighty-seven people attended, including State Representatives Danielle Gregoire, Carmine Gentile, Hannah Kane, and Carolyn Dykema, as well as several local politicians from the four communities.

On Saturday, October 5, another 50 people attended the "Guided Hike Kickoff Celebration" at the same location and enjoyed long walks on the nearby trail.

Additional guided trail walks are scheduled for trail heads in all four towns during the months of October and November. Find details and registration info on our BLT page.

The BLT links wooded walking trails, bike paths, aqueduct trails, and sidewalks. Hikers, walkers, and runners are welcome on all parts of the trail. Some sections will allow mountain biking and dog walking. 

SVT assisted the four towns in creating parts of the loop and in creating trail maps and signage.

 

Boroughs Loop Trail to Open on October 5

Everyone is invited to a Guided Hike Kickoff Celebration for the new, 33-mile Boroughs Loop Trail, which links trail networks in Marlborough, Northborough, Westborough, and Southborough. Trail volunteers will lead family-friendly hikes during the event:

Saturday, October 5
9:00 am

Algonquin Regional High School
79 Bartlett Street, Northborough
Meet at the trailhead located in the Upper Parking Lot

The BLT links wooded walking trails, bike paths, aqueduct trails, and sidewalks. Hikers, walkers, and runners are welcome on all parts of the trail. Some sections will allow mountain biking and dog walking. 

The BLT will provide area residents with an outstanding opportunity to get outside and explore the special places in the four communities. Highlights include:

  • The Felton Conservation Land on the Marlborough-Northborough line, which has lovely woodlands and large open grasslands that are ideal for bird watching.
  • The Assabet River Rail Trail that runs from Marlborough to Hudson and provides opportunities to rent a bike or stop for a cup of coffee.
  • Views of the beautiful Chestnut Hill Farm in Southborough, a 170-acre active farm owned by the Trustees of Reservations.
  • The Charm Bracelet, which is a 60+ mile network of trails with a 28-mile loop that connects most of the open space in Westborough.
  • The great Crane Swamp, a 2,225-acre conservation area that spans all four communities and includes Cedar Hill in Northborough, a property with unusual shrub habitat that supports birds such as the blue-winged warbler and eastern towhee.

SVT assisted the four municipalities in developing maps for the BLT, and we also assisted with trail design and signage.
 

Aphids in Northborough

September 20, 2019

Oleander aphids on swamp milkweed in Northborough, photographed by Marnie Frankian.
Oleander aphids on swamp milkweed in Northborough, photographed by Marnie Frankian.

Marnie Frankian photographed these oleander aphids on swamp milkweed in Northborough.

Great Egret in Northborough

September 9, 2019

A great egret at Bartlett Pond in Northborough, photographed by Steve Forman.
A great egret at Bartlett Pond in Northborough, photographed by Steve Forman.
A great egret at Bartlett Pond in Northborough, photographed by Steve Forman.
A great egret at Bartlett Pond in Northborough, photographed by Steve Forman.
A great egret at Bartlett Pond in Northborough, photographed by Steve Forman.
A great egret at Bartlett Pond in Northborough, photographed by Steve Forman.

Steve Forman photographed this great egret at Bartlett Pond in Northborough.

Spider in Northborough

September 9, 2019

An arrow-shaped micrathena in Northborough, photographed by Marnie Frankian.
An arrow-shaped micrathena in Northborough, photographed by Marnie Frankian.

Marnie Frankian photographed this arrow-shaped micrathena in Northborough.

Milkweed Tussock Moth Caterpillars in Northborough

September 8, 2019

A milkweed tussock moth caterpillar on swamp milkweed in Northborough, photographed by Marnie Frankian.
A milkweed tussock moth caterpillar on swamp milkweed in Northborough, photographed by Marnie Frankian.
Milkweed tussock moth caterpillars on swamp milkweed in Northborough, photographed by Marnie Frankian.
Milkweed tussock moth caterpillars on swamp milkweed in Northborough, photographed by Marnie Frankian.

Marnie Frankian photographed these milkweed tussock moth caterpillars on swamp milkweed in Northborough.

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