Northborough

Caterpillar and butterfly in Northborough

September 29, 2018

A giant swallowtail caterpillar in Northborough, photographed by Marnie Frankian.
A giant swallowtail caterpillar in Northborough, photographed by Marnie Frankian.
A giant swallowtail caterpillar in Northborough, photographed by Marnie Frankian.
A giant swallowtail caterpillar in Northborough, photographed by Marnie Frankian.
A monarch butterfly in Northborough, photographed by Marnie Frankian.
A monarch butterfly in Northborough, photographed by Marnie Frankian.
A monarch butterfly in Northborough, photographed by Marnie Frankian.
A monarch butterfly in Northborough, photographed by Marnie Frankian.
A monarch butterfly in Northborough, photographed by Marnie Frankian.
A monarch butterfly in Northborough, photographed by Marnie Frankian.

Marnie Frankian photographed a giant swallowtail caterpillar and a monarch butterfly in Northborough.

Spider in Northborough

September 14, 2018

An orb weaver in Northborough, photographed by Marnie Frankian.
An orb weaver in Northborough, photographed by Marnie Frankian.

Marnie Frankian photographed this orb weaver near her Northborough home.

Woodchuck in Northborough

August 28, 2018

A woodchuck in Northborough, photographed by Sandy Howard.
A woodchuck in Northborough, photographed by Sandy Howard.

Sandy Howard photographed this woodchuck climbing to reach a grapevine near her home in Northborough.

Red Squirrel in Northborough

August 26, 2018

A red squirrel in Northborough, photographed by Sandy Howard.
A red squirrel in Northborough, photographed by Sandy Howard.

Sandy Howard photographed this red squirrel in Northborough.

Dragonfly in Northborough

August 19, 2018

A slaty skimmer dragonfly at Watson Park in Northborough, photographed by Sandy Howard.
A slaty skimmer dragonfly at Watson Park in Northborough, photographed by Sandy Howard.

Sandy Howard photographed this slaty skimmer at Watson Park in Northborough.

Backyard Nature in Northborough

July 23, 2018

A black swallowtail in Northborough, photographed by Sandy Howard.
A black swallowtail in Northborough, photographed by Sandy Howard.
A blue dasher in Northborough, photographed by Sandy Howard.
A blue dasher in Northborough, photographed by Sandy Howard.
House sparrows in Northborough, photographed by Sandy Howard.
House sparrows in Northborough, photographed by Sandy Howard.

Sandy Howard photographed a black swallowtail butterfly, a blue dasher dragonfly, and a house sparrow feeding its young in Northborough.

Eastern Tiger Swallowtail in Northborough

July 20, 2018

An eastern tiger swallowtail butterfly in Northborough, photographed by Marnie Frankian.
An eastern tiger swallowtail butterfly in Northborough, photographed by Marnie Frankian.

Marnie Frankian photographed an eastern tiger swallowtail in Northborough.

Great Golden Digger Wasp in Northborough

July 18, 2018

A great golden digger wasp in Northborough, photographed by Marnie Frankian.
A great golden digger wasp in Northborough, photographed by Marnie Frankian.
A great golden digger wasp in Northborough, photographed by Marnie Frankian.
A great golden digger wasp in Northborough, photographed by Marnie Frankian.

Marnie Frankian photographed this great golden digger wasp in Northborough.

Eastern Pondhawk Dragonfly in Northborough

July 9, 2018

An eastern pondhawk in Northborough, photographed by Sandy Howard.
An eastern pondhawk in Northborough, photographed by Sandy Howard.

Sandy Howard photographed this eastern pondhawk in Northborough.

Conservation Success on Mount Pisgah – Decades in the Making

View from the North Overlook, Mount Pisgah
View from the North Overlook, Mount Pisgah

Congratulations to the Town of Berlin for acquiring and conserving approximately 84 acres on Mount Pisgah! 

Mount Pisgah is a popular hiking destination for area residents, and its most popular spot—the North Overlook—sits on this newly protected land. The land was previously owned by Warren Oberg, who had graciously allowed hiking trails to cross his property. The North Overlook will be renamed the Warren S. Oberg Overlook in his honor.

The Commonwealth has wanted to protect this property for decades, and local resident Walter Bickford, who is a Berlin Conservation Commissioner, former Berlin Selectmen, and former State Representative, began working on the conservation project in the 1980s.

SVT assisted the Town of Berlin in its successful application for a Land and Water Conservation Fund grant that supplied part of the acquisition costs. SVT will hold a CR over approximately 76 of the acres. Another 6.5 acres were donated to the Town of Northboro. 

Look out for improved signage at Mount Pisgah and an improved trail head from this property on Lyman Road at the Northboro/Berlin town-line.

 

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