Backyard Birds and a Squirrel in Sudbury
December 16, 2020
Sharon Tentarelli photographed eastern bluebirds, European starlings, red-winged blackbirds, and a gray squirrel in Sudbury.
White-tailed Deer in Sudbury
December 10, 2020
Tom McGowan used his automatically triggered wildlife camera to photograph this white-tailed deer in Sudbury.
Sharp-shinned hawk in Sudbury
December 4, 2020
Ron McAdow photographed this sharp-shinned hawk at Assabet River National Wildlife Refuge in Sudbury.
Gray Fox at SVT's Memorial Forest in Sudbury
November 29, 2020
Loring Schwarz photographed this gray fox at SVT's General Federation of Women's Clubs of Massachusetts Memorial Forest in Sudbury.
Mallards in Sudbury
November 23, 2020
Steve Forman photographed these mallards at Grist Mill Pond in Sudbury.
Coyote in Sudbury
November 17, 2020
Tom McGowan used his automatically triggered wildlife camera to photograph this coyote near his home in Sudbury.
Assessing the Restoration Effort at Memorial Forest
Two representatives of MassWildlife's Natural Heritage & Endangered Species Program (NHESP) recently joined SVT’s Laura Mattei for a tour of Memorial Forest and the Desert Natural Area on the Sudbury-Marlborough line. The trio assessed the current status of the long-term effort to restore pitch pine-scrub oak barrens at this site, with an eye toward determining our next steps.
Chris Buelow, Senior Restoration Ecologist, and Caren Caljouw, Prescribed Fire Program Manager, were impressed with the condition of the property, where we conducted a planned burn in 2014 and cleared trees in 2016. They noted an abundance of scrub oak as well as the presence of several plants that are characteristic of these types of barrens, such as Labrador Tea and pinweed.
Caren also made recommendations for how to prepare the site for our next planned burn, scheduled for 2022. (We had originally scheduled a burn for Spring 2020, but the pandemic forced us to postpone it.) SVT will be mowing (masticating) the cleared areas around the Desert Loop Trail this winter in preparation for the next burn.
During the tour, Laura recorded these short videos of Chris and Caren describing the landscape.
Red-tailed Hawk with Prey in Sudbury
November 7, 2020
Irene Gruenfeld photographed this red-tailed hawk with a gray squirrel in Sudbury.
Wildlife at SVT's Memorial Forest
October 4, 2020
Craig Smith used his automatically triggered wildlife camera to photograph white-tailed deer, a raccoon, and a red fox at SVT's General Federation of Women's Clubs of Massachusetts Memorial Forest in Sudbury.
Common Yellowthroat at SVT's Memorial Forest
October 5, 2020
Gail Sartori photographed this common yellowthroat at SVT's General Federation of Women's Clubs of Massachusetts Memorial Forest in Sudbury.