Sudbury

White-tailed Deer at SVT's Memorial Forest

November 14, 2019

A white-tailed deer at SVT's General Federation of Women's Clubs of Massachusetts Memorial Forest in Sudbury, photographed with an automatically triggered wildlife camera by Craig Smith.
A white-tailed deer at SVT's General Federation of Women's Clubs of Massachusetts Memorial Forest in Sudbury, photographed with an automatically triggered wildlife camera by Craig Smith.

Craig Smith used his automatically triggered wildlife camera to photograph this white-tailed deer at SVT's General Federation of Women's Clubs of Massachusetts Memorial Forest in Sudbury.

Coyote at SVT's Memorial Forest in Sudbury

November 12, 2019

A coyote at SVT's General Federation of Women's Clubs of Massachusetts Memorial Forest in Sudbury, photographed with an automatically triggered wildlife camera by Craig Smith.
A coyote at SVT's General Federation of Women's Clubs of Massachusetts Memorial Forest in Sudbury, photographed with an automatically triggered wildlife camera by Craig Smith.

Craig Smith used his automatically triggered wildlife camera to photograph this coyote at SVT's General Federation of Women's Clubs of Massachusetts Memorial Forest in Sudbury.

White-tailed Deer at SVT's Memorial Forest

November 7, 2019

A white-tailed deer at SVT's General Federation of Women's Clubs of Massachusetts Memorial Forest in Sudbury, photographed with an automatically triggered wildlife camera by Craig Smith.
A white-tailed deer at SVT's General Federation of Women's Clubs of Massachusetts Memorial Forest in Sudbury, photographed with an automatically triggered wildlife camera by Craig Smith.

Craig Smith photographed this white-tailed deer at SVT's General Federation of Women's Clubs of Massachusetts Memorial Forest in Sudbury.

Coyote at SVT's Memorial Forest in Sudbury

September 26, 2019

A coyote at SVT's General Federation of Women's Clubs of Massachusetts Memorial Forest in Sudbury, photographed with an automatically triggered wildlife camera by Craig Smith.
A coyote at SVT's General Federation of Women's Clubs of Massachusetts Memorial Forest in Sudbury, photographed with an automatically triggered wildlife camera by Craig Smith.

Craig Smith used his automatically triggered wildlife camera to photograph this coyote at SVT's General Federation of Women's Clubs of Massachusetts Memorial Forest in Sudbury.

White-tailed Deer at SVT's Memorial Forest

September 2, 2019

A white-tailed deer at SVT's General Federation of Women's Clubs of Massachusetts Memorial Forest in Sudbury, photographed with an automatically triggered wildlife camera by Craig Smith.
A white-tailed deer at SVT's General Federation of Women's Clubs of Massachusetts Memorial Forest in Sudbury, photographed with an automatically triggered wildlife camera by Craig Smith.

Craig Smith used his automatically triggered wildlife camera to photograph this white-tailed deer at SVT's General Federation of Women's Clubs of Massachusetts Memorial Forest in Sudbury.

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]

Beaver Signs in Sudbury

January 29, 2020

Signs of beavers at SVT's Lyons-Cutler Reservation in Sudbury, photographed by Alice Howe.
Signs of beavers at SVT's Lyons-Cutler Reservation in Sudbury, photographed by Alice Howe.

Alice Howe photographed a chewed tree with a beaver lodge in the background at SVT's Lyons-Cutler Reservation in Sudbury.

Winter Wren Song at SVT's Lyons-Cutler Reservation in Sudbury

January 11, 2020

Norm Levey recorded the song of a winter wren at SVT's Lyons-Cutler Reservation in Sudbury. Also heard in the background are the calls of a black-capped chickadee, American robin, and pileated woodpecker.

Backyard Birds in Sudbury

December 11, 2019

A blue jay in Sudbury, photographed by Sharon Tentarelli.
A blue jay in Sudbury, photographed by Sharon Tentarelli.
A blue jay in Sudbury, photographed by Sharon Tentarelli.
A blue jay in Sudbury, photographed by Sharon Tentarelli.
A dark-eyed junco in Sudbury, photographed by Sharon Tentarelli.
A dark-eyed junco in Sudbury, photographed by Sharon Tentarelli.
A downy woodpecker in Sudbury, photographed by Sharon Tentarelli.
A downy woodpecker in Sudbury, photographed by Sharon Tentarelli.
A European starling in Sudbury, photographed by Sharon Tentarelli.
A European starling in Sudbury, photographed by Sharon Tentarelli.
A house sparrow and a gray squirrel in Sudbury, photographed by Sharon Tentarelli.
A house sparrow and a gray squirrel in Sudbury, photographed by Sharon Tentarelli.
A northern cardinal in Sudbury, photographed by Sharon Tentarelli.
A northern cardinal in Sudbury, photographed by Sharon Tentarelli.
A red-bellied woodpecker in Sudbury, photographed by Sharon Tentarelli.
A red-bellied woodpecker in Sudbury, photographed by Sharon Tentarelli.

Sharon Tentarelli photographed a blue jay, a dark-eyed junco, a downy woodpecker, European starlings, a house sparrow with a gray squirrel, a northern cardinal, and a red-bellied woodpecker in Sudbury.

White Turkey in Sudbury

October 31, 2019

A turkey in Sudbury, photographed by Christa Collins.
A turkey in Sudbury, photographed by Christa Collins.

Christa Collins photographed this turkey with white plumage near SVT's Brues Woods Reservation in Sudbury.

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