Great Blue Heron in Westborough
October 22, 2017
Steve Forman photographed a great blue heron at Chauncy Lake in Westborough.
Monarch Butterfly in Westborough
June 18, 2017
Nan Burke photographed this Monarch butterfly as it laid eggs on a common milkweed plant near her home. Nan has been collecting seeds, planting, and raising common milkweed to encourage monarchs, and has helped SVT with our Places for Pollinators project.
Earth Day and Volunteer Week: Success Despite the Rain
Thank you to everyone who volunteered with SVT on Earth Day 2017 (April 22) and during National Volunteer Week (April 23 - 29). Despite the rainy weather that forced us to cancel or postpone some projects, we enjoyed several successful outings.
On Saturday, April 22, SVT celebrated Earth Day with a great crew from Youth in Philanthropy from the MetroWest Foundation. Led by SVT MassLIFT-AmeriCorps members Lisa Long and Chelsea Polevy and by volunteer Bill Fadden, the crew cleaned up and rehabilitated trails at Baiting Brook Meadow Farm in Framingham. The volunteers also built a trail section to a historic Boy Scout camp on the property.
On April 23, SVT kicked off Volunteer Week in Northwest Framingham, where a team of volunteers sporting new SVT safety vests beautified roadsides by collecting litter along Edmands and Nixon Roads. Strong teamwork and good cheer made for light work.
In Westborough on April 27, 22 employees from Sanofi-Genzyme assisted SVT with trail restoration and landscape maintenance at our popular Walkup and Robinson Memorial Reservation.
In Berlin, our Stewardship staff worked with volunteers on April 29 to clear new trails across Ciesluk Forest in anticipation of the land's permanent protection. The trails connect to our Garfield Woods Reservation and will allow us to reopen trails on that property, which have been closed because their only access point crossed an active rail line.
On April 28, students from Acton-Boxborough High School helped SVT make an important adjustment to the Storybook Trail at Wolbach Farm. Working with MassLIFT-AmeriCorps members Chelsea Polevy and Emily Anderson and with volunteer Kevin Paquin, the students lowered the posts on the storybook stations to "child height," which will make it easier for young readers to read the stories for themselves.
And on May 1, during a project that was rescheduled because of rain, another band of volunteers fought invasive plant species by pulling glossy buckthorn at Memorial Forest in Sudbury.
Wish you had participated in Volunteer Week? Volunteer Week may be over, but you can still volunteer. We have opportunities available year-round both on our properties and in our office. Check our Volunteer page for more information.
Ring-billed Gulls in Westborough
March 22, 2017
Steve Forman photographed these ring-billed gulls at Lake Chauncy in Westborough.
Common Mergansers in Westborough
January 29, 2017
Steve Forman photographed common mergansers on Chauncy Lake in Westborough.
Mute Swans in Westborough
December 1, 2016
Steve Forman photographed these mute swans at Nichols Reservoir in Westborough.
Dragonfly in Westborough
June 12, 2016
Mike Lowery photographed a harlequin darner dragonfly along the Westborough Charm Bracelet.
Flying Squirrel at SVT's Walkup & Robinson Reservation
March 24, 2016
Jesse Koyen photographed this flying squirrel in a bluebird house as he checked the boxes at SVT's Walkup & Robinson Memorial Reservation in Westborough for the beginning of the nesting season.
This reservation was left to SVT in 1980 by Lawrence Walkup, a farmer and lifelong resident of Westborough. It is a memorial to his parents and to the four generations of his family who farmed the land.
The property includes mixed hardwood and conifers and old pasture uplands, an open field with wet meadow, a wooded wetland with vernal pools, and a small pond.
The Crane Swamp Conservation Area spans more than 2,225 acres of open space that straddle the borders of Northborough, Westborough, Southborough, and Marlborough, making this site one of the most significant areas of open space in the Sudbury, Assabet, and Concord River watershed. The centerpiece of the conservation area is a 400-acre red maple swamp surrounded by a complex of open fields, wet meadows, ponds, pine plantations, and oak-pine forests, with Cedar Hill to the west and Walnut Hill to the northeast.