Every spring and fall CLC offers several guided walks on various conservation lands in Lexington. All walks are free -- you don't have to be a member to join the fun! And for 2013 we tried winter walks as well! If you went on any of those, we'd love feedback. Let us know what you thought.
The Town of Lexington Conservation Division provides online maps of all conservation areas.
CITIZENS FOR LEXINGTON CONSERVATION 2015 SPRING WALKS
Saturday, April 18, 11– 12 Noon Butterfly Walk at Arlington’s Great Meadow
Participants will meet in the parking lot at Golden Living Center – Lexington, at 840 Emerson Gardens Rd. (off Maple Street) in East Lexington. The parking lot is on the right side of the facility, and drivers should park at the far end. This walk will be co- sponsored by Citizens for Lexington Conservation and the Massachusetts Butterfly Club. Butterfly enthusiast Tom Whelan will lead a walk to see two species of spring butterflies, Brown and Henry’s Elfins. These small, easily overlooked butterflies are found in many parts of the United States and Canada. Since these species overwinter in the chrysalis stage, their lives as adults begin butterflies. If time permits, additional insects will be sought at adjacent Infinity Pond, a certified vernal pool. People of all ages are welcome; children must be with an adult. Please sign up for the walk in advance, preferably by email (firstname.lastname@example.org) or phone (781-915-9988). Walk Leader, Tom Whelan, will notify those who sign up if the weather requires cancelling the event.
Wednesday, May 6, 8 -10 AM Bird Walk at Dunback Meadow
Meet at the Allen Street entrance to Dunback Meadow. In early May we are in the midst of several weeks of migration as many species of birds quickly head north to their breeding grounds as well as the many birds who come to this area to spend the summer. In addition, we may find some of our residential birds, such as woodpeckers and hawks. Although the ground is slightly rough, the pace is slow so the walk is accessible to most. Children with adults and beginners are welcome. We will enjoy a varied habitat, including mixed woods, open fields, and a stream. Bring binoculars if you have them. Boots are recommended if there has been rain recently. Rain or lightning will cancel the walk.
Walk leader: Bobbie Hodson (email@example.com; 781-861-9421)
Saturday, May 9, 8 – 10 AM Warbler Walk in Lower Vine Brook
Meet at 116 Vine Street; call if you are lost. Check out the spring warbler migration in the Lower Vine Brook conservation area. Warblers are small, beautiful tropical birds that come north to breed. Many different species of warbler stop off in this sheltered area on their way to the forests in northern New England and Canada. Some stay, but as trees leaf they are more difficult to see. In the spring, depending on the weather and the foliage, you can sometimes find a dozen species in a morning. Children with adults are welcome. Bring warm clothes, boots if it’s wet, binoculars, and a bird book. No dogs. More than light rain or lightning will cancel the event. If the weather is uncertain call the leader. Walk Leader: Harry West (firstname.lastname@example.org; 617-461-9500 mobile)
Thursday, May 14, Start at 4 PM ACROSS Lexington’s Routes C & D
Meet at the Bikeway parking lot off Bow Street where the Minuteman Bikeway crosses. Join us for a guided walk on ACROSS Lexington’s newest routes. There will be an option part way through the walk to stay on Route C for an earlier return around 5:30 or branch off to Route D with an estimated return of 6:30 for those who want the full experience. Walk Leaders: Eileen Entin (email@example.com; 781-862-6418), Bob Hausslein (firstname.lastname@example.org; 781-862-9102).
Saturday, May 16, 8 – 10 AM Birds of Willard's Woods
Meet at Willard's Woods parking lot off North Street. We will hope to catch the peak of the spring migration with opportunities for warblers and flycatchers. We'll also look for nesting residents such as Indigo Bunting, Rose-breasted Grosbeak, and Pine Warbler. Willard's Woods has good trails on level ground. We will stop early if we encounter heavy rain. Walk Leader: John Andrews (email@example.com; 781-862-6498)
Thursday, May 21, 2 – 3 PM Pond Exploration at Parker
Meadow Geared for children in grades K – 5 accompanied by an adult.
Meet at the Revere St. entrance to Parker Meadow. Limited parking is there; additional parking is available on neighborhood streets across Revere Street. Join Fran Ludwig for a prowl around Parker Meadow to look for signs of beavers, bugs, tadpoles, frogs and toads. We’ll dip a net into the water to see what kinds of critters are wriggling around below the surface. Bring rain boots if you have them, and be prepared to get dirty. If you have a small bug box or magnifier, bring it along. Rain or lightning will cancel the event. Walk Leader: Fran Ludwig (Fludwig12@yahoo.com; 781-861-7231)
CITIZENS FOR LEXINGTON CONSERVATION
2015 WINTER WALKS
Winter Snowshoe Walks
CLC will be offering a first ever series of snowshoe walks this winter. The purpose of these walks will be to get outside and make use of those snowshoes that you may have long neglected while enjoying the winter scenery of New England winter. The use of ski poles is recommended, and don’t forget to bring your water bottle to avoid becoming dehydrated. Falling rain or heavy snow will cancel the walk. If snow cover is thin we will walk anyway but perhaps leave the snowshoes behind.
The walks will start at 1 PM and end at 3:30 PM. Walk Leader: Keith Ohmart (Kohmart@verizon.net; 781-862-6216)
· Sunday, January 11 Winter Snowshoe Walk at Katahdin Woods
Meet in the parking lot for 110 Hartwell Avenue.
· Sunday, January 25 Winter Snowshoe Walk at Burlington’s Landlocked Forest
Meet at the parking area under the high tension power lines on Turning Mill Road.
· Sunday, February 15 Winter Snowshoe Walk at Lot 1 of DCR’s Beaver Brook North Reservation
Meet in the Employee parking lot at Brookhaven at Lexington, 1010 Waltham St. Bear to the right on entering the grounds at Brookhaven following the Event Parking signs. The lot is the first on your right.
Saturday, January 24, 8 - 10 AM Winter Bird Walk in Dunback Meadow
While this is a time of quiet in Dunback Meadow there remain possibilities of viewing unusual birds such as perching owls (Northern Saw-whet Owl, Barred Owl, and Great Horned Owl), Common Redpolls and Rough-legged Hawks. Our usual feathered residents, the Black-capped Chickadee, Tufted Titmouse, Downy Woodpecker and Blue Jay, will be there also. If there is deep snow wear boots, as the walking can be rough. Beginners and children are welcome. If there is rain or a snowstorm, the walk would be cancelled. Meet at the entrance on Allen St. where parking is available. Walk Leader: Bobbie Hodson (firstname.lastname@example.org; 781-861-9421).
Thursday, January 29, 1:30 - 3 PM Winter Detectives at the Paint Mine
Who is prowling around the Paint Mine this time of year, and what have they been up to? Who is sleeping winter away in this beautiful conservation area? Join us to explore tracks, food stashes, nests, cocoons, and other signs that critters leave behind in the winter. If there is snow we’ll learn the basics of telling track stories about animal adventures. This event is geared towards elementary school children and their caregivers; children must be accompanied by an adult. Dress warmly! This event will be held with or without snow, but will be cancelled in case of heavy rain. Meet at the entrance near 54 Turning Mill Rd. Walk Leader: Fran Ludwig, (email@example.com; 781-861-7231).
Saturday, March 21, 1 - 2:30 PM Winter Twig Walk at Hayden Woods
This walk is geared to adults and children 8 and up accompanied by an adult. Have you ever wondered how to identify trees in winter? Come learn how you can become a Twig Detective as we explore Hayden Woods. We will sharpen our observation skills, learn to use identification keys and develop an appreciation for the great variety of trees growing in Lexington. Terrain is varied so appropriate footwear is a must. Severe inclement weather will cancel the walk. Meet at the entrance at the end of Valleyfield St. Walk Leader: Linda Arnow (firstname.lastname@example.org; 781-861-7397).
CITIZENS FOR LEXINGTON CONSERVATION
2014 FALL WALKS
All walks are free and open to the public
Saturday, September 27, 8 - 10 AM Bird Walk in Dunback Meadow
Since this is a time when migrants are returning to their more southern winter homes from northern areas, we have the possibility of viewing warblers, vireos, hawks, flycatchers and spar- rows that are not usually at Dunback Meadow during the summer months. Our usual feathered residents, such as Downy Woodpecker, Carolina Wren, Black-capped Chickadee, American Goldfinch and Tufted Titmouse, will also be around. Beginners and children are welcome. If it rains the walk will be cancelled. Meet at the entrance on Allen St. where parking is available. Walk Leader: Bobbie Hodson (email@example.com; 781-861-9421).
Saturday, Sept. 27, 10:30 - 11:30 AM Junior Ranger Walk in Dunback Meadow
Children and parents/grandparents/aunts/uncles/adult friends will enjoy a walk in Dunback Meadow, where varied habitats provide food and shelter for many kinds of wildlife. Citizens for Lexington Conservation has started a new Junior Ranger program for children to increase their enjoyment and appreciation of the natural world. A copy of the 9-page Junior Ranger booklet can be downloaded at CLC's website: www.clclex.org. (activities and publications). If possible please bring a copy of the booklet with you for the walk. We will primarily be observing, listen- ing, identifying, and enjoying Dunback Meadow. If it rains the walk will be cancelled. Meet at the entrance on Allen St. where parking is available.
Walk Leader: Bobbie Hodson (firstname.lastname@example.org; 781-861-9421).
Thursday, October 16, 2:00 – 3:00 PM Pond Exploration at Parker Meadow
This walk is geared for children in grades K –
5 accompanied by an adult. Join Fran Ludwig for a prowl around Parker Meadow to look for bugs, tadpoles, frogs, snails, and
fish. We’ll dip a net into the water to see what
kinds of critters are wriggling around below the surface. Bring rain boots if you have them and be prepared to get dirty. If you have a small bug box or magnifier, bring it along.
Rain or lightning will cancel the event. Meet at the Revere St. entrance to Parker Meadow. Limited parking is there; additional parking is available on neighborhood streets across
Walk Leader: Fran Ludwig (email@example.com; 781-861-7231)
Saturday, October 18, 10:00 – 11:30 AM Paint Mine and Hennessey Field Walk
We will check out the field, forest and meadow areas of these North Lexington conservation properties. Frost is likely to have come before this mid-fall walk, and we can discover how our natural environment is preparing for winter. Sneakers are fine for this walk as damp areas have boardwalks. The walk is not strenuous though there are some hills. Inclement weather will can- cel the walk. Meet at the Estabrook Elementary School parking lot. Walk Leader: Alex Dohan (firstname.lastname@example.org; 781-863-5882)
Sunday, October 19, 1:30 – 3:30 PM Walk ACROSS Lexington Route C
Join us to explore Route C, the most recent addition to Lexington’s ACROSS (Accessing Con- servation land, Recreation areas, Open space, Schools and Streets) trail system. The walk will take us through a part of Arlington Great Meadow, where we hope to see colorful foliage, and around LexFarm and part of the Arlington Reservoir. Meet at the Waldorf School parking lot at 739 Mass Avenue. Heavy steady rain cancels the event. Walk Leader: Eileen Entin (Eileenhome@gmail.com; 781-862-6418).
Sunday, November 30, 1:00 – 3:00 PM 2nd Annual CLC Turkey Trot Walk
Join us to walk off those turkey leftovers as we explore the Cranberry Hill Conservation property and the adjacent watershed lands of the Cambridge Watershed Authority. Along the way we will enjoy some of the best vistas as well as one of the largest and best-preserved fieldstone foun- dations to be found in Lexington. We will hike in all but steady rain. Wear appropriate footgear for hilly woods trails and actual weather conditions. Hiking poles would be useful, especially if the ground is frozen. Meet at the end of parking lot C in the Cranberry Hill Office Complex. The entrance to the office park is on Massachusetts Avenue, just south of Marrett Road. Walk leader: Keith Ohmart (Kohmart@verizon.net; 781-862-6216).
CLC will be inaugurating a series of snowshoe walks for its program of winter walks this coming season.
This will be a series of three walks that will be scheduled for weekend dates in the months of January and February. The purpose of the walks will be to simply get out and use those snowshoes that you have tucked away in your basement or garage, while enjoying explor- ing some of our open space parcels in their winter splendor. Watch for further details when we publish information about our winter walk series.