Citizens for Lexington Conservation promotes the enjoyment and appreciation of our natural environment through education and advocacy.
CLC is a non-profit organization in the town of Lexington, Massachusetts.
please join us to learn about the impact of climate change on our native flora & fauna
Join us for the Citizens for Lexington Conservation annual meeting, held this year at the new Lexington Community Center, 39 Marrett Road.
Our speaker will be Tia Pinney, Senior Naturalist at Mass Audubon's Drumlin Farm Wildlife Sanctuary.
Her topic will be Climate Change Impact on Native Habitats and Plants.
Our New England flora and fauna have evolved over millennia to thrive in our particular climate. As weather and climate patterns continue to change, these organisms will be challenged to adapt and survive. How can we help to mitigate the impact and help ensure a healthy biodiversity in our area? We will talk about changes, predictions, and common sense regarding our local habitats and what we as concerned individuals can do in our own yards and in our communities.
BRINGING NATURE HOME - Tuesday, May 9, 7:00-9:00pm
Movie Screening & Discussion at Cary Library, Large Meeting Room
This 50th anniversary event will feature a showing of Hometown Habitat - Stories of Bringing Nature Home This film, which focuses on developing meadow landscaping in community spaces, profiles seven hometown habitat heroes who have created Meadow Landscapes. The narrative thread of this documentary is provided by renowned entomologist Douglas Tallamy, Ph.D. whose research, books, and lectures about the use of non-native plants in landscaping sound the alarm about habitat and species loss. Dr. Tallamy challenges the notion that humans are here and nature is someplace else. Tallamy says, “It doesn’t have to and shouldn’t be that way.”
2017 SPRING WALKS
All walks are free and open to the public
Saturday April 29, 7-9 am, Birding Dunback Meadow
Dunback Meadow’s variety of habitats include meadow, forest, and a brook, making this property an excellent place to look for spring migratory bird species. Possibilities include the early warblers, vireos, kinglets, and sparrows; not to mention our resident bird species including woodpeckers, nuthatches, and chickadees. Meet at the Allen St. entrance op- posite 23 Allen Street. The walk will be cancelled in the event of rain.
Walk Leader: Bobbie Hodson (781-861-9421, email@example.com)
Monday May 1, 7:30-9 am, Early Spring Migrants at Arlington Reservoir
The Arlington Reservoir and adjacent Busa Farm fields provide one of the best areas in the Lexington-Arlington area to observe a wide range of spring migratory bird species. Come see why Marj Rines of the Menotomy Bird Club considers this area “the best birding per square inch in the state.” Meet at the Rindge Avenue playground opposite 24 Rindge Avenue. Heavy rain cancels.
Walk Leader: Chris Floyd (617-571-5841, firstname.lastname@example.org)
Wednesday May 10, 6:30-9 am, Birding the Western Greenway
The Western Greenway consists of over 1200 acres of interconnected open space in Waltham, Lexington, and Belmont. There has been little documentation of migratory or breeding birds in many parts of the Greenway. We will choose a section in Lexington that most likely few Menotomy Birders know or bird. Meet at Cart Path Lane, off Walnut Street
in Lexington. (Co-sponsored with the Menotomy Bird Club) Leaders: Roger Wrubel (email@example.com), Keith Ohmart (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Saturday May 13, 8-10 am, Warbler Walk in Lower Vine Brook
Warblers are small, beautiful tropical birds that fly north to breed. Over 15 different spe- cies of warbler stop off in this sheltered area during their spring migration to the forests in northern New England and Canada. Depending on the weather and the foliage, you may see a dozen species in a morning. Children with adults are welcome. Wear boots if it’s wet, and bring 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. Meet at the entrance to the Lower Vine Brook conservation area opposite 121 Vine Street.
Walk Leader: Harry West (671-461-9500, email@example.com)
Nature Walks and Activities:
Saturday April 22, 1-3 pm, Garlic Mustard Pull at Lincoln Park
Garlic mustard seeds can take up to 7 years to sprout, which requires repeated efforts to control and eradicate this aggressive invasive species. Come join CLC’s multi-year effort to pull this year’s progeny from along the pathways in Lincoln Park. Bring gardening gloves. Meet at the Fitness Path Trail entrance on Worthen Road across from the LHS playing fields.
Leaders: Judy Mello (firstname.lastname@example.org), Elaine Quinlan (email@example.com)
Sunday May 14, 2-4 pm, ACROSS Lexington Bicycle Ride
Explore ACROSS Lexington trails by bike! This easy-to-moderate 2-hour ride will take us through a number of Lexington’s most scenic open spaces including Upper and Lower Vinebrook, Cotton Farm and Dunback Meadow, the Old Res, and Lincoln Park. We will travel via Town streets, paved bike paths and unpaved walking trails. Be prepared for somewhat rough trail conditions; a bike with sturdy tires for trail riding and a helmet are required. Bring water and a snack. Meet in the Town employee parking lot adjacent to the Minuteman Bikeway crossing at Fletcher Avenue. Bonus points for those who ride their bicycles to this event. Questions? Call Peggy at 617-308-8185.
Leaders: Peggy Enders (617-308-8185, firstname.lastname@example.org), Keith Ohmart (781-862-6216, email@example.com)
Tuesday May 16, 10-11:30 am, Senior Sneaker Walk at Hayden Woods
Join us on this leisurely walk as we explore the historic and scenic byways of Hayden Woods. During our travels we will walk one of the oldest colonial roads in the Common- wealth, take a side trip a short distance off trail to marvel at an unusual example of colonial stone working, and visit one of the most perfectly sited stone benches in Town. Walking will be on well-graded woods trails with one short steep section and the usual occasional rocks and roots under foot. Sneakers are fine. Don’t forget your walking sticks if you rely on them for balance. Meet at the rear of 45 Hayden Avenue in the third parking lot on your left opposite the signed Conservation trail entrance.
Walk Leader: Keith Ohmart (781-862-6216, firstname.lastname@example.org) 6
Sunday May 21, 2-5 pm, Extended ACROSS Lexington Walk
In celebration of Bike Walk Bus Week (May 13-21) we are offering the longer distance hiker an extended traverse of ACROSS Lexington routes C&D. This 5+ mile hike passes through two of Lexington’s largest parcels of open space, Whipple Hill Conservation area and Arlington’s Great Meadow, owned by the Town of Arlington but wholly within Lexing- ton; in addition to passing the Arlington Reservoir and the Busa Farm Fields now man- aged by LexFarm along the way. Don’t forget to bring plenty of water. Meet at the Waldorf School parking lot on Massachusetts Avenue.
Walk Leader: Bob Hausslein (781-862-9102, email@example.com)
Thursday May 25, 6-8 pm, Wild Edibles of Lincoln Park with Russ Cohen
Lexington is home to over 70 species of edible wild plants, both native and non-native, including plants considered to be weedy or invasive. Some are more nutritious and/or flavorful than their cultivated counterparts. Join Russ Cohen, expert forager and author of Wild Plants I Have Known...and Eaten, on a two-hour ramble in and around Lincoln Park to learn about the dozen or more edible plant species that are common to this prop- erty. Russ will present information on identification tips, edible portions, seasonal availa- bility and preparation methods, as well as general guidelines for safe and environmen- tally-responsible foraging. Meet at the Fitness Trail entrance at the crosswalk on Worthen Road across from the Lexington High playing fields.
Leader: Russ Cohen (781-646-7489, firstname.lastname@example.org)
Sunday June 4, 1:30-4 pm, Exploring ACROSS Lexington Route B
The goal of the ACROSS Lexington project is to connect Lexington open spaces with easy and enjoyable walkable routes through Lexington’s neighborhoods. Route B, which connects the Minuteman Bikeway in Lexington Center with Lincoln Park, the Old Res, and the Dunback Meadow, Cotton Farm and Upper Vine Brook Conservation properties, will be the focus of this 4.5 mile walk. Walkers will encounter a combination of paved surfaces and natural woods trails with no steep grades. Ordinary walking shoes or sneak- ers are fine. Bring your own water and a snack. Meet behind at the Depot on the Bikeway in Lexington Center.
Walk Leader: Eileen Entin (781-862-6418, email@example.com)
Saturday June 10, 1-2 pm, Family Nature Walk in Arlington Great Meadows
Bring the kids and join us for an "in-and-out" walk through a portion of Arlington Great Meadows, complete with meadow, forest, and boardwalks over wetland habitats. We will explore our surroundings and investigate whatever we find. Inclement weather cancels. Meet in the parking lot behind the Excel Assisted Living Center at the end of Emerson Gardens Way.
Leader: Millie Webster (617-686-2750, firstname.lastname@example.org)
Sunday June 25, 11 am-12:30 pm, Nature Photography at Dunback Meadow
Meet naturalist and nature photographer Tom Whelan on a nature walk at Dunback Meadow. On the walk, we will find and identify flowers and insects and discuss techniques and equipment for taking close-up photographs of them. We will start at the Allen Street
entrance to Dunback Meadow. Children with adults are welcome. People attending are encouraged to bring cameras for photography. Severe weather will cancel the walk. Walk Leader: Tom Whelan (781-915-9988, email@example.com)
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Joe-Pye-Weed in Dunback Meadow, August 2016 (photo courtesy John Andrews)
Are you looking for a new route to walk, run or bike?
ACROSS Lexington is waiting for you - try it!
You can find route information here.
ACROSS Lexington stands for Accessing Conservation land, Recreation areas, Open space, Schools and Streets in Lexington.
Please let us know if you would be interested in working with CLC in any capacity. Could you write a piece for the Newsletter? Lead a walk? Work on the website? Take a leadership role on the
Board? Help manage marketing/outreach? Drop us a line if you think you can help - we always welcome new faces!
CLC is sponsoring a new program for children - the Junior Ranger Program - aimed at getting kids out into Lexington's Conservation properties with games and activities. In conjunction with Cary Memorial Library we have a booklet to guide children and their parents. The kids will visit several different Conservation areas, fill out some activity sheets that will guide nature observation, and can, upon completion, receive a Junior Ranger Certificate from the Library.
You can find the Junior Ranger booklet here.
New Trail Guide to Lexington’s Conservation Land Now Available
The Lexington Conservation Stewards have created a new Trail Guide to Lexington’s Conservation Land, which includes color trail maps along with descriptions and historical information for Lexington’s 25 walk-able conservation areas. Covering nearly 30 miles of trails, it is an essential book for both veteran trail users and new explorers who’d like to discover the forests, fields, and wetlands in Lexington.
The Trail Guide to Lexington’s Conservation Land is available, for a minimum donation of $10, at the Town of Lexington Community Development Office located in the Town Offices Building at 1625 Massachusetts Avenue. Proceeds benefit the Lexington Nature Trust Fund, which helps to care for our 1300 acres of public conservation land.
More information about the Conservation Department