Fall Guided Walks 2016

CLC Fall 2016 Walk Schedule

 

September 25, 2–4 pm, ACROSS Lexington Route G Inaugural Walk

 

Here is your chance to explore ACROSS Lexington’s latest addition, Route G, which connects the Lower Vine Brook Conservation area portion of Route B with Countryside Green and the Shaker Glen Conservation area. The route is just under 3 miles in length with a combination of woods trails, sidewalks and quiet streets. Meet in the rear parking lot of the Christ Revolution Church, 451 Lowell Street.

 

Walk Leader: Bob Hausslein (781-862-9102, rhausslein@rcn.com)

 

 

October 8, 10:00-11:00am, Family Exploration, Hennessey Field

 

Come see what Hennessey Field has to offer in the fall! The weather is getting cooler and the leaves are starting to fall - that's how we know it's autumn. Let's see what we can find as we take a look around this newly restored meadow - we might see birds, bugs, mammals, and certainly plants. This adventure is designed for families with children of all ages, from toddlers to teens. Meet at the dead end of Robinson Road, where the pavement turns to a cart path.

 

Walk leaders: Alex Dohan (781-863-5882, amdohan@gmail.com) and Millie Webster (sethandmillie@gmail.com)

 

October 16, 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 helmets 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. 

 

Walk leader: Peggy Enders (617-308-8185, peggyenders@gmail.com).

 

October 29, 1:30-3 pm, Whipple Hill Trail Sign Inauguration Walk

 

If you have ever been lost on the trails in Whipple Hill or been too intimidated to explore this property, this is the walk for you. We will be exploring the Conservation Department’s new trail signage system for this property that was installed earlier this year. The trails are steep in spots with uneven footing, so bring your hiking poles if you rely on them when hiking. Meet at the Winchester Drive entrance parking lot where Winchester Drive becomes Johnson Road on the Lexington/Winchester line. Park on Berkshire Drive across from the parking lot entrance on Winchester Drive.

 

Walk Leader: Keith Ohmart (781-862-6216, kohmart@verizon.net)

 

November 5, 10-11:30 am, Conservation Restriction at Cotton Farm

 

CLC is in the process of assuming a Conservation Restriction for Cotton Farm.  If you would like to learn the basics about Conservation Restrictions, join us for this combination field lecture and ramble about the property. We will explain the reasons for establishing a Conservation Restriction, its basic elements, and the annual monitoring process. Expect some standing interspersed by casual walking around this gently sloping property. Meet at the entrance to Cotton Farm on Marrett Road opposite Bacon Street. There is very limited parking on the property so please park along Marrett Road.

 

Walk Leaders: Keith Ohmart (781-862-6216, kohmart@verizon.net), and Eileen Entin (781-862-6418, eileenhome@gmail.com)

 

 

 

Spring Guided Walks 2016

2016 SPRING WALKS

All walks are free and open to the public

 

Birding and Service Walks:

 

Saturday April 9, 8-10 am, Early Season Birding at Dunback Meadow

Early migrants will be our target, particularly Pine and Palm Warblers, but there may also be Phoebes, several sparrows, both kinglets and thrushes. Walk will be cancelled if it rains. Meet at Allen Street entrance opposite Pitcairn Place. (Co-sponsored with the Menotomy Bird Club)

Leader: Bobbie Hodson (781-861-9421, robertahodson@comcast.net

 

Saturday April 30 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.

Leader: Keith Ohmart (781-862-6216, kohmart@verizon.net

 

Saturday May 7, 8-10 am, Peak Migration Birding at Dunback Meadow

We’ll be on the lookout for a variety of migrants and breeding birds: warblers, swallows, vireos, and many more. Meet at Allen Street entrance opposite Pitcairn Place. (Co- sponsored with the Menotomy Bird Club)
Bobbie Hodson (781-861-9421,
 robertahodson@comcast.net

 

Sunday May 8, 7-9 am, Warbler Walk in Lower Vine Brook

Warblers are small, beautiful tropical birds that fly north to breed. Over fifteen different species 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.

Leader, Harry West (671-461-9500, hwest2020@gmail.com

 

Wednesday May 11, 6:30-9 am, Western Greenway Bird Walk 
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. 6:30-9:00AM (Co-sponsored with the Menotomy Bird Club)
Leader: Roger Wrubel (
rwrubel@massaudubon.org)

 

 

Younger Naturalist Walks:

 

Sunday May 1, 1:00 pm, Children’s Book Walk at Lincoln Park

Join us as we stroll along through some of Lexington's field, forest, and wetland spaces, reading In the Tall, Tall Grass and looking for real-life characters from the story in our surroundings. Designed for preschool and young elementary children and their care-givers we'll bring a book to life as you enjoy the great outdoors. Meet at the entrance to the Lincoln Park Fitness Path on Worthen Road across from the Lexington High playing fields. Inclement weather will cancel the walk - check CLC website or email Walk Leader.
Walk Leader: Alex Dohan,
 amdohan@gmail.com

 

Wednesday May 4, 10:30 am, Children’s Book Walk at Lincoln Park

Join Cary Memorial Library for a StoryWalk(R)! We'll enjoy a walk while reading Denise Fleming's In the Tall, Tall Grass. The StoryWalk(R) is produced in partnership with The Citizens For Lexington Conservation and Cary Memorial Library.
Meet at the entrance to the Lincoln Park Fitness Path on Worthen Road across from the Lexington High playing fields. Inclement weather cancels.

Leader: Alissa Lauzon, alauzon@minlib.net

 

Saturday June 18, 10-11am, Family Nature Walk in Dunback Meadow

Bring the children and join us at the entrance to Dunback Meadow behind the Bowman School for a one-hour stroll through one of Lexington's lovely conservation properties. We will explore our surroundings and investigate whatever we find. Since it is Fathers' Day weekend, we especially invite dads and grand-dads to bring kids, but any and all family members are welcome. Inclement weather cancels. Check CLC web site, www.clclex.org . Leader: Alex Dohan, amdohan@gmail.com

 

 

 

General Nature Walks:

 

Friday May 13, 10-11 am, Stream Daylighting at Willards Woods

Have you been wondering about what is going on around the stream below the pond at Willard's Woods? This is your chance to hear about it from the project managers. The DPW Engineering Division has elected to open up a long culverted stream rather than simply replace the failing culvert. Town Engineers John Livsey and Dave Pavlik will explain the thought and processes that went into the project. Meet at the Willard's Woods North Street Parking Lot. Inclement weather will cancel.

Leader: Alex Dohan, amdohan@gmail.com

 

Saturday May 14, 10-11:30 am, Invasive Plant Identification

Plants are plants, right? Wrong! Find out why. Come on a walk in Dunback Meadow to identify some of the more common invasive plants and trees inhabiting our town and perhaps your backyard. Karen Longeteig has been studying invasive species and landscape design for 15 years, and will share some of her tips for dealing with these aliens. Park on Allen St. off of Waltham St. opposite the stone gateway lions. Rain date May 21st. Leader: Karen Longeteig (781-862-4094, karen.longeteig@gmail.com

 

Tuesday May 17, 10-11:30 am, Silver Sneaker Walk

Explore walking opportunities from the new Community Center along a leisurely 2 mile loop. The walk will include a foray into Dunback Meadow and a traverse of the Cotton Farm and Upper Vine Brook Conservation properties, utilizing sidewalks, quiet streets and graded footpaths. Meet at the entrance to the Community Center, 39 Marrett Road

Leader: Keith Ohmart (781-862-6216, kohmart@verizon.net)

 

Sunday May 22, 1:30  3:30 pm, ACROSS Lexington Route E

Take a walk with us on the newest ACROSS Lexington route! This 4.3 mile loop traverses Lincoln Park and two Town conservation parcels -- the Poor Farm and Meagherville Woods, while skirting the Pine Meadow Golf Course and Parker Meadow. Learn how the Poor Farm got its name, and the histories of Lincoln Park and the 97 acre Meagherville Woods property. Meet at the bikeway behind the Lexington Depot. Heavy rain cancels. Walk leaders: Peggy Enders peggyenders@gmail.com and Eileen Entin eileenhome@gmail.com

 

Monday June 6, 6-8 pm, Wild Edibles of Lexington’s Waysides

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 eighteen or more of these species. Russ will present information on identification tips, edible portion(s), season(s of availability and preparation methods, as well as general guidelines for safe and environmentally-responsible foraging. Meet at the Fitness Trail entrance at the crosswalk on Worthen Road across from the Lexington High playing fields. Leader: Russ Cohen eatwild@rcn.com

 

 

Fall Guided Walks 2015

Saturday, September 19, 8-10 AM Bird Walk at Dunback Meadow

Meet at the Allen Street entrance to Dunback Meadow. During the early fall many mi- grants return through our fields and woods. Warblers, finches, hawks, and sparrows may be seen. Children with adults and beginners are welcome. 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 (robertahodson@comcast.net; 781-861-9241)

 

Sunday, September 27, 11 a.m. 12:30 p.m. Insects at Dunback Meadow

We will start at the Allen Street entrance to Dunback Meadow. Children with adults are welcome. Meet naturalist and nature photographer Tom Whelan on a nature walk at Dun- back Meadow. We will explore the Dunback Meadow area for fall insects: dragonflies, butterflies, bees, and other many-legged creatures. People attending are encouraged to bring cameras for insect photography. On the walk, we can discuss techniques and equip- ment for closeup photography. Severe inclement weather will cancel the walk.

Walk Leader: Tom Whelan (tom@whelanphoto.com; 781-915-9988)

 

Sunday, October 11, 1:30 2:30 p.m. Walk at Cotton Farm Upper Vine Brook

Meet at the parking area at Cotton Farm (entrance at 121 Marrett Road). Parking is lim- ited, but you can park along Marrett Road. Kids old enough to enjoy the walk are wel- come. We will walk by the apple orchard (Macouns--a bumper crop this yearare free for the taking) and then up through the gladed area to the Upper Vine Brook woods, ending at Highland Avenue. After returning to the parking area, for those who have additional time, we will cross over Marrett Road to Dunback Meadow and walk up to "four corners" and back. Highlights of the new Land Management Plan for Cotton Farm will be ex- plained. Rain or lightning will cancel the walk.

Walk Leader: Bob Hausslein (rhausslein@rcn.com; 781-862-9102)

 

Sunday, October 18, 1 3 p.m. West Farm-Liberty Heights-Sutherland Woods

We will meet at the corner of Oak Street and Bruce Road. Best parking is along Massa- chusetts Avenue on either side of the Oak Street intersection. Walk up Old Shade Street a short block to Bruce Road. Come explore a collection of Lexington's smaller Conserva- tion properties with some rewarding views on a fall afternoon. Come explore a collection of easy with the steepest grades along sidewalks for the most part.

Walk Leader: Keith Ohmart (kohmart@verizon.net; 781-862-6216)

 

Sunday, October 25 1:30 3:00 p.m. Native American Walk at Paint Mine

Find out about how Native Americans used the natural resources in this area. Find out why this area is called the Paint Mine. This walk will be especially oriented to families with children.
Check the CLC web site: (
http://www.clclex.org) for meeting location

Walk Leader: Fran Ludwig (fludwig12@yahoo.com)

 

Spring Guided Walks - 2014

 

 

Saturday, April 19, 10 – 11 AM      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 early in the spring. We also may see Mourning Cloak and Spring Azure 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 (tom@whelanphoto.com) or phone (781-915-9988). Walk Leader: Tom Whelan, will notify those who sign up if the weather requires cancelling the event.

 

 

 

Saturday, May 3, 3 – 4:30 PM     Enjoy Spring at Hennessey Field and Paint Mine

 

Meet at the power line parking area on Turning Mill Road. Let's look around and see what's happening in the field, forest and wetland of Hennessey Field and the Paint Mine as spring moves toward summer. We'll stroll through these areas for about an hour and a half—maybe more if we find really interesting things to look at. Wear good walking shoes. Severe inclement weather will cancel the walk—drizzle will not. Walk Leader, Alex Dohan (amdohan@gmail.com; 781-863-5882)

 

 

 

Wednesday, May 7, 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 ( robertahodson@comcast.net; 781-861-9421)

 

 

 

Saturday, May 10, 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 (hwest2020@gmail.com;617-461-9500 mobile)

 

 

 

Saturday, May 17, 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 (jandrews166@gmail.com; 781-862-6498)

 

 

 

Thursday, May 22, 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 St. Join Emily Schadler 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: Emily Schadler, Conservation Stewardship Program Coordinator (eschadler@lexingtonma.gov; 781-698-4532).

 

 

 

Sunday, June 8, 2 – 3:30 PM                Walk at Cotton Farm - Upper Vine Brook

 

Meet at the parking area at Cotton Farm (entrance at 121 Marrett Road). Parking is limited, but you can park along Marrett Road.Kids old enough to enjoy the walk are welcome. We will walk through the apple orchard, along the pond, through the gladed area and up through the Upper Vine Brook woods to Highland Avenue. After returning to the parking area, for those who have additional time, we will cross over Marrett Road to Dunback Meadow and walk up to "four corners" and back. At Cotton Farm, the shed by the pond has a new roof and the apple orchard rehabilitation is well underway. Full sized apples were picked by visitors this past fall. For the longer-term direction of Cotton Farm, Mass Audubon has been engaged to develop a design plan to assist with the management of the property.This walk will be an opportunity to share your thoughts. Rain or lightning will cancel the walk.

 

Walk Leader: Bob Hausslein (rhausslein@rcn.com; 781-862-9102)

 

 

 

 

Winter Guided Walks - 2014

 

Saturday, January 25,  8 – 10 AM        Winter Walk in Dunback Meadow

While this is a time of quiet within 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 rain/snow date is Saturday, February 1.  Meet at the entrance on Allen St. where parking is available.  Walk Leader:  Bobbie Hodson (781-861-9421).

 

Thursday, January 30, 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,  (781-861-7231)

 

 

Saturday, March 22, 1-2:30 PM           Hayden Woods Winter Twig Walk

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 (linda.arnow@gmail.com; 781-861-7397).

 

 

 

Fall Guided Walks - 2013

 

Thursday, September 19, 2 - 3 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 Revere St. 

Walk Leader: Fran Ludwig (fludwig12@yahoo.com; 781-861-7231)   

 

Saturday, Sept. 21, 10 - 11:30 AM                             Slow and Easy Nature Walk

Are you worried about going on those walks in the woods that you used to enjoy so much? Here's your chance to take it slow and easy on the Brookhaven Nature Trail, following a winding path through the woods behind Brookhaven. There are six benches where walkers can sit and admire the birds, the flowers, the fall colors and the view over the pond. The surface of the path has been packed with a smooth layer of stone dust to make traveling with a cane or even a walker possible. Bring binoculars if you are a bird watcher. Steady rain or lightning will cancel the walk. Meet at the trail entrance next to the Employee Parking Lot on the right side of Brookhaven (1010 Waltham St.). Walk Leaders: Kate Fricker and Marie Roberts (kfricker@alum.swarthmore.edu; 781-640-1276).

 

Wednesday, September 25, 8 – 9 AM                     Improvements at the Old Res

The Old Res water quality improvements project is specifically for the purpose of improving the water quality of the Old Res. The Old Res receives stormwater from three outfalls located along Marrett Road; after storm events the bacteria level is often elevated resulting in beach closures. The project that was recently completed involved the construction of one bio-filtration basin and one detention basin.The basins provide significant bacteria removal to stormwater entering the Old Res. The project also includes a porous paved parking lot in the location of the existing gravel lot, a stone retaining wall along the edge of the easterly basin, hydraulic dredging of the existing detention pond with a 3 foot no touch zone to protect and maintain habitat and vegetation.Significant tree plantings include 16 Red Maple, 9 White Oak, 5 Tupelo, 6 Hophorn Beam, 9 Shadblow serviceberry, and 25 columnar evergreens. Rain or lightning will cancel the walk. Meet at the parking lot for the Old Res off Marrett Rd. between Tufts Rd. and Spring St. Walk Leader: David Pavlik, Lexington DPW – Engineering Division(dpavlik@lexingtonma.gov; 781-274-8309)

 

Saturday, September 28, 7:30 - 9:30 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 sparrows 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 (robertahodson@comcast.net; 781-861-9421). 

 

Saturday, October 5, 9:30  - 10:30 AM                    A Walk in the Landlocked Forest

Take a loop through the Landlocked Forest for an hour or so, looking at foliage and late blooming plants - we may also see various sorts of wildlife or signs that they've passed by. For those who are interested, we can make a quick pass through the Paint Mine at the end. Meet at the parking area on Turning Mill Road, across the street from Mountain Road. Inclement weather will cancel the walk.

Questions? Contact Walk Leader: Alex Dohan (amdohan@gmail.com; 781-863-5882).

 

Thursday, October 17, 2:30 – 4 PM                               Lexington’s Autumn Leaves

This walk is geared for children in grades 2 – 5 accompanied by an adult. Join Karen Longeteig for a walk around the Buckman Tavern 'arboretum' to gather and identify autumn leaves and hear tree stories.  Wear boots or be prepared to have muddy shoes. The walk will take place in light drizzle, but will be cancelled if it pours.  Call walk leader if in doubt. Meet at the Visitors Center on the Buckman Tavern grounds. Street and municipal lot parking are available.Walk Leader: Karen Longeteig, Lexington Tree Committee member (karen.longeteig@gmail.com; 781-862-4094).  

 

Sunday, October 20, 9:30 AM to 12:30 PM                     Walk ACROSS Lexington

Take a walk on the second section of the new ACROSS Lexington trail system. ACROSS Lexington (Accessing Conservation land, Recreation areas, Open space, Schools and Streets in Lexington) will eventually consist of 40 miles of well marked walking, jogging and off-road biking routes connecting all of Lexington. This will be the inaugural walk on a wonderful new 4.5-mile route that will traverse several conservation areas, recreation areas and school property. The route will consist of: Clarke Street, Lincoln Field, Bridge School, the Old Res, Marrett Road, a residential neighborhood, Clarke School, Dunback Meadow, Cotton Farm, Upper Vine Brook, Highland Avenue and back to town along the bikeway. This is a wonderful way to socialize on a quiet Sunday morning and meet people in Lexington that you may not know. Everyone will learn some Lexington history and interesting town facts and you'll get some excellent exercise. See www.acrosslexington.org for more information. Severe inclement weather will cancel the walk. Meet at the rear of the Depot in Lexington Center. Walk Leader: Rick Abrams (Rickya@me.com; 339-927-4345)

 

Saturday, November 30, 1 to 3 PM                       Post Thanksgiving Holiday Walk

Work off some of those Thanksgiving calories with CLC's First Annual Post Thanksgiving Walk. We will explore Whipple Hill and the new trail improvement structures built this past summer. Wear sturdy hiking boots and bring a walking stick if you have one, as trails are steep.  Meet at the Winchester Drive entrance. Heavy rain or snow cancels the walk. Walk Leader: Keith Ohmart  (kohmart@verizon.net; 781-862-6216)

 

 

Spring Guided Walks - 2013

Bird Walk in Dunback Meadow

 Saturday, April 13, 8 – 10 AM

 

Meet at the Allen St. entrance to Dunback Meadow. In mid-April we can witness the beginning stages of the migrating birds coming through there. Species such as Eastern Phoebe, Tree Swallow, several early warblers and sparrows, and Golden- and Ruby- Crowned Kinglets are likely. 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 as the trails may be muddy. Rain or lightning will cancel the walk. Rain date is Sunday, April 14, 8 – 10 AM.

Walk Leader: Bobbie Hodson (robertahodson@comcast.net; 781-861-9421)

 

 

 

Garlic Mustard Pull at Lincoln Park

 Saturday, April 20, 1 - 3 PM

 

Meet at the bike path entrance on Worthen Rd. to clear garlic mustard plants from the area. This annual event, effective in early spring, has helped to slow the advance of garlic mustard plants in Lincoln Park. Garlic mustard is an aggressive non-native species that crowds out native plants. We will also pull out new invasive plants. Bring a digging tool and a plastic bag for depositing the plants in nearby trash barrels. Encourage your friends and neighbors to come, too. Heavy rain or lightning will cancel the event for that day. Rain date is Sunday, April 21, 1 – 3 PM.

Walk Leader: Nell Walker (nelwalk@verizon.net; 781-862-6943)

 

 

 

Butterfly Walk at Arlington’s Great Meadow

 Sunday, April 21, 10 – 11 AM

 

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 early in the spring. We may also see Mourning Cloak and Spring Azure 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 accompanied by an adult. Please sign up for the walk in advance, preferably by email (tom@whelanphoto.com) or phone (781-863-1880).

Walk Leader Tom Whelan will notify those who sign up if the weather requires cancelling the event.

 

 

 

Warbler Walk in Lower Vine Brook

 Saturday, May 4, 8 – 10 AM

 

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. Leader: Harry West (hwest2020@gmail.com; 617-461-9500 mobile)

 

 

 

Spring at the Paint Mine

 Sunday, May 5, 1:30 – 3 PM

 

Meet at the parking lot at Estabrook School. Come and experience nature waking up in the woods and wetlands of the Paint Mine conservation area. Explore the north-facing slope that provides habitat for uncommon Lexington tree species. Search for the purple fringed polygala, wild columbine, Jack-in-the-pulpit, and other spring blooms. Walkers should wear boots or other terrain footgear. Steady rain or lightning will cancel the walk. Walk Leader: Fran Ludwig (fludwig12@yahoo.com781-861-7231)

 

 

 

Pond Exploration at Parker Meadow

 Thursday, May 16, 2 - 3 PM

 

This walk is 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 St. Join Emily Schadler for a prowl around Parker Meadow to look for signs of 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: Emily Schadler, Town of Lexington Conservation Stewardship Coordinator ( eschadler@lexingtonma.gov;781-862-0500 x 240)

 

 

 

Slow and Easy Nature Walk

 Saturday, May 25, 10 - 11:30 AM

Meet at the trail entrance next to the Employee Parking Lot on the right side of Brookhaven (1010 Waltham St.). Are you worried about going on those walks in the woods that you used to enjoy so much? Here's your chance to take it slow and easy on the Brookhaven Nature Trail, following a winding path through the woods behind Brookhaven. There are six benches where walkers can sit and admire the birds, the flowers and the view over the pond, or the two vernal pools along the way. The surface of the path has been packed with a smooth layer of stone dust to make traveling with a cane or even a walker possible. Bring binoculars if you are a bird watcher. Steady rain or lightning will cancel the walk. Walk Leaders: Kate Fricker and Marie Roberts (kfricker@alum.swarthmore.edu781-640-1276)

 

Winter Guided Walks - 2013

Saturday, January 26, 2013, 8:00 - 10:00 AM        

Winter Walk in Dunback Meadow

While this is a time of quiet within 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 rain/snow date is Saturday, February 2.  Meet at the entrance on Allen St. where parking is available. 

Walk Leader:  Bobbie Hodson (robertahodson@comcast.net; 781-861-9421).

 

 

Thursday, February 7, 2-3 pm              

Tracks and Signs of Animals at Parker Meadow

Join us to explore footprints, food stashes, and other signs that critters leave behind in the winter snow. Who is prowling around Parker Meadow this time of year, and what have they been up to?  We’ll learn the basics of looking at tracks and explore a beautiful conservation area on a winter’s day. This event is geared towards elementary school children and their parents; children must be accompanied by an adult. Dress warmly! If there is no snow on the ground, the event will be cancelled. Meet at the Revere St. entrance to Parker Meadow. Limited parking is there; additional parking is available on neighborhood streets across Revere St. 

Walk Leader: Emily Schadler, Conservation Stewardship Coordinator (eschadler@lexingtonma.gov; 781-862-0500 x240)

 

 

Saturday, March 23, 1-2:30PM                                        

Whipple Hill Winter Twig Walk

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 Whipple Hill. 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 Whipple Hill parking lot at the top of Winchester Drive (just past Russell Rd.).

Walk Leader: Linda Arnow (linda.arnow@gmail.com; 781-861-7397).

 

 

 

Fall Guided Walks - 2012

Thursday, September 20, 2 - 3 PM                    

Pond Exploration at Parker Meadow

Geared for children in grades K – 5 accompanied by an adult.

Join Emily Schadler for a prowl around Parker Meadow to look for signs of beavers, bugs, tadpoles, and frogs.  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 Revere St.

Walk Leader: Emily Schadler, Conservation Stewardship Coordinator

(eschadler@lexingtonma.gov; 781-862-0500X240).

 

Saturday, September 29, 7:30 - 9:30 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 sparrows that are not usually at Dunback Meadow during the summer months. Our usual residents, such as Downy Woodpecker, Carolina Wren, Black-capped Chickadee, American Goldfinch and Tufted Titmouse will also be around for our viewing and hearing. 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 (robertahodson@comcast.net; 781-861-9421).

 

Saturday, October 13, 11AM – 12:30 PM          

Cotton Farm – Upper Vine Brook – Dunback Meadow

We will walk in the recently acquired Cotton Farm conservation land, with its apple orchard, open fields and lovely pond. We will then walk the Upper Vine Brook Trail, which connects to Highland Ave. If time permits, we can then explore Dunback Meadow conservation area on the other side of Marrett Rd. Rain date is October 14 at the same time. Meet at the parking area at Cotton Farm (entrance on Marrett Rd.). Additional parking is available on Marrett Rd.

Walk Leaders: Gerry Paul (gerryp@bu.edu; 781-861-6279);

Bonnie Newman (bjnewman@rcn.com; 781-861-8191);

Bob Hausslein (rhausslein@rcn.com; 781-862-9102).

 

Thursday, October 18, 2:30 – 4 PM                                

Lexington’s Autumn Leaves

Geared for children in grades 2 – 5 accompanied by an adult.

Join Karen Longeteig for a walk around the Buckman Tavern 'arboretum' to gather and identify autumn leaves and hear tree stories.  Wear boots or be prepared to have muddy shoes.   No rain date. The walk will take place in light drizzle, but will be cancelled if it pours. Call walk leader if in doubt. Meet at the Visitors Center on the Buckman Tavern grounds. Street and municipal lot parking are available.

Walk Leader: Karen Longeteig, Lexington Tree Committee member (karen.longeteig@gmail.com; 781-862-4094).

 

Sunday, October 28, 9:30 AM to 12 noon                          

Walk ACROSS Lexington

A new route system, ACROSS Lexington (Accessing Conservation land, Recreation areas, Open space, Schools and Streets in Lexington), is under development by the Greenways Corridor Committee. This walk is a chance to get a guided tour of the pilot route. The walk will start and end in Lexington Center. We will walk along the bike path, streets and conservation parcels throughout the northeastern part of town. We’ll learn a little natural history, a little social history, and enjoy the outdoors. Good walking shoes are a must, but the terrain is not difficult (sneakers are fine). Severe inclement weather will cancel the walk. Meet under the rear overhang of the Depot in Lexington Center.

Walk Leader: Alex Dohan (amdohan@gmail.com; 781-863-5882).

 

 

 

 

Spring Guided Walks - 2012

Bird Walk in Dunback Meadow

Saturday, April 21, 8 – 10 AM                           

Meet at the Allen St. entrance to Dunback Meadow. In mid-April we can witness the beginning stages of the migrating birds coming through there. Species, such as Eastern Phoebe, Tree Swallow, several early warblers and sparrows, and Golden- and Ruby-Crowned Kinglets are likely. 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 as the trails may be muddy. Rain or lightning will cancel the walk.     

Leader:  Bobbie Hodson (781-861-9421; robertahodson@comcast.net)

 

Garlic Mustard Pull

Saturday, April 21, 1- 3 PM  or later                          

Sunday, April 22, 1 - 3 PM or later

Meet at the bike path entrance on Worthen Rd. to clear garlic mustard plants from the area. This annual event, effective in early spring, has helped to slow the advance of garlic mustard plants in Lincoln Park.  Garlic mustard is an aggressive non-native species that crowds out native plants. Bring a digging tool and a plastic bag for depositing the plants in nearby trash barrels. Encourage your friends and neighbors to come, too. Stay later than 3 PM if you have time. Heavy rain or lightning will cancel the event for that day.

Leader: Nell Walker (781-862-6943; nelwalk@earthlink.net

 

Spring Butterfly Walk

Sunday, April 22, 10 – 11 AM                                              

Meet in the parking lot at Golden LivingCenter–Lexington, 840 Emerson Gardens Rd. (off Maple St.).  The parking lot is on the right side of the facility; park at the far end.  Lexington butterfly enthusiast Tom Whelan will lead a walk to see spring butterflies at Arlington’s Great Meadows. People of all ages are welcome; an adult must accompany children.  Participants should see two species of spring butterflies, Brown Elfin and Henry’s Elfin.  These small, easily overlooked butterflies, are found in many parts of the US and Canada.  Since these species overwinter in the chrysalis stage, their lives as adults begin early in the spring. We may also see Mourning Cloak and Spring Azure butterflies.  If time permits, additional insects will be sought at adjacent Infinity Pond, a certified vernal pool. Please sign up for the walk in advance, preferably by email (tom@whelanphoto.com) or phone (781-863-1880).  Walk leader Tom Whelan will notify those who sign up if the weather requires postponing the event.  The rain date is Sunday, April 29.

Leader: Tom Whelan (tom@whelanphoto.com; 781-863-1880)

 

Tour of Lexington’s Tree Farm

Saturday, April 28, 1- 2 PM                                       

Meet at the Tree Farm: Take Maureen Rd. off East St., take the first right onto East Emerson Rd., and park at the end of the pavement. You will be facing a dirt road; walk or cycle left (no cars) to the entry to the Tree Farm on the left. This is a family friendly walk for children and adults. We will learn about Lexington’s effort to replant its streets and parks with shade trees, using conservation land for the Tree Farm. Children may have fun racing up and down the grassy rows in this beautiful meadow. Continue your walking or cycling afterward on the adjacent bike path along Vine Brook. More than light rain or lightning will cancel the event. If the weather is “iffy” call the leader. Rain date is April 29.

Leader: Karen Longeteig (781-862-4094; karen.longeteig@gmail.com)  

                       

Warbler Walks in Lower Vine Brook

Sunday, April 29, 9 - 11 AM                          

Sunday, May 6, 9 - 11 AM

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.  If you go on the walk on consecutive Sundays, you may see different warbler species or more warblers on different days. Children with adults are welcome. Bring warm clothes, boots if it is wet, binoculars, and bird book. No dogs. More than light rain or lightning will cancel the event. If the weather is uncertain call the leader.

Leader: Harry West (617-461-9500 mobile; hwest2020@gmail.com)

 

Pond Exploration at Parker Meadow

Thursday, May 17, 2 - 3 PM                           

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 St. Join Emily Schadler for a prowl around Parker Meadow to look for signs of beavers, bugs, tadpoles, 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.

Leader: Emily Schadler, Conservation Assistant (781-862-0500 x 240; eschadler@lexingtonma.gov)

 

Spring at the Paint Mine

Sunday, May 20, 1:30 – 3 PM                                                 

Meet at the parking lot at Estabrook School. Come and experience nature waking up in the woods and wetlands of the Paint Mine conservation area. Explore the north-facing slope that provides habitat for uncommon Lexington tree species.   Search for the purple whorled polygala, wild columbine, Jack-in-the-pulpit, and other spring blooms. Walkers should wear boots or other terrain footgear.   If there is steady rain or lightning, the walk will be cancelled.

Leader: Fran Ludwig (781-861-7231; fludwig12@yahoo.com)        


Whoo Lives in Willard's Woods?

Sunday, June 24, 10-11:30 AM

Family friendly walk for kids in grades K – 5 accompanied by an adult. Meet at Brent Road entrance to Willard’s Woods. Search for insects, spiders, and more. This is an easy walk. If there is steady rain or lightning, the walk will be cancelled.

Leaders: Ned Eisner (781-454-8023; Edward.eisner@verizon.net and Fran Ludwig (781-861-7231; fludwig12@yahoo.com)

 

 

Fall Guided Walks - 2011

Dunback Meadow Butterfly Walk
Sunday, September 18, 2–3 PM
We will walk in the community garden and on the main paths in the wet meadow. Expected species include, Monarch, Pearl Crescent, Eastern Comma, Red Admiral, skipper species, with a possibility of unusual fall migrants. Opening remarks will describe places to go locally for rare species and coastal locations for observing the fall Monarch migration. Rain date Sunday, September 25, at the same time.
Location: Meet at the Allen St. entrance to Dunback Meadow (park on Allen St; additional parking at the Clarke entrance, if needed).
Leader: Tom Whelan (781-863-1880) or tom@whelanphoto.com

 

Pond Exploration at Parker Meadow
Thursday, September 22, 2:30–3:30 PM
Geared for children in grades K – 5 accompanied by an adult. Join Emily Schadler for a prowl around Parker Meadow to look for signs of beavers, bugs, 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 will cancel the event.
Location: Meet at the Revere St. entrance to Parker Meadow. Limited parking is there; additional parking is available on neighborhood streets across Revere St.
Leader: Emily Schadler, Conservation Assistant. (781-862-0500 x 240) or eschadler@lexingtonma.gov

 

Six-Legged Safari at Willard’s Woods
Sunday, September 25, 1:30–3 PM
Family friendly walks for kids in grades K - 5 accompanied by an adult. Look and listen for insects and other creepy crawlers in field and forest. We will do some sketching of what we find. Equipment will be provided. This is an easy walk. If there is steady rain or lightning, the walk will be cancelled.
Location: Meet at Brent St. entrance to Willard's Woods.
Leader: Fran Ludwig (781-861-7231) or fludwig12@yahoo.com.

 

Bird Walk in Dunback Meadow
Saturday, October 1, 8–10 AM
In early October the last of the migrating birds will still be coming through Dunback Meadow. Although the ground is slightly rough, the pace is slow so the walk is accessible to most. Children and beginners are welcome. We will enjoy a varied habitat, including mixed woods, open fields, and a stream. Bring binoculars if you have them. Heavy rain or lightning will cancel the walk.
Location: Meet at the Allen St. entrance to Dunback Meadow.
Leader: Bobbie Hodson (781-861-9421) or robertahodson@comcast.net

 

Lexington’s Autumn Leaves
Thursday, October 13, 2:30–4 PM
Geared for children in grades 2 – 5 accompanied by an adult. Join Karen Longeteig for a walk around the Buckman Tavern 'arboretum' to gather and identify autumn leaves. Bring an old catalog or thick magazine to press your best leaves and a pen or pencil to write their names. Wear boots or be prepared to have muddy shoes. Rain date is October 20.
Location: Meet at the Visitors Center on the Buckman Tavern grounds. Street and municipal lot parking are available.
Leader: Karen Longeteig, Lexington Tree Committee member (781-862-4094) or karen.longeteig@gmail.com

 

Western Greenway Walk
Saturday, October 22, 10:30 AM – 12:30 PM
We will walk on new and established Western Greenway trail segments on the properties south of Trapelo Rd. We’ll go on new trails in Lot 1 and 3, through Shady’s Pond Conservation Area over boardwalks and bridges built by volunteers, and then back to Falzone Field. The walk is not overly strenuous. Wear sturdy shoes. We will walk in steady rain—only lightning will cancel the walk.
Location: Meet and park at Falzone Field, 901 Trapelo Rd., Waltham, (across from Our Lady’s Church/Academy).
Leaders: David Kehs drkehs@erols.com; George Darcy gadiii@yahoo.com

 

Ducks and Sparrow at Arlington Reservoir and Busa Farm
Sunday, October 23, 8–10 AM
We will look for migrant ducks in the reservoir and migrant sparrows at the back edge of Busa Farm. Many unusual birds were seen in mid-October at the farm last year, including Orange-Crowned Warbler, Tennessee Warbler and Blue Grosbeak. Depending on the weather, some muddy conditions might be encountered. We’ll likely walk around Arlington Reservoir. Total walking about 1 mile. Walk will be cancelled if more than light rain.
Location: Meet at Rindge Avenue Playground and park along Rindge Ave.
Leader: Chris Floyd (781-862-2841) or chrisf@mitre.org

 

Stone Walls of Whipple Hill
Sunday, October 30, 2–4 PM
Whipple Hill contains some of the most extensive and beautifully preserved stone walls in all of Lexington. Late fall after most of the leaves have fallen is a wonderful time to appreciate these treasures and the overall lay of the landscape. Sturdy shoes are recommended for this strenuous walk. Heavy rain will cancel the walk.
Location: Meet at the Winchester Drive parking lot.
Leader: Keith Ohmart (781-862-6216) or kohmart@verizon.net

 

Cotton Farm – Upper Vine Brook, Dunback Meadow
Saturday, November 5, 11 AM – 12:30 PM
We will walk in the newly acquired Cotton Farm Conservation Land with its apple orchard, open fields and lovely pond. We will then walk the Upper Vine Brook trail, which connects to Highland Ave. If time permits, we can then explore Dunback Meadow conservation area on the other side of Marrett Rd. Rain date: Sunday, Nov. 6, at the same time.
Location: Meet in the parking area in the Cotton Farm Conservation Land (entrance on Marrett Rd.). Additional parking is available on Marrett Rd.
Leader: Gerry Paul (781-861-6279) or gerryp@bu.edu; Bonnie Newman (781-861-8191) or bjnewman@rcn.com

 

 

Spring Guided Walks - 2011

Garlic Mustard Pull
Saturday, April 30, 1-3 PM
Meet at the bike path entrance on Worthen Road to clear garlic mustard plants from the area. This annual event, effective in early spring, has helped to slow their advance in Lincoln Park. Garlic mustard is an aggressive non-native species that not only crowds out natives, but also releases a chemical that suppresses the growth of native seedlings such as Red Maple. In addition to Garlic Mustard (Alliaria petiolata), a new invasive, Bittercress (Cardamine impatiens), has gained ground in the Boardwalk area.
Location: Bike path entrance on Worthen Road.
Leader: Nell Walker (781-862-6943) or nelwalk@earthlink.net

 

Voices of the Night
Saturday, April 30, 7–8:30 PM
Come learn about the spring chorus of frogs in Lexington. Kate Fricker will show slides and play recordings she has made of frog songs. Afterward, those who wish will follow a trail to a nearby vernal pool in hopes of hearing one or more frog species sing. You can park in the employee parking lot on the right. Be sure to bring flashlights, mosquito repellant, and rain gear (if it's raining).
Location: Meet at the front door of Brookhaven.
Leader: Kate Fricker (781-862-8868) or kfricker@alum.swarthmore.edu

 

Warbler Walk in Lower Vine Brook
Saturday May 7, 7–9 AM
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. Bring warm clothes, boots if it is wet, binoculars, bird book. No dogs.
Location: Meet at 116 Vine Street; call if you are lost.
Leader: Harry West (617-461-9500) or Hwest@continuuminnovation.com.

 

Pond Exploration at Parker Meadow
Thursday, May 12, 2-3:30 PM
Geared for children in grades 3 – 5 accompanied by an adult.
Join Emily Schadler for a prowl around Parker Meadow to look for signs of beavers, bugs, tadpoles, 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.

A limited number of children can be accommodated on the walk so parents must pre-register their kids. Please contact Jane Warren to pre-register (781-861-7140 or warren.a.jane@gmail.com).

Location: Meet at the Revere St. entrance to Parker Meadow. Parking space is limited there; additional parking is available on neighborhood streets across Revere Street.
Leader: Emily Schadler, Conservation Assistant (781-862-0500 x 240) or eschadler@lexingtonma.gov

 

Exploring the Land Locked Forest
Saturday, May 21, 10–11:30 AM
The Land Locked Forest is primarily in the Town of Burlington, but the only legal access with parking is in Lexington. We might see bluebirds, hawks, turkeys, squirrels, deer, fishers, or coyotes—or signs of them. We are sure to see hazelnuts, cat-tails, ferns, and all sorts of other plants. Come dressed for the weather; bring a water bottle, binoculars, and shoes that can get muddy. The trails are well used, but we will be going up and down hills, mostly through woods. You can go to www.landlockedforest.com to find out more. We will walk rain or shine; thunderstorms or excessively heavy rain will cancel the walk.
Location: Meet at the parking area kiosk on Turning Mill Rd. (under the power lines across the street from Mountain Rd.).
Leader: Alex Dohan (781-863-5882) or amdohan@gmail.com

 

Whipple Hill
Saturday June 4, 1:30–3:30 PM
Visit Lexington's highest peak, where clues to the town's geologic history can be seen. Investigate a vernal pool and follow a small stream to Locke Pond. Admire unusual plants and take a "scratch and sniff" tour of some fragrant greenery. The trail is uneven, so wear good walking shoes. With hard rain or lightning, the walk will be held on June 5 at the same time.
Location: Meet at the Whipple Hill parking lot on Winchester Dr. (additional parking across the street).
Leader: Fran Ludwig (781-861-7231) or fludwig12@yahoo.com

 

Six-Legged Safari at Willard’s Woods
Thursday, June 9, 1:30-3:00 PM
For kids in grades K-5 accompanied by an adult.
Look and listen for insects and other creepy crawlers in field and forest. We will do some sketching of what we find. Equipment will be provided. This is an easy walk. A limited number of children can be accommodated on the walk so parents must pre-register their kids. Please contact Jane Warren to pre-register (781-861-7140; warren.a.jane@gmail.com) and she will respond to the parent. If there is steady rain or lightning, the walk will be held on June 16 at the same time.
Location: Meet at the Brent St. entrance to Willard's Woods.
Leader: Fran Ludwig (781-861-7231) or fludwig12@yahoo.com

 

Breeding Birds of Arlington Great Meadows
Saturday, June 11, 8–10:30 AM
Significant walking will be involved, some through wetland areas where waterproof footwear might be more comfortable. We will look and listen for this area‘s breeding birds, both the routine (like orioles) and the less common (like cuckoos). Bring binoculars, although we may hear more than we see. Children accompanied by a responsible adult are welcome. More than light rain will cancel the walk.
Location: Meet at the parking lot of the Waldorf School at 739 Mass Ave.
Leader: Chris Floyd (781-862-2841) or chrisf@mitre.org

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