And thank you North 40 vernal pool volunteers! Folks spent a very hot afternoon removing trash, invasive bittersweet and burning bush, and even ran into a local 'resident,' a beautiful buck who came by to check out the action! Wellesley Natural Resources Commission helped organize the event.
We had a very successful day with our friends, the Wellesley Conservation Council. It was great to spread the word about Wellesley's beautiful open spaces!
On July 3rd 2015 the Wellesley Conservation Council and the Friends of the North 40 organized a North40 Vernal Pool Cleanup. The vernal pool is located at the corner of Weston Road and Turner Road and had been collecting debris and litter for many years. Included in the haul were: 3 automobile tires, parts from 2 bicycles, a rusting hockey net with pucks, many broken bottles, and empty beer cans with the original pull tabs (circa 1970s). While salamanders reproduce in the vernal pool in the spring, new footprints of deer and other animals were seen along the side of the pool. Pictured are organizers Pete Jones, Jean Wiecha, and Michael Tobin.
The Wellesley Natural Resources Commission hosted Elissa Landre, Director, Broadmoor Wildlife Sanctuary, for an early morning bird and nature walk at Morses Pond and the North 40 on Wednesday, June 17, 2015, 6:30AM.
We cannot thank Ms. Landre enough for a fantastic morning!
Click on the photos below to see what we saw and learned!
As part of Wellesley's Wonderful Weekend, 2015, Wellesley Celebrations Committee hosted Raptors, Goats, and You! at the North 40.
There were birds of prey demonstrations, goats who ate invasive vegetation, hay rides, garden tours, guided walks by Wellesley Trails Committee, information tables, garden giveaways, and events especially for the kids.
Across town Friends of North 40 hosted information tables at Sustainable Wellesley's Sustainable Living Festival, and at the Picnic in the Park before the firewoks. On Sunday afternoon Friends of the North 40 marched in the WWW Parade!
Thanks to everyone who attended and made the weekend a wonderful success!
All cleaned up and ready for the 2015 Wellesley Wonderful Weekend! Thanks, everyone, for a great effort!
Explore the North 40 Weekend!
The Wellesley Conservation Council, Natural Resources Commission, and Wellesley Trails Committee are teaming up for two great ways to get outside and Explore the North 40 this weekend:
Saturday, September 28th (10-11AM)
Explore the North 40 trails! Use the new boardwalk to visit the vernal pool, check out the community gardens, and hike though woodlands and a pine forest on this easy and enjoyable walk. Meet at the gate to Morses Pond, located at the end of Turner Road. Please park on the wooded side of Turner Road. Sponsored by Wellesley Trails Committee.
Sunday, September 29th (1-2PM)
Calling citizen scientists of all ages! Help us inventory the bio-diversity at the North 40. Download the iNaturalist app to your smartphone, then photograph insects, plants, and animals. iNaturalist online scientists will identify, map, and record your findings for future research. Meet at the gate to Morses Pond, located on Turner Road. Please park on the wooded side of Turner Road. Presented by the Wellesley Natural Resources Commission and the Wellesley Conservation Council.
The North 40 was purchased in part with $10 million dollars of funding from the CPA. The Community Preservation Committee had a discussion of the North 40 deed restriction at its September 11 meeting.
The skies cleared for a beautiful ribbon-cutting ceremony to celebrate the opening of the boardwalk at the North 40 Vernal Pool, which provides both access and protection to this important resource.
Selectman Jack Morgan and NRC Director Brandon Schmitt addressed the large crowd in attendance, and lead volunteer Bill Giezentanner had the honor of cutting the ribbon. The boardwalk was funded by the Community Preservation Act (CPA), and built with over 500 hours of volunteer labor.
See the video about the boardwalk here.
There's even a video:
Over 500 People Explored the North 40!
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