CCF logoCarlisle Nature Walks & Talks: 2021 - WALKS ARE BACK FOR LATE SUMMER 2021!
These nature outings and lectures in Carlisle are hosted by CCF and other local organizations. Unless otherwise noted, the walks and lectures are free of charge and beginner-friendly; all are welcome. Most walks last two to three hours at a leisurely pace. Be prepared for wet conditions underfoot; bring binoculars if you have them. If you have any questions, contact the outing leader via email by clicking on their names below. Or contact CCF Board member Alan Ankers by email at alankers@comcast.net.

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Sunday, August 1 – Dragonflies at the Bog
(CCF – Alan Ankers)
Learn about the jewels of the insect world as we walk the trails of the Cranberry Bog for dragonflies and damselflies (collectively known as “odes”). We’ll also check out butterflies and anything else interesting that we come across.  

Meet at the Cranberry Bog House on Curve Street.
 
Start time 10:00 A.M.
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BeetleSaturday, August 21 – Bugs at the Bog
(CCF, Linda Graetz)
On this Insect Walk, we will look for & observe some of the 28 or so insect orders; we’ll target species in 7 of the orders and expect to find a few more. We’ll compare beetles and true bugs; bees and bee mimics; grasshoppers and katydids. Bring a hand lens if you have one, sunscreen & water. Binoculars & camera will also be useful. 

Meet at the Cranberry Bog House on Curve Street.
 
Start time 10:30 A.M. The walk will last about two hours.
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mockingbirdSaturday, September 18 – Bird Walk, Foss Farm
(CCF, Menotomy Bird Club – Alan Ankers)
Join us as we search for fall migrants such as sparrows and raptors in the community gardens and farm fields, and, if conditions permit, explore the wooded wetlands alongside the Concord River. 

Meet at Foss Farm parking lot.
 
Start time 8:00 A.M. The walk will last about two hours.

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mute swanSaturday, October 16 – Bird Walk, Cranberry Bog
(CCF, Menotomy Bird Club – Alan Ankers)
Our final bird walk of the fall will search for newly-arrived winter visitors and late fall migrants — waterbirds, raptors and songbirds. We’ll also explore the wonders of the manure pit. 

Meet at the Cranberry Bog House on Curve Street.
 
Start time 8:00 A.M. The walk will last about two hours.
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Previous Events & Outings
Some of our past talks.

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TreeSunday, February 16, 2020– Identifying Trees in Winter
(CCF, Andrew Joslin)
Trees in the forest can look quite different from trees growing in the open landscape. We'll look at bark texture, crown shape, habitat and other clues to identify the typical but sometimes deceptive tree species found in our area woods. If snow is deep, snowshoes are recommended but not required. Bring binoculars if you have them (for tall forest trees it's helpful for observing bud and twig structure). We'll keep our eyes and ears open for birds and other wildlife during the walk. Check back here for possible rescheduling if extreme weather is forecast.

Meet at the Towle Land parking lot off Westford Street.
 
Start time 9:00 A.M. The walk will last about two hours.
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PollinatorsThursday, January 18, 2018 – Robert Gegear
"Ecological Pollinator Conservation – How Do We Keep Our Native Bee Diversity Humming?"

(CCF – Alan Ankers)
The decline of pollinators due to human-induced rapid environmental change poses a significant threat to our food supply and consequently, the development and implementation of conservation strategies aimed to increase pollinator abundance in agricultural areas. However, the ecological needs of 98% of wild pollinator species are not considered in such strategies as they do not play a major role in crop pollination. Without “keystone” wild pollinator species, we will lose most of our native flowering plants and the animals that use them for food, shelter and nesting sites, eventually causing ecosystems to collapse. Join Dr. Robert J. Gegear for a discussion on what you can do to help preserve native pollinator diversity and an assessment of the ecological friendliness of pollinator habitat at any scale. 
Hollis Room, Gleason Public Library, 22 Bedford Road, Carlisle  
Start time 7:00 P.M. The program will last about one hour.
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carlisle pinesThursday, February 16, 2017 Exploring the Tallest Forest Trees in Carlisle and Beyond
(CCF, Andrew Joslin)
Carlisle-based forest canopy explorer and illustrator Andrew Joslin will talk about measuring tall trees, climbing in the forest, Carlisle's tall pines, and some of his recent projects.

Hollis Room, Gleason Public Library, 22 Bedford Road, Carlisle  
Start time 7:00 P.M. The program will last about one hour.
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Wesselsbook coverSat., Oct. 29, 2016 – Tom Wessels: Reading the Forested Landscape
(CCF, Gleason Public Library)
Landscape is more than scenery to be observed or terrain to be traveled. Etched into the land is the history of how we have inhabited it, the storms and fires that have shaped it, and its response to these and other changes. In this
indoor-outdoor workshop, terrestrial ecologist Tom Wessels will teach us to read a landscape the way we might solve a mystery. Why are pine trees dominant in one patch of forest and maples in another? What is the meaning of those stone walls in the middle of the forest? How do you tell the age of a beaver pond and determine if beavers still inhabit it?
A slide-show presentation at the library will be followed by an optional field trip to Estabrook Woods.
Hollis Room, Gleason Public Library, 22 Bedford Road, Carlisle 
 
Start time 1:00 P.M. The two parts of the program will each last about two hours.
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Book CoverTuesday, May 24, 2016 – Barbara Bosworth: "The Meadow"
(CCF – Alan Ankers)
Photographer Barbara Bosworth and writer Margot Anne Kelley have released a book, "The Meadow," on the 10 years they explored, photographed, and studied a meadow in Carlisle. In addition to their own investigations, they invited botanists, entomologists, naturalists and historians to consider the meadow. Also included are historic maps of the property and notes from a former owner whose family continuously documented plant and bird life in the meadow from 1931 until the 1960s. Join us for a talk with the authors to learn more about this special place in our town.

Hollis Room, Gleason Public Library, 22 Bedford Road, Carlisle
 
Start time 7:00 P.M. The program will last about one hour.
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