CCF logoCarlisle Nature Walks & Talks: 2019
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. If you would like to be added to an email reminder list for CCF Nature Walks & Talks, send an email to info1@ccf-web.org.

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  To connect to a listing of Nature Activities in nearby towns, click here http://www.sudburyvalleytrustees.org/OTW
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skimmerSaturday, August 10 – Even More Dragonflies at the Bog
(CCF – Susan Emmons)
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. The walk will last about two hours.
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BeetleSaturday, September 7 – 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 10:00 A.M. The walk will last about two hours.
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mockingbirdSunday, September 22 – 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, including the old piggery 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 19, 2014 – 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.
 
 

Previous Events & Outings
To give you an idea of what we've been up to.

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merganserSaturday, March 30 Bird Walk, Greenough Land
(CCF, Menotomy Bird Club – Alan Ankers)
Look for lingering winter visitors and early migrants in the varied habitats of the Greenough Conservation Land, including ducks on the pond. Depending on conditions, we may also check out vernal pools for herps.

Meet at the main parking lot opposite 811 Maple Street.
 
Start time 7:30 A.M. The walk will last about two hours.
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bullfrogSaturday, April 27 – Vernal Pool Walk, Conant Land – Boston Area City Nature Challenge
(CCF, Trails Committee – Bryan Windmiller)
Bryan Windmiller, founder of the Headstart program for Blanding’s Turtles and Grassroots Wildlife Conservation, will lead this walk to visit a vernal pool. Learn about some of the creatures, such as frogs & salamanders, that make use of this habitat. Species identification on this walk will be part of the Boston Area City Nature Challenge, a fun competition with cities across the world, to document and identify the most species.

Meet at the end of the Town Hall parking lot.
 
Start time 10:00 A.M. The walk will last about two hours.
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CityNatureChallenge 2019Sunday, April 28 Biodiversity Walk, Foss Farm – Boston Area City Nature Challenge
(CCF, Peter Burn)
Take a walk on the wild side. Learn how to use the iNaturalist smartphone app and contribute to assessing Carlisle’s biodiversity. No experience necessary. Species identification on this walk will be part of the Boston Area City Nature Challenge, a fun competition with cities across the world, to document and identify the most species

Meet at the Foss Farm parking lot on Bedford Road
 
Start time 10:00 A.M. The walk will last about two hours.
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warblerSaturday, May 4 – Bird Walk, Foss Farm and Great Meadows
(CCF, Menotomy Bird Club – Alan Ankers)
We'll look for early migrants (sparrows, swallows, raptors & the first of the warblers) in the community gardens, farm fields, the old piggery and fields of the O’Rourke land, now part of Great Meadows National Wildlife Refuge.

Meet at the Foss Farm parking lot off Bedford Road.
 
Start time 7:00 A.M. The walk will last about two hours.
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warblerSunday, May 12 – Bird Walk, Towle Land
(CCF, Ken Harte)
Look for lingering winter visitors and early migrants in the varied habitats of the Towle Conservation Land.

Meet at the the main parking lot acros from 352 Westford Street.
 
Start time 6:00 A.M. The walk will last about three hours.
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Carlisle Trails DaySaturday, May 18 – Carlisle Community Trails Day Challenge (rain date Sun, May 19)
(CCF, Carlisle Trails Committee)
All Carlisle individuals, families, neighborhoods, school classes & community groups are invited to get together and claim one of the 26 trail walks we have posted on our event website and then walk the trails on Sat., May 18.

Information and sign up forms on the event website: carlisletrailsday.org
 
Free coffee and juice all day at Clark Farm Market. Post-walk celebrations at Kimballs from 3-4:30 and Ferns from 5-6:30 (wine & craft beer tasting at :30; Brief CCF Annual meeting at 6pm).
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Ebony JewelwingSaturday, June 8 – Dragonflies at the Bog
(CCF – Susan Emmons)
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. The walk will last about two hours.
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Eastern AmberwingSunday, July 7 – More Dragonflies at the Bog
(CCF – Susan Emmons)
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. The walk will 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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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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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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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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