CCF logoCarlisle Nature Walks & Talks: 2017
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.
CCF will not provide your email to any other organization.

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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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  For a video of Steve Spang's July 2014 Wildflower walk, click here (CCTV website)
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mockingbirdSunday, September 24 – 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 21 – 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
To give you an idea of what we've been up to.

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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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merganserSunday, April 2, 2017 – 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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warblerSaturday, April 29 – 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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Ebony JewelwingSaturday, June 3 – 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.
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Annual MtgSunday, June 11 – CCF Annual Meeting
Four Short Nature Talks by CCF Board members: Alan Ankers on the Fieldfare of 2013, Steve Tobin on his Favorite Frogs, Lauree Eckler & Chip Kakas on the Joy of Early Morning Walks and Campfires at Night, and Liz Carpenter on her Favorite Snakes. PLUS: Kid-friendly activities by the pond. Come for the talks and stay for refreshments.  

Four Corners Barn, 322 West St. at the corner of Acton & West Streets - Follow signs for parking in the field

All are welcome - 3pm to 5pm
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Eastern AmberwingSunday, July 2 – 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.
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jewelwingSunday, July 30 – AND 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.
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mushroomsSaturday, August 19 – Mushroom Walk, Two Rod Road
(CCF, Kay Fairweather)
Come and look for mushrooms along Two Road Road in the Davis Corridor on a walk led by Kay Fairweather. If we continue to get rain, there should be a lot to find. If you have mushrooms from your yard, bring them for an ID. 

Meet at the trail parking lot at Malcolm Meadows on Stearns Street
 
Start time 1:00 P.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. Click here for Library Event page
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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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