CCF logoCarlisle Nature Walks & Talks: 2018
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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photoSaturday, August 25 – Mushroom Walk, Twin Peaks Trail
(CCF, Trails Committee – Kay Fairweather)
Join the search for wild mushrooms and learn about their various characteristics. Feel free to bring mushrooms you have found elsewhere for identification. 

Meet on West Street, just north of Applegrove Lane, but please DO NOT park on Applegrove Lane.
 
Start time 10:30 A.M. The walk will last about two hours.
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spiderSunday, September 9 – Spiders at Towle
(CCF – Alan Ankers)
Join naturalist and photographer Joe Warfel, a specialist in arachnids, to explore and learn about a variety of our local spiders and anything else of interest that we find along the way. 

Meet at the Towle Land parking lot on Westford Street.
 
Start time 10:00 A.M. The walk will last about two hours.
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mockingbirdSunday, September 23 – 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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BayCircuit mapThursday, October 18 – Hiking The Bay Circuit Trail: A Video Journal
(CCF, Carlisle Trails Committee, Gleason Public Library)
Alan French, founder of the Bay Circuit Alliance, and Dan & Marilyn Brielmann will present a multimedia tour of the Bay Circuit Trail, a 200-mile natural wonder that arcs around the city of Boston from Newburyport to Kingston.  

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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mute swanSaturday, October 20 – 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 former 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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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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crittercamThursday, March 22 – Judy Asarkof: Wildlife Cameras
(CCF – Alan Ankers)
Carlisle resident and nature-lover Judy Asarkof will discuss the set up and use of wildlife/security cameras and show video of some of the unexpected visitors to her yard captured on her system. 
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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merganserSaturday, March 31 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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Earth DaySunday, April 22 Earth Day Walk, Greenough Land
(CCF, Carlisle Trails Committee – Alan Ankers)
Celebrate Earth Day with a spring walk on the trails of the Greenough Land. The 4-mile walk is suitable for families. Be prepared for wet conditions underfoot; bring drinking water & insect repellent. Light refreshments served at the end.

Meet at the main parking lot opposite 811 Maple Street.
 
Start time 1:00 P.M. The walk will last two to three hours.
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warblerSunday, 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 2 – 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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Andrew JoslinSunday, June 10 CCF Annual Meeting & Tree Climbing Demo  All are welcome
TREE CLIMBING DEMO by students of Andrew Joslin at the Conant Land at 3pm. SOCIAL HOUR at 4PM at John & Annette Lee's, 65 Lowell Street via a short walk through the Conant Land, including Election of Directors & Officers. REFRESHMENTS WILL BE SERVED.
Park at Town Hall and follow signs to the Tree Climbing Demo
 
Climbing Demo 3 P.M. Conant Land • Meeting 4-5 P.M. at 65 Lowell Street
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Eastern AmberwingSunday, July 8 – 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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Saturday, August 18 – 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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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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