October 30, 2010

Great Meadows Walk: Saturday, Nov. 6, 1-3 pm

New observation platform at Great Meadows NWR
A continuing series of monthly walks exploring the landscape, plants, and seasonal wonders of Great Meadows NWR.

We'll focus on the season's turning point, when luscious swaths of color and liveliness yield to muted tones and subtler stirrings.  It's a time to shift perception as we welcome in the November landscape.  At 2:30 we'll circle back to the new observation deck for a celebratory gathering and refreshments.

No pre-registration required.  A voluntary donation of $5/person will be gratefully accepted.

Led by Cherrie Corey, local naturalist and photographer
Co-sponsored by Musketaquid Arts and Environment and Friends of the Assabet River NWR

Meet at Great Meadows NWR in Concord MA.  
(Monsen Road, off Rte. 62, turn left where road turns right)

October 17, 2010

New Visitor's Center Opens Oct. 17 - Assabet River NWR

The new Visitor's Center for the eastern Massachusetts division of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife's refuge division opens Oct. 17 at the Assabet River NWR.  Programming, refreshments, and opportunity to tour the center and its new exhibits will continue throughout the day.  Read more about the Center and plans for its future programs and resources at http://www.boston.com/news/local/articles/2010/10/07/visitors_center_to_open_at_assabet_river_national_wildlife_refuge_in_sudbury/.

Dining on Dogwood

Dogwood Sawfly larva (Macremphytus testaceus)
Earlier this month, I received several inquiries about these white "caterpillars" who appeared to be decimating some of the swamp (or silky) dogwood shrubs at Great Meadows NWR/Concord.  Checking in with Sam Jaffe, he advised that these are the larvae of the Dogwood sawfly.  Adult females can lay up to 100 eggs on the underside of a single leaf, so it's no surprise that an entire shrub's foliage can be consumed in fairly short order.