April 29, 2011

Musketaquid Earth Day Celebrations, Sat., April 30th

Musketaquid Earth Day Parade 2010
Celebrate the Earth and Concord's wild places on Saturday, April 30!  Festivities get underway at 10 am by the Concord River, at the Lowell Rd. boat ramp and bridge with a river ceremony.  At 10:45, carry a puppet in the annual parade, that sets out from the river to Monument Sq. and to the Emerson Umbrella Center for the Arts on Stow St.  From 11:30-2, the Earth Day festival takes place outside the EU with food, live musical performances, information tables, and crafts.  Also, don't miss the annual Earth Day arts exhibition on the 2nd floor of the Umbrella.

Special note, my son Colin Nevins' jazz quartet will be making their Musketaquid Earth Day debut, on the stage at 12:30.  In his younger years, he helped lead the parade dressed and dancing as an eagle.

For more information, see http://www.emersonumbrella.org/musketaquid/earth-day/.

April 13, 2011

Peeping, Croaking, Quacking - What's That Frog?

Bullfrog at Great Meadows in June
With the warming temps and spring rains, comes a chorus of frog song in Concord's marshes and vernal pools.  These early crooners are hard to spot, so learning their calls breeds our deeper familiarity.  Here is a great website out of the U. of Michigan with images and varied calls for all of the common frogs and toads of the Northeast, http://animaldiversity.ummz.umich.edu/site/topics/frogCalls.html.   I've also added the link to this website under "Resource Links" in the right-hand column of this webpage.

On the April monthly walk at Great Meadows we heard pickerel frogs, green frogs, and spring peepers.

April 6, 2011

Meeting Spring at Gowing's Swamp/Thoreau's Bog

Sunday, May 1 from 10 am - noon

A nine-acre bogland nestled off the eastern flank of Revolutionary Ridge in Concord, Gowing's Swamp is one of the area's most unique and beautifully sculpted wetland landscapes.  I will be leading a walk for Sudbury Valley Trustees around the bog as it awakens after this long, snowy winter.

For information and registration, go to http://www.sudburyvalleytrustees.org/events-calendar/meeting-spring-at-gowing%E2%80%99s-swampthoreau%E2%80%99s-bog.  For a detailed history and survey of this magnificent bog, see http://www.sudburyvalleytrustees.org/current-projects?q=gowings-swamp-concord.

April 4, 2011

First Flowers

Skunk cabbage family
Blooming in a wet ditch or damp woodland near you!