July 11, 2011

Caterpillars of Great Meadows - July Workshop

Sunday, July 24, 10:30 am - 2:30 pm
Re-scheduled to Sunday due to heat
Co-sponsored with Friends of the Assabet River National Wildlife Refuge
Participants study a four-horned sphinx caterpillar
Enjoy a summer day exploring and studying these beautiful, transformative, and secretive creatures at Great Meadows NWR with Sam Jaffe, one of the area's leading authorities on eastern Massachusetts caterpillars and local naturalist/photographer Cherrie Corey.

The program begins in the refuge's maintenance shed with an up-close look and discussion of live, collected caterpillars on their food plants, including a review of their lifecycles and natural history in Massachusetts.  Following a lunch break, participants will return to the parking lot for the field portion of the program.  (Transportation to and from the maintenance shed will be provided.)  The remaining half of the workshop will be spent exploring the trail and parking area edges for caterpillars, highlighting the various visual and habitat clues that lead to productive discoveries.  Along the way, both Sam and Cherrie will also help ID the butterflies, moths, and food plants and flowers that are encountered.  All discoveries will be helping to build the species lists for the refuge!

Program fee: $45   Limited to 20 participants, ages 9-adult

Meet in the parking lot at Great Meadows NWR, off Monsen Road, Concord, MA

Pre-payment and registration is required and will assure any last minute logistical communications.  You can register and pay securly by credit card or through PayPal using the link below.  For registration details by mail, please email Cherrie Corey at cherrie.corey@verizon.net or call her at 978-369-4289 (and leave your name and phone number in voice mail box #1).

July 3, 2011

Monthly Walk at Great Meadows - July

Saturday, July 9, 8-10:30 am
Downy swamp milkweed
A continuing series of monthly walks exploring the landscape, plants, and seasonal wonders of Great Meadows NWR in Concord

Flowers are featured in July as the early weeks of summer roll out a breathtaking carpet of bloom.  We'll roam the Dike Trail enjoying a profusion of showy tick-trefoil, swamp milkweed, white sweet clover, blue vervain, and meadowsweet blossoms.  Beautiful insects, too numerous to mention, will dazzle us along the way.  Remember your sun protection.  Cameras and binoculars are welcome.

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

Led by Cherrie Corey, local naturalist and photographer

Co-sponsored by Musketaquid Arts and Environment Program
and Friends of the Assabet river NWR

Meet at Great Meadows NWR in Concord, MA
(Monson Road, off Rte. 62, driveway on left where road cureves right)

For questions email cherrie.corey@verizon.net or call 978-760-1933/cell