Boxborough Road, Littleton MA
Please join us on April 15th at 8AM for a birding/nature walk on Newtown Hill and the proposed Williams Conservation Land, led by Dustin Neild.
During warbler season, there are many potential species to be spotted along the wetlands, in the woods, and in the meadow. We’ll spend some time at the wetlands lookout looking for wood ducks and mergansers, see early tree swallows and barn swallows in the meadow, scan the skies for kestrels and hawks, and check out a particularly interesting feature on the Williams Land – some giant ant mounds! We’re very excited to see if the mounds are active with busy ants and opportunistic birds looking for a snack.
Possibilities include black & white warblers, yellow-rumped warblers, black-throated green warblers, ovenbirds and palm warblers. Also possible are scarlet tanagers – an important species that has been impacted by the segmentation of forest lands across New England, but which have made a home here on several conservation properties in Littleton.
We’ll leave at 8 am and spend at least 2 hours in the field. Bring binoculars, if you have them, sturdy waterproof footwear, bug spray and a drink or snack. All ages welcome, though this session is probably better for kids ages 8+ as we’ll need to be quiet at times and use a little field-craft to be unobtrusive and get our best looks.
Park along the road close to Williams Land trailhead at 31 Boxborough Road being mindful of resident driveways. The Littleton Selectmen, along with the support of the municipal Conservation Commission and the Littleton Conservation Trust, are proposing to acquire the Williams Land and annex it to the current Newtown Hill Conservation Land at the May 1st Annual Town Meeting.
Boxborough Road, Littleton MA
This year’s Hidden Treasures is a month-long series of events. This one is a collaboration of Littleton Conservation Trust, Freedoms Way and AMC. It is a family friendly walk.
This is an AMC event, please register on their website: http://activities.outdoors.org/search/index.cfm/action/details/id/95683 (contact the event coordinator listed in the description).
The Williams Land and Newtown Hill area, great for wildlife viewing, is former farmland now forested with interconnected trails. Newtown Hill is a Littleton town highpoint with water tower and eastward views over Fort Pond and the tops of Boston sky scrappers.
This easy walk is 3 miles and is in partnership with AMC’s Family program. We will meet at 9:45 am and expect to end around 1 pm. Don MacIver, President, Littleton Conservation Trust, will lead this hike. The hike is also part of the Freedom’s Way National Heritage Area (FWNHA) Hidden Treasures series.
We will view current stables, abandoned farm equipment and stone walls, rolling hay fields, wildlife habitat including duck and bat boxes, ant hills, and a birding viewing area with bench and platform. Additionally we will see several large glacial rocks scattered about. The 150 acre interconnected Williams Land and Newtown Hill share a wildlife pond – Doleful Pond.
Prouty Woods, Littleton MA
Littleton Conservation Trust, Littleton Historical Society and Freedom’s Way National Heritage are teaming up for a Hidden Treasures event at Prouty Woods in Littleton. This event will combine guided walks and educational activities and is appropriate for all ages. More details will be added here as the event takes shape.
Parking will be at Fay Park near the Fire Station and a short walk about Wilderness Way will take you to the event.
Oak Hill, Littleton MA
This year’s Hidden Treasures is a month-long series of events. This one is a collaboration between LCT, AMC and Freedoms Way and takes place at Oak Hill Conservation Area.
This is an AMC event, please register at their site: http://activities.outdoors.org/search/index.cfm/action/details/id/95682 (contact the coordinator listed in the description on their website).
Join us to explore Oak Hill and Tophet Chasm, formed by glaciers with 80′ high walls. We’ll hike and see forested trails, stagecoach roads carved by iron clad carriage wheels, Cold War Era Air Force radio signal tower remains, and sweeping views with a SW vista of Boston Sky Scrapers.
This is an easy to moderate 4 mile hike. Don MacIver, President, Littleton Conservation Trust, will lead this hike. We’ll meet at 12:45 pm and expect the hike will end around 4 pm. This hike is also part of the Freedom’s Way National Heritage Area (FWNHA) Hidden Treasures series.
Prepare for the weather, wear sturdy shoes/boots, and bring water, snacks, hat, perhaps bug spray, and a spirit of adventure. The 220 acre Oak Hill Conservation Reservation has 6 miles of trails and an elevation of 600 feet.