LEARN ABOUT VERNAL POOLS

Join guest speaker, Scott Smyers, Vice President and Senior Scientist at Oxbow Associates of Boxborough and learn about vernal pools and their importance as a breeding habitat for various species of wildlife, including salamanders and frogs.

PLEASE NOTE: THE VENUE FOR THIS EVENT HAS CHANGED.
New Location: Public Safety Building. (Acton Police Department) at 371 Main Street

Date and Time: Wednesday, April 10th at 7:00 PM

Spring Events Planned

Children enjoying a glacial erratic on a hike.

Littleton Conservation Trust, Oak Meadow School, Littleton Conservation Commission and the Reuben Hoar Library are offering the following events this spring. See our upcoming events page for details on each event.

Late March or Early April: Amphibian Crossing location and exact date depend on temperature. Contact Amy Green in Littleton Conservation Commission to be notified.

April 6 at 10:00 AM: Presentation on Natural History of Vernal Pools at Oak Meadow School

April 13 at 9:00 AM: Vernal Pool Field Trip (RSVP required, limit of 20) at Robert and Emily Cobb Memorial Trust

April 20 at 10:00 AM: Oak Hill Guided Hike at Oak Hill Conservation Area

May 4 at 10:00 AM: Kids Journey to Fort Rock at George and Lucy Yapp Conservation Land

June 1 at 10:00 AM: Yapp Conservation and Cobb Memorial Forest Guided Hike

June 8 at 9:00 AM: LCT Annual Bird Nestbox Walk at Long Lake Park

August 20 at 7:00 PM: Creature Teachers at Reuben Hoar Library

SVT Acquires Smith Property

Black Pond on the Smith property
Black Pond on the Smith Property

On February 15, 2019, Sudbury Valley Trustees (SVT) acquired the Smith Property, a spectacular 49-acre property on Whitcomb Avenue in Littleton. 

The property boasts expansive views of Beaver Brook Marsh and Black Pond, and it provides valuable habitat for numerous species, including bobcat, bear, coyote, and porcupine, all of which have recently been spotted on the land.

In addition to our acqusition, the Town of Harvard’s Conservation Commission purchased the 12 acres of the Smith Property that sit on the Harvard side of the town line. Going forward, SVT will manage the combined 61 acres. 

SVT thanks the many individuals and foundations who contributed to our fundraising efforts, which included a crowdfunding campaign in November 2018.

SVT also thanks the Littleton Conservation Trust (LCT) for its support of the project. The LCT will continue to hold a conservation restriction over the property to ensure its ecological values are preserved.

SVT is currently working on a management plan and have sought input and advice from Harvard and Littleton residents. In addition, we will be conducting a BioBlitz environmental survey in June to catalog the species that live on the land. Everyone is invited to help!

More information at the Sudbury Valley Trustees website

Tune in to “Tick Talk”

This may be of interest to those who enjoy the outdoors in Littleton and beyond.

A FREE live webinar series by Dr. Stephen Rich, Director of the UMass Laboratory of Medical Zoology
Noon to 1:00 pm on the 2nd Wednesday of the month in February, March, April, May, and October 2019 (see schedule below).

Join Dr. Rich for the first webinar!
February 13, noon-1 pm
TICKS AND PERSONAL PROTECTION
Speaker: Dr. Stephen Rich, UMass Laboratory of Medical Zoology
Reducing the risk of tick-borne disease (TBD) starts will reducing the frequency and longevity of tick bites. Best practices for tick safety will be discussed in context of what can be done before AND after a tick bite to ensure favorable outcomes.

Preregistration is required to access the webinars. Register for “Ticks and Personal Protection” at:
https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/3679025673133946625

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar. 

LCT 2018 Photo Contest Results

The results of Littleton Conservation Trust’s 2018 Photo Contest were announced at our Annual Meeting on November 16, 2018.

Congratulations to our winners, Karen Auger, Jennifer Clancy, and Corrie Painter.

Karen Auger – Green Heron at Long Lake

Photo Credit – Karen Auger

Jennifer Clancy – Mushrooms at Oak Hill

Photo Credit – Jennifer Clancy

Corrie Painter – Bear’s Head Tooth Mushroom

Photo Credit – Corrie Painter

Thank you to everyone who entered the contest. We are looking forward to next year’s entries.