Midwinter Mission: Cure Cabin Fever
NRWA February Vacation Eco-Adventure for 6 to 9 Year Olds
February 22, 23, & 24, 2017 (Wed. thru Fri.) from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at the NRWA River Resource Center, 592 Main Street (Rt. 119) in Groton, MA
Who Goes There? Exploring the Winter Woodlands
Sunday, January 29, 2017 from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m. at Williams Barn Conservation property in Groton, MA
Join the Nashua River Watershed Association’s Eco-Adventure team for an exciting afternoon of winter wildlife investigations, “Who Goes There? Exploring the Winter Woodlands.” Discover the hidden signs of life in our local woodlands and wetlands with a guided exploration; get up close and personal with our animal mounts, skins and skulls. Learn how to identify wildlife clues and imagine the hidden stories behind tracks & signs.
Conserving the Wood Turtle
Thursday, January 26, 2017 from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. at NRWA River Resource Center, 529 Main Street (Rt. 119) in Groton, MA
The NRWA and Groton Turtle Conservation invite the public to join us for a free presentation by Michael Jones, state herpetologist, on the topic of “Conserving the Wood Turtle.” The North American wood turtle was probably one of the most common freshwater turtle species in eastern Massachusetts in the mid-1800s. In fact, some of the earliest scientific observations of wood turtle biology and abundance were made in the Nashua and Assabet Rivers by Louis Agassiz and Henry David Thoreau. By the 1970s, most populations in this area had been severely compromised by habitat fragmentation, collection of adults, and pollution. Remaining wood turtle populations tend to be very small, isolated, and declining, but a network of partners is working to conserve them at multiple scales, from the Nashua River watershed to the full extent of their range from Nova Scotia to Virginia, through land conservation, habitat management, and public outreach.
Mike Jones is the state herpetologist for MassWildlife. He has studied New England’s wonderful but imperiled wood turtles for 13 years and is co-chair of the Northeast Wood Turtle Working Group, which represents thirteen states and is dedicated to identifying and protecting significant wood turtle habitat from Maine to Virginia. Mike was a co-founder of American Turtle Observatory and has studied turtles, amphibians, plants, and natural communities in Mexico, the USA, and Canada. Mike is the co-author and editor (with Liz Willey) of Eastern Alpine Guide, an ecological account of alpine tundra; he is from Andover and lives in New Salem.
About our co-sponsors: Groton Turtle Conservation is a donor supported volunteer group focused on protecting Groton’s turtle population through a variety of conservation projects and education programs. Learn more at www.grotonturtles.org.