History of Wildlife Conservation and Recovery in Massachusetts

Tuesday, March 7, 2017, from 7:00 to 8:30 p.m., at the NRWA River Resource Center, 592 Main Street (Rt. 119) in Groton, MA

Explore how the public’s attitude towards wildlife has dramatically changed since the first European settlers arrived, at this presentation by Dr. Thomas W. French, Director of the Natural Heritage and Endangered Species Program (NHESP). Unfortunately, it took the loss of most of our forests and our large wildlife species to raise public concern. Over the past several decades, many of our largest species have returned as the forests have regrown and matured.  Today, our native species and ecosystems continue to be threatened by ever expanding development that eliminates and fragments habitat, a growing network of roads and traffic volume, and increasing impacts from invasive species, but there are many success stories of which we can be proud. Dr. French will speak about this past history and current efforts by the Division of Fisheries and Wildlife’s Natural Heritage and Endangered Species Program to protect the state’s biodiversity. 

Dr. French was born and grew up in Atlanta, Georgia, receiving a B.S. in Biology from Georgia State University, an M.S. in Zoology from Auburn University, a Ph.D. in Ecology and Systematics from Indiana State University, and a post-doctoral position at Cornell University. He was formerly a zoologist with The Nature Conservancy and an instructor-naturalist/ field biologist with the National Audubon Society.  Since 1984, he has been an Assistant Director of the Massachusetts Division of Fisheries and Wildlife, where he serves as Director of the NHESP. In 2007, Tom spent four months as the acting Commissioner of the Department of Fish and Game. For six years, he chaired the New England Large Whale Recovery Plan Implementation Team. 

This presentation is free and open to the public.  Pre-registration is recommended; seating is limited.  To pre-register, please This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

For the Common Good: Making a Difference by Protecting Special Places

Sunday Brunch with Two Short Film Screenings and Remarks by Marion Stoddart and Alison Tocci

Sunday, March 5, 2017, from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., at the Bull Run Restaurant in Shirley, MA

Be inspired by the stories of five local individuals whose actions “For the Common Good” have made our communities the special places we enjoy today. 

Beginning at 11:30, the Nashua River Watershed Association is offering a screening of the documentary film, Work of 1000 (30 min.),the story of Groton resident Marion Stoddart and her efforts to clean-up the Nashua River in the 1960s. Today portions of the Nashua River and its tributaries are being studied for possible designation as national Wild and Scenic Rivers. 

At noon, enjoy a delicious Bull Run breakfast buffet. 

After brunch, view the short film Greenway Heroes (10 min.)Hear the first-hand accounts of three individuals who chose to protect their land permanently for the common good. In the film, Tom Jarvela of Townsend, Leigh Hudson of Princeton, and Harley Holden of Shirley each tell their story—why they protected their land, and the emotional impact of their legacy gifts.  

Following Greenway Heroes, we’ll hear in-person from Marion Stoddart, a founder of the Nashua River Watershed Association, and Alison Tocci, Bull Run innkeeper, on their sense of place and commitment to protecting our local treasures.  Marion’s connection to the Nashua River led her to work to clean-up the polluted river in the 1960s.  Alison’s connection to the landscape of Shirley, brought her back to her roots after years in New York City.  

Cost:  $26, includes buffet & gratuity, films, and the speaking program. Reservations are required. To make reservations, go to https://tickets.BullRunRestaurant.com.  

This event is presented by the Nashua River Watershed Association, an environmental non-profit providing water and land protection, and environmental education programs in 32 communities.

The films Work of 1000 and Greenway Heroes were both produced by Pepperell resident and filmmaker Sue Edwards; Greenway Heroes was co-directed by Joy Reo of Westford.

Ant in Your Plants: Interesting Insect and Plant Interactions
Co-sponsored by the Groton Garden Club 

Sunday, February 26, 2017, at 2:00 p.m., at the NRWA River Resource Center, 592 Main Street (Rt.119) in Groton, MA

In the words of famed biologist, E.O. Wilson, insects are “the little things that run the world.” Although most of us know that insects act as pollinators and herbivores, insects and plants interact in many other fascinating and sometimes counter-intuitive ways. Join botanist and entomologist Dr. Elizabeth Farnsworth, Senior Research Ecologist with the New England Wildflower Society, for a talk that celebrates insects and plants as partners in the web of biodiversity in your garden and beyond.

This presentation is free and open to the public. Co-sponsored by the Groton Garden Club and the NRWA, this program is made possible by a grant from the Groton Trust Funds’ Lecture Fund.  In the event of inclement weather, there is a snow date of Sunday, March 5th; any postponement will be posted on this website. For questions about this event, please This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..