Metacomet Land Trust PO Box 231 Franklin, MA 02038

Metacomet Land Trust

Metacomet Land Trust Biodiversity Safaris

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In 2018, Metacomet has launched a new program to  study the plants and animals on a single property each year. We’re currently investigating the healthy ecosystems of one of the privately owned conserved properties where we have been engaged with the landowners since 2000, Foxfire Farm in Uxbridge.

This wildlife survey is taking place with the help of our volunteer naturalists, who are visiting the property five times from May through September, each visit focusing on one type of animal or niche in the natural world.  We invite members and friends to join us on these visits as part of our educational outreach. If you’re curious about the fauna and flora of our region, please write to with your interest.

As each visit is completed, property owner Ann Hanscom is writing about our results and her own observations of life at Foxfire Farm. Ann is a keen observer of the world in which we live and is eager to have more people share our experience. Ann and John Hanscom are steadfast conservationists and Ann is also a member of our Board of Directors. “I hope having these stories available stirs up  interest in what the land trust offers, and will show some of the benefits of saving land,” Ann says. “I hope people want to be present on the land and see that a Conservation Restriction has a public benefit.”

In May, Ann and our team did an early morning (very early – 5:30 a.m.!) bird walk with a tally of 57 species seen and/or heard! This is just a taste of what’s coming! We’ve shared the tally of this bird count at e-bird where you can see it!

Her first summary is available here and her second post, about Bird Banding now underway at Foxfire, is available here. Ann’s comments will also be shared on our Facebook page.

The second bird banding visit “netted” a beautiful flicker, among other species. Here are Ann’s thoughts.

The third bird banding introduces us to the Brown-Headed Cowbird and Ann’s commentary on the many, varied strategies which birds and other animals use to survive.

orachard oriole in hand - bird banding - Uxbridge 2018Ann’s latest essay reflects on the cycle of nature and the inter-relationships among the life she sees at Foxfire Farm.

August has brought young birds into the bird banding nets – while their parents are now more cautious! Read Ann’s latest blog here!

Please sign up in advance to participate in this exciting project! When you register, we will send you the start and end times and the street address of the property. You may also register by calling (508) 271-7131 and leaving a message.

Due to the site conditions, we recommend these events for adults, teens and children over 10 years old with a parent.

Upcoming Biodiversity Visits:

Saturday, August 18th, 9:00 a.m. to Noon – Wetlands: macroinvertebrates, turtles, fish, amphibians

Saturday, September 22nd – Nonflowering Plants: mosses, lichens, mushrooms (Morning)