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 firstname.lastname@example.org with your interest.
As each visit is completed, property owner Ann Hanscom will be writing about our results. 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.
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. 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, July 21st – Insect Extravaganza: beetles, dragonflies, and butterflies (Morning)
Saturday, August 18th – Wetlands: macroinvertebrates, turtles, fish, amphibians (Morning)
Saturday, September 22nd – Nonflowering Plants: mosses, lichens, mushrooms (Morning)