Honoring Red Bansfield

Beneath a sea of umbrellas in the pouring rain, friends and family members gathered outside at BLT’s East Bay Road property in Osterville to honor Redmond “Red” Bansfield, BLT’s longtime Land Manager, who passed away in November 2017. In recognition of Red’s many years of service, BLT has renamed the property Bansfield Meadow, unveiling a […] Read more »

Looking for the Fungi – Part 2

By Gil Newton …Continued from last week. The boletes (Boletus spp.) are a common group of mushrooms that are identified by examining the caps which can range from one to several inches across. Instead of gills, the underside of the cap is flattened and the spores are produced in small pores. Color varies depending on […] Read more »

Looking for the Fungi – Part 1

By Gil Newton   The cool, wet months in the fall may be unpleasant to some, but there are benefits to the backyard botanist. Such weather conditions, if coupled with fallen leaves, are ideal for a special group of organisms called the fungi. The fungi are in their own kingdom and are not considered plants, […] Read more »

What Does Land Conservation Mean for Migratory Birds?

By Stephanie Ellis, Executive Director, Wild Care, Inc. (Eastham) Land Conservation – What Does it Mean? To humans, it has many meanings. Land conservation is the preservation of our open spaces and natural resources for future generations. It is the preservation of the earth’s beauty, ensuring that our air, water and land are clean, and […] Read more »

Conservation and Education

by Gil Newton Over the last several years the need for an environmentally literate population has increased. With such complex issues as climate change, nitrogen loading, the reduction in biodiversity, and coastal erosion, it is clear that a basic understanding of ecological processes is essential before deciding on the enactment of environmental policies. The best […] Read more »

All in the Family

Barnstable Land Trust (BLT) and Orenda Wildlife Land Trust – two like-minded organizations with complementary missions – recently made a deal to swap land. Now both land trusts have more contiguous holdings, for improved wildlife corridor management and increased public engagement. Thanks to the swap, the BLT Conservation Center is now surrounded by its own […] Read more »

2018 Walks & Talks

Our popular Walks & Talks program resumes mid-April and runs through the fall. Explore the wonders of the 7 villages of Barnstable! Read more »