2018 Walks & Talks

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BLT’s Walks & Talks program is in full swing! Events run from early spring through the fall. Check back often because we’ll keep adding more explorations of our spectacular natural environment!

Here is what’s coming up:


 

Eagle Pond – A Swamp Walk         POSTPONED              Cotuit

Join Land Stewardship Coordinator Will Holden and the LAPC on an exploratory 2.5-mile hike through the Eagle Pond Sanctuary highlighting 2 unique habitats: a Red Maple Swamp and an Atlantic White Cedar Swamp. We will stop at both swamp habitats to briefly discuss some of the characteristics that define each habitat, the common wildlife found, threats, and more. We will also discuss potential volunteer opportunities on BLT lands as well as along the Cape Cod Pathways. Free, donations appreciated.

Presentation: The Cape Cod Shoreline         Wednesday, April 18, 3:30-5 pm              Osterville

Join us to listen to a presentation on the Cape Cod Shoreline from Prof. Gil Newton, ecologist and author. Learn about the ecology of the diverse shoreline that is so unique to Cape Cod. Gil’s numerous books will be available to purchase. Free for BLT members; $5 for non-members. For more information and to register, click here.

Spring Crocker Neck Walk                           Saturday, May 19, 10 am-12 noon                 Cotuit

Join Prof. Gil Newton, ecologist and author, on an interpretive walk through the diverse ecosystems of the 97-acre Town-owned Conservation Area. Learn about salt marsh ecosystems and the flora and fauna that thrive here. Optional purchase of Gil’s guide, The Ecology of a Salt Marsh: A Tour of Crocker Neck ($12), benefits BLT. Meet on Santuit Road; park at the 2nd gate (across from 92 Cotuit Cove Road). Free for BLT members; $5 for non-members. For more information and to register, click here.

Spring Flora & Fauna Hike              Wednesday, May 23, 10 am-12 noon           West Barnstable

Hike 1.5 miles through Sandy Neck’s Great Marsh and sand dunes to explore barrier beach flora and fauna with BLT and Sandy Neck Park Manager Nina Coleman. Learn about ongoing efforts to protect and restore these and other sensitive natural communities. Wear sturdy hiking boots to walk over sand and uneven terrain. Meet at the gatehouse. Free, donations appreciated. For more information and to register, click here.

Learn How to Shellfish!                    Wednesday, May 23, 12:30 pm                      Barnstable

Join Barnstable Land Trust and the Town of Barnstable’s Natural Resources Department for a family-friendly class on shellfishing! Bring the kids along to learn about what it takes to clam, when to do it, and why. Dress in clothing to wade in the water, and bring water, a hat and sunscreen. Meet at the end of Rendezvous Lane in Barnstable Village. No permit required for those attending the class. Free, donations appreciated. For more information and to register, click here.

Sandy Neck Plover Walk                  Wednesday, June 6, 10 am-Noon    West Barnstable

Discover hidden Piping Plover nests along the front beach with BLT and Sandy Neck Park Manager Nina Coleman on a 1-mile hike through the dunes of Sandy Neck. Explore barrier beach ecology, learn about the Piping Plover’s life cycle and conservation measures being taken to protect these endangered shorebirds. Wear hiking boots to walk over sand and uneven terrain. Meet at the gatehouse. Free, donations appreciated. For more information and to register, click here.

**Tour de Barnstable Bike Ride**              Sunday, June 10, 8 am-2 pm             Hyannis

A unique 38-mile bike ride through all 7 villages of Barnstable; starts and ends at Aselton Park in Hyannis. This exhilarating ride is modeled after the traditional Gran Fondos that have been a part of Italian cycling culture for more than a century. A portion of the proceeds benefit BLT’s mission to preserve open space in the Town of Barnstable. 2 youth rides are included. Riders of all skill levels welcome. This event is $65-75. Learn more and register here.

Edible Plants & Mushrooms on Cape Cod Lecture          Monday, June 11, 5:30-7:30pm          West Barnstable

Join naturalist and wild foods enthusiast Russ Cohen as he gives a presentation on over 50 wild, yet edible, plants and mushrooms that can be found on Cape Cod. Author of Wild Plants I Have Known…and Eaten, Russ has over 40 years of experience teaching courses about wild edibles. Join us for this unique presentation as a lead-in to his walk. Free for BLT members; $5 for non-members. To learn more and to register, click here.

Foraging Walk                                   Tuesday, June 12, 4-7pm                  Cummaquid

Following up on his slide presentation the previous day, naturalist and wild foods enthusiast Russ Cohen leads a wild edibles foraging walk at Long Pasture in Barnstable. This is a unique opportunity to learn which wild plants and mushrooms are safe to eat (and which to avoid!). Russ anticipates that we’ll encounter at least two dozen species of wild edibles on this walk. The walk is co-hosted by Dennis Conservation Trust and courtesy of Mass Audubon. Wear long sleeves and bring/wear bug repellant for protection against ticks (which may be especially bad this season). $7 for BLT members; $9 for non-members. To learn more and to register, click here.

Mudlfat Creatures of Barnstable        Wednesday, June 20, 11 am-1 pm              Barnstable
Harbor Nature Walk

Join Long Pasture and Barnstable Land Trust naturalists to explore the tidal flats of Barnstable Harbor. This interactive walk will focus on the various fish, birds, and invertebrates of the tidal ecosystem. As one of the larger inlets on the north side of Cape Cod, Barnstable Harbor presents a unique ecosystem that supports a diverse array of fish, birds, crustaceans and mollusks. The program will take place at Long Pasture Wildlife Sanctuary located at 345 Bone Hill Road, Cummaquid. Participants are advised to wear weather appropriate clothing. For more information, call Long Pasture Wildlife Sanctuary at 508-362-7475. To register, click here.

Mass Audubon members: To register, or learn more about the Long Pasture Sanctuary, got to: https://www.massaudubon.org/get-outdoors/wildlife-sanctuaries/long-pasture

Birding Presentation                        Wednesday, June 20, 3:30-4:30pm               Barnstable

Search for the signs and sounds of the season! Join Wild Care’s Executive Director for an informative program about the breeding habits of some of our beloved backyard wildlife. Learn “what to do if” you find orphaned birds and mammals, and tips for co-existing with our wild neighbors. Then join Stephanie on a guided walk in search of active nests, signs of courtship, identification of avian breeding songs and more. Stephanie has worked closely with wildlife for many years through her critical wildlife rehabilitation work, giving her an intimate look into the secret lives of animals. Gain a new perspective on the natural history and behaviors of wildlife with this special presentation and walk. Register for more information. Free, donations appreciated. To learn more and to register, click here.

Birding Walk                         Thursday, June 21 13, 8-10 am                      Marstons Mills

Search for the signs and sounds of the season! Join Wild Care’s Executive Director on a guided walk in search of active nests, signs of courtship, identification of avian breeding songs and more. Stephanie has worked closely with wildlife for many years through her critical wildlife rehabilitation work, giving her an intimate look into the secret lives of animals. Gain a new perspective on the natural history and behaviors of wildlife with this special presentation and walk. Register for more information. Limited to 12 attendees; free for BLT members; $5 for non-members. To learn more and to register, click here.

Edible Plants Walk               Wednesday, June 27, 4-6pm                         Marstons Mills

Join Dave Scandurra and Marina Matos of Edible Landscapes for a “Wild Edible and Plant ID Walk.” Dave and Marina are experts regarding the local flora of Cape Cod. Dave’s focus is on edible plants, and Marina’s knows the wild medicinal plants and their uses. They are always excited to share their knowledge; they believe that the more we know about our local/native plants, the less likely we are to destroy them! To learn more about Edible Landscapes of Cape Cod, visit www.ediblelandscapes.net. Free for BLT members; $5 for non-members. To learn more and to register, click here.

 

We hope to see you out on the trail!


BLT’s 2017 Walks & Talks program was supported in part by grants from:

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Special thanks to the Environmental Trust for Cape Cod of The Cape Cod Foundation