Walks & Talks

2017 BARNSTABLE LAND TRUST EVENTS

Pre-registration is required. Dates and times are weather dependent and may be subject to change. To register, email events@BLT.org or call the office at 508-771-2585. Walks are gauged for all ages and abilities and are free to BLT members. New events are being added so be sure to check back often!

Mudflat Creatures of Barnstable Harbor – Wednesday, May 17, 10-11:30 am, Barnstable
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. Join BLT and Long Pasture Wildlife Sanctuary naturalists to explore this environment at low tide and learn why marshes are so important for human and natural communities. For more information and to register, click here.

Spring Flora & Fauna Hike – Wednesday, May 24, 10 am-Noon, West Barnstable
Hike 1.5 miles through Sandy Neck’s Great Marsh and sand dunes to explore barrier beach with BLT and Sandy Neck Park Manager Nina Coleman. Learn about protection and restoration efforts for these and other sensitive natural communities. Wear sturdy hiking boots to walk over sandy and uneven terrain. Meet at the Sandy Neck Gatehouse. Free. For more information and to register, click here.

Spring Crocker Neck Walk – Saturday, May 27, 10 am-Noon, Cotuit
Join Professor 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 living things that thrive here. Optional purchase of Gil’s guide The Ecology of a Salt Marsh: A Tour of Crocker Neck benefits BLT. Meet at 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.

Sandy Neck Plover Walk – Wednesday, June 7, 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 Sandy Neck Gatehouse. Free.

Nature Exploration at Coombs Bogs – Thursday, June 15, 10-11:30 am, Centerville
Join historian Daniel Halsam III and Long Pasture Sanctuary Director Ian Ives on a tour of the BLT’s property at Coombs Bogs, the charming 6.55-acre oasis located at the headwaters of the Bumps River. The land encompasses two shallow ponds and three former cranberry bogs, which have reverted to various states of wildness – grassy meadows, shrubby fields, woods and swamps.

Talk: Edible Plants & Mushrooms on Cape Cod – Tuesday, June 20, 5:30 pm, Barnstable
Join naturalist and wild foods enthusiast Russ Cohen as he gives a presentation on the wild, yet edible, plants and mushrooms 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 the next day. Co-hosted by Dennis Conservation Trust. The talk is being held at the Cape Wildlife Center, 4011 Main Street, Barnstable. Free for BLT & DCT members; $5 for non-members.

Foraging Walk – Wednesday, June 21, 4:30-7 pm, Barnstable
Following up on his presentation the previous day, naturalist and wild foods enthusiast Russ Cohen leads a 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!). The walk is co-hosted by Dennis Conservation Trust and is courtesy of Mass Audubon. Wear long sleeves and bring/wear bug repellant for protection against ticks (which may be especially bad this season). Free.

Barnstable Village Historic Walk – Saturday, July 15, 9:30-10:30 am, Barnstable Village
Historian Daniel Haslam III, Vice President of Walkabout International, leads us on a journey up Lothrop Hill, where we’ll visit a 17th century jail, a 19th century customs house, and an 18th century burial ground. The village has its own delights, including the Sturgis Homestead and library, the Odle Colonial Courthouse, and the Jones-Pineo House (now the Historical Society). Enjoy a quiet moment at St. Mary’s gardens and end at the grocery store near our starting point for a cold drink. This walk will be about a mile long, at a casual pace. Meet at the pillared courthouse, graced by the Otis statues, on Main Street. Free parking in the municipal lot near the rear. Free for BLT members; $5 for non-members.

West Barnstable Historic Walk – Saturday, August 5, 9:30-10:30 am, West Barnstable
Join historian Daniel Haslam III, Vice President of Walkabout International, as we explore enchanting West Barnstable Village. Learn about the ongoing restoration efforts at Meetinghouse Church, Meetinghouse Farm, and Paine Black House. Meet inside the front entry of Meetinghouse Church, located at the intersection of Rt. 149 & Rt. 6; parking available behind the church. Free for BLT members; $5 for non-members.

Sandy Neck Summer Flora & Fauna Hike – Wednesday, August 16, 10 am-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. You’ll 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 Sandy Neck Gatehouse. Free.

Marstons Mills Historical Walk – Saturday, August 26, 9:30-10:30 am, Marstons Mills
Who was Marston and where were his mills? Hear about the sea captain who braved the seven seas only to die tragically while Christmas shopping in Boston. View the herring run and learn about the river herrings’ strenuous annual journey. See the house of survivors of the ill-fated whaleship Essex, the subject of Nathaniel Philbrick’s best-selling novel, Heart of the Sea, and movie based on the book. Discover the remains of a hydro-electric plant built in the 1950s…and more! This 1-mile walk, at a casual pace, is led by Daniel Haslam III, Vice-President of Walkabout International. Park and meet at the Marstons Mills Elementary School, 2095 Main Street. Free for BLT members; $5 for non-members.

Sandy Neck Fall Migration Hike – Saturday, September 23, 9 am-Noon, West Barnstable
Sandy Neck is a popular stopover for many migratory species on their way south along the East Coast. Forested areas along the trails are a mix of deciduous and evergreen trees packed with high-energy food. Many traveling birds linger on Sandy Neck shores, delaying their flights south for as long as possible, tending to concentrate near their favorite food source before continuing on. Join us for a migration hike as we welcome fall and the migratory birds that are leaving, returning, or just passing through. Meet at the Sandy Neck Gatehouse. Free.

Fall Crocker Neck Walk – Saturday, October 7, 10 am-Noon, Cotuit
Join Professor 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.


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