EwA at Fresh Pond 

Helping Pollinators & Insects with Citizen Science

Nurturing our ecological self through the study of Nature. Come & enjoy EwA’s insect and phenology surveys in a lovely sanctuary of woodland, meadows, wetlands, right in the city.

🦋 Fresh Pond’s Pollinator (Plant Visitor) Survey

Insect populations over the world are declining very rapidly. We need the help and skills of our communities to understand the reasons and solutions.

The good news is that you don’t need a Ph.D. to make a difference!

🔎 A local Papilio polyxenes iNat record (Aug 2018)

Join this incredible opportunity to connect with Nature and to contribute to help the conservation of our urban wildlife habitats.

Age: Youth (16+) | Adults | Seniors.

Where: At the Lusitania meadow (Map).

What: This survey fosters awareness of the species and habitat biodiversity of the reservation, with a focus on its pollinators, and more generally arthropods. The objectives of this series are: (1) Learn about the Fresh Pond’s habitats, its wildlife, and help protect the reservation; (2) Observe & record information using an ethical framework and obtain science-usable information. Biodiversity species records are uploaded to a dedicated iNaturalist project (EwA iNaturalist project logo on the left). We also upload arthropod counts to Caterpillars Count. We have 3 other survey sites in the region, and rapidly we will be able to compare populations between sites. We also work together at developing a virtual guide to the insects and wildlife of the reservation. [Read more about EwA Citizen Science →]

Why: Important reasons for surveying arthropods include the need for understanding arthropod distributions in urban settings, as well as to investigate how climate change affects both the timing of life-history events and the spatial distributions of many species, including plants and pollinators.

When: As our weekly surveys depend on the weather (temperature and wind speed), our event schedule is usually announced a few days before a survey. Check regularly -or subscribe- to our EwA calendar to know when we go in the field. 💬  Join our EwA forum to get notified about our field findings, as well as to learn about cool science and important news.

2020 Events ▹ 📆  EwA Calendar [ view | subscribe ]

Each survey is a register-and-commit event with a restricted number of participants! By having small size events we can keep one another healthy and have a quality experience while not overwhelming the habitats that we are protecting.

EwA Events Details & Registration »

▶️ How EwA Helps Arthropods 📊  EwA Plant Visitor Survey Protocol 📔  Fieldwork Log Form | More about EwA’s biodiversity activities: Be an EwA Naturalist Documenting Species Like a Pro 📸  EwA Wildlife Documentation Photography Essentials

🔎 Example of Species Observed at Fresh Pond

✍ Please email us at learning@earthwiseaware.org for details
The EwA Learning Team

Earthwise Aware
✉ 50 Spring Street #A, Somerville, MA 02143
1 (617) 684-5204


This program is a collaboration with the Cambridge Water Department and thanks to the invaluable help of Ranger Timothy Puopolo who supervises the Reservoir.

About the Fresh Pond Reservation. It is owned and managed by the City of Cambridge. Fresh Pond is a sanctuary of upland forests, meadows, wetlands, and wildlife on the western boundary of densely populated Cambridge. The reservation consists of 162 acres of open space surrounding and protecting the 155-acre Fresh Pond Reservoir and contains a 2.25-mile loop trail. Fresh Pond Reservoir is a vital part of the drinking water supply system for the City of Cambridge. Check it out!


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