EwA at the Fells

Fells’ Biodiversity & Climate Studies  The EwA Nature Guides to the Fells

There is a critical need to understand how climate and urbanization affect plant and animal life to protect and restore habitats where they can thrive, including in our urban green spaces. EwA is doing its part!

EwA runs an extensive participatory biodiversity and climate participatory science program in Middlesex county. At the Middlesex Fells specifically, we monitor plants and insects, and we document habitat fragmentation (amphibian activity, habitat health assessment, dog waste, park usage, and informal/user trails). We need nature enthusiasts and advocates to help both in the field and with developing program resources.

🌿 Fells’ Biodiversity, Phenology, and Habitat Integrity Studies

🔎 A local Agapostemon » iNat record (Aug 2019)

The program fosters awareness of species and habitat biodiversity and develops an understanding of the importance of ecology, phenology, and ethics while helping science through citizen science.  Everybody can join this incredible opportunity to reconnect and contribute to helping the conservation of insects and pollinators, amphibians and reptiles, plants, and birds in our community habitats —without needing a Ph.D.!

What: EwA’s Fells studies cover everything from plant event timing monitoring; habitat and plant community assessments; pollinator and insect surveys; Biodiversity monitoring and mapping; bird counting & activity monitoring; and habitat documentation, including vernal pool certification. [Read more about EwA Citizen Science →]

When: Every week, our citizen science core team monitors EwA’s study sites in the Fells. Several times a month we open our sessions to the general public, both during the week and on weekends. Together we go in the field, observe, record information, and share about science and protocols. Such events happen rain or shine, but heavy rain, thunder, or low temperatures cancel an event.

Season Events ▹ Fells Forest Explorations (2nd Saturday of the month) | Fells Nature Observation Walk (4th Saturday of the month) | Climate & Wildlife Watch (2nd  Wednesday of the month) [📅 Calendar →]

Where: We survey plants and insects at a few established sites in the area of Long Pond and Bellevue. Habitat fragmentation studies cover the entire area of the park. Over the year and depending on accessibility, we rotate our public outreach events among different Fells’ habitats that we observe and document scientifically. The study areas cover the Fells at large and a few fixed sites for plot and transect-based ecology.

Event CalendarEwA Volunteering Opportunities

📱 EwA Nature Guides to the Fells

Do you enjoy exploring the Fells? Then check our EwA iNaturalist Guides!

Guides List

🌱 EwA Guide to the Plants of the Fells
🦆 EwA Guide to the Birds of the Fells
🐿️ EwA Guide to the Mammals of the Fells
🐞 EwA Guide to the Insects & Spiders of the Fells
🐍 EwA Guide to the Reptiles & Amphibians of the Fells
🍄 EwA Guide to the Fungi and Lichens of the Fells
EwA Guide to the Invasive Species of the Fells
⚠️ EwA Guide to the Endangered Species of the Fells

🏵️ The Fells fauna and flora depend on stellar trail ethics. 🗺️  Be a Fells wildlife defender: upload the EwA DCR Map of the Fells on your device’s Google Map and make sure that you remain on the trail when hiking, biking, or simply enjoying the Fells.

🗺️ EwA Legit Map of the Fells

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

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

The Habitat Integrity study is a collaboration with the Friends of the Fells and the Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR) which manages the Middlesex Fells Reservation. EwA’s documentation of sensitive habitats and fragmentation survey is done under a DCR research permit.

About The Friends of the Fells. The organization is dedicated to the protection and harmonious use of the Fells, promoting awareness, policies, and programs that honor and preserve the landscape and heritage of the 2,800 acres of the Middlesex Fells Reservation for current and future generations. The Fells is a State Park managed by the DCR.

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