EwA at the Fells — A Program Collaboration with the Friends of the Fells☆
There is no better way to cultivating ecological literacy, ethics & leadership than through fun & inspiring direct experiences. Come, join our EwA Nature series in an incredibly rich environment at
The Middlesex Fells Reservation.
This series 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.
Age: Teens (14+) | Adults | Seniors.
When: Monthly on a Sunday morning. A biobliss happens rain or shine, but heavy rain, thunder or low temperatures cancel the event.
Where: Over the year and depending on accessibility, we rotate the events among different Fells’ habitats that we observe and document scientifically. The study areas include Long Pond, Bellevue Pond, Flynn Rink area, and Bear Hill trail.
How: The objectives of this series are: (1) learn about the Fells’ habitats and its wildlife and help protect the park; (2) observe & record ethically information, and obtain science-usable information. Important biodiversity mapping records are uploaded to a dedicated iNaturalist project (our iNaturalist project logo on the left), and phenology observations are recorded in the EwA at the Fells project on the USA Nature Phenology Network.
Each biobliss is an RSVP event and is limited to 8-10 participants, so register today! By having small size events we can have a quality experience while not overwhelming the habitats that we are protecting. A few days prior to a biobliss event, we email to the registered participants the exact meeting point and instructions about what to bring.More about EwA’s biodiversity activities: Documenting Species Like a Pro ■ iNaturalism » The Magic of Biodiversity ■ Summer 2018 Biobliss Summary
This series teaches how to create, illustrate and maintain a naturalist & field journal. This includes learning to sketch, nature illustration skills and how to record field observations.
Age: Teens (14+) | Adults | Seniors.
When: Twice monthly (a Wednesday and a Sunday) and occasional theme-specific weekend sessions. A sketching circle does not happen if it rains or when the temperatures are too low in the winter.
Where: Over the year, we explore a few sites of the Fells, and cover forest ecology, phenology, birds, mammals and many critters that make the different habitats of the Fells. We will sketch primarily in the Long Pond, Bellevue Pond, and at the different reservoirs of the forest. Depending on where we go, a little bit of hiking might be involved to reach our destination.
Each circle is an RSVP event and is limited to 8-10 participants, so register today! By having small size events we can have a quality experience while not overwhelming the habitats that we are protecting. A few days prior to a circle, we email to the registered participants the exact meeting point and instructions about what to bring.More about EwA’s sketching focused activities
Do you enjoy hiking, sketching, exploring the Fells? Then check our EwA iNaturalist Guides!
The guides cover the species that our citizen scientists spot in our urban woodland, and the checklists grow as our community of Biobliss citizen scientists record observations.
They are the perfect companions to your Fells adventures: accessible from your phone, tablet or computer. You can even print them in a ‘journal’ format to help you record what you see!
We also invite you to contribute to them with your own records, feedback and additions. It’s an exciting nature conservation science challenge. Join a biobliss to know more!
🌱 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
About The Friends of the Fells. The organization is dedicated to the protection and harmonious use of the Fells, promoting awareness, policies, and programs which honor and preserve the landscape and heritage of the 3,400 acres Middlesex Fells Reservation for current and future generations. The Fells is a gorgeous State Park managed by the DCR. And the Friends of the Fells –who protects this gem diligently– is a truly inspiring organization. Check them out!
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