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New Walk Series!

Identifying Plants throughout the Year
at Breivogel Ponds Conservation Area

A five-walk series on Wednesdays,
beginning September 28th
and continuing on December 21st and on three more Wednesdays in 2017

10AM to 11:30 or noon

The 67-acre Breivogel Ponds Conservation Area features a variety of habitats―woodland, grassland, fresh water ponds and new vernal pools. In spring 2016, T3C and the Town of Falmouth Conservation Department worked together to begin restoration of nearly 20 acres of an old sand and gravel mine here. The wide open central area leads to a lovely woods filled with tall pines and winding trails at the back of the property.

Let's have fun discovering this fascinating conservation land together! Join Alex Lancaster (508-540-4619) and Marcy Klattenberg in identifying vegetation in this area and returning again and again to watch the growth and change that take place. Explore such topics as:
* Is it a pine, a fir a spruce or…? How many evergreens
  are
there?
* Brush a certain green plant to smell oranges.
* Should we make tea from mugwort, or put the leaves in
  our shoes?
* Identify a smartweed. (Is there a not-so-smart weed?)”

Meet: at the Breivogel parking area on the east side of Blacksmith Shop Road, just 1 mile north of Falmouth High School. Wear sturdy walking shoes and bring a full water bottle. Rain will cancel.

Guided Bird Walks
T3C Bird Walks, led by Molly Cornell, are open to “newbies”, seasoned birders, and anyone in between.  The walks are easy-paced, and while we will pause to observe many aspects of nature, the focus is definitely on birds. Join us and sharpen your bird identification skills using field marks, vocalization, and patterns of bird behavior. 

All walks are on Thursdays, from 9:30 – 11 am

Contact Molly Cornell with questions:  508-540-7652.

October 13, Peterson Farm
Enjoy the diversity of open fields, oak and pine woods, and scrubby edge habitat. One of the finest birding areas in Falmouth! 
Directions: Enter off the Woods Hole Road at McCallum Drive (0.8 miles west of the Locust Street bike path crossing). Take the steep driveway immediately to your right and park by the shed.

November 17, Salt Pond Area & Shining Sea Bikeway
On Vineyard Sound between Salt Pond and the Shining Seas Bicycle Path lie 35 acres of coastal shrub with trails bordering on Salt Pond. It’s a hot spot for early winter migrants.
Directions: Park in the lot where Elm Road crosses the bike path (just north of the intersection of Elm Road and Surf Drive). 

December 15,  Flax Pond, Lower & Middle Bog
This walk will take us around Town-owned cranberry bogs and past bordering woodlands. Many wintering birds, such as White-throated Sparrow, Northern Cardinal, White-breasted Nuthatch and Tufted Titmouse will be active at this site. 
Directions: Off John Parker Road in East Falmouth, take the unpaved driveway opposite Flax Pond Road down to the cleared area adjacent to Lower Bog.

More Outdoor Adventures!


Cranberry Picking Expedition
Saturday, November 5
1 to 3:00 PM

Stay tuned for more information!

Moraine Trail Hike, Long Pond
Saturday, November 12
10AM to noon

Partnering with the Buzzards Bay Coalition, T3C hikers will circumnavigate Lond Pond, Falmouth's town reservoir (about 3.75 miles total).

Directions: Meet at the parking area in Goodwill Park about 1/3 mile from Gifford Street.

Annual Cape Cod Lake & Pond
Waterfowl Census
Saturday, December 3
9 AM to noon

Join “Team 300 Committee” to survey several local ponds. We will count everything that “quacks”: Ducks, geese, grebes, mergansers and --- yes --- swans, too.  No prior experience necessary! Our data will be combined with surveys of lakes and ponds across the entire Cape.  This is a great chance to get outdoors and discover some lovely ponds in Falmouth. Meet behind the West Falmouth Post Office at 9 am. Dress for the weather.  Bring a water bottle, snack, binoculars & scope if you have them, and a sense of adventure. Driving rain or sleet cancels. 
Contact: Molly Cornell 508-540-7652

 

 

Videos

Watch this great new video about T3C's upcoming land acquisition! We hope you can help...

Shallow Pond Woodlands, Falmouth, MA - YouTube

Here's another video on the fantastic Breivogel Ponds restoration project produced by outreach volunteer Alison Leschen!

Breivogel Vernal Pools Video

And our fabulous 30th anniversary video, produced by Falmouth's own Brian Switzer!

T3C: 30 Years of Land Preservation for Falmouth

And yet another superb video, again produced by Alison Leschen!

"Nature: What's in it for Kids?"

Finally, here is a video about our Whales in Your Backyard event, held on April 9 at the Gus Canty Community Center

Whales in Your Backyard!
A joint program of T3C and NOAA

 

Northern Moraine Trail Update

A short portion of the Moraine Trail has been rerouted (and marked!) north of Thomas B. Landers Road. Please note the new access point to the east of the old route and we hope you will continue to enjoy this great trail!

For a larger view... Moraine Trail Reroute.pdf

 

Craig Gibson Photos for Sale!
(NEW PHOTOS AVAILABLE!)
Craig Gibson has generously offered for sale many of his bird photographs, (now including all those that appeared in the Falmouth Enterprise through 2014, and all those in the Birder's Corner 2013 video below) with the proceeds to benefit The 300 Committee. To see the albums and to order prints through Shutterfly.com, please visit:

www.shutterfly.com/pro/300Committee/craiggibson

Take a Look at this Video!

Created by Bird Photographer Craig Gibson

Birder's Corner 2013 Year in Review: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wwhRLigp3fU

 

News

Teaticket Park Business Partner Program

Local businesses have supported the creation of Teaticket Park! More...

 

A Year of Falmouth Birds by Craig Gibson

AVAILABLE FOR SALE!
To purchase your copy, please visit:

http://www.blurb.com/bookstore/detail/2934533


 

 

 

 

 

Highlights


Monthly Nature Calendars 

The links below highlight what to look for outdoors in Falmouth each month — birds, wildlife, plants, flowers and more. These pages can be printed and posted on your bulletin board or refrigerator, and each month features a fabulous bird photograph by Craig Gibson. We hope you will take a look and see what Nature has in store as the season unfolds.

August

September

October

November

 

The 300 Committee is a private, non-profit land trust dedicated to protecting and preserving natural lands for the citizens of Falmouth, Massachusetts. Founded by a small group of volunteers to commemorate the Town of Falmouth's 300th anniversary in 1986, The 300 Committee has helped permanently protect more than 2,300 acres throughout our community for conservation, recreation and water protection. Our important land preservation work is made possible by the support of our 1,200 annual members. If you are not already on our membership roster, we hope you will consider joining.




Walks in the Woods  A list, with short descriptions, of conservation areas in Falmouth that have trails and parking. We hope you enjoy these!

Conservation Lands accessible from the Shining Sea Bikeway An article printed in our Fall, 2009 newsletter, shortly after the opening of the bike path extension. For those eager to tackle a new adventure!
(see Bike Path map with open space parcels)

Read our recent newsletters...
Spring 2011
Fall 2011
Spring 2012
Fall 2012
Spring 2013
Fall 2013
Spring 2014
Fall 2014
Spring 2015
Fall 2015
Spring 2016

Falmouth Road Race 2016
Sunday, August 21
The 300 Committee, for the 13th year, will be participating in the Falmouth Road Race Numbers for Nonprofits Program.
Get a guaranteed entry to the 2016 Road Race and support T3C at the same time!
2016 FRR T3C Registration Form



 



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