The 300 Committee
T3C is thrilled to announce that two major grants have come through for the Shallow Pond Woodlands project: a $400,000 Massachusetts LAND grant and a $250,000 grant from the Falmouth CP Fund. Both grants will be awarded to the Town of Falmouth as critical components of the overall funding plan by supporting the Town's purchase of a conservation restriction (CR) from T3C on the entire 69.7 acres. The CR secures the Town’s interest in the property and guarantees that the land will be open to the public and protected in perpetuity. T3C’s plans are in place to close on the 69.7-acre Shallow Pond property at the end of March, 2017.
More Winter Walks will be announced soon.
New Walk Series!
Identifying Plants throughout the Year
at Breivogel Ponds Conservation Area
A five-walk series on Wednesdays, beginning in September, continuing in December and on three more Wednesdays in 2017.
(Tentative Dates: April 12, May 31 and August 23)
10 am 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
* Brush a certain green plant to smell oranges.
* Should we make tea from mugwort, or put the leaves in
* 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.
Winter-Spring Speaker Series
in partnership with Salt Pond Areas Bird Sanctuaries, Inc. (SPABS)
Thursday, March 2,
Understanding the Elusive Coastal River Otter
Falmouth Historical Society's Cultural Center
Liz Baldwin is the Assistant Director of BiodiversityWorks, a Martha’s Vineyard non-profit. In 2011, Liz and her colleague Luanne Johnson founded BiodiversityWorks to focus on regional wildlife research and monitoring and to mentor students in field biology. One of their early research projects was to document river otter activity across Martha’s Vineyard. Liz expanded this work for her master’s degree and looked at the activity patterns, behaviors, and population status of the river otter in a northeast coastal environment. In 2013, she graduated with a degree in Conservation Biology from Antioch University New England. She will talk to us about the biology and natural history of the North American river otter (Lontra canadensis), results from her thesis, and how to identify otter track and sign. Come learn all about otters!
See our full Speaker Series lineup here!
Please join us for fascinating talks on a variety of topics; Thursday evenings, once each month, January through May.
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
This inspiring video was also produced by Alison Leschen!
"Nature: What's in it for Kids?"
Learn about T3C's exciting wildlife restoration collaboration with the Town of Falmouth and Commonwealth of Massachusetts:
Banding kestrel chicks at the Coonamessett Reservation
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:
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
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:
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.