Saturday, December 1, 8:30 AM to noon
Join “Team 300 Committee!” All ages and levels of experience (or inexperience) are welcome…the only requirement is a sense of adventure. T3C’s section begins behind the West Falmouth Post Office. From there we will carpool to several ponds in West and North Falmouth to count every loon, grebe, swan, goose, duck and merganser that we see.
Directions: Meet in the parking lot behind the West Falmouth Post Office just south of the intersection of Brick Kiln Road and 28A. Dress for the weather. Bring a snack & water, also binoculars & scope if you have them. Driving rain, sleet or blizzard conditions cancel.
Rain Date: Monday, December 3, 8:30 AM to noon. Questions? Contact Molly Cornell 508-274-8843
*Note: Charlie Cooper is doing a section of the Falmouth Survey on Sunday, December 2 starting at 8:30 am. Contact Charlie for details: 978-771-8977 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Wednesday, December 5, 10 to 11:30 AM
River Bend Conservation Area long ago was a dairy farm; later it housed a family-owned dog kennel business. This jewel of a site, and the Bartolomei parcel across the street, are vital links in the Coonamesset River corridor. Andrews Grove is the newest link in this greenway, just south along the River and Pond 14, which was secured by The 300 Committee earlier this year in conjunction with the Town’s purchase of the historic Tony Andrews Farm.
All of these protected lands are a testimony to the families who cared deeply for land preservation. This is sure to be a lovely walk!
Directions: Park at River Bend Farm, 682 Sandwich Road in East Falmouth.
Come see the Phase I river restoration efforts! Learn about the positive effects on the plant and animal communities already being observed, and find out what T3C and the Town have in store for the Gateway to the Greenway. Plus…there will be birds! On the walk we can expect to see flocks of winter migrants, such as the White-throated Sparrow and Dark-eyed Junco. These northern-breeding species have joined our year-around resident population of birds: the Black-capped Chickadee, White-breasted Nuthatch, Northern Cardinal, Song Sparrow, Blue Jay, and several species of woodpecker.
Wednesday, December 19, 10 to 11:30 AM
Peterson Farm, part of several parcels of land granted to John and William Weeks beginning in 1677, is one of the oldest remaining farms on Cape Cod. The open fields, mixed edge and woodland provide a wonderfully diverse habitat for viewing our wintering birds.
Directions: Meet at the entrance to Peterson Farm on McCallum Drive off Woods Hole Road (going south on Woods Hole Road 0.7 miles beyond the Locust Street bike path crossing, turn right onto MaCallum Drive and an immediate right up the drive to Peterson Farm).
Sunday, December 30, 10 AM to 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. Come discover this fascinating conservation land and all it has to offer.
Directions: Meet at the Breivogel parking area on the east side of Blacksmith Shop Road, 1 mile north of Falmouth High School (555 Blacksmith Shop Road). Wear warm clothes and sturdy walking shoes. Rain will cancel.
Looking ahead to January and beyond…
A Collaboration with Highfield Hall
every other Friday: January 4 to April 12,1 to 3:00 PM
Join our enthusiastic and informative leaders to walk a variety of loops through Falmouth’s treasured Beebe Woods. There are miles of old cart paths and walking trails that explore all parts of these 390 acres. During winter walks, trails can be muddy or rocky or both; sometimes there are steep hills. Please wear appropriate footwear and bundle up against the elements. Rain or heavy snow will cancel.
After exploring the woods, Highfield Hall invites walkers inside for a quick warm-up and snack.
Directions: Meet in the hiker’s lot for Beebe Woods. Come up Depot Ave. to Highfield Drive and follow the arrows to the right past the Cape Cod Conservatory.