Presentation: The Cape Cod Shoreline
Join us to listen to a presentation on the Cape Cod Shoreline from Professor Gil Newton, ecologist and author! We will learn about the ecology of the diverse shoreline that is so unique to Cape Cod. Gil’s numerous books will be available to purchase.
Spring Crocker Neck Walk
Join Professor Gil Newton, ecologist and author, on an interpretive walk through the diverse ecosystems of the 97-acre Town owned Conservation Area. Learn about salt marsh ecosystems and the flora and fauna that thrive here. Optional purchase of Gil’s guide The Ecology of a Salt Marsh: A Tour of Crocker Neck ($12) benefits BLT. Meet on Santuit Road; park at the 2nd gate (across from 92 Cotuit Cove Road).
Spring Flora & Fauna Hike Wednesday, May 23, 10 am-Noon West Barnstable
Learn How to Shellfish! Wednesday, May 23, 12:30pm Barnstable
Mudlfat Creatures of Barnstable Wednesday, June 20, 11 am-1 pm Barnstable
Harbor Nature Walk
Join Long Pasture and Barnstable Land Trust naturalists to explore the tidal flats of Barnstable Harbor. This interactive walk will focus on the various fish, birds, and invertebrates of the tidal ecosystem. As one of the larger inlets on the north side of Cape Cod, Barnstable Harbor presents a unique ecosystem that supports a diverse array of fish, birds, crustaceans and mollusks. The program will take place at Long Pasture Wildlife Sanctuary located at 345 Bone Hill Road, Cummaquid, MA 02637. Participants are advised to wear weather appropriate clothing. For more information, call Long Pasture Wildlife Sanctuary at 508-362-7475.
Mass Audubon Members: To register, or to learn more about the Long Pasture Sanctuary, got to: https://www.massaudubon.org/get-outdoors/wildlife-sanctuaries/long-pasture
Edible Plants & Mushrooms on Cape Cod Lecture Monday, June 11, 5:30-7:30pm West Barnstable
Join naturalist and wild foods enthusiast Russ Cohen as he gives a presentation on over 50 wild, yet edible, plants and mushrooms that can be found on Cape Cod. Author of Wild Plants I Have Known…and Eaten, Russ has over 40 years of experience teaching courses about wild edibles. Join us for this unique presentation as a lead-in to his walk. Free for BLT members; $5 for non-members.
Foraging Walk Tuesday, June 12, 4-7pm Cummaquid
Following up on his slide presentation the previous day, naturalist and wild foods enthusiast Russ Cohen leads a wild edibles foraging walk at Long Pasture in Barnstable. This is a unique opportunity to learn which wild plants and mushrooms are safe to eat (and which to avoid!). Russ anticipates that we’ll encounter at least two dozen species of wild edibles on this walk. The walk is co-hosted by Dennis Conservation Trust and courtesy of Mass Audubon. Wear long sleeves and bring/wear bug repellant for protection against ticks (which may be especially bad this season). $7 for BLT members; $9 for non-members.
Birding Presentation Wednesday, June 20, 3:30-4:30pm Barnstable
Search for the signs and sounds of the season! Join Wild Care's Executive Director for an informative program about the breeding habits of some of our beloved backyard wildlife. Learn "what to do if" you find orphaned birds and mammals, and tips for co-existing with our wild neighbors. Then join Stephanie on a guided walk in search of active nests, signs of courtship, identification of avian breeding songs and more. Stephanie has worked closely with wildlife for many years through her critical wildlife rehabilitation work, giving her an intimate look into the secret lives of animals. Gain a new perspective on the natural history and behaviors of wildlife with this special presentation and walk. Register for more information. Free, donations appreciated.
Birding Walk Thursday, June 21 13, 8-10 am Marstons Mills
Search for the signs and sounds of the season! Join Wild Care's Executive Director on a guided walk in search of active nests, signs of courtship, identification of avian breeding songs and more. Stephanie has worked closely with wildlife for many years through her critical wildlife rehabilitation work, giving her an intimate look into the secret lives of animals. Gain a new perspective on the natural history and behaviors of wildlife with this special presentation and walk. Register for more information. Limited to 12 attendees; free for BLT members; $5 for non-members.
Edible Plants Walk Wednesday, June 27, 4-6pm Marstons Mills
Join Dave Scandurra and Marina Matos of Edible Landscapes for a "Wild Edible and Plant ID Walk." Dave and Marina are experts regarding the local flora of Cape Cod. Dave's focus is on edible plants, and Marina's knows the wild medicinal plants and their uses. They are always excited to share their knowledge; they believe that the more we know about our local/native plants, the less likely we are to destroy them! To learn more about Edible Landscapes of Cape Cod, visit www.ediblelandscapes.net. Free for BLT members; $5 for non-members. To learn more and to register, click here.