Sandy Neck Summer Flora & Fauna Hike Wednesday, August 15, 10 am-Noon West Barnstable
Hike 1.5 miles through Sandy Neck’s Great Marsh and sand dunes to explore barrier beach flora and fauna with BLT and Sandy Neck Park Manager Nina Coleman. You’ll learn about ongoing efforts to protect and restore these and other sensitive natural communities. Wear sturdy hiking boots to walk over sand and uneven terrain. Meet at the gatehouse. Free, donations appreciated.
Birding Presentation Thursday, August 16, 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 the following morning 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 Friday, August 17, 8-10 am Cotuit
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.
Butterfly Presentation Wednesday, September 5, 2018 5:30-7:30pm West Barnstable
Join Barnstable Land Trust and the Massachusetts Butterfly Club’s Joe Dwelly for a presentation on butterflies! While looking at photos of the butterflies that inhabit Cape Cod, we will discuss their habits and habitat, flight times and life cycle. We will address the relationship butterflies have to larval host plants and nectar plants, including milkweed and Queen Anne’s Lace, and talk about gardening for butterflies and other pollinators. Mostly, we hope to relax and enjoy these beautiful and fascinating creatures who live among us! Meet at Whelden Memorial Library in West Barnstable. $5 for non-members, free for members.
Edible Plants Walk Saturday, September 9, 10am-12pm Fuller Farm, 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, go to blt.org.
Sandy Neck Fall Migration Hike Wednesday, September 19, 9 am-Noon West Barnstable
Sandy Neck is a popular stopover for many migratory species on their way south along the East Coast. Forested areas along the trails are a mix of deciduous and evergreen trees packed with high-energy food. Many traveling birds linger on Sandy Neck shores, delaying their flights south for as long as possible, tending to concentrate near their favorite food source before continuing on. Join us for a migration hike as we welcome fall and the migratory birds that are leaving, returning, or just passing through. Meet at the gatehouse. Free, donations appreciated.
Fall Crocker Neck Walk Saturday, October 6, 10 am-Noon Cotuit
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). Free for BLT members; $5 for non-members.
Mushroom Walk Saturday, October 20, 10:30am-12:30pm Cotuit
Join Cape Cod Mycological Society’s Wesley Price on an exploratory walk in search of mushrooms! This was one of our most popular walks last year – we found baskets full of mushroom. So don’t hesitate! Sign up now. Limited to 25 attendees. Free for BLT members; $5 for non-members.