Nashoba Conservation Trust Newsletter
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|Surprising Results During this year's Christmas Bird Count
Pepperell falls within the Groton-Oxbow Count Circle of the National Audubon Society's annual Christmas Bird Count. During this event, which takes place at locations all over the world, participants of all ages and experience identify and count as many birds as they can over a twenty-four hour period. This year, the Groton-Oxbow count occurred on Sunday, December 17th.
February may bring some of our heaviest snowstorms and coldest temperatures (although this year January certainly is vying for that distinction!). However, February is also a month where we notice the slight increase in daylight hours and the slightly warmer angle of the sun. This can be an excellent time to work on your tree identification skills.
Tree silhouettes are visible, and the bark is a prominent characteristic in its variations of coloring. I became intrigued looking at tree silhouettes in Peterson's Eastern Trees Field Guide. I know the trees along my field edge and as I studied their silhouette photos in the book, I found a new pleasure in studying them in this manner – trunk shape, branching pattern, crown shape. As I drove in a car or took a walk it became a pleasure to look at a tree and recognize its silhouette and think White Oak! Hickory! Sugar Maple! Some silhouettes are more apparent than others, but it does help to begin to notice and name familiar species.
As you can see from the article above, we have some excellent writing talent out there in our NCT member base. If you have anything you are interested in or passionate about, from a conservation perspective please use the link below to let us know. 100 – 300 words is about average. We are always looking for volunteers to lend a fresh perspective to our newsletters. Newsletter@nashobatrust.org
NCT and Pepperell Conservation Comission’s Pepperell Trail Guide
Our new 2016 trail guide is available. The guide describes (16) different conservation areas managed by NCT and the Pepperell Conservation Commission. Contained in each section is a description of the parcel, a detailed trail map, and other information to help you enjoy each of these beautiful areas. If you would like a trail guide just click on the link below. and indicate your interest. We’ll send you an electronic, printable copy.
Download the Pepperell Trail Guide PDF here
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