The Wellesley Conservation Council provided information about the benefits of the conservation of open space in Wellesley at July Jubilation. We had maps of our sanctuaries, our popular "Walks in Wellesley" book (available for sale at the Wellesley Books), and provided animal stickers for the kids. With a little drizzle in the morning, the WCC had the right umbrellas for the event. We were pleased to invite and share our tent with our friends at the Wellesley Historical Society and Wellesley Trails Committee. And thanks to our refreshment sponsors, Taylor Rentals and Dunkin' Donuts!
On July 3rd, the Wellesley Conservation Council and the Friends of the North 40 organized a North40 Vernal Pool Cleanup. The vernal pool is located at the corner of Weston Road and Turner Road and had been collecting debris and litter for many years. Included in the haul were: 3 automobile tires, parts from 2 bicycles, a rusting hockey net with pucks, many broken bottles, and empty beer cans with the original pull tabs (circa 1970s). The litter collected was brought to the RDF and appropriately sorted.
While salamanders reproduce in the vernal pool in the spring, new footprints of deer and other animals were seen along the side of the pool. Pictured are organizers and WCC Directors Pete Jones, Jean Wiecha, and Michael Tobin.
Join our experienced leaders on a spring bird walk!
The Wellesley Conservation Council invites novices and experts on Sunday mornings in May and June to look for migrating birds at the most promising sites of the day. Bring your binoculars, guide books and waterproof footwear!
Meet in the parking lot at the corner of Cameron and Washington Street, next to the main library at 8 a.m. except for our Mother’s Day trip (May 10th) to Mt. Auburn Cemetery in Cambridge, when we will meet at 7 am.
Date Leader Time Meeting Place
May 3 Alice Cestari 8:00 AM Cameron and Washington St. Parking Lot
May 10 Alice Cestari 7:00 AM Meet at the same location to car pool to Mount Auburn Cemetery.
May 17 Dan Kemp 8:00 AM Cameron and Washington St. Parking Lot
May 24 Ian & Natalie Starr 8:00 AM Cameron and Washington St. Parking Lot
May 31 Jim & Karen Pugh 8:00 AM Cameron and Washington St. Parking Lot
June 7 Jim & Karen Pugh 8:00 AM Cameron and Washington St. Parking Lot
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The Wellesley Conservation Council (WCC) hosted 65 children and their grown-ups to build Woodland Troll and Fairy Houses at Pickle Point on Saturday, May 17 as part of Wellesley’s Wonderful Weekend. Children collected twigs, leaves, nuts, stones and more as they walked to Pickle Point, a small and lovely WCC property located on a peninsula jutting into Morse’s Pond. Once there, each child chose a tree and built their Troll and Fairy House—taking many unique and different forms. This was a happy and successful event. The weather was perfect and the children were excited to engage with nature in a creative and imaginative way. We look forward to sponsoring this popular event again next year.
Click here for a description and pictures of this annual WCC event.
The WCC has sadly accepted the resignation of Kent Fox from the Board of Directors. Kent has served the WCC for many years. He has been the institutional memory of the organization, always able to explain how something came into being, what past policy has been, or what the terms of an easement or deed might be. He has worked tirelessly in many posts, most recently as WCC treasurer. Kent has always been there when there was work to be done--anything from removing poison ivy, to cleaning up a property, carrying a banner in the World of Wellesley parade, or hauling enormous amounts of sticks and leaves to the RDF in his little car. It is hard to imagine the WCC without Kent's wise counsel. We will miss him greatly.
The annual meeting of the Wellesley Conservation Council was held on April 16 at the Wellesley Free Library. The meeting included the election of officers and an expression of appreciation to Kent Fox who will be leaving the board. Following the business meeting, John Maguranis of Project Coyote gave a presentation on "Living with Coyotes: The most misunderstood and remarkable animal in North America" For a brief summary of the presentation, click here.
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The fall meeting of the Wellesley Conservation Council will be held on Wednesday, October 30 at 7:00 PM in the Wakelin Room of the Wellesley Free Library. It will feature a presentation on Mount Washington's ferocious weather and the Mount Washington Observatory by Will Broussard, Outreach Coordinator at the observatory. More information can be found here.