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.
You can now join the Wellesley Conservation Council (WCC) or renew your
WCC membership online! Start with the Join Us tab at the top of the screen or go directly to the Become a Member Online tab. Simply fill out the online application form and click the Submit button. Next click the Donate button and you will be taken to a secure screen where you can use your credit card or PayPal account to pay for your membership or simply make a contribution to WCC. Remember, WCC membership and contributions are tax deductible.
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.
Ingrid Carls has retired from the WCC board after more than twenty years. She served as our president for seven years and worked with our nomination process, publicity, fundraising, the newsletter, and programs. As program chair, she created spring and fall programs dealing with landscape planning for adults as well as educational nature-related topics for children. She helped implement signage for our sanctuaries, our new logo, the new brochure and the republished "Walks in Wellesley." Her most recent project has been the restoration of Coveside Bank Sanctuary and the creation at the sanctuary of a sustainable "rain garden in bloom." She will be missed. We wish her the best and hope she still remain active in the WCC. As Ingrid herself says, "The importance for me is, and will remain, to preserve and protect Wellesley's open spaces. The WCC and my active involvement all along played an important part in keeping Wellesley green."