The 300 Committee
Land Trust

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Upcoming Events

Guided Bird Walks
T3C Bird Walks, led by Molly Cornell, are open to “newbies”, seasoned birders, and anyone in between.  The walks are easy-paced, and while we will pause to observe many aspects of nature, the focus is definitely on birds. Join us and sharpen your bird identification skills using field marks, vocalization, and patterns of bird behavior. 

Contact Molly Cornell with questions:  508-540-7652.

Thursday, December 15
9:30 11:30 am
Flax Pond, Lower & Middle Bog

This walk will take us around Town-owned cranberry bogs and past bordering woodlands. Many wintering birds, such as White-throated Sparrow, Northern Cardinal, White-breasted Nuthatch and Tufted Titmouse will be active at this site. 
Directions: Off John Parker Road in East Falmouth, take the unpaved driveway opposite Flax Pond Road down to the cleared area adjacent to Lower Bog.

More Outdoor Adventures...

New Walk Series!

Identifying Plants throughout the Year
at Breivogel Ponds Conservation Area

A five-walk series on Wednesdays, beginning in September and continuing on December 21st and on three more Wednesdays in 2017
10 am to 11:30 or noon

The 67-acre Breivogel Ponds Conservation Area features a variety of habitats―woodland, grassland, fresh water ponds and new vernal pools. In spring 2016, T3C and the Town of Falmouth Conservation Department worked together to begin restoration of nearly 20 acres of an old sand and gravel mine here. The wide open central area leads to a lovely woods filled with tall pines and winding trails at the back of the property.

Let's have fun discovering this fascinating conservation land together! Join Alex Lancaster (508-540-4619) and Marcy Klattenberg in identifying vegetation in this area and returning again and again to watch the growth and change that take place. Explore such topics as:
* Is it a pine, a fir a spruce or…? How many evergreens
are there?
* Brush a certain green plant to smell oranges.
* Should we make tea from mugwort, or put the leaves in
our shoes?
* Identify a smartweed. (Is there a not-so-smart weed?)”

Meet: at the Breivogel parking area on the east side of Blacksmith Shop Road, just 1 mile north of Falmouth High School. Wear sturdy walking shoes and bring a full water bottle. Rain will cancel.

January Walks in the Woods

Winter is a great time to break out of the house and explore our beautiful conservation areas. There can be challenges, though. If snow is on the ground, come anyway. Bring snowshoes or skis if you have them, and be prepared to have fun!

Call the leaders ahead with any questions:
Alex Lancaster .... 508-540-4619
Molly Cornell .... 508-540-7652

Beebe Woods
Thursday, January 5
9:30 to 11:30 am

Many people walk the main carriage roads in Beebe Woods, but fewer take the less-known trails, which are full of interest and surprises. Join us for a winter walk in the “green heart of Falmouth.” The pace will be easy as we stop to identify trees and shrubs in their winter attire, listen for sounds of birds, and look for tracks and traces left by other animals.

Directions: Meet at the parking lot at the end of Depot Avenue/Highfield Drive, between the Cape Cod Conservatory and Highfield Theater.

Wing Pond Woods
Wednesday, January 11
9:30 to 11:30 am
 

This lovely area, with gently sloping paths, cranberry bogs, oak and pine woodland and a large kettle hole pond, has much to offer on a winter walk.

Directions: Off 28A in North Falmouth, 0.4 miles north of the Thomas Landers Road intersection, turn at #116 North Falmouth Highway. The one-lane road crosses the bike path to parking near the pond.

 

Winter-Spring Speaker Series
in partnership with Salt Pond Areas Bird Sanctuaries, Inc. (SPABS)
Talk #1
:
Creating Habitat for Wild-life and People-Life
    in the Home Landscape

Thursday, January 12, 7:00 pm
Falmouth Historical Society's Cultural Center

Often when people hear "Naturalized" or "Native" Garden, their first impression is of an untamed, uninviting or even downright messy landscape. But imagine a landscape that meets the needs of both people AND wildlife; a garden that is beautiful, sustainable and ecologically healthy. This is not a Utopian vision, but a realistic and desirable goal for the home landscape. Through colorful photographs and real project examples, Theresa Sprague of BlueFlax Design LLC will share with us the aesthetic qualities and wildlife habitat value of a range of commercially available native plant species while considering principles of good ecological design including site analysis, wildlife needs, zones of use, sensory experiences and cues to care. Bring your Cape Cod plant and garden questions!

 

Our full Speaker Series lineup is coming soon!

Please join us for fascinating talks on a variety of topics; Thursday evenings, once each month, January through May.

 

Videos

Watch this great new video about T3C's upcoming land acquisition! We hope you can help...

Shallow Pond Woodlands, Falmouth, MA - YouTube

Here's another video on the fantastic Breivogel Ponds restoration project produced by outreach volunteer Alison Leschen!

Breivogel Vernal Pools Video

And our fabulous 30th anniversary video, produced by Falmouth's own Brian Switzer!

T3C: 30 Years of Land Preservation for Falmouth

This inspiring video was also produced by Alison Leschen!

"Nature: What's in it for Kids?"

Learn about T3C's exciting wildlife restoration collaboration with the Town of Falmouth and Commonwealth of Massachusetts:

Banding kestrel chicks at the Coonamessett Reservation

Finally, here is a video about our Whales in Your Backyard event, held on April 9 at the Gus Canty Community Center

Whales in Your Backyard!
A joint program of T3C and NOAA

 

Northern Moraine Trail Update

A short portion of the Moraine Trail has been rerouted (and marked!) north of Thomas B. Landers Road. Please note the new access point to the east of the old route and we hope you will continue to enjoy this great trail!

For a larger view... Moraine Trail Reroute.pdf

 

Craig Gibson Photos for Sale!
(NEW PHOTOS AVAILABLE!)
Craig Gibson has generously offered for sale many of his bird photographs, (now including all those that appeared in the Falmouth Enterprise through 2014, and all those in the Birder's Corner 2013 video below) with the proceeds to benefit The 300 Committee. To see the albums and to order prints through Shutterfly.com, please visit:

www.shutterfly.com/pro/300Committee/craiggibson

Take a Look at this Video!

Created by Bird Photographer Craig Gibson

Birder's Corner 2013 Year in Review: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wwhRLigp3fU

 

News

Teaticket Park Business Partner Program

Local businesses have supported the creation of Teaticket Park! More...

 

A Year of Falmouth Birds by Craig Gibson

AVAILABLE FOR SALE!
To purchase your copy, please visit:

http://www.blurb.com/bookstore/detail/2934533


 

 

 

 

 

Highlights


Monthly Nature Calendars 

The links below highlight what to look for outdoors in Falmouth each month — birds, wildlife, plants, flowers and more. These pages can be printed and posted on your bulletin board or refrigerator, and each month features a fabulous bird photograph by Craig Gibson. We hope you will take a look and see what Nature has in store as the season unfolds.

November

December

January

February

The 300 Committee is a private, non-profit land trust dedicated to protecting and preserving natural lands for the citizens of Falmouth, Massachusetts. Founded by a small group of volunteers to commemorate the Town of Falmouth's 300th anniversary in 1986, The 300 Committee has helped permanently protect more than 2,400 acres throughout our community for conservation, recreation and water protection. Our important land preservation work is made possible by the support of our 1,200 annual members. If you are not already on our membership roster, we hope you will consider joining.




Walks in the Woods  A list, with short descriptions, of conservation areas in Falmouth that have trails and parking. We hope you enjoy these!

Conservation Lands accessible from the Shining Sea Bikeway An article printed in our Fall, 2009 newsletter, shortly after the opening of the bike path extension. For those eager to tackle a new adventure!
(see Bike Path map with open space parcels)

Read our past newsletters...
Spring 2011
Fall 2011
Spring 2012
Fall 2012
Spring 2013
Fall 2013
Spring 2014
Fall 2014
Spring 2015
Fall 2015
Spring 2016
Fall 2016

Falmouth Road Race 2017
Sunday, August 20
The 300 Committee, for the 13th year, will be participating in the Falmouth Road Race Numbers for Nonprofits Program.
Get a guaranteed entry to the 2017 Road Race and support T3C at the same time!
2017 FRR T3C Registration Form



 



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