The 300 Committee
T3C is thrilled to announce that two major grants have come through for the Shallow Pond Woodlands project: a $400,000 Massachusetts LAND grant and a $250,000 grant from the Falmouth CP Fund. Both grants will be awarded to the Town of Falmouth as critical components of the overall funding plan by supporting the Town's purchase of a conservation restriction (CR) from T3C on the entire 69.7 acres. The CR secures the Town’s interest in the property and guarantees that the land will be open to the public and protected in perpetuity. T3C’s plans are in place to close on the 69.7-acre Shallow Pond property at the end of March, 2017.
LIVE MUSIC! DANCING! FUN!
Friend Raiser at Grumpy's Pub
Friday, March 24
5 to 9:00 pm
Join T3C and local band Puffy Elvis for a celebratory Friday evening! Mingle with friends and unwind for the weekend as you enjoy great live music, Grumpy's beverages and food by Anejo.
$5 cover; food & drink additional.
Donations to T3C gladly accepted.
See you at Grumpy's! ... 29 Locust Street, Falmouth
Family Event -- Sea Turtles in our Backyard!
Sunday, April 9
1 to 3 pm
Gus Canty Recreation Center
A collaboration between T3C, NOAA & others
A free event for kids of all ages!
More information coming soon.
Sunday, April 9 AND Monday, April 10
(the full moon is on the 11th!)
7 pm to dark
With the arrival of spring comes the annual ritual of observing the courtship display of the American Woodcock ― an experience not to be missed! At dusk, these reclusive woodland birds make their way out of the woods to an open field. The males strut, call and launch themselves into the air in a wide, spiraling flight from which they whirr, twitter and zigzag back to earth. With luck a male will win a female's attention.
Park just before 7:00 pm at the Locust Street lot for the Shining Sea Bikeway (near T3C's offices), cross Woods Hole Road on the crosswalk and meet as a group by the big rock/bench at the beginning of the stretch of bike path headed toward Woods Hole.
We will walk for a few minutes down the bike path together -- starting at 7:00 -- to a spot along the path where we will be able to hear, and with luck, see, woodcocks displaying. There will be an almost FULL MOON, but bring flashlights just in case. Dress very warmly! Spring evenings can be quite chilly. Finish by 8:00.
Drizzle or driving rain will cancel the outing. Leader: Molly Cornell...508-540-7652.
New Walk Series!
Identifying Plants throughout the Year
at Breivogel Ponds Conservation Area
A five-walk series on Wednesdays, beginning in September, continuing in December and on three more Wednesdays in 2017.
April 12 (and May 31 and August 23)
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
* Brush a certain green plant to smell oranges.
* Should we make tea from mugwort, or put the leaves in
* 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, waterproof walking shoes and bring a full water bottle. Be prepared for minor bushwhacking! Rain will cancel.
More April & May Nature Walks
Come out for some fresh air and a good walk on our beautiful and varied conservation lands! Spring is a wonderful time to get outside and enjoy the warmer days and the new growth coming up all over. Walks are easy-paced and on well-cleared paths, but do wear sturdy shoes, dress in layers and bring a bottle of water. Driving rain (or snow!) cancels. Please leave dogs at home.
No RSVP necessary! If you have any questions, please call the walk leader, Molly Cornell, ahead of time: 508-540-7652.
Quashnet River Corridor
Thursdsay, April 20, 9:30 to 11:30 am
We will take the old bog road that makes a fine walking trail along the Quashnet River. Abandoned sluiceways on the river corridor indicate a past history of mills and, more recently, cranberry cultivation.
Meet at the trailhead near the east end of Martin Road, in East Falmouth. Martin Road is a short loop road on the north side of Route 28 in Waquoit, just opposite Red Brook Road (almost to the Mashpee town line).
Toner, George Souza Preserve & Matt Souza Conservation Area (site of T3C's Bioblitz)
Saturday, April 22 -- Earth Day! 9:30 to 11:30 am
We will explore the bogs, fields, pine woodlands and pond edge and look for migrating spring birds and herring, too!
Meet at the large, unpaved parking area opposite the entrance to the Matt Souza Conservation Area off Hatchville Road.
Tuesday, May 2, 9:30 to 11:30 am
A hike at Long Pond is always delightful and rewarding. Lovely views of the reservoir can be enjoyed almost every step of the way, and we can expect to see spring wildflowers and the return of spring migratory birds. The walk will take us along the eastern side of Long Pond to its northernmost part and back.
Meet at the parking area on the right just after entering from Gifford Street.
Beebe Woods--the "Back 40"
Saturday, May 6, 9:30 to 11:30 am
Many people walk the main carriage roads in Beebe Woods, but not so many take the trails into the northern section, which is full of interest and surprises. Beginning at the beautiful Peterson Farm, this will be a fun exploration of this less-known part of the green heart of Falmouth.
Meet at the Peterson Farm parking area. (Going south on Woods Hole Road, proceed 0.7 miles past where the Shining Sea Bikeway crosses and turn right onto McCallum Drive. Veer right immediately and follow to the Farm.)
End-to-end Moraine Trail Hike
Saturday, May 13,
9:30 am to 2:30 pm
T3C and the Buzzards Bay Coalition will partner on this hike along Falmouth's longest trail. The Moraine Trail is about nine miles long and follows the hilly and forested terrain of the Buzzards Bay Moraine. The hike will cover the entire trail and will take about 4.5 to 5 hours, including a BYO picnic lunch along the way. Difficulty level: moderate.
Meet: at Goodwill Park in Falmouth at 9:30 am.
(Entering from Gifford Street, go 0.3 miles to the parking lot on the right.) Once everyone is assembled, we will carpool to the start of the hike at Route 151, just east of Route 28 (highway).
- 9:30 Meet at Goodwill Park
- 9:45 Carpool to start of hike
- 10:00 Begin hiking south
- 2:30-3:00 Finish at Goodwill Park
Bring plenty of water and lunch.
If it is raining or the weather forecast calls for rain, the hike will be cancelled.
We look forward to seeing you out on the trail!
Winter-Spring Speaker Series
in partnership with Salt Pond Areas Bird Sanctuaries, Inc. (SPABS)
Thursday, April 13,
From Kestrels to Grasshopper Sparrows—
Efforts to Conserve Bird Populations in Massachusetts
Falmouth Historical Society's Cultural Center
The American Kestrel is North America's smallest falcon, and throughout New England, these beautiful birds have been in decline, due to the loss of open space habitat and competition for nesting cavities, among other factors. We are delighted to present Andrew Vitz, Ph.D., State Ornithologist for the Massachusetts Division of Fisheries and Wildlife, who has worked with T3C and the Town of Falmouth to install kestrel boxes at several local conservation lands. Dr. Vitz is a key force in bird conservation across the state. He will talk about his work to restore bird populations focusing on southeastern MA. There is good news for kestrels and other species!
Thursday, May 4,
Awareness Inspires Conservation: White Sharks in the North Atlantic
Falmouth Historical Society's Cultural Center
Despite its well-established presence in the North Atlantic, the white shark is not considered an abundant species. Off the coast of Cape Cod, scientists have predictable access to white sharks, but rely on outside funding to conduct research. The Atlantic White Shark Conservancy (AWSC) was established in 2012 to fund this research and promote shark education. Since 2009 Massachusetts scientists have tagged 100 white sharks with coded acoustic transmitters and/or satellite-based tracking tags to examine fine- and broad-scale movements along the U.S. east coast. In 2014, these scientists began a multi-year study to estimate local and regional white shark populations in the western North Atlantic. Please join us to hear Cynthia Wigren, President and founder of AWSC, as she presents the results of this key research.
Please join us for fascinating talks on a variety of topics; Thursday evenings, once each month, January through May.
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:
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
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:
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.