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Tick and Mosquito Talk – September 18, 2019

Tick and Mosquito Talk – September 18, 2019

On September 18th, Plymouth County Entomologist Blake Dinius gave a talk at the Wareham Town Hall about ticks and mosquitoes. If you were unable to attend, Wareham Community Television recorded the presentation. It can be viewed here. The Wareham Land Trust would like to thank Blake, the Town of Wareham, the Wareham Board of Health,… Continue Reading

Wheeler Kayak Series: June 27, 2019 Agawam River

Wheeler Kayak Series: June 27, 2019 Agawam River

Join the Buzzards Bay Coalition and the Wareham Land Trust as we honor longtime supporter, lifelong educator, and environmental advocate Richard Wheeler with a series of free kayak explorations across Wareham. In the first event of this series, join us for an opportunity to explore the landscape and ecology of the Agawam River. We will be setting off from Whitlock’s Landing (150 Glen… Continue Reading

3/30/19 March Volunteer Trail Work Day

3/30/19 March Volunteer Trail Work Day

Join us on March 30th from 10am-noon at Marks Cove for a volunteer work day. We will be working to clear debris on the trail systems that cover the patchwork of properties there protected by the Wareham Land Trust, Buzzards Bay Coalition, and Wildlands Trust to get ready for the Spring season! We will be… Continue Reading

Bluebird Birdhouse Building Workshop – 2/16/19

Bluebird Birdhouse Building Workshop – 2/16/19

Last weekend the Wareham Land Trust hosted a birdhouse building workshop at the Wareham Free Library. Advisory Board Member Tom Kinksky led the workshop which resulted in the completion of over 25 new birdhouses that can now be used as nesting cavities, especially for bluebirds! More about this workshop can be found in the Wareham… Continue Reading

Stakeholder Notification/Public Notice

Stakeholder Notification/Public Notice  The Wareham Land Trust, Inc. is pleased to announce it is applying for renewal of accreditation. A public comment period is now open.  The Land Trust Accreditation Program recognizes land conservation organizations that meet national quality standards for protecting important natural places and working lands forever. The Land Trust Accreditation Commission, an… Continue Reading

ChalkFest 2018! Onset, Saturday August 25th

ChalkFest 2018! Onset, Saturday August 25th

We’ll be at the Onset Bay Association’s annual chalk-full-o’-fun street festival! And we’ll have a prize for the best representation of Wareham’s natural beauty. $5 entry gives you a spot of pavement and chalk to create your masterpiece. Saturday, August 25th, 9:00 am – 6:00 pm. Continue Reading

Ode to a Towhee: Passerine Kerfluffle

Ode to a Towhee: Passerine Kerfluffle

On April 19 I heard his familiar “chewink” for the first time this spring.  Towhee was back for the season! We live on a woodland edge in the midst of a ravel of understory blueberry, bayberry, huckleberry, checkerberry, green briar, poison ivy and more—a thicket of trouble for us humans but towhee’s natural, sought-after habitat. … Continue Reading

Stoney Brook Conservation Project – 600 Main Street

Stoney Brook Conservation Project – 600 Main Street

At Wareham’s spring 2018 Town Meeting, voters will be asked to support the Wareham Land Trust’s latest conservation proposal: purchasing 6.63 acres of undeveloped woodland and wetland habitat straddling Stoney Run. Please vote “YES” on this CPC Warrant Article #7 and on #5 which returns $89,197 to CPC from a previous project. Thank you! UPDATE:… Continue Reading

Fearing Hill Conservation Area – Trail Work

Fearing Hill Conservation Area – Trail Work

Thanks to WLT’s Nancy McHale, Kathy Pappalardo, Mack Phinney, Len Boutin, and Michelle Krauser; Wareham’s Conservation Agent Dave Pichette; and seven service members from the U.S. Coast Guard for helping on a recent sunny March Saturday with this ongoing trail work. The WLT holds the Conservation Restriction on the property. Continue Reading

Stoney Run Property News

Stoney Run Property News

One of the basic principles in scouting is to be good stewards of the land.  The Narragansett Boy Scout Council, which covers parts of Rhode Island and Southeast Massachusetts, has lived up to this doctrine.  This past year the Council has worked diligently with several land trusts to place some of their surplus properties into… Continue Reading

2017-2018 Winter Walks with the BBC and WLT

2017-2018 Winter Walks with the BBC and WLT

Does winter weather get you feeling down? Do you miss spending time outside? No need to wait for spring to get outdoors and enjoy the natural world around you! I always say there is no such thing as bad weather, only bad clothing choices. So bundle up and take a walk! Programs run the 2nd… Continue Reading

#GivingTuesday

#GivingTuesday

It’s the Tuesday before Thanksgiving and the beginning of many holiday celebrations for Wareham residents. The Wareham Land Trust family extends our warmest wishes to our members. We don’t often talk about fundraising here on the blog, but next Tuesday is called “Giving Tuesday” and I think it is a good time to sing our… Continue Reading

10 (not so) Spooky Species of Wareham’s Woods and Waters

10 (not so) Spooky Species of Wareham’s Woods and Waters

  Bats, spiders, toads, vultures — many animals suffer from a creepy reputation as Halloween rolls around every year. But in fact, lots of our local species in Wareham that may seem spooky are actually essential and exciting members of our environment. Learn more about these 10 not-so-spooky species and appreciate them the next time… Continue Reading

10/22/17 Trail Walk with our Neighboring Conservation Partners

10/22/17 Trail Walk with our Neighboring Conservation Partners

We have wanted to join together with our neighbors for some time now. We’re all family in spirit, after all, with a shared vision of working together to promote land conservation. At one of our recent monthly Outreach meetings, WLT volunteers were joined by Jim Bride of the Sippican Lands Trust and Halima Tiffany from… Continue Reading

Board of Directors 2017-2018

Board of Directors 2017-2018

At the September monthly Board meeting, the annual election of Officers and Directors was held. Susan McCombe was elected as the new President. Thank you, Sue, for all your hard work and accepting this new and exciting challenge! We are all VERY grateful for the hard work, talent, commitment, and thoughtful planning and organizing skills… Continue Reading

Community Preservation Coalition Success Stories

Community Preservation Coalition Success Stories

It’s always nice to be noticed. The Community Preservation Coalition, the catalyst behind the state’s Community Preservation Act campaign, which WLT founders and members enthusiastically support, is recognizing our most recent collaborative effort in their “Success Stories” category. The project, protecting and preserving 8 acres of land along the Weweantic River as well as providing… Continue Reading

Summer Weekend with the WLT

Summer Weekend with the WLT

What a wonderful weekend for volunteers and members of the Wareham Land Trust to enjoy what we all love most–our beautiful, natural spaces.  The stewardship volunteers were hard at work helping with property maintenance at both the Agawam River Trail and Whitlock’s Landing. Like to kayak? Be sure to check out both for easy launches! … Continue Reading

DIY Hummingbird Nectar

DIY Hummingbird Nectar

Hummingbirds may be some of the smallest birds in the world, but they’re also among the most active. Flapping their wings at up to 90 beats per second, these tiny iridescent birds build up quite the appetite. According to Audubon, hummingbirds consume half their body weight in bugs and nectar each day, feeding every 10-15… Continue Reading

Ospreys – Get the Facts!

Ospreys – Get the Facts!

            Photo credit: Dan McHale Ospreys can be long term residents to long-distance migrants. Most ospreys that breed in North America spend their winters in Central and South America. Their migration routes follow broad swaths of the eastern, interior, and western U.S. A few overwinter in the southernmost United States,… Continue Reading

2017 STEAM Night – Decas School

2017 STEAM Night – Decas School

We are proud and happy to once again be participating in STEAM (Science/Technology/Arts/Math) night, this coming Wednesday, April 12th, at the Decas school from 6:00-7:00 pm. Designed to encourage students’ interest and interaction with sciences and art, STEAM nights are perfect opportunities to expose young people to the wonders of nature. Here are some photos… Continue Reading

Wednesday Walkabouts – What We Witnessed

Wednesday Walkabouts – What We Witnessed

The history of Wareham was brought to life this March during a series of four walking tours through local conservation properties. Ben Hyland, Youth Education Coordinator for the Buzzards Bay Coalition and the Wareham Land Trust, led the walks each Wednesday morning focusing on the natural, industrial, and native history of each property. These events… Continue Reading

March 2017 Wednesday Walkabouts

March 2017 Wednesday Walkabouts

Have you ever wondered about the stories our quiet rivers and sandy soils could tell? Join the Wareham Land Trust and Buzzards Bay Coalition for a series of Wednesday morning walks that will immerse you in the history of four conservation properties in Wareham. During these hour and a half long tours, you’ll enjoy some… Continue Reading

Dining for a Cause! March 2017 Fundraiser

Dining for a Cause! March 2017 Fundraiser

Have any dinner plans on Tuesday, March 7th?  We’re hoping you can help the Wareham Land Trust by dining at our local 99 restaurant that night. Print off the coupon below (important!: you MUST have it with you in order for us to benefit) and give it to your server. 15% of your bill will… Continue Reading

Romantic Walks in Wareham

Romantic Walks in Wareham

Maybe you love to celebrate Valentine’s day with rose petals and champagne, or maybe you’re just in it for the half-off candy the day after. Either way, this romantic occasion is a wonderful time to take a quiet walk through nature with the one you love, whether that be a pet, a significant other, or… Continue Reading

6 Tips to Mindful Walks and 2017 Mindfulness Walks

6 Tips to Mindful Walks and 2017 Mindfulness Walks

A mindful walking practice can bring you closer to your body and nature. Here are 6 tips to get you started on your journey.   Mindful walking is an active form of meditation that brings you closer to your body and nature while strengthening your concentration and connecting you to the present moment. This fall… Continue Reading

Winter Wonderland by Michaella Sheridan

Winter Wonderland by Michaella Sheridan

Winter is full of wonders, like ‘I wonder how I can enjoy the outdoors when it’s so cold and snowy out!’ Sure, the brief daylight hours, freezing temperatures, and seemingly lifeless landscapes can appear uninviting to the casual explorer, but the bare trees, snowy ground, and dark, crisp nights  afford us unique and exciting ways… Continue Reading

2016 Tweedy and Barnes Educational Trail Sign Installation

2016 Tweedy and Barnes Educational Trail Sign Installation

Ben Hyland and Michaella Sheridan of MASSLift AmeriCorps recently completed a project started last year by Sarah Gossett. Educational signage about Wareham’s history – “from the ice age to today” – is now displayed throughout a looping trail on the Tweedy and Barnes property. Here is a great video of their time spent installing the… Continue Reading

Wareham Land Trust–Community Connections

Wareham Land Trust–Community Connections

As the Youth Education Coordinator serving the Wareham Land Trust and the Buzzards Bay Coalition, connecting with local youth is a major goal of my service year. One way I have been achieving that goal is through Wareham CARE, a ‘Beyond School Time’ program that takes place at three local schools. I, along with another… Continue Reading

Nip it in the Bud

Nip it in the Bud

   Nips (miniature liquor bottles) are small, but they’ve been creating a big problem at Wareham Land Trust’s Tweedy and Barnes Conservation Area in West Wareham. Tom Kinsky, the volunteer land steward for this property, has collected close to 700 Disaronno nips there since last December. The tiny glass bottles are found by the dozens… Continue Reading

AmeriCorps/MassLIFT Members Join WLT

AmeriCorps/MassLIFT Members Join WLT

We are once again very fortunate to be sharing the talents and time of two AmeriCorps/MassLIFT workers with the Buzzards Bay Coalition. For a service year, running now through next August, Ben Hyland and Michaella Sheridan will be participating in our ongoing efforts to bring conservation-related news and local activities to residents of Wareham. Ben’s… Continue Reading

Kayaking on the Agawam River

Kayaking on the Agawam River

Wareham Land Trust Board members Nancy McHale and Kathy Pappalardo took a late summer kayaking trip with Nancy’s brother Dan. He provided these stunning photos for us and we’re so grateful and happy to share them! They launched from our Agawam River Trail property at the end of Knowles Avenue (see the property page for… Continue Reading

“What Do You Like About Nature?”

“What Do You Like About Nature?”

I was helping on a school program yesterday. When I say “school program” I mean that we went into a public school and took the students on a small field trip into their own schoolyards, helping them explore the nature right outside their door. As we were walking into the woods, one of the students… Continue Reading

Our Cosmopolitan Neighbors

Our Cosmopolitan Neighbors

Spring often seems like a chain reaction—sort of like that joke: April showers bring May flowers, and what do Mayflowers bring? The first domino is the herring swimming upstream. The herring are swimming upstream to spawn, but they’re also a food source for other animals, so others follow: underwater, the striped bass feed on the… Continue Reading

April 2016 Itty-Bitty Bay Explorers is Back!

April 2016 Itty-Bitty Bay Explorers is Back!

Get your little ones to discover the outdoors during Itty Bitty Bay Explorers, a series of four free outings on Wednesdays in April with the Buzzards Bay Coalition and the Wareham Land Trust. Through fun games, stories, and hands-on activities, your whole family will learn about Buzzards Bay’s animals, plants, and habitats. To RSVP online,… Continue Reading

Local History and the Environment

Local History and the Environment

by Kari Amick When you visit Wareham’s conservation areas, it’s hard not to stumble into the town’s history. Sometimes that’s literal: near the entrance to the Buzzards Bay Coalition’s Horseshoe Mill visitors can find slag, which is a byproduct of the iron manufacturing that used to occur there. At the Town of Wareham’s Douglas S.… Continue Reading

Links of Interest

Links of Interest

I had a little time today to scan social media for articles of interest regarding conservation. It didn’t take long to find some! Here is a great overview of the recent federal legislation that passed, nearly doubling tax incentives for landowners to protect their property from development. The LTA (Land Trust Alliance) has provided an… Continue Reading

December – The Night Sky

December – The Night Sky

by Kari Amick, Community Engagement Coordinator, MassLIFT-AmeriCorps The unseasonably warm weather lately means we have been spending a lot of time talking about whether it feels like winter; there’s not much of a chill in the air, there’s no snow on the ground or ice anywhere. But there is one winter thing to complain about:… Continue Reading

Introduction to Exploration

Introduction to Exploration

Meet Kari Amick (and her dog Jayber) Kari is our AmeriCorps/MassLift Community Engagement Coordinator. Each month she will be writing a blog post on a topic of her choosing. November: Introduction to Exploration The first time I get lost during my year with Wareham Land Trust, I am not in Wareham at all. I might… Continue Reading

On the Trail with Grade 3 by Tanya Creamer

On the Trail with Grade 3 by Tanya Creamer

Tanya Creamer is the MassLIFT AmeriCorps Service Learning Coordinator hosted by the Wareham Land Trust and Buzzards Bay Coalition during the 2015- 2016 service year.   When I began my year of service with the Wareham Land Trust in September; I came into it with a wonderful familiarity of Wareham, the community of people who… Continue Reading

2015 Photography Contest

2015 Photography Contest

We are happy to announce the winners of our first photography contest. There were over 125 entries and all of the photographers did a beautiful job interpreting our two categories: Solitude and Serenity of Nature and People Enjoying the Land. An album of all prize winners and honorable mention photographs are posted on our Facebook… Continue Reading

Introduction to Outdoor Photography

Introduction to Outdoor Photography

Sunday, October 18th, 1:30 p.m. Westgate Conservation Area, Papermill Road. John Wiliszowski is a wonderful professional photography instructor and WLT Board member. He will lead this introduction to basic techniques that can be used to get the most from your camera when shooting nature.   Special emphasis will be placed on  techniques for photographing plants, landscapes,… Continue Reading

Hunting Seasons

Hunting Seasons

A friendly reminder to walkers and other explorers enjoying the nature trails of Wareham: hunting seasons are varied and many begin this month. Please always remember to wear fluorescent orange when you are in the woods. And don’t forget to protect the dogs when they’re with you! Keep them safe with orange vests as well.… Continue Reading

Wareham Land Trust Photo Contest

Wareham Land Trust Photo Contest

Deadline: 31 October 2015 The Wareham Land Trust invites you to explore the outdoors and submit your digital photographs that capture the natural beauty of Wareham. Use this opportunity to discover our properties. Click on the Properties tab here on the website to view information about our conservation land. We encourage participation from photographers of… Continue Reading

Peace and Parcels at Mark’s Cove

Peace and Parcels at Mark’s Cove

It was the signage along Cromesett Rd in Wareham reading simply “Wildlife Sanctuary” that helped convince my husband and I to buy a small cottage at Mark’s Cove three years ago. “Somebody cares” I said, pleased to know that open space along the Cove was valued. The ritual of early Sunday morning walks through trails… Continue Reading

2015 Annual Membership Cruise

2015 Annual Membership Cruise

The rain kept quite a few of our members away from the annual membership cruise aboard the Viking this summer which resulted in more food and fun for the hearty souls who did attend! Here are some highlights of the meeting portion of the evening. As you can see, 2015 has been a very active… Continue Reading

Sarah Gossett

Sarah Gossett

We simply can’t say enough about the work of Sarah Gossett, a Community Engagement Coordinator who has been working with the WLT for the past year as part of the MassLIFT AmeriCorps program. Every month, Sarah would come to our Board’s Outreach Committee meeting with a notebook full of program and project updates that she… Continue Reading

A Walk in the Woods

A Walk in the Woods

5.24.15: What a difference a month makes! This morning we loaded the dog in the truck and headed out to the Westgate Preserve. I was last there for a photo tour on April 18th and spring was just beginning to show herself. The informal goal of that morning was to find signs of the season… Continue Reading

2015 Membership Drive

2015 Membership Drive

Thanks to a generous donation from the Stifler Family Foundation, all new memberships from May-November, 2015 will be MATCHED dollar-for-dollar. Existing members can help us with this program as well. Any amount donated above your current membership level will ALSO be matched. Tell your friends and neighbors, help us grow, and thank you for your… Continue Reading

Sarah Gossett – Reflections on Wareham

Sarah Gossett – Reflections on Wareham

Sarah is an AmeriCorps worker from Texas and began her year-long assignment with us in September, 2014. As of this writing, March 2015, I am halfway through my AmericaCorps service year working with the Wareham Land Trust and the Buzzards Bay Coalition. I serve as a Community Engagement Coordinator, connecting people to their outdoor environment.… Continue Reading

Wareham’s Green Necklace

Wareham’s Green Necklace

Many of you may have heard the romantic terms “Emerald Necklace” or “Green Necklace” used to define continuous areas of green spaces plotted through an urban setting. These descriptive phrases came to mind recently at a land trust program led by Mack Phinney. The theme of the program was inviting nature into our own backyards.… Continue Reading

Our new website is live!  See what’s new!

Our new website is live! See what’s new!

Welcome to the new online home of the Wareham Land Trust. Our goal is to provide an informative home base for members and guests where we will share our history, our stories, our news, and events. In addition to content updates, the site is easily viewable on a variety of devices and we now provide… Continue Reading

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