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Get to Know the Trees and Plants of the Forest

Saw Mill Hills Northampton, MA

Trees surround us and support us in so many important ways. Though they're rooted in one place, they are complex, fascinating, and beautiful living things. On Saturday, July 14 from 10 am - Noon, join Nancy Goodman, Naturalist and Plant Conservation Volunteer with New England Wild Flower Society, for this botanical exploration in the Saw…

Hawk Watch from the Summit House

Hadley, ma

As the summer season shifts to autumn, a great migration gets underway as birds large and small take to the skies for warmer climates. Join Dave King, U.S. Forest Service Wildlife Biologist, and Dan Ziomek, host of the long-running show "Bird Songs" on 93.9 The River, for this year’s Hawk Watch from the summit of…

The Wonders of Vernal Pools

MacLeish Field Station MA

Join us on for this Learning with the Land event as we visit a vernal pool to look for indications of breeding by amphibians and invertebrates that are specially adapted to the unique conditions of these seasonal wetlands. On Saturday, April 10th from 9:00 - 11:00 am, join Kestrel and distinguished biology professor Steve Tilley…

Forest Bathing at Greenberg

Greenberg Family Conservation Area 113 Southampton Road, Westhampton, MA

Experience the restorative power of forest bathing: a heart-opening practice, designed to awaken the senses via a slow guided walk through the forest. Studies show that nature immersion therapy has a restorative effect on health and well-being, including decreased blood pressure and blood glucose, improved immunity, increased attention span and memory, improved resilience to stress,…

Red Fire Farm: Walking & Wagon Tour

Red Fire Farm 7 Carver Street, Granby, MA

Late July is high summer with warm days and nights. This is the time of year that many main season crops start to size up and ripen in local farm fields. Come join us on Saturday, July 24 to get a deep look at a diversified produce farm in Granby that has been conserved as…

First Winter Walk at Kestrel’s New Whately Woods

Whately Woods Whately

On Saturday, Febuary 19, join us for the official opening walk at Kestrel's newest Neighborhood Nature Retreat: Whately Center Woods, a half mile from Whately’s historic town center. Neighbor and wildlife enthusiast Allison Bell will lead the way and share her intimate knowledge of this forest. Snow or no snow, we’ll explore plants and signs…

Exploring Vernal Pools

Mount Warner Mount Warner Road, North Hadley, MA

Woodlands teem with activity in spring, especially in vernal pools. These shallow, water-filled depressions are filled by snow-melt, providing vital breeding habitat for amphibians (frogs and salamanders) and macroinvertebrates (insects and crustaceans). Many of these species depend on vernal pools during this crucial period of their life cycles. On Saturday, April 9 from 9:00 am…

Exploring the Phenology of Spring Wildflowers

Dyer Conservation Area 123 River Dr, Hadley, MA

Want to brush up on your flower identification skills and take a deep dive into plant phenology? Join us on Saturday, May 7 from 9:00 AM to 11:00 AM for a wildflower and phenology walk with botanist Peter Curtis at Kestrel's Dyer Conservation Area in Hadley. The walk will be followed by a gathering with…

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