Saturday, June 9, 7:30 am – 5:00 pm – BioBlitz at the Northfield Town Forest


Mount Grace Land Conservation Trust is joining with the Town of Northfield to host a BioBlitz on Saturday, June 9th, at the Northfield Town Forest. Volunteers are invited to come down and join the BioBlitz—an event in which people gather to survey a property and compile an extensive list of species, both plants and animals, present in the area.

Volunteers of every level of outdoor experience are encouraged to attend. Trained experts in a variety of fields will be on hand to make final identifications of species found. The BioBlitz will have two shifts. A morning walk for bird species will be led by birders Bill and Jay Rasku and by Mount Grace Stewardship Biologist Tom Wansleben from 7:30-9:30 am.

In the afternoon, from 1-5pm, volunteers will gather to catalog plants, fungi, and signs of animals. Participating team leaders include biologists Kasey Rolih and Brad Compton from UMass, Foresters Helen Johnson and Mike Barry, outdoor educators Clare Green and Ted Watt, tracker David Brown, and Mount Grace’s MassLIFT-AmeriCorps Land Steward Meghan Cornwall.

There will be an arts and crafts table for children which will be led by Mount Grace’s MassLIFT-AmeriCorps Outreach Coordinator Aja Lippincott. Kids will be able to draw what they have found, help create a logo for the Town Forest and more. Kids of all ages are welcome to assist on the walk and create nature art.

The information gathered at this event will be used to help plan future stewardship at the Northfield Town Forest, a 151-acre property protected in 2011 with assistance from Mount Grace. Come help discover the town forest on Saturday June 9th at the Northfield Town Forest trail head on Gulf Road.

Directions to the Northfield Town Forest are as follows: From the Northfield Town Hall, head south on 63, turn east (left) onto Maple St. Continue onto Gulf Rd for about 2.2 miles. The event headquarters will be at the parking area for the Brush Mountain Conservation Area. Volunteers will be helping to direct parking. Please carpool, if possible.

For more information or to RSVP to this event please contact Meghan Cornwall, at (978) 248-2055 x 14 or steward_americorps@mountgrace.org.