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2006 Activities
 Winners of WREN's 2006 Photo Awards
From Left to Right: Mayor Thomas L. McLaughlin, Robert Cogan, Darpan Dand, Fred Dean, Kara Bishop, Marlena Flannery and WREN Chairman Gerry Kehoe
Display table with Note Card Gift Sets at City Hall.
Darpan Dand receiving award certificate from Mayor Thomas McLaughlin with WREN member Fel Medeiros in background.
 WREN's 2006 Halloween Float
Thanks to everyone that made this years WREN Float possible.

To Cath Moore, who is like the "Energizer Bunny" in her work as WREN's "chair" of the "Save Mary Cummings Park" committee. She was even at Kinko's having flyers printed to be handed out at today's parade with in one hour of the parades step off.

To Heimlich Nurseries for opening their doors to us, as they have for the last five years, allowing us to take what ever we needed (and they had everything).
To Jim Burke and Northern Landscaping, who once again gave us his truck and trailer to use for the weekend.
To Darlene Wigton for her sewing and re-enactment talents in her personal recreation of the picture of Mary P.C. Cummings as shown on the WREN Website riding on our float today.

To Patti Carpenter for her artistic talents creating the "Mary Cummings Will" for the float.

And to our crew, Barbara Casey, Gerry Kehoe, Lisa Weiss, Cath Moore, Dick Easler, Mike Harriman, Fel Medeiros, Clare Hurley and Darlene Wigton who worked on the float in the downpours of yesterday, up again this morning putting on the final touches, walked the parade route handing out flyers and then disassembled the float at parades end.

Great job everyone......
 WREN Plant Swap - Sunday, October 8, 2006 from 10-12am
WREN will be hosting a plant swap at John Ciriello's house at 1083 Main Street, North Woburn on Sunday October 8, 2006 from 10 am - 12pm.

Bring along plants, potted or not, extra pots, a trowel or sharp knife, gloves and perhaps a kneeling pad for your knees. John has suggested that aluminum foil can make a great temporary pot until you can plant your new addition. Bring along a couple of cardboard boxes too. If you have plants to give but will not be home, you could leave the pots with Judy Woods, 21 Fairmount St., Woburn, or email her at AuntjudyW@aol.com and we will have your plants picked up.

So all you "Green-thumbs" out there, let's get cracking and "split & pot" all those extra things in your yard. Bring them to the swap and get some new varieties for your beds.

 Joseph Waters - Eagle Scout Project at Shaker Glen
The Eagle Scout Service Project represents a scouts actions through leadership. Any person can build a bench or run a clothing drive, but a scout must instruct other people to help him, rather than he do all the work. The project must help out the community outside of scouting, whether it be with a church, recreation department or conservation commision, the community has to be improved in some way.
I chose to build my project at Shaker Glen because it is a hidden gem of our community. When my aunt, Marianne Crowley, fist told me that WREN was looking for help in one of the many conservations areas in Woburn that I wasn't aware of I jumped at the idea. Shaker Glen was the first area that i looked at and I saw that an Eagle Scout had already helped out the beautiful area by building a bridge, and WREN was in the process of making some more bridges so that's when the idea of a kiosk came up. Living on the east side of Woburn and not knowing that this place never even existed, I figured not alot of other people knew anything about it either. The kiosk can be used to display info on the conservation area and other WREN related activites.
I started planning this project in late april when I attended a conservation meetin at City Hall. I proposed my idea and the Commision accepted the idea in a heartbeat. Getting final project plans was the hard part though. I went to a few architects and designers to get blueprints but there schedules were too busy and since we were running out of time my Dad and I took the measurements from the Horn Pond kiosk and winged it. I was running out of time becuase the project must be completed and handed in to the council before your 18th birthday, which was in August, and I was going to work at a summer camp at the end of June till beginning of August. So I had to come home almost every weekend to get this project done and put up. We started to assemble the project of July 16th and we finished on August 14th, one day before my birthday. If I had been home the project would have been finished in about 2-3 weeks, but being in NH and not being a professional carpenter the project took a little bit longer than expected. I feel that the project came out very nicely though.
I am very proud and releived that I finished this project. I was afraid and stressing out for about a month that I was going to be unable to finish the project before my birthday and I would not be eligible to receive the Eagle rank. But hard work and alot of help from family and freinds got the project built. A total of 31 different people helped out on this project, whether it was to help brush cut, throw a nail in, or sweep up the saw dust the help was plentiful. My eagle board of review is set up for the 28th of September, so hopefully all the hardwork will payoff. I would like to thank my mom and dad, Janice and Bob Waters, and my brother and sisters Mike, Sarah and Meghan for all there help and support through this journey.

Thank you,
Joseph Waters

 August 2006

August 4 (Friday) 7:00 - 9:00 p.m.
Citizens Park Concert Series: Mood Elevators

Free concert featuring the swing music of the Mood Elevators. Concert sponsored by Central Bank and organized by Social Capital Incorporated (SCI), Woburn Redevelopment Authority (WRA) and WREN.

Location: Main Street (Route 38) in Woburn Center, across from the Common
For concert details, information about the Mood Elevators, and directions to Citizens Park, see: www.sciwoburn.org/ourprojects/concertseries.htm

August 5 (Saturday) 9:00 a.m.
Saturday morning Horn Pond cleanup

Join WREN members for our weekly walk around Horn Pond, and help us clean up the area for all to enjoy.

Location: Meet at Ice House Park on Sturgis St. (North end of Horn Pond)
Contact: For more information, contact: WRENmail@yahoo.com

August 11 (Friday) 7:00 - 9:00 p.m. (Rescheduled from June 9th)
Citizens Park Concert Series: Pop Gun Seven

Free concert featuring the pop reggae music of Pop Gun Seven. Concert sponsored by Danversbank and organized by Social Capital Incorporated (SCI), Woburn Redevelopment Authority (WRA) and WREN.

Location: Main Street (Route 38) in Woburn Center, across from the Common
For concert details, information about Pop Gun Seven, and directions to Citizens Park, see: www.sciwoburn.org/ourprojects/concertseries.htm

August 12 (Saturday) 9:00 a.m.
Saturday morning Horn Pond cleanup

Join WREN members for our weekly walk around Horn Pond, and help us clean up the area for all to enjoy.

Location: Meet at Ice House Park on Sturgis St. (North end of Horn Pond)
Contact: For more information, contact: WRENmail@yahoo.com

August 18 (Friday) 7:00 - 9:00 p.m.
Citizens Park Concert Series: DownDog

Free concert featuring the rock and fiddle music of DownDog. Concert sponsored by Sean P. Coakley and organized by Social Capital Incorporated (SCI), Woburn Redevelopment Authority (WRA) and WREN.

Location: Main Street (Route 38) in Woburn Center, across from the Common
For concert details, information about DownDog, and directions to Citizens Park, see: www.sciwoburn.org/ourprojects/concertseries.htm

August 19 (Saturday) 8:00 a.m.
Saturday morning Horn Pond cleanup

Join WREN members for our weekly walk around Horn Pond, and help us clean up the area for all to enjoy. Please note the earlier time for this week's cleanup, which will allow folks to prepare their tasty dishes for WREN's annual summer get-together and pot-luck!

Location: Meet at Ice House Park on Sturgis St. (North end of Horn Pond)
Contact: For more information, contact: WRENmail@yahoo.com

August 19 (Saturday) 11:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
WREN Annual Summer Get-together

Join your fellow WREN members for a pot-luck lunch.

Contact: If you are interested in attending, please email WRENmail@yahoo.com for information about location and what food to bring.

August 25 (Friday) 7:00 - 9:00 p.m.
Citizens Park Concert Series: Slo-Burn (Rescheduled from June 23rd)

Free concert featuring the American blues-based music of Slo-Burn. Concert sponsored by Woburn Mall/KGI Properties and organized by Social Capital Incorporated (SCI), Woburn Redevelopment Authority (WRA) and WREN.

Location: Main Street (Route 38) in Woburn Center, across from the Common
For concert details, information about Slo-Burn, and directions to Citizens Park, see: www.sciwoburn.org/ourprojects/concertseries.htm

August 26 (Saturday) 9:00 a.m.
Saturday morning Horn Pond cleanup

Join WREN members for our weekly walk around Horn Pond, and help us clean up the area for all to enjoy.

Location: Meet at Ice House Park on Sturgis St. (North end of Horn Pond)
Contact: For more information, contact: WRENmail@yahoo.com

 Friday, September 1 2006- Citizens Park Concert
Come Down for a Great Family Grand Finale!

Bring the family down to the Citizens Park Summer Concert Series this Friday, September 1st to enjoy the Grand Finale of the Summer Concert Series! Sponsored by Comcast, this is sure to be a perfect ending to the dog days of summer. Just bring a lawn chair, friends and family down to Woburn Center. The concert begins at 7:00p.m. in Citizens Park, located on Main Street (Route 38) across from the Common.

There is no better way to kick off your Labor Day weekend than with performances we have in store for you. Bringing the entertainment of Harvard Square into the center of Woburn, these three diverse acts are sure to be enjoyed by all. Eric Royer, a one-man band, will be performing authentic bluegrass and old-time country music. Chuckles, The Kids Komic, is a silly children's entertainer who combines magic, juggling and balloons to create a unique experience adored by young and old alike. Our last act is Gitano D'Rafael on his guitar with a Latin/Gypsy style. With a bit of jazz influence, his strumming is sure to give a smooth finish to the night.

WREN has once again joined SCI and the Woburn Redevelopment Authority in coordinating this year's Concert Series.

 WREN's 2006 Photo Contest
WE ARE EXPERIENCING A DELAY.
PHOTOS WILL BE AVAILABLE FOR VIEWING SHORTLY

We have received well over 100 entries for the 2006 WREN Photo Contest. These photos showcase the beauty of our city's conservation areas and the talent of the people in our community. Photographers from as far away as Burlington, Winchester, Wilmington, Arlington, Peabody and Hyde Park have submitted photos which they took while visiting Horn Pond and other Woburn conservation areas.

 Appearing Soon: WREN Photo Contest Entries
We have received well over 100 entries for the 2006 WREN Photo Contest. We appreciate your patience while we prepare our gallery of photo entries. Please check back in a few days to view the photos, and to vote for your favorites.
 Remembering our friend Jack Wright

A real shocker to all of us here at WREN, we lost good friend Jack Wright on Saturday. One of the hardest working couples in WREN, Jack and Betty were at Horn Pond (specially on the mountain) several times every week and kept the area litter free. Jack also enjoyed working his garden plots at the "Community Gardens" in the Horn Pond Conservation Area.  

Jack was always there to help during Conservation Day and other planned WREN clean-ups. A lot of people, including many WREN members do not realize that Jack and Betty are not Woburn Residents but are actually from Arlington. Like many other "Non-resident" WREN members (of which we have many) they loved Horn Pond and other Conservation Areas of the city and wanted to help keep them safe forever. 

Jack will be sorely missed, our condolences go out to Betty.

- Rodney Flynn, WREN

Photo: Jack and Betty Wright at the Brooks Estate, May 2006

Click here to read more remembrances of Jack.

 September 2006

September 1 (Friday) 7:00 - 9:00 p.m.
Citizens Park Concert Series: Grand Finale

Free concert featuring some of the hottest street performers Boston has to offer: Eric Royer, the one-man-band, Chuckles the Clown, and a surprise third act. Concert sponsored by Comcast and organized by Social Capital Incorporated (SCI), Woburn Redevelopment Authority (WRA) and WREN.

Location: Main Street (Route 38) in Woburn Center, across from the Common
For concert details, information about the street performers, and directions to Citizens Park, see: www.sciwoburn.org/ourprojects/concertseries.ht m

September 2 (Saturday) 9:00 a.m.
Saturday morning Horn Pond cleanup

Join WREN members for our weekly walk around Horn Pond, and help us clean up the area for all to enjoy.

Location: Meet at Ice House Park on Sturgis St. (North end of Horn Pond)
Contact: For more information, contact: WRENmail@yahoo.com

September 9 (Saturday) 9:00 a.m.
Saturday morning Horn Pond cleanup

Join WREN members for our weekly walk around Horn Pond, and help us clean up the area for all to enjoy.

Location: Meet at Ice House Park on Sturgis St. (North end of Horn Pond)
Contact: For more information, contact: WRENmail@yahoo.com

September 10 (Sunday) 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 noon
Woburn Neighborhood Day - Historic Middlesex Canal Planting

Woburn's first historic district, the Middlesex Canal, from Alfred Street to School Street is being restored to it's natural beauty, as it may have looked in the early 1880's. For the past three years, volunteers have been clearing, cleaning and planting this historic property. In the past over 500 daffodil bulbs have been planted along this area. We will continue to clean and plant bulbs again on September 10th.

What to bring: Gloves, rakes, hand clippers, small hand saws, or any other gardening tool that could be used to clear brush or cut small branches.

Location: Meet at Alfred Street, behind the Baldwin Mansion
Contact: For more information, contact John Ciriello (781-376-9511) or WRENmail@yahoo.com

September 10 (Sunday) 5:00 p.m.
Citizens Park Concert Series: Austin Torpedoes (Special Neighborhood Day Concert)

Free concert featuring the retro/country/blues music of the Austin Torpedoes. Concert sponsored by Gulde Insurance and organized by Social Capital Incorporated (SCI), Woburn Redevelopment Authority (WRA) and WREN.

Location: Main Street (Route 38) in Woburn Center, across from the Common
For concert details, information about the Austin Torpedoes, and directions to Citizens Park, see: www.sciwoburn.org/ourprojects/concertseries.ht m

September 13 (Wednesday) 7:00 - 8:00 p.m.
Monthly WREN meeting

Meetings are public and all are encouraged to attend.

Location: Thompson Library, Elm St., North Woburn
Contact: For more information, contact: WRENmail@yahoo.com

September 16 (Saturday) 9:00 a.m.
Saturday morning Horn Pond cleanup

Join WREN members for our weekly walk around Horn Pond, and help us clean up the area for all to enjoy.

Location: Meet at Ice House Park on Sturgis St. (North end of Horn Pond)
Contact: For more information, contact: WRENmail@yahoo.com

September 23 (Saturday) 9:00 a.m.
Saturday morning Horn Pond cleanup

Join WREN members for our weekly walk around Horn Pond, and help us clean up the area for all to enjoy.

Location: Meet at Ice House Park on Sturgis St. (North end of Horn Pond)
Contact: For more information, contact: WRENmail@yahoo.com

September 30 (Saturday) 9:00 a.m.
Saturday morning Horn Pond cleanup

Join WREN members for our weekly walk around Horn Pond, and help us clean up the area for all to enjoy.

Location: Meet at Ice House Park on Sturgis St. (North end of Horn Pond)
Contact: For more information, contact: WRENmail@yahoo.com

 July 20, 2006 - Examining Trails at Horn Pond
On July 20, 2006 WREN members Gerry Kehoe, Rod Flynn and Fel Medeiros walked several trails at Horn Pond along with Vincent Ferlisi, Assistant to the Mayor and Thomas Quinn, Deputy Supt. of Public Works .

Recent complaints about the heavy growth making some trails very narrow prompted the examination of the trails to see where they could be trimmed back to make them safer for walking.

Photo L to R: Thomas Quinn, Vincent Ferlisi and Gerry Kehoe

 WREN's 2006 Photo Contest - "Woburn's Conservation Areas"

Does this photo make you want to get out and find something equally beautiful to capture with your camera? Then why not enter WREN's 2006 Photo Contest? The theme this year is "Woburn's Conservation Areas."

You don't need to be a professional photographer like Joe Brown, who kindly let us post his photo of a 'crimson lining' over Horn Pond, taken after one of the recent storms. Amateur and professional photographers alike are invited to submit up to three color or black and white photos, taken at Woburn's Horn Pond, Battle Road, Shaker Glen, Rag Rock, or Cranberry Bog conservation areas.

Winning photos will be used to create note cards, which will be sold to raise money for future WREN projects - projects like this year's Four Corners Cleanup and last year's Shaker Glen bridge rebuilding. Here's your chance to share your favorite photos with others while helping to support WREN and its activities.

To enter, please CLICK HERE to read the contest rules. Then email digital copies of up to three photos to Gerry Kehoe at mothernature@rcn.com. Please use the email subject line: WREN’s 2006 Photo Contest Entry. Email attachments should be no larger than 1.8 MB (send multiple emails if necessary to avoid going over this limit).

Include the following information with your entry:

  • Your name, address, telephone number, and email address
  • The name of the conservation area where your photo was taken

The deadline for entries is August 19, 2006. Submitted photos will be posted on the WREN website after August 19, for public viewing and voting. Contest winners will be asked to provide a high-resolution digital copy of each winning photo, suitable for printing in 4 x 6 inch format.

If you have any questions, send an email to Gerry Kehoe at mothernature@rcn.com or call Fel Medeiros at 781-526-0810.

Photo courtesy of Joe Brown, July 2006.

 Woburn Garden Awards 2006

On your mark... get set... GARDEN!!!

Nomination/Entry Forms for the Fourth Annual Woburn Garden Awards can be found at City Hall's WREN Display in the Rotunda, at the Woburn Public Library, at most nurseries across the city, and printed in local newspapers. To download a nomination/entry form in .pdf format, CLICK HERE.

The Garden Awards is a unique garden contest initiated by WREN. It is an event which celebrates the contribution that the city's gardeners make to our streets, neighborhoods and cultural life. The awards also recognize gardening as an art form which contributes tradition, creativity, hard work, skill, chance, and the effects of natural forces - rain, sun, heat, a sudden frost - beyond our control.

Each year people can enter their own gardens or the gardens of their neighbors, friends and family members. Sometimes, people may nominate a garden that they have enjoyed passing on their way to work or school, without actually knowing the gardener. Participating gardeners may range from 8 to over 90 years of age, and the variety of their gardening styles and plants reflects Woburn's own wonderful cultural diversity.

Please note these new dates: All Nomination/Entry Forms will be due by July 1st. An Awards Committee made up of artists, photographers and gardening enthusiasts will visit all of the nominated gardens in mid-July to select this year's winners. Photographs will be taken in order to create a portrait of the garden and its maker, while an oral history interview will explore the development of the garden and the philosophy of the gardener. The photographs and interviews will be displayed in September in an exhibit during the Garden Awards Celebration. This festivity is where the winners and honorable mentions will receive recognition for their contribution to our city, and their photographs and histories will be on display for the public to see. WREN is proud to be joined by the Woburn Guild of Artists and Social Capital Inc. once again this year.

Woburn is home to people of all walks of life and many cultural traditions. Contractors and schoolteachers, small business owners and office workers, who all experience something essential in their home gardens. For some, it is a way of preserving life from Italy, the Azores, or Greece. For others, it is connecting with nature, working with their hands, or socializing with neighbors and passersby. Whatever their motivation, these gardeners are expressing themselves while shaping the beauty of the city around them.

 Earth Day 2006 - Birds and Other Creatures at Horn Pond

A group of WREN members, Menotomy Bird Club members and others celebrated Earth Day this morning with a bird walk around Horn Pond and the nearby trails, led by Paul Ippolito and Diana Fruguglietti.

Highlights of the morning included:

  • Three species of warbler which return to our area each year in early spring (Pine Warbler, Yellow-Rumped Warbler, and Palm Warbler);
  • Lovely music provided by Song Sparrows, Savannah Sparrows and Field Sparrows;
  • Three Great Blue Herons flying overhead; and
  • Sightings of Carolina Wrens, Tree Swallows, numerous Goldfinches, a Ruby-Crowned Kinglet, and an Eastern Towhee.

All told, we saw close to 40 species of birds during a three-hour walk.

The real surprise was this fellow, who we saw dragging a rabbit under the Red Bridge. After running back and forth a few times, he finally swam along the bank of Fowle Brook, and eventually disappeared from view. Some people thought he was a weasel, but from his coloring, perhaps he could be something else. If you recognize him, let us know by sending an email with the subject "Attn: S. Ryken - Red Bridge Visitor," to WRENmail@yahoo.com.

To see what others think he might be, go to the Woburn Wildlife - Mammals webpage by CLICKING HERE.

Of course we also saw some Horn Pond regulars, like this Downy Woodpecker...

...and this Mockingbird.

Many thanks to Paul and Diana, and to Claire Brannely, who was nice enough to share all these photos, which she took during today's walk.

 Four Corners Cleanup - Saturday, April 15, 2006

The following Four Corners business sponsors helped in a variety of ways - from planting flower beds to providing refreshments to picking up trash...and more:
Citizens Bank, Dunkin' Donuts, KFC - Taco Bell, Lawless Chrysler Jeep, Martignetti's Law Offices, MacDonald's Restaurant, McCue's Garden Center, Musto Commercial, 99 Restaurant & Pub, Northern Bank & Trust, O'Rourke's Mobil Service Station, 7-Eleven, Seaver Construction.

 Tuesday, May 9, 2006 - EPA's Proposed Aberjona River Cleanup
Public meeting presented by Aberjona Study Coalition, Inc.
Citizens Update
Tuesday May 9, 2006
7:00 to 9:00 PM
Thompson Library
Elm Street, Woburn MA
For additional information visit www.aberjonastudy.org or contact Linda Raymond (781) 935-2438 info@aberjonastudy.org
“Sharing Information”
 May 9, 2006 - Aberjona Study Coalition - Public Meeting
The Aberjona Study Coalition is hosting a public meeting on the cleanup of the Aberjona River and its two Superfund sites, Industri-Plex and Wells G&H. The meeting will be held on May 9, 7-9 pm in the Thompson Library in Woburn (see attached flyer).

Over the last several years, the EPA has conducted a risk assessment of the area and has developed a blueprint for cleanup. Details of the cleanup plan may be finalized in the coming year, with execution to follow.

The purpose of the meeting is to provide concerned citizens with the following information in non-technical terms:

- Brief background of the Superfund sites
- EPA's progress to date
- Aberjona Study Coalition's involvement
- Future opportunties for community involvement

The Aberjona Study Coalition (ASC) was formed in 2002 out of concern over the human health and ecological impacts of the Aberjona River contamination. It is comprised of six community groups: Mystic River Watershed Association, Woburn Neighborhood Association, Woburn Residents Environmental Network, Medford Boat Club, Concerned Citizens Network, and Friends of the Upper Mystic Lake. ASC meets regularly to review EPA documents related to the cleanup and submit comments to EPA. ASC is the recipient of a $100k technical assistance grant (TAG), which enables them to hire a consultant to help interpret technical issues.

This event was made possible through the assistance and cooperation of the City of Woburn and the Department of Public Works (DPW).

To view MORE PHOTOS of the Four Corners Cleanup, CLICK HERE - MORE PHOTOS

 Visibility Site Cleanup - April 15, 2006
To view MORE PHOTOS of the Visibility Site Cleanup, CLICK HERE - MORE PHOTOS
 Saturday, April 22, 2006 - Annual Earth Day Event at Woburn Mall
April 22 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m
The Woburn Mall and the City of Woburn will once again be conducting its annual Earth Day event. This year’s theme is "Climate Change Solutions."
If you are interested in participating or would like more information, please email Lori Medeiros at: l.medeiros@k.giproperties.com or Paul Medeiros at: paulderman@verizon.net
 Saturday, April 22, 2006 - Spring Migrants at Horn Pond

Join us to search for early spring migrants. Possibilities include Eastern Phoebe, Tree Swallow, early warblers and who knows what else! This bird walk, co-sponsored with the Menotomy Bird Club, will be led by Diana Fruguglietti and Paul Ippolito. For more information, contact Diana Fruguglietti.

When: 8:00 - 11:00 a.m.
Where: Meet at Ice House Park on Sturgis Street, near the intersection with Woburn Parkway and Water Street.

 April 5-30 - Support WREN When You Shop at the New Whole Foods Market in Woburn

The grand opening of the new Whole Foods Market in Woburn will be Wednesday, April 5 at 8 a.m., and April has been designated as WREN coupon month at the new store.

Make a donation of $2.50 or $5.00 to support WREN's many environmental education and conservation projects, by purchasing a register coupon anytime you shop at the new Whole Foods Market location in Woburn during the month of April. Just look for the coupons with the WREN logo (located at each checkout), and give one to the cashier along with your groceries.

While you are there, look for the WREN display, which will let shoppers learn more about our group and activities.

Location: Whole Foods Market - Woburn, Horn Pond Plaza, 400 Cambridge Rd. (at the Woburn - Winchester line)

For more information, see the Whole Foods Market website, and the Whole Foods Market - Woburn webpage.

 Bird Walk at Horn Pond - Sunday, March 26, 2006

An unexpectedly large group of Menotomy Bird Club and WREN members met at Horn Pond Sunday, March 26, 2006 for a bird walk led by Paul Ippolito and Diana Fruguglietti. Here's Paul's summary of the day:

This morning a not so small flock of birders from both the Menotomy Bid Club and WREN...had a pleasant walk around Horn Pond. With the sun and temperatures cooperating we managed 27 species. Many of which we were able to put in the scope for some beginner birders.

The day started off spectacularly as we had a close up view of a mature Cooper's Hawk that we were able to set up in the scope before introductions began - Thanks Janet Kovner.

Although my back and knees are a bit sore from setting up the scope at a level for some of the children; it is really great to have them along.

Other birds of note: Gadwall, Green-winged Teal, American Widgeon, Common Merganser and Brown Creeper.

We were also able to get a close up look of previous Yellow-bellied Sapsucker drill patterns on a fallen tree along the path, as well as some handy work from a probable Pileated Woodpecker over by the Community Gardens.

Without looking up my list records I don't know that Diana or I have come across either of these species at Horn Pond, although I know others have.

Photo by Eric Smith: Paul Ippolito shows some new birders the view through his spotting scope.

 Horn Pond Walk - Saturday, March 25th, 2006
A small group of new Woburn residents joined our regular trash walk this Saturday morning. From left to right: Pam Okolo, Bill Doherty, Nancy Disessa and Rocky.
 Saturday, March 4, 2006 9:30am-11am - Horn Pond Walk
Meet at Horn Pond parking lot, Woburn

Sponsored by the Mystic River Watershed Association (MyRWA) and Woburn Residents’ Environmental Network (WREN)

Get out and explore the watershed! Join watershed residents in a fun and educational walk around Horn Pond led by a naturalist. Contact the Mystic River Watershed Association for more information dara@mysticriver.org or 781-316-3438.

 Additional 2006 Environmental Activities In and Around Woburn

The following groups also hold environmental education activities in and around Woburn; check their websites for specific activities scheduled for 2006:

Menotomy Bird Club
www.mrines.com/menotomy/

Massachusetts Butterfly Club (A Chapter of the North American Butterfly Association)
www.naba.org/chapters/nabambc/

 Horn Pond Nature Walk - Saturday, March 4, 2006
A group of approximately 20 walkers met at Horn Pond's Ice House Park on Sturgis St. for a fun and educational walk around Horn Pond led by WREN chairman and local naturalist Gerry Kehoe.

The walk was jointly sponsored by the Mystic River Watershed Association (MyRWA) and Woburn Residents’ Environmental Network (WREN)

Want to be informed about WREN's future walks? Ask to be added to the WREN mailing list. Send an email to Fel Medeiros at WRENmail@yahoo.com