|From the Forest
Plymouth, USA Winter Vol 9, No. 2
I would feel more optimistic about a bright future for man,- E. B. White
If he spent less time proving he can outwit nature,
And more time tasting her sweetness and respecting her seniority.
|2019 First Day Hike
On a very warm day, seventy-five people hiked with us.
Some an easy 2.4 miles.
Some a moderate 7.5 miles.
Many enjoyed a hot cup of cocoa at the end.
|22 people came out to join our Winter hike and get-together at the New World Tavern on January 14th.
Everyone had a nice time after a fine hike.
|Upcoming Events- Friday, February 1, 9 am (or 8 am for breakfast)
Cherry Pond Valley
Off Lower College Pond Road at the Federal Pond Road turnoff
Join John Bescherer for a moderate hike through a beautiful valley.
by Jeanne Lesperance
Off Lower College Pond Road
Off Lower College Pond Road at the Federal Pond Road turnoff
Join John Bescherer for a moderate hike through a beautiful valley.Saturday, February 2, 1PM
Nickerson State Park
Join DCR's Adult Walking Club for a 3.5 mile hike. See Cape Cod Bay and hike around Cliff Pond.
Several reports note that the number of tics out and about this year seems to be much less than last year. This information comes from personal reports from our members as well as from those that procees deer. Where have they gone? We know that turkeys and oppossum are fond of tics. Perhaps the frequent rains, and perhaps something else. Have you seen them?
But some are still around so:
Rule of Thumb
Tics are active when the temperatures are above freezing.
Even in winter.
If you go off of the pavement - the Off goes on.
"Alexa, add tic repellant to the shopping list."
Permethrin provides even more protection.
February Friends Meeting
This is a Board meeting. All are welcome. Come and join the discussions and planning for upcoming events.
|February 16, 5 pm - 7:30 pm
Telescoping the Winter Sky
Wildlands Trust Headquarters Have you seen this place?
675 Long Pond Road, Plymouth, MA.
What's up? Find out about the night sky with Jim Kundzicz, astronomer.
First a briefing in the barn then we'll go out and expand our world. Check Meetup for weather postponements and or rescheduling.
by Keith D.
|February 23rd and March 30, 7:45 am
Winter Morning Our Hike with the AMC
Hike with the Appalachian Mountain Club around East Head and Bentley Loops for a 7.5 mile hike in about three hours. This long hike is not for beginners. Dogs are not allowed on AMC hikes.
|March- last year we put our boxes out in mid-March. Watch Meetup for exact date.
Birdbox Cleanup and Installation
Come with Melissa Guimond to help clean and reinstall nest boxes.
Melissa Guimont, our bluebird specialist, reported that in 2018, forty nest boxes resulted in 17 bluebirds, 121 tree swallows, 35 house wrens and 3 red squirrels, and for the first year in several, no chickadees.
Watch for spring functions to keep these boxes producing.
Feather the nest
One gets to know which birds built which nests. See iamges below.
1. The bluebird lives in meadows where grass is plentidful
2. Tree Swallows opt for the protective coloration of white feathers. They really pick beautiful feathers.
3. Chickadees use grass and downy feathers.
Can spring be far away?
1. Bluebird Nest
2. Tree Swallow Nest
3. Chickadee Nest.
|Late March/ Early April- watch for date.
Learn about Bird Box Monitoring
Help check nest boxes to see what animals lives within and how many young. Track these during growth and fledging.
Flight of the Woodcock
An early evening walk with Glenn d'Entremont our birding expert. Target - the woodcock's beautiful arieal countship antics.Saturday April 27th
|Saturday April 27th- Park Serve Day
Each year the Friends pitch in to help DCR spruce up the Forest with a morning of work. We may plant flowers around headquarters, do trail work or something else. Our morning of work is followed by a fun cookout at the amphitheater.
|Wednesday, mid- May TBD
Annual elections, catered dinner and speaker. (Speaker suggestions welcome.)
The State of Science in the USAbout 40% of Americans believe the following.
If A is true (i.e.global warming or evolution)The logical fallacy is so common it has a name argumentum ad consequentiam. Why are so many misguided. Most take belief from politics and/or religion, either may obscure the truth..
but I don't like A, then A is false.
The 2018 Monarch butterfly count revealed an 86% population crash vs. the 2017 count. Reasons for this include human activity, pollution pestcides and habitst loss. While over a million monarchs were counted in 1981 only 30,000 Monarchs are left. Extinction looms. What can we do? Stop using perticides and plant milkweed, for starters.
Ragnar Relay: Help at the Friends Relay Exchange
Help us run a relay exchange stop for this big race from Hull to Provincetown.
The Friends receive a nice donation for the work.
Come on an evening hike with Glenn d'Entremont to seek the Whip-poor-will. This bird can make as many as twenty thousand calls in one night.
|September date TBD
2019 11th Annual Photo Contest
If you snap a beautiful picture of something in the forest over the winter -
consider entering it in our 2019 Photo Contest. Send it to Photos@friendsmssf.com along with your name, contact info, date and location of the image and any title.
History/Culture, Fauna, Flora, Landscape, Recreation, Memorable event
All photos must be taken in Myles Standish State Forest. Three entries per person. All must be in standard JPG format. All entries must give the Friends the right to reproduce the photos for publicity purposes.
Winner from 2012 photo contest.
Image by Sal Raciti
|September 28th 2019
Free Family Fishing Festival
Paula Cheverie, "First Fish EVER", Fearings Pond, 5/29/10
The 13th Annual Take Me Fishin'! Fishing Derby & Nature Event
10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., Saturday September 28th
Fearing Pond, Myles Standish State Forest
Sponsored by The Friends of Myles Standish State Forest, The Department of Conservation and Recreation, Mass Wildlife and the Fearing Pond Cottage Owners Association with support from many local businesses and volunteers like you!
Fishing Day Activities:
|November 10, 2019
Help at Our Water Table:
1620 Myles Standish Relay Race
Volunteer at a table and water stop during the races.
|Middle of each month.
Newsletter Submission Deadline
If you have prose or pictures for the newsletter, remember that we try to get a newsletter out early each month. (It does not always happen that way). Submit files to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Image from Plaque at Headquarters (Pye)
Covering more than 12,400 acres, Myles Standish State Forest is the size of the island of Manhattan. The largest public property in Southeastern Mass, it is the second largest pine barrens habitat in the country. It is home to numerous rare and endangered species and many kettle ponds.
Friends of Myles Standish State Forest
The Friends group offers hikes, bike rides, botany walks, birding walks, photo contests, stargazing, trail work days and other forest related events.
One of the best ways to see what's going on in the Forest is to visit our listings. Meetup is an event scheduling tool where we post all of our events. It is free and easy to use.
You can also visit our website at Friendsmssf.com. It contains a lot of photographs of recent and historical images from Friends 10 year in the state forest.
To learn more about our group or our events, please do not hesitate to email us: Friends@friendsmssf.com.
Charlie Pye - Editor
Submit Forest pics/prose to email@example.com
You can also contact our President, John Bescherer at 508-742-7973
DCR Park Office phone is 508-866-2526.
Friends of Myles State State Forest
Support the Friends of Myles Standish State Forest in our quest to:
Preserve, Promote and Protect the Forest.
The Friends, founded in 2007, have hosted over 1000 events.
Help us host 1000 more.
Visit our website: www.friendsmssf.com
Email address: firstname.lastname@example.org
Send mail to:
The Friends of Myles Standish State Forest
P.O. Box 302
South Carver, MA. 02330