From the Forest, Plymouth, USA Spring 2018 Vol 8, No. 2
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Nature will bear the closest inspection.
She invites us to lay our eye,
Level with her smallest leaf,
And take an insect view of its plain.
                  - Henry David Thoreau

Part 1.

Part  Chronology of Events

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                           Charlie Pye
White Lady Slipper
East Head Trail
Vernal Pool
A vernal pool is a mini - pond that dries up in the summer -
So no fish can live there.
In the warm rains,
Frogs and salamanders
slither to spring break,
to convernge and merge.
The loudest chorus,
In all the forest. 

Love in a Puddle

Woodfrogs, salamanders and other animals are obligated to reproduce in short-lived pools and wetlands. Their young need "fish free" water else they'd be eaten - so veranl pools are just right for them.  In the spring these animals emerge early and will quickly mate and lay eggs, then head back into the forest for a summer of foraging for small animals and some plants before winter sets in again.

The young live in the water and must mature fast, They grow ever faster as the sun heats the pool.Within a few months the pool becomes a puddle. The pollywogs seem to mature and climb onto land just as the last vestiges of water disappear from the pool. 



The Woodfrog
Lithobates sylvaticus

Wears the Robber's Mask which is a relaible field mark for this species.

No Croaking Zone

With a duck like quack,
And a dog like bark, 
Listen for
The woodfrog's  

The Mosquito
By Charlie Pye

She, it is always a she who dines on thee.
While the vegan males dine only on plants.
But she needs a blood meal to breed. You’ll do.
She can smell you. She is coming for you.
Smells it oozing out of you.
The telltale CO2.
Soon she feels your heat.
A bit of tiny lands on six far fling limbs.
As she alights she hocks a louie, splat.
She marks you with a painkiller.
Now be-numbed.
She pricks you,
Thrusting her hollow shaft,
Into your blood.
And you don’t feel a thing.
Your huge mass –
Forces a rush of blood 
Into an eager 
Sanguinous sac –
In four or five seconds
Full - she flies.
How Small is a Mosquito
Mosquito is a Spanish word.  Mos is fly and quito is tiny. And that they are. They are so small, 2.5 milligrams, that our common system of weights fail. Most would stare in perplexity if you said a mosquito weighs 10 to the negative 5 ounces.  Or maybe you could say the average 170 pound human outweighs a mosquito by 30 million times.  But we still can’t grasp 30 million times.  I guess tiny works.  But then how small is the world of organisms that live inside a mosquito?
East Head Boardwalk Project

Our big project this year is replacing the decking on two of the boardwalks around the East Head Reservoir.   
Here is the before picture.East Head Reservoir boardwalk 2

This is the after picture of the first boardwalk. We hope you have seen it. 
As of today (5/1/18), we are pretty close to finishing the second boardwalk, though you wouldn't know it from the picture below, taken early this morning. Roger Janson was stepping into the muck while Thom Gifford and Ann Prentice looked on.


Roger Janson, Thom Gifford and John Bescherer put in a lot of work on the project. 
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Roger Janson even broke into a smile at the end of the day today, standing with Elizabeth Strohmeyer and Jonathan Franks, who helped out today. Ann Prentice and Bob Vogel were out with us today too. Thanks also go to Junior Wall, Derek Welch, Joseph Edward, Sue, Ellen Thompson, Tom G., Breena, Maureen and everybody who helped at the AMC Open House and at Park Serve Day and others we may have neglected to list. Thanks to the Davison Partners for allowing us to do the work.

We think this is something the Friends can be very proud of. We have invested about $3,400 in the lumber and fasteners for this project and more than 100 volunteer hours went into the work.

Upcoming Friends Events

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Wednesday, May 23, 7-9 pm Annual Meeting, Dinner and Tick Talk at the Carver Sportsman's Club 127 Main Street Carver ( Date was changed from May 2nd.)

This is our annual meeting and dinner. We elect our board at the annual meeting. Our board is made up of people from the various groups who use the forest. We have hunters, hikers, cottage owners, equestrians, birders, kayakers, star gazers, campers and nature lovers.  We are missing you. Come join us.

The speaker is Blake Dinius, Plymouth County Entomologist. blakedinius

Blake's subject is TICKS!.blacklegged_tick
During his presentation, Blake will review the types of ticks, diseases, habitats, as well as, the basic biology of ticks and dispel commonly held myths. Most importantly, he will review proven protection measures. With the right knowledge and tools, all tick-borne diseases are preventable.

Please sign up on Meetup or mail your $20 per person check for dinner to the Friends, PO Box 302, Carver, MA 02330. (As in previous years, dinner entrees, salads, and sides will be catered by Roche Brothers. You are invited to bring an appetizer or dessert to share. ) Brewer Paul Nixon of Indie-Ferm will be providing samples. Soft drinks will be provided. BYOB.

We will also be thanking Bill Vickstrom, who is reaching the end of his 4th term on the Friends' board. According to our bylaws, he must step off the board for a year before he can come back. We want to thank him for all his hard work and dedication to the Friends.

Monday, April 30 - May 26
 Spring Turkey Season
Open season on bearded turkeys is April 28 to May 24.
Hunting hours: 1/2 hour before sunrise to noon.
Saturday, May 5
BioReserve Big Walk
Annual very long walk highlighting the Freetown State Forest BioReserve, which is open space stretching from Freetown to Dartmouth. While this walk is lengthy (14 miles in total), it is well supported with vans to pick you up if you are only up for a shorter 3/6/9/12 mile walk. Bill Vickstrom out front    Sign up on Meetup.

Friday, May 11, 2:30pm - 2:30am
Ragnar Relay 

College Pond
Help the Friends raise money by hanging out with us at College Pond for a few hours as teams of runners pass through on the way from Hull to Provincetown.We have had a good time doing this the last two years and we raised $750 for the Friends last year.  Join us for a few hours! image3
Thursday, May 17
Campgrounds Open
Friday, May 25th 
Star Gazing night.   Good viewing of the Moon, Jupiter and Venus and several star clusters and time between Winter and Summer Constellations. Check Meetup for time and location.
Sat. - Sun, Mon, May 26 - 28
Memorial Day Bird Walks
Watch Meetup for more info
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White Pines can look quite white.

Saturday, June 2
National Trails Day Hike 
(not yet posted)
A special trail hike in Plymouth.
Wednesday, June, 13, 6:30pm
Whip-poor-will Walk
Fire Tower
with Glenn d'Entremont
Friday June 22nd
Solstice Hike led by Bill Vickstrom. Check Meetup for details. (not yet posted)
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Do turkeys dine on frogs at a vernal pool?

Sat - Sun, September 14-16
Camping Weekend Savoy Mountain State Forest  001 2
Western Mass
Saturday, September 29
Family Fishing Festival
Our 12th annual festival. Co-sponsored by MassWildlife and the DCR.
Saturday, October 13
Oktrailberfest - Wildlands Trust

Hikes and Festivities

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Pitch Pine

Myles Standish State Forest
Covering more than 12,000 acres, Myles Standish State Forest is the largest public property in Southeastern Mass, and hosts 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 meetup green_edited-1 6 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

To learn more about our group or our events, please do not hesitate to email us: You can also contact our President, Bill Vickstrom at (774) 454-7386
Friends of Myles State State Forest
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Friends of Myles Standish State Forest
Dept of Conservation and Recreation
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Mission Statement
Friends of Myles Standish State Forest (FMSSF) is organized to promote and conserve the natural, scenic and historical resources of Myles Standish State Forest and its Satellite Areas; to foster the use and enjoyment of Myles Standish State Forest by the public in a manner consonant with the protection and preservation of the environment; to engage in such educational, scientific and charitable activities as will assist the Commonwealth of Massachusetts in the operation of Myles Standish State Forest; and to assist and work in cooperation with the Forest Supervisor in general support and enrichment of Myles Standish State Forest. Friends of Myles Standish has a Board of Directors representing the various Forest user groups. Members and the public are welcome to attend the board meetings. Meetings are usually held on the first Wednesday of the month at the headquarters conference building (100 yards away), 194 Cranberry Road, Carver, at 7 p.m.
Current Officers and other Board Members
President, Bill Vickstrom, Hiking, Trails, Marketing
Vice President - Dan Badger - Wilderness -Scouting
John Bescherer - Treasurer, Hiking, Trails, Meetup, Website
Glenn d'Entremont- Secretary, Birding
Charlie Pye - Newsletter, Biology
Richard Wall Jr.- Sportsmen 
Jim Nelson - Fishing Derby, Cottage Program, Historian
Donna McBrien - Membership, Photography
Thom Gifford - Equestrian, Trails
Bob Bentley - Trails
Christine Lawyer - Equestrian, Trails
Derek Welch- Cottage Program, Fundraising
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.

Send check to:
The Friends of Myles Standish State Forest
P.O. Box 302
South Carver, MA. 02330

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