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Gleanings from Headline News – October 2019

Fall Colors Begin in the Spring

Find out the science behind nature’s colorful autumn display. Get the scoop from the Forest Service.

Seven Simple Actions to Help Birds

Bird populations are under pressure on many fronts. Cornell Lab of Ornithology offers a few simple steps you can take to support birds. Read more at

Invasive Snake Worms Jump into Rhode Island

Though their appearance is similar to earthworms, snake worms don’t just crawl, they slither and jump. Native to Korea and Japan, the worms have been in the U.S. for several decades, but are now being discovered by general gardeners. Read more at

Questions Arise along with a Forest Rising from the Desert

Israel’s Yatir Forest has been hailed as a green refuge in the Negev that is helping fight climate change. But some Israeli ecologists now contend that is has wiped out important desert ecosystems and shows that forestation projects are not always an unalloyed environmental good. Read more at YaleEnvironment360.

COGdesign Accepting New Project Applications

Boston-based COGdesign is accepting applications for community projects that will benefit from pro bono assistance with landscape design. Find out more at

Wild & Scenic Film Festival Returns

Alliance for the Chesapeake Bay holds another Wild & Scenic Film Festival on January 23, 2020 at four locations. Early bird tickets available until November 21. Find out more at

UMass Garden Calendars Available for 2020

A perennial favorite, the UMass Garden Calendar for 2020 is available for purchase. The calendar features beautiful photos, gardening tips, plenty of room for notes, and more. Find out more at

Tick Topics

If the UMass TickTalk webinars did not answer your questions this year, complete a 2-minute survey to propose the topic(s) you’d like to hear about. Find the survey here. All webinars were recorded and are archived here.

Request for Proposals

Proposals are now being sought for the 2020 Massachusetts Land Conservation Conference in Worcester, MA. Submissions are invited in the following categories:

  • Land Management & Stewardship
  • Land Protection Tools & Techniques
  • Legal, Tax, & Compliance Matters
  • Organizational Management & Fundraising
  • Responding to Climate Change
  • Urban & Community Conservation

Proposals particularly welcome if addressing:

  • agriculture
  • diversity & inclusion
  • engaging youth
  • fundraising
  • land trust sustainability
  • marketing & outreach
  • wildlife & biodiversity

Find more information and submission form at