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September 2019

Eco-tour: Effective Invasive Plant Management: Chemical-Free & So Darn Cute

September 24 @ 1:00 pm EDT - 3:00 pm EDT
Habitat Education Center & Wildlife Sanctuary, 10 Juniper Rd
Belmont, MA 02478 United States
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Meadows are an important ecosystem for biodiversity. They host numerous native plant and wildlife species, but without natural occurrences, such as fire, these open spaces would revert to forest. Mechanical mowing creates disturbance that promotes invasive plants, one of the greatest threats to the nature of Massachusetts because they out-complete, displace, or kill native species. Non-native species—many introduced to Massachusetts accidentally or on purpose for garden or landscape use—thrive and proliferate in disturbance.   To manage meadows and control invasive plant species, Habitat has incorporated…

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Eco-Tour: Asters and Goldenrods Start to Finish

September 25 @ 10:00 am EDT - 12:00 pm EDT
Norcross Wildlife Sanctuary, 30 Peck Road
Wales, MA 01081
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Starting with a 100 acre woodlot, Sanctuary founder and benefactor – Monson, Massachusetts native Arthur D. Norcross Jr. (1895-1969) – bought, bartered and traded to amass over 2,000 acres that he dubbed the Tupper Hill Sanctuary. Today, the Sanctuary is operated by the Norcross Wildlife Foundation and has grown to over 8,000 acres of forests, meadows and wildlands in Massachusetts and Connecticut.  The Sanctuary is managed and maintained for the benefit of native plants and animals of New England, as…

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October 2019

Eco-tour: Brooklyn Bridge Park – Urban Oasis for Visitors in an Ecological Package

October 3 @ 4:00 pm EDT - 6:00 pm EDT
Brooklyn Bridge Park, 2 Old Fulton Street
Brooklyn, NY 11201
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Completed Brooklyn Bridge Park. Formerly a toxic brownfield, Brooklyn Bridge Park (BBP) was transformed with award-winning waterfront redevelopment designs by Michael Van Valkenburgh Associates. Focused on sustainability, this series of ecological parks runs 1.3 miles along the East River in Brooklyn and has become a significant 85-acre, biodiverse, urban landscape and community resource. The park forges new connections between the adjacent Brooklyn neighborhoods and the East River, overcoming the longstanding separation that resulted from the Brooklyn-Queens Expressway, steep grade separation,…

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