Spring is finally here and it brings vernal pools, red-winged blackbirds, salamanders, and so much more that invites us to re-connect with the natural resources around us. The NRC and the Town’s residents have helped create a remarkable legacy: over 1,000 acres of land and water resources that are preserved for the lasting benefit of wildlife and future generations. Please explore these resources and learn how to help protect our environment. A few events next week are listed below. Learn more @ http://www.ci.wellesley.ma.us/Pages/WellesleyMA_NRC/index and on Facebook @ https://www.facebook.com/WellesleyNaturalResourcesCommission
With my thanks,
Janet Hartke Bowser, Esq. , Natural Resources Commission Director
BROOKSIDE AREA CLEAN-UP - SATURDAY, APRIL 12TH, 9AM - 11 AM
Meet at Longfellow Pond parking lot. Sponsored by the Friends of Brookside. This year the Wellesley Mothers Forum and their children will also be joining the clean-up!
THE LIVING LAWN: SIMPLE STEPS TO ORGANIC LAWN CARE - APRIL 15TH, 7PM WELLESLEY FREE LIBRARY
Professional horticulturist Charles E. (Chip) Osborne will discuss the compelling reasons for considering a natural approach to lawn care. Public health, children’s health, stormwater runoff, and water quality are all reasons why we should reduce our dependence on synthetic and chemical products to grow our lawns and gardens.
This presentation will also address what we can do at the municipal level to maintain our public spaces in ways that reduce our use of synthetic products that have negative impacts on human health and the environment.
The event is sponsored by the Wellesley Cancer Prevention Project & the Wellesley Free Library.
Event is FREE and open to the public and will be held in the Wakelin Room at the Main Library at 530 Washington Street. For more information
The Needham Community Farm will hold its third annual online auction from March 7 through March 20 to raise funds for the organization, according to an announcement from farm leaders.
Items up for bid this year include gift cards to popular local eateries and shops, such as Whole Foods and Walnut Grille.
Proceeds from the auction allow the farm give back to the community, such as growing produce for the Needham Community Council Food Pantry, teaching Needham students about farming and agriculture, and offering programs for free to low-income residents.
For more information, visit the farm’s official website or browse items up for bid.
Tuesday April 15th at 7 p.m., Wellesley Free Library
Come learn about how to have a great lawn and stay healthy too…
Chip Osborne will discuss some compelling reasons why we should consider a natural approach to lawn care. Public health, children’s health, storm-water runoff, and water quality issues are all reasons why we should begin to reduce our dependence on synthetic and chemical products to grow our lawns and gardens.
Wellesley Free Library, Wakelin Room
Free and Open to the Public
Presented by The Wellesley Cancer Prevention Project (WCCP) & Wellesley Free Library
Charles E. (“Chip”) Osborne is a professional horticulturist with 35 years experience in the green industry. He has attended the University of Massachusetts Green School and is a NOFA Accredited Land Care Professional. He has been an elected member of the Town of Marblehead Recreation, Parks, and Forestry Commission for the past 12 years and currently serves as chair.
In 2008 he founded Osborne Organics, a company that provides natural turf consulting services to business, municipal, and institutional clients. A major focus of the business is providing education in the area of natural turf management. Chip developed A Systems Approach to Natural Turf Management™ as a method of maintaining turf without the use of toxic chemicals.
Chip’s approach will be to share the mission of pesticide reduction and elimination through an “Awareness Through Education” program. Armed with sound information about these products, we can then make informed decisions about how we choose to take care of our properties.
Chip will then present “Simple Steps to Organic Lawn Care”©, a detailed approach to a natural lawn care program. Basic steps will be outlined and explained in a common sense approach.
The presentation will also address what we can do at the municipal level to reduce our negative impact on human health and the environment by the continued use of synthetic products to maintain our public spaces.
The Turkey5 Road Race kicked off the 2013 holiday season with both 5K and 5Mile courses. What a great way to start the Thanksgiving day festivities by sharing a fun run with our community and donating for good causes that help people who need it.
Race day details and photos are posted on the Turkey5 website at https://www.racemenu.com/events/33661-Turkey5
WCPP’s Annual Recognition Award winner Massachusetts General Professor of Surgery (biomedical engineering) Dr. Mehmet Toner holds up the business-card-size smart chip detector that his StandUpToCancer-backed team designed and built to trap circulating tumor cells (CTCs) in a blood sample.
The device uses antibodies that bind to certain cell proteins to isolate and capture the CTCs. Many tumors release cells into the bloodstream; if a CTC finds purchase in another organ and starts to grow, that is metastasis. The breakaway cells are not easy to spot — there are a billion blood cells for every one of them — but detecting their presence is critical to stopping their spread.
Read more about it here @
Dr. Julia Brody of The Silent Spring Institute accepts Wellesley Cancer Prevention Project Recognition Award for work focused on the connection between environmental pollutants and breast cancer.
Dr. Brody led a two-year review of scientific evidence on animal mammary gland carcinogens and epidemiologic studies of breast cancer and environmental pollutants, diet, body size, and physical activity, which was published in a special supplement to the American Cancer Society peer-reviewed journal, Cancer.
Brody’s research is supported by the National Science Foundation, the National Institutes of Health, the New York Community Trust, and the Avon Foundation, among others. Her research collaborators include investigators at Harvard and Brown universities, the University of California, Berkeley, and elsewhere. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency recognized her research with an Environmental Merit Award in 2000, and she has been honored by the Heroes Tribute of the Breast Cancer Fund. She presented one of the Distinguished Lectures at the National Cancer Institute in 2002 and the Keystone Science Lecture at the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences in 2009. She serves on the National Advisory Environmental Health Sciences Council, appointed by the Secretary of Health and Human Services, and she is as an advisor to the California Breast Cancer Research Program and breast cancer activist organizations.
Dr. Brody is an adjunct assistant professor at the Brown University School of Medicine. She earned her PhD at the University of Texas at Austin and her AB at Harvard University.
Read more about this important research here @ http://silentspring.org/
Join our experienced leaders on a spring bird walk!
The Wellesley Conservation Council invites novices and experts on Sunday mornings in May and June to look for migrating birds at the most promising sites of the day. Bring your binoculars, guide books and waterproof footwear! Meet in the parking lot at the corner of Cameron and Washington Street, next to the main library at 8 a.m. except for our Mother’s Day trip (May 12th) to Mt. Auburn Cemetery in Cambridge, when we will meet at 7 am.
Following are the dates of the Spring Bird Walks:
- May 5 8 a.m. Judy Nackoney
- May 12 7 a.m. Viagra online sales Alice Cestari (Mother’s Day )
- May 19 8 a.m. Dan Kemp
- May 26 8 a.m. Ian & Natalie Star
- June 2 8 a.m. Jim& Karen Pugh
- June 9 8 a.m Alice Cestari
- June 16 8 a.m. to be announced
Join us this spring!
Sunday, May 12 we will have open garden tours, 2 – 4 with a dedication ceremony of a Memorial Bench to honor Mr. and Mrs. Cronk who donated this wildflower garden to the Conservation Council in 1977.
Wellesley Conservation Council
Saturday, May 18, Elementary School Children and their families will join us to build a special Troll and Fairy House at Pickle Point Sanctuary, along Morses Pond during Wellesley’s Wonderful Weekend. The Council will take you on an annual walk along Morses Pond to Pickle Point Sanctuary. On arrival at Pickle Point Sanctuary the children will choose a tree and next to it build their own Troll and Fairy House with natural materials gathered along their walk.
The children had a great time last year and their creative houses endured for a long time! The wish of the Council is to expose the children to nature’s wonders and have fun at the same time. Meet at 1:00 pm at Cochituate Aqueduct (RussellRd. /Kendall Rd.) The event is free! Refreshments will be served.
Sunday, May 19th WCC will be marching in Wellesley’s Wonderful Week-end Parade. Look for us!
For information please contact: www.wellesleyconservationcouncil.org or call: (781) 237-6125