Category Archives: Conservation

WFTA/Conservation Volunteer Opportunity at Woodland Conservation Land Sat Sept 17

Join the Weston Forest & Trail Association and Weston Conservation for this month’s Stewardship Saturday as they continue the Hundred Years War against Japanese knotweed in our fair town. After a spring attack on the knotweed infiltrators at Dickson Ring and Jericho Forest, the Conservation Department and WFTA are taking on a new phalanx at the Woodland central Weston location.

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August 4 is Owl Awareness Day

Happy Owl Awareness Day! A holiday celebrated by a small subset of the world, especially by those of us who really really like cake. Look it up–it really is a Hallmark holiday. And no, it’s not the Weston Owl Awareness Day which is when you send me random accolades and words of praise, also money. Today is about actual living

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Feeling Crabby? Help Annihilate Japanese Knotweed on June 11

Join Weston Conservation Staff and Weston Forest & Trail Association volunteers for Japanese Knotweed cutting at the Dickson Riding Ring at Jericho Town Forest on Saturday, June 11 from 10 am-12 pm. Not only will you get to pull out, cut, massacrate, stomp and generally annihilate this pretty and yet terrible invasive, but you will learn actually valuable things that you

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Arbor Day Plans for Friday, April 29 – Fifth Grade Tree at Compass Rose

Have you ever noticed the Tree City USA signs at the “borders” to Weston? Currently, they read “18 years” and as of tomorrow, the digits will turn to the 19th year of Weston as a Tree City USA. Being a Tree City means that the town has made a commitment, financial and operational,  to planting trees and follows certain guidelines

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Morning Wildlife Reading: Gwyn Loud’s March Column (LLCT)

This morning I am listening to the morning calls of various brown and grey birds (I am SUPER good at bird-watching) after falling asleep last night to the sound of Stony Brook’s wetland peepers. In a few minutes, I will be leaving to walk the intrepid Katie Puppy in College Pond conservation woods where we will be serenaded by nuthatches

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The Importance of Soil Health: Class Online Tonight, Tuesday March 8

In the winter of 2021, the Owl enrolled in the Penn State Arborist Short Course–one of the only silver linings during Covid’s worst days was the availability of online coursework. Penn State does not normally offer the course remotely, and the Owl, having no plans or desire to move to Pennsylvania, took advantage of this opportune moment to take what

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Big Night Cometh to a Roadside Near You: How to Help

One of the first signs of imminent spring is so-called “Big Night” which is not, in fact, a movie about crazy Italians, but rather an exciting and somewhat terrifying (for the little amphibians) experience as they migrate from their upland overwintering habitat to their spring breeding grounds. Actually, I don’t know if little beasties feel terror, but I feel it

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