Southboro Open Land Foundation

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Our Endangered Trees: Asian Longhorned Beetle, Spotted Lanternfly, and Emerald Ash Borer, April 4, 2019

Published on March 17, 2019 by Hal

On Thursday April 4, 2019, the Southborough Open Land Foundation will sponsor a presentation by Joshua Bruckner on Invasive Insects Threatening Massachusetts Trees. The talk will focus on the Asian Longhorned Beetle, the Spotted Lanternfly, and the Emerald Ash Borer, The Asian Longhorned Beetle is responsible for the destruction of over 36,000 trees in Worcester over the last 10 years and poses a continuing threat to trees of our area. The Spotted Lanternfly, a sap-feeding invasive insect from Asia, poses a threat to 70 different plants and crops, including apples, grapes, and hops.

The Emerald Ash Borer is an emerging threat to the ash trees of New England. The presentation will cover what is being done to combat these invasives, how to identify the insects and their damage, and how to report any sightings.

Joshua Bruckner is the Asian longhorned beetle outreach coordinator at the Massachusetts Department of Agricultural Resources. He works to spread information and awareness about the Asian longhorned beetle and other invasive insects in Massachusetts. He has a masters and bachelor’s degree in environmental science from Clark University.

The program will be at the Southborough Library, 25 Main Street, Southborough, 7:00PM.

This event is free and open to all.

Carl Guyer Receives 2018 Elaine Beals Award

Published on January 10, 2019 by Hal



Carl Guyer, at a December 12, 2018  SOLF meeting, receives the annual Elaine Beals award from trustee Sally Watters for his leadership in environmental conservation and awareness.  Elaine Beals was among the founding members of the Southborough Open Land Foundation. She served on the Board of Trustees of SOLF for many years. She was dedicated to the preservation of the environment and open space, reinforcing her conservation ethic as a member of the Town of Southborough’s Open Space Preservation Commission. In her honor, SOLF presents the Elaine Beals Conservation Award each year to a local resident who has shown outstanding leadership in environmental conservation.

September 15, 2018, Birds of Prey with Tom Ricardi

Published on September 23, 2018 by Hal

The Southborough Open Land Foundation (SOLF) presented Tom Ricardi, founder and operator of the Massachusetts Birds of Prey Rehabilitation Facility in Conway, MA, with a program on Birds of Prey at the Southborough Library, September 15, 2018, at 2:00 PM. A large number of children and adults were in attendance to see the variety of birds Tom presented.

You can watch a video of Tom’s presentation here.



May 12, 2018, Bird Walk at Breakneck Hill Conservation Land

Published on May 16, 2018 by Hal

On a damp and cool Saturday morning,  Jeff Collins, Director of Mass Audubon’s Ecological Management Department  led a group of 16 participants on a “Bird-a-thon” day bird walk  at the Breakneck Hill Conservation Land, on Breakneck Hill Road, Southborough.  Altogether, we saw 28 species including a number of Bobolinks, a Yellow Warbler, Indigo Bunting, and an Eastern Bluebird.

Bird walk participants. Photo courtesy of Kathryn McKee

Bird walk participants. Photo courtesy of Kathryn McKee


Annual Meeting, May 9, 2018

Published on May 16, 2018 by Hal

Our 2018 Annual Meeting featured Dr. Martha Gach, Conservation Coordinator , Mass Audubon/Broad Meadow Brook Wildlife Sanctuary and Conservation Center speaking on New England Pollinators and how to support them.  SOLF members learned about  hummingbirds and the many  types of native bees and butterflies in their role as pollinators and what we can do to help them thrive.  You can watch a recording of the meeting here.

In addition SOLF  announced the annual Elaine Beals Conservation Award to  be given to Carl Guyer for his efforts to protect the environment by  making Southborough a Green Community and encouraging recycling.  SOLF also recognized two Algonquin High School students, Shannon Provencal and Kathryn Gowdy, for their outstanding efforts in organizing Hike Southborough Day in September 2017.

May 6, 2018, Our First Summer Stroll

Published on May 15, 2018 by Hal

On Sunday evening, May 6,  eight enthusiastic people participated in the first in our series of “Summer Evening Strolls at the Beals Preserve.”
It was cloudy with a few light sprinkles, but we had a group who clearly enjoyed the quiet calm of walking in the woods with a bit of rain.   Stay tuned!
Summer Stroll Participants

Summer Stroll Participants. Photo by Debbie Costine

October 28, 2017, Massachusetts Birds of Prey with Tom Ricardi

Published on October 29, 2017 by Hal

The Southborough Open Land Foundation (SOLF) presented Tom Ricardi, founder and operator of the Massachusetts Birds of Prey Rehabilitation Facility in Conway, MA, to a large and enthusiastic audience at the  at the Southborough Library, October 28, at 2:00 PM. Tom Ricardi, a retired Fish and Game Warden with more than 30 years experience, is a licensed game rehabilitator and breeder. He brough with him a  variety of live birds of prey  including a Golden Eagle, a Barred Owl, a Harris Hawk, a Turkey Vulture and several other birds under his care. The picture below shows a Harris Hawk that suffered an injury  and is unable to fly or live in the wild. The photo is courtesy of Sally Watters.

Watch a video of the presentation here.  Our thanks to  Southborough Access Media for recording this program and posting it to YouTube.



Harris Hawk

Tom Ricardi with a Harris Hawk











Art on the Trails Thank You Catherine Kundrath Weber

Published on September 27, 2017 by Hal

The Southborough Open Land Foundation extends a tremendous THANK YOU to Catherine Kundrath Weber for pulling off a highly successful “Art on the Trails” project. From original concept, to all the many threads that must be coordinated, to perseverance throughout the entire process to even a celebration walk and poetry reading at the end, she maintained enthusiasm and a “can do” attitude. Because of this, many residents of our town discovered the Beals Preserve for the first time and found a safe place of natural solace to revisit and cherish. Catherine, you are a champion of Art and Nature.


September 23, 2017, Wildlife Tracking with Paul Wanta at Beals Preserve

Published on August 14, 2017 by Hal

The Southborough Open Land Foundation (SOLF) presented naturalist, tracker and teacher of wilderness skills Paul Wanta in an exploration of the wildlife and plants that inhabit Beals Preserve, Southborough, MA. Paul Wanta has taught wilderness and tracking skills to young people for over 30 years. He lead us through the trails of Beals Preserve looking for the tracks and signs of the wildlife present in the Preserve.


June 25: Conservation Options & Planning: A Workshop for Landowners

Published on June 15, 2017 by Hal

The Southborough Open Land Foundation,  with support from the Southborough Open Space Preservation Commission and Sudbury Valley Trustees, invites you to a complimentary workshop to explore options for conserving family land, Sunday, June 25, 2017, 1:00 PM to 2:30 PM, Southborough Community House, 28 Main Street, Southborough, MA 01772. Presentations by Steve Sloan, Owner of Cambridge Consulting, a firm that helps protect natural areas,  farmland, and historic sites across Massachusetts; Frederica Gillespie, Southborough Open Space Preservation Commission; and a panel of Southborough landowners who have successfully conserved their properties.

Please direct questions/RSVPs to Chelsea Polevy by June 21. Email: or call (978) 443-5588 ext.138.

For a flyer on the event, click here.

This workshop is made possible by a generous grant from the Foundation for Metrowest,  Southborough Community Fund.