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Proposed Southborough Town Lighting By-Law

SOLF supports the new Lighting By-Law to be voted on at SOUTHBOROUGH TOWN MEETING. There are two changes to the existing by By Law:

1.  To adjust the color “temperature” of any new LED lighting in town to limit light pollution and protect human health and the environment.

2.  To modernize the way that lighting plans can be put together to offer more flexibility and customization.

You can read a list of Frequently Asked Questions About the Proposed By Law Here

CANCELLED Owls of New England, Peter Christoph, April 8, 2020 CANCELLED

Due to the emergency limitations placed on events because of the COVID 19 virus, this event has been cancelled. We will try to reschedule it for a later date.

Join the Southborough Open Land Foundation (SOLF) on Wednesday April 8, 2020 to Discover the Owls of New England with photographer Peter Christoph. In this captivating presentation, Peter delivers stunning photographs of his favorite owls combined with stories that entertain, educate and inspire the audience. You’ll learn the secrets Peter uses to find and photograph these same owls in the wild in their natural habitat! Eight species of expected owls in New England include: Great Horned, Barred, and Eastern Screech – all year-round residents and fairly easy to spot. Long-eared, Short-eared, and Snowy are winter migrants and breed far north of us. Northern Saw-whet Owls do breed in New England but are quite small and rarely seen. Barn Owls have bred in New England but are the toughest of all to find. He’ll wrap up this exceptional wildlife program with beautiful images of a vagrant migrant- a rare visitor called the Great Gray Owl.


Peter Christoph is a well-known wildlife advocate, naturalist and award-winning bird photographer based in Lancaster, MA. He has a great respect for wildlife and through his presentations seeks to raise awareness of the need to conserve bird habitat. has presented at photography groups nationally and locally, including the Photographic Society of America (PSA), New England Camera Club Council (NECCC,) and several camera clubs throughout New England. He is a regular speaker for the Appalachian Mountain Club, Mass Audubon and the National Wildlife Refuge System, as well as numerous birding clubs and dozens of libraries. Peter is a member of the Massachusetts Camera Naturalists, and is past president of the Camera Club of Central New England. He has been the recipient of many prestigious national and international awards and medals recognizing his photographic talent. Peter is also responsible for publishing three bird photography books, including his latest “The Art of Bird Photography.


Peter will also have copies of his books for purchase.

This event is free and open to the public.

Wednesday April 8, 2020, 7:00 PM, Southborough Library, 25 Main Street, Southborough, MA

In Search of Mongolian Wolverines: Rebecca Watters, January 9, 2020

The Southborough Open Land Foundation (SOLF) invites you to a presentation by Rebecca Watters about a 350 mile cross country ski trek through the Altai Mountains of Mongolia in search of evidence of wolverines and other wildlife. Rebecca will also talk about wolverine/wildlife research in the United States. Rebecca is a graduate of Algonquin Regional High School, St. Lawrence University, and Yale University. She is Executive Director of the Wolverine Foundation and works with Round River Conservation Studies directing a student study abroad program in Mongolia where she works closely with the National Parks administration.

7:00 PM, Thursday, January 9, 2020
Southborough Library, 25 Main Street, Southborough, MA

The program is free and open to all. No registration is required.

Expedition Members

Expedition Members with Rangers

Art on the Trails 2019 Closing Ceremony

Art on the Trails 2019: Marking Territory will be closing Sunday, September 22, 2019. The event will be held from 3:30 to 5:30 PM at Beals Preserve and feature original art-inspired poetry  submitted to the Call for Poetry.  Small books of the art and poetry will be available for sale.  Meet at the kiosk across the reservoir channel from Route 30/Main Street.  Until September 22, Art on the Trails is open daily from dawn to dusk. Free and open to the public.

Guided Tour of Art on the Trails, Saturday, September 7, 10 AM to 11 AM

Join Debbie Costine for  guided tour of Art on the Trails: Marking Territory, Saturday, September 7 from 10:00 to 11:00 AM, Beals Preserve. Please note this walk was originally scheduled for September 10 at 7:00 PM, but because of the EEE threat it has been rescheduled for this Saturday morning.

We recommend sturdy shoes to walk along the trails and insect repellent. Click here for more about  Beals Preserve and parking instructions.

The walk will be held unless there is very heavy rain.  A few showers will not cancel it.

Meeting instructions: Meet Debbie at the Route 30 (Main Street) entrance to the preserve. You will see a kiosk after crossing over the channel bridge.

Additional  Parking instructions at the Route 30 (Main Street) access. Use 144 Main Street,  Southborough with your GPS. Google Maps.

There are two areas in which you may park for this access.

1.  Park along Main Street where there is area to pull off the side. Walk to the access on the right side of Main Street directly across from Chestnut Hill Road. (This is a private home, no parking) Go through the gate (please close it after you), walk down the lane and across the bridge over the Wachusett channel. Please do not park in front of the gate.

2. Park in the Parking Area for the trails for Chestnut Hill Farm.  Turn onto Chestnut Hill Rd. The parking area is on the right side of the road in the field past the collection of white houses and outbuildings and marked with a sign. Walk back to Route 30, and the entrance to Beals Preserve is directly across the street. Go through the gate (please close it after you), walk down the lane and across the bridge over the Wachusett channel. Please do not park in front of the gate or in the areas reserved for the Farm Stand at Chestnut Hill Farm.

Call for Poetry – Art on the Trails 2019: Marking Territory

Give us your wild words! Art on the Trails 2019 is seeking your original, art-inspired poetry for our third chapbook, due out in this fall! All poems submitted will be eligible to win our “Best in Show” award, a cash prize of $100, and inclusion in the 2019 Art on the Trails: Marking Territory chapbook, published by Route 7 Press. Submissions are free and open until midnight on August 5th, 2019!

Here’s how to participate:

COME visit the art exhibit at Beals Preserve in Southborough, MA.
FEEL and let the art inspire your words.
WRITE a poem in response to one of the works of art on exhibit.
SUBMIT your poem to be published on our THIRD annual chapbook.
READ your work at the exhibit closing in September if it is selected for publication in the chapbook.

Direct link to the submission page:

or visit our website for photos of the art, press releases, and more about this fabulous project:

Art on the Trails 2019: Marking Territory has closed

Art on the Trails 2019: Marking Territory  at Beals Preserve has closed for this year. You can view scenes of the installations and a video created by SOLF Trustee Deborah Costine here.

The Southborough Community Fund awarded a $5000 grant to the Southborough Open Land Foundation to partially  fund this annual event. This is the third year that the Southborough Community Fund has helped fund this highly successful program. SOLF is grateful for the continuing support it receives from the SCF.