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Tri-Town Landscape Protection Project

Brissette in Boylston by Jesse Koyen.
On the western edge of the Sudbury Valley Trustees region in the towns of Berlin, Boylston, and Northborough, lies some of the most intact and important unprotected wildlife habitat in eastern Massachusetts. Working in a nine-square mile area around Mount Pisgah, Wrack Meadow, and the Wachusett Reservoir, the partners in the Tri-Town Landscape Protection Project (SVT and the Towns of Berlin, Northborough, and Boylston) seek to protect 500 acres of land comprised of quality habitat, working farms, and recreational trails. With this project, the partners are connecting valuable natural landscapes to link the area to the White Mountain National Forest in New Hampshire though a network of conservation land. With the receipt of a State Landscape Partnership Program grant of $1.47M the project is well underway and will be completed by June 2016.
Watch the following 3 minute video, produced by local historian Electa Tritsch. to learn more about the project - or read more on our Tri-Town web page.
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Frogwatch Volunteer Training

American bullfrog photograph by Joan Chasan at Great Meadows National Wildlife Refuge in Concord
Test your current knowledge of frog calls.  How well did you do?  Do you want to improve your frog knowledge?  If you answer yes, then join us on Wednesday, April 15, 2015 from 6:00-8:30pm at Wolbach Farm, partnering with FrogWatch and the Buttonwood Park Zoo.  
FrogWatch is a nationwide citizen science program that collects data on frog species distribution and abundance. A certified instructor from the Buttonwood Park Zoo in New Bedford will lead this free training on habitat and frog call identification. The workshop will have a classroom portion that will include Frog ID and Wetland ID training, as well as a field portion where we will apply that knowledge through making actual observations.
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SVT Partners with Project Budburst

Weston Conservation Agent Michele Grzenda shows off characteristics of the woods to a group.
SVT is pleased to announce that we have partnered with Project BudBurst, a national citizen science program through which people across the United States make a meaningful contribution to the understanding of changes in our environment. Coordinated by the National Ecological Observatory Network (NEON) and sponsored by the National Science Foundation, Project BudBurst engages the public in monitoring plants as the seasons change.
Thousands of people from all 50 states have participated in Project BudBurst since the program began in 2007. Participants carefully observe and record the timing of the leafing, flowering, and fruiting of plants (plant phenophases) and then submit their data to the project coordinators either online at home or through an app on their smartphone. Because the information is collected in a consistent manner across the country, scientists can use the data to learn more about the responsiveness of individual plant species to changes in climate locally, regionally, and nationally.
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Sudbury Valley Trustees
is a regional land trust that conserves land and protects wildlife habitat in the Concord, Assabet, and Sudbury river basin for the benefit of present and future generations.