Agenda Discovery Week Month

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Breakfast with the Birds! ... and one more!

Merrimack Valley Women: Outdoors and About
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Endorsed by Curators:
May 20 6:30AM - 7:30AM

2 Morning Hikes on adjacent conservation lands in Pepperell.

Walk #1: Heald Street Orchard.

Well be joining this sponsored event by Pepperell Conservation Commission and Nashoba Conservation Trust who will be providing coffee, juice, bagels, muffins, and donuts. This will be an easy walk on mowed paths lead by Michael Veit through the Orchard as we enjoy the spring migration of many bird species.

This 80 acre property overlooking Heald Pond was purchased by the town in 1979 and was a working apple orchard until 1999. Since 2008 it has been managed for multiple uses including permitted bow hunting, and several fields designed to attract kestrels and other birds of prey; as well as field nesting birds.

Should be 1-1.5 hours.

Walk #2: Heald Pond.

Heald Pond is open to swimming, fishing, kayaking/canoeing. In the center there is an island with a large beaver lodge.

Following the orchard walk, well drive/walk down the street 1/2 mile, start at the northern end of the pond to hike the Jeff Smith Trail, which in some places travels along steep ledges overlooking the pond, and then rolling hills as we pass through Blood Brook Ravine. It is 1.3 miles each way (2.6 round trip).

Option 1-On the way back we can take a mile side trip on the Gold Trail along the southern edge of the pond and back-adding 1.25 miles; or

Option 2-We could continue on up through the Heald Street Orchard to East or West parking lots on Heald Street (depending on trails taken, adds 1-2 mile of trail, and about another 1/2 mile on street).

The Jeff Smith Trail is steep in some places, and can be wet and muddy beyond the ledges, so youll need good sturdy footwear. Bring plenty of water and bug repellent.

Add another 2.5 hours to Walk 1.

For more information, see trail guide:


http://nashobatrust.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/01/Nashoba-Conservation-Trust-Trail-Guide.pdf

I will monitor Nashoba's website in case heavy rain cancels, and email everyone with my phone number the day before the hike.

How to find us:There are 2 parking lots. We will meet at the East Gate parking lot-first one as you head up Heald Street.

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