Cambridge Outdoors

playing, learning, and being outdoors in Cambridge, Mass.

In case you missed it…eclipse-viewing in Cambridge this summer was often a group event, especially at large open spaces. Here’s a glimpse of the viewing at Magazine Beach Park.

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Many gathered there to watch the partial eclipse of the sun today between 1:28 & 3:59pm.

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Wildlife Festival This Week Features Parade and Honk Band

—Cambridge, Mass., Tuesday, August 8, 2017. The Cambridge Fly, Buzz, and Honk! Festival welcomes city residents, especially the smaller variety, for two more days on Wednesday, August 9,  and Thursday, August 10, 2017. Wednesday’s lineup includes Navigation Games’ animal homes scavenger hunt at 10:00 a.m. and Puppet Showplace Theater‘s beloved outgoing artist-in-residence Brad Shur. Shur will perform  “Cardboard Explosion!” inviting children to tweak the plot while the performance is underway.

 

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Prior to becoming the Resident Artist at Puppet Showplace, Brad Shur toured the country as a performer with Big Nazo (Rhode Island), Wood & Strings Theatre (Tennessee) and The PuppeTree (Vermont).

Created with elementary school children in mind, the 2017 Fly, Buzz, and Honk! festival began Monday, August 7th with a focus on a single species of bird that calls Cambridge home.  FlybuzzhonkRWBkidsA familiar sight in wetland areas, including along the banks of the Charles River, the Red-Winged Blackbird uses cattails for nesting and shelter during its summer visits to the city. Approximately one hundred children visited “The Mighty Red-winged Blackbird” event on Monday, creating wings and masks representing the bird, and some worked on models of nests hidden in the cattails.

Overcast skies thinned attendance at the festival on Tuesday. Beekeeper Mel Gadd, who tends bees at Drumlin Farm and Cambridge Friends School, brought a demonstration hive.

The Cambridge Wildlife Puppetry Project and DHSP community school staff and MSYEP interns guided children in making finger puppets of some unfamiliar and unexpected pollinators—pollinating moths called clearwings, and green metallic bees of belonging to the halictid family.

agapostemon sericeus observed by ninja....jpgOn Thursday, the festival culminates with activities for children related to animal sound and motion, including the Fly, Buzz, Honk and Squeak! mini-parade around the perimeter of Riverside Press Park. Members of the School of Honk (in photo) will lead the parade, which begins at 11:00 a.m.

Fly, Buzz, and Honk! is a collaboration of the Cambridge Wildlife Puppetry Project (CWPP), a nonprofit organization dedicated to connecting city residents with wildlife and local habitats through the arts, and the Martin Luther King Jr. Community School, a division of the Cambridge Department of Human Service Programs.CWPP Frog Logo2017

The festival launched in 2016 as the Fly, Buzz & Honk Expo at Maynard Ecology Center, In 2017, the CWPP moved the event to a more central location in  Riverside/Cambridgeport. The project is supported this year by a grant from the Cambridge Arts Council and Massachusetts Cultural Council.

Animals Unleashed at Magazine Beach

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Image © Bimal Nepal, BimalPhoto.com.

Several animal celebrities of the Cambridge Wildlife Puppetry Project (CWPP), whose activities are supported by the Cambridge Arts Council and the Massachusetts Cultural Council this year, visited picnicking families and others at Magazine Beach Park Friday for a Walk/Ride Day celebration. Stay tuned for the CWPP’s four-day Fly, Buzz, and Honk! wildlife festival, August 7–10, 2017, every day from 10:00 to 12:00 in Riverside Press Park. Art and games and performances at the festival highlight the species that live in our city.


Sunday’s Moth!

Copyright (c) Gary Blau.

For our last National Moth Week species, we present the Virginian Tiger Moth in its caterpillar stage.

It’s one of many moths that we have in the city of Cambridge.  Now that National Moth Week is ending, we’ll be considering with a little more awareness the role of moths as prey and as pollinators in our urban ecosystem, and their contributions to biodiversity. 

Saturday’s Moth: National Moth Week 2017

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Common Looper Moth (Autographa precationis), photographed in Cambridge. Copyright (c) by Mark Rosenstein.

We continue our celebration of National Moth Week. All the images we’ve posted this week are of moths that live in Cambridge, and today’s Common Looper Moth is no exception.

Through Sunday, July 30th, you can see beautiful moths from near and far by searching the hashtag #nationalmothweek on Instagram and elsewhere—or better yet, by heading outdoors.

Friday’s Moth: National Moth Week 2017

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Nessus Sphinx Moth (Amphion floridensis), photographed in the city of Cambridge. Copyright (c) Mark Rosenstein.

Sphinx moths like this one are daytime pollinators.  It’s National Moth Week.

Gather your neighbors for a Cambridge “mothing” event.


Music! Stories! Big Animal Puppets! And Bicycle Decorating on Friday, July 28

A summer evening at Magazine Beach…what could be more delightful? It’s the perfect time to take note of birds having their evening meal of insects by the river. And maybe you’ll find a moth or two, seeing as it’s still National Moth Week!

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UPDATE: We’re moving to our rain date, Friday, July 28. Sorry to change things, but we don’t want you sitting in the wet. Tomorrow should be beautiful! See you at the park!singing white background horizontal

Come celebrate sustainable and healthy commuting at our Walk/Ride Day Eve Celebration Friday, July 28 at 6-8pm (rain date: Walk/Ride Day, Friday, July 28). Bring a picnic and enjoy treats from ice cream truck!

Boston-based band Trusting Fate will serenade us with “imaginative, unexpected music that combines elements of rock, folk, bluegrass, roots and blues into a fresh, powerful sound.” Katie Liesener from Massmouth will MC commuter-related storytelling. (Have a funny, gripping, or otherwise memorable personal story about urban biking, walking, or transit experience to share in 4-5 minutes?) Gallery 263 will host a bicycle decorating table, so bring your bikes. And be amazed by big animal puppets made by the Cambridge Wildlife Puppetry Project. FREE!

Thanks to our partners: Green Streets…

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