Climate Congress in Cambridge

On Saturday, October 1, Cambridge’s Climate Congress opens at City Hall. The purpose is to articulate a vision of “climate citizenship.” The concept of climate citizenship is reviewed in this FAQ regarding the Climate Congress, which also spells out the role of delegates  and other kinds of participation open to the public: “The bare minimum requirementsContinue reading “Climate Congress in Cambridge”

They Flew, They Buzzed, They Honked. Meet Them Again on October 9th

Great Blue Herons acquired new necks. A great horned owl had a large collection of paper feathers custom-made for it. Little brown bats were born. All of these goings-on this past weekend at the Cambridge Wildlife Puppetry Project’s Fly, Buzz, and Honk! Flying Creatures Expo, co-sponsored with Fresh Pond Reservation. Volunteers from People Making a Difference were on hand to matchContinue reading “They Flew, They Buzzed, They Honked. Meet Them Again on October 9th”

Five Questions for Cambridge’s Monarch Nannies

Why are Monarch butterflies so special? We recently asked five questions of Martine Wong, Fresh Pond Reservation (FPR) Outreach & Volunteer Coordinator, and her Cambridge Mayor’s  Summer Youth Employment Program (MSYEP) intern, Shewit.  On August 6th and 7th, amidst some fanfare—kids and puppets—Martine, Shewit and other staff and volunteers released most of the butterflies that they had helped raise,Continue reading “Five Questions for Cambridge’s Monarch Nannies”

Cambridge’s Baird Creates “Human Nature Dictionary”

Cambridge Resident Freedom Baird’s open-source participatory project, the Human Nature Dictionary, is part of an exhibit running through August 8th at the Massachusetts College of Art. Shocked that the Oxford Junior Dictionary had removed basic vocabulary words related to nature, the artist devised the Human Nature Dictionary as a form of protest. She saw theContinue reading “Cambridge’s Baird Creates “Human Nature Dictionary””

Secret Lives of Flowers: Purple Coneflower (Echinacea purpurea) and Milkweed

Purple Coneflowers are one of our beloved species of meadow flowers in Cambridge. A common garden plant, coneflowers are found at Fresh Pond Reservation and elsewhere—including in the Honk! parade. These flowers are cross-pollinated by long-tongued bees, bee flies, Halictid bees, butterflies, and skippers. Among long-tongued bees, are such visitors as honeybees, bumblebees, digger bees (MelissodesContinue reading “Secret Lives of Flowers: Purple Coneflower (Echinacea purpurea) and Milkweed”

Call for Volunteers: Monarch Butterfly Release Parade

Adult/teen volunteers are needed for a fun nature event at Fresh Pond Reservation—a parade to celebrate the release of reservation-raised monarchs back into the wild!  At this writing (July 18) four of the creatures at the Water Department building have turned into chrysalises, with more to follow. The parade —open to all , costumes and noisemakers encouraged—willContinue reading “Call for Volunteers: Monarch Butterfly Release Parade”

Cambridge Outdoors has launched!

I’ve recently overhauled this site to be a resource for families, kids, teachers, and residents interested in exploring the natural world in our small city (or anywhere). The blog portion of the site will continue. Bear with me while additional information about places, flowers, critters, and seasonal changes is being added. Along with the re-engineered purpose comesContinue reading “Cambridge Outdoors has launched!”