wood frog

Big Night

Amphibian Migration Coming to a Road Near You

Even though it’s technically still winter, warmer days and increased daylight are upon us! “Big Night” is often used to describe the annual ritual of certain frogs and salamanders when they migrate from their upland overwintering habitat towards their spring breeding ground.  This is a great chance to see spotted salamanders, wood frogs, spring peepers, and other amphibians heading towards a vernal pool. 

When will Big Night occur?  It is hard to predict, but it generally happens on the first few raining nights in March and early April when the night temperature is above 40 degrees. However, with this year’s mild winter, spring peepers are starting to “peep”, so it may be coming soon. Most years, Weston does not have one “Big Night”, but rather lots of smaller movements.  Want to participate this year? Learn more on the Conservation Commission's web page on where to look and how best to participate.


Community Gardens

The Community Gardens are a very special place in Weston. With plenty of sunshine and bluebirds flying around it is a natural environment for organic gardening. Besides growing the traditional summer vegetables of tomatoes, zucchini, beans, lettuce, onions, potatoes, kale, and beets, etc., gardeners plant herbs, flowers and even hops plants. Learn more about the history of the community gardens and how to obtain a plot on the Conservation Commission's web page.

Redwing blackbird
red-wing blackbird

Spring Birding

Although we still have a few more weeks of winter, some birds have begun their spring migration.  Red-winged blackbirds, grackles, and killdeer have returned to Weston.  You can record your sightings online at eBird. Residents can also find real-time information about bird sightings or obtain bird checklist for species seen at College Pond by visiting eBird's Hotspot map. Just type in “Weston, MA” in the “Location” box on the right to get a list of birds that have been spotted near College Pond. You can also enter your own sightings.  


Vernal Pool Presentation

Have you ever heard what sounds like ducks quacking at night in March or April? Ever wondered what's making that ruckus from that little pond in the woods?  You'll have an opportunity to find out straight from the expert's mouth. Michele Grzenda, Weston Conservation Administrator and Vernal Pool expert, will present "An Introduction to Vernal Pools." Learn why these seasonal wetlands should be protected, and how you can help to protect local vernal pools and other wildlife. There may even be a special guest appearance of a vernal pool creature! Learn more and register online.

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