A Winter’s Walk through Summer Star 2/22/2019
Walter Bickford described a walk that he took recently through Summer Star Wildlife Sanctuary®:
“I took a two-hour meander through Summer Star and back around through Wrack Meadow to the sanctuary headquarters. As was the case last Friday, there were ample deer tracks where the rascals were browsing on the shrubs in the yard, after which they walked around the lower side of the building and straight back through the sanctuary, eventually heading into the swamp to the west.
An otter had slid down the brook that crosses under Linden Street just west of the entrance and on down through Rainville’s pasture. There were quite a few fisher tracks crisscrossing the sanctuary, and it looked like there was a territorial fight. I saw a couple of skunk tracks. There was a feline track on Rainville’s land, but I think it was too small to have been made by a bobcat. More likely a house cat. No birds. Not another human track. Beautiful day.
Thanks, Shalin, for preserving that interesting habitat.”
Below are some photos from Summer Star’s Nature Notes featuring the wildlife at the sanctuary. You can find more photos here: https://sites.google.com/view/nature-notes/home
Summer Star Wildlife Sanctuary®
Wild by Nature
The Black and White Worlds
of Erik Hoffner
Opening February 2, 2019
Ending July 2, 2019
Linden street gallery
Summer Star Wildlife Sanctuary
690 Linden Street
Boylston, MA 01505
Nature is unpredictable: one minute serene and beckoning, the next wild and chaotic, its forms sculpted by elemental forces over incredible spans of time and its creatures driven by impulses and ways of knowing that remain largely mysterious.
Winter hours will begin on Thursday, November 1st
Summer Star will be open from dawn until 3pm, Saturday – Tuesday
Mission: This forty-five acres of natural land is home to plants, streams, glacial boulders, and wild animals large and small. It is our mission to protect and care for wildlife habitats, trails, forests, streams, and wetlands.
The sanctuary is a place of tranquility and self-reflection. It loves rocks, trees, and birds. In that loving, we find nourishment for our spirits and our souls.
Summer Star is open to the public free of charge. Please enjoy the beauty of nature, and in return kindly pay respect to all wildlife who have been keeping this land safe and peaceful for generations! Our goal is to bring new experiences and discoveries of the wonders of local wildlife and the joyful spirit of nurturing forestland to underprivileged children, senior citizens, and to all families in the community.
The sanctuary organizes a variety of events and projects to promote public awareness of science, nature, wildlife, and the environment, and aids in animal rescue and release in collaboration with Tufts School of Veterinary Medicine. Throughout the year, the sanctuary also hosts various courses, lectures, conferences, and artistic and cultural events.