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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®

presents

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


Photo by Liam Hart
Scenes from the New Year at Summer Star. Photo by Liam Hart
Photo by Jesse Koyen
Photo by Jesse Koyen

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.

 

11 comments

  1. Contiguous to Summer Star are hundreds of more acres of woodland – expanding and enhancing the area for wildlife free from commercial development forever…!

    • The long, narrow 45 acre parcel that Summer Star is located on was slated for a 40 house 40b development. Not only would that have totally destroyed the ecological wonders of the 45 acre parcel, but, even worse, the long parcel intrudes into the heart of one of the last, largest undisturbed areas in this part of Massachusetts; a true wilderness area.

      Summer Star not only rescued the 45 acres of wildlife habitat but also preserved the wilderness qualities of the large Wrack Meadow area. The frosting on the cake is Summer Star itself. All activities and events at Summer Star foster and strengthen an environmental ethic.

      I have attended a number of events there and am in 20 minutes headed there for a tracking seminar.

      • Shalin Liu is one who had a vision of what needs to be done to preserve the past in order to educate the future. That tie-in to surrounding parcels is now as permanent or as permanent as a mere human can make it.

  2. Congratulations Summer Star, for being awarded the U.S. Green Building Council’s Massachusetts Chapter Project of the Year 2015. It is so well deserved for this beautiful, restorative place.

  3. We visited the sanctuary a few weeks back, and absolutely loved it. It is tranquil and the boys loved the Hobbit-feel of the woods.

  4. Walked the trail with Dan this morning and it was amazing and so interesting. Mike and Liam also made the morning so enjoyable. Thanks for the opportunity to be with nature so close to home and with people who are so interested in the area.

  5. I visited your amazing facility today with some fellow seniors. I am soooo impressed with what you have done. Thank you for making this such a comfortable place ot enjoy nature & the environment right in our neighborhood. Hopefully I will be able to visit often & bring my friends.

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