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Bill Gil at SEMPBA and the Russell Mill Pond Preserve in Plymouth, MA

Bill Gil at the Russell Mill Pond Preserve, scoping out the area in preparation for his Bird Walk at SEMPBA.

SEMPBA Conservation Center
Saturday, Oct. 10, 2015

8:00 AM

Join SEMPBA for an early morning bird walk along the Eel River at the Eel River Conservation Area and the Russell Mill Pond Preserve with Bill Gil. Bill runs an eco-friendly company, Blisscapes Landscape Design and Nursery, and is an active member of the Paskamansett Bird Club.

Come and see how the Nationally renowned Eel River Headwaters Restoration project is progressing with an award winning landscape designer and environmentalist. Bill will point out features and plants along the way that support native birds and offer suggestions for improvements in your own yard to attract desirable birds and wildlife.

Alex Hackman and the Eel River Restoration Project

Alex Hackman above speaking to Grow Native Massachusetts at the SEMPBA Center in July 2014.

Interested in the Eel River but can't make the meeting? View Alex's recent presentation to Grow Native Massachusetts here.

The Eel River Headwaters Restoration Project and Tour

Saturday, October 11, 9:30am SEMPBA Community Conservation Center 204 Long Pond Road, Plymouth

Alex Hackman, Restoration Specialist, Division of Ecological Restoration, Mass DFG, will present the Eel River Headwaters Restoration Project followed by a tour of the Eel River Preserve.

Space is limited.

Please RSVP and send questions to SEMPBA.

View Video, courtesy of Frank Mand.

Sandy Clark with a SEMPBA Table

Plymouth Farmer's Market

August 7, 2014. Children played our "Pitch Pine–Cone Toss" a game that teaches about the rare plants and animals that live in our pine barrens. The market is free and open to the public on Thursday afternoons year round. Visit the Plymouth Farmer's' Market

Prescribed Burn by WRI

Burning it down to bring it back better.

Talk on prescribed fire in the Pine Barrens by SEMPBA Board Member Alex Belote of Wildland Restoration International. July 23, 2014, 7:30 pm

A Goldenrod Foundation Speakers Series

A spotted-colored moth

In recognition of National Moth Week

The Moth Ball—a celebration of the amazing moths of the SE Mass. Pine Barrens
July 24 (rain date July 25), 2014
7:00 PM to 10:00 PM

Moth Ball Presentation by Stephanie Schmidt, Wildlife Biologist

The SEMPBA Moth Ball Guests

little girl in moth costume at the SEMPBA Moth Ball

View photos from the Moth Ball

Special Guest Presenter: Wildlife Biologist Stephanie Schmidt

Start the evening with a twilight ramble along the Eel River to the Russell Mill Pond. Learn about local Lepidoptera from our Special Guest Stephanie Schmidt, a Wildlife Biologist.

After it gets dark, we'll summon moths from the woods to join us at the Ball. You can take pictures of the illusive nighttime creatures and help to identify the Lepidoptera guests who show up (no moths will be harmed). The data we collect will be sent to the Butterflies and Moths of North America (BAMONA) as part of a citizen science project.

Children are most welcome. We'll have materials on hand for kids to make their own moth costumes to wear at the ball. Prize for the best wings!

View Old Colony Memorial Newspaper Article 'Moth Ball' set for July 24 in Plymouth

View Blog by Moth Ball Guest: Get Out and Get Mothing This Week!

John Galluzzo, Author and Naturalist

Sharing the Pine Barrens: What We Need to Do to Spread the Word for Their Conservation

The Spire Center for the Performing Arts
May 8, 2014
Plymouth, MA 02360

Eyes can gloss over when we talk about life on the habitat level, so how do we make the message clear, concise and effective? We can boil down our message to "three things about three things about the pine barrens."

Join John Galluzzo, Author, South Shore Natural Science Center Director of Education, the 2013 Stellwagen Bank National Marine Sanctuary Volunteer of the Year and a member of the SEMPBA Board for a free 'Pine Barrens' presentation and workshop that will provide you with the tools you need to deliver your own presentations on the ecology of Southeastern Massachusetts Atlantic Coastal Pine Barrens Ecoregion.

Pine Fest SignPine Fest—A Pine Barrens Multicultural Celebration

The Pine Fest Portal - view scenes from Pine Fest 2014, find the vendors, entertainers and conservation partners.

Pine Fest Flyer Activities to highlight beauty of pine barrens By Robert Knox | GLOBE CORRESPONDENT MAY 15, 2014

Read about Pine Fest in the Old Colony Memorial Newspaper May 17 Pine Fest—A Multicultural Pine Barrens Celebration 

Pine Fest was Co-sponsored by the Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation, the Duxbury, Carver, Middleborough and funded through grants from the Carver, Duxbury, MIddleborough, Plymouth and Wareham Cultural Councils

and by a grant from the A.D. Makepeace Redbrook Project.

 A.D. Makepeace Redbrook Project Logo

View our exciting line-up of Pine Fest Special Programs!

View the listing of Performers, Vendors and Participating Organizations

View 2014 Pine Fest Photo Album

Carlos Fragata

The Sights and Sounds of Wetlands and Wildlife With Naturalist Carlos T. B. Fragata
April 19, 10 am - 1 pm

Learn about those wet areas in your neighborhood and find out what is making all that noise every spring. Join Carlos at the SEMPBA Center for a presentation entitled, "The Sights and Sounds of Wetlands and Wildlife."
After Carlos' indoor presentation, he will lead us on an exploration of the Russell Mill Pond Conservation Area. The trail head is right there at the SEMPBA Center. We will investigate wetlands and forest along the trail and find a nice spot for our picnic lunch. View Flyer

Plymouth Gentian in Bloom

Plant Conservation Volunteer (PCV) Training
Saturday, April 5, 10:00 am to 4:00 pm
Carver Public Library

SEMPBA will host the New England Wild Flower Society (NEWFS) for a free Plant Conservation Volunteer (PCV) seminar to train volunteers how to identify and monitor rare plants. After training, volunteers PCVs further plant conservation by participating in the following activities:

Rare plant monitoring – The basic intent of the PCV Corps is to gain a more current assessment of the status of rare species in New England. Courses and field trips– Trips and courses are led by professional botanists and land managers, providing an opportunity for PCVs to learn more about identification, ecology, and conservation in the field.  John Burns, PCV Administrator, seeks volunteer applications throughout the year.

Additional information about the program:

Plant Conservation Volunteer Application

Download the PCV Brochure

Visit the PCV Web page

Juan Bacigalupi

Juan Bacigalupi

More about the new Speaker Series

Up Next at SEMPBA:
Making Waves in Coastal Conservation Speakers Series

Juan Bacigalupi: Toes in the Sand, an Eye on the Future: How Public Participation Could Shape Everyone's Rights in the Coastal Zone.

Thursday, March 27
7:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
(doors open at 7 p.m.)
204 Long Pond Road, Plymouth

The series is sponsored by the Goldenrod Foundation and hosted by SEMPBA

Making Waves in Coastal Conservation

This new Speaker Series begins February 26 at the SEMPBA Conservation Center, 204 Long Pond Road, Plymouth. More Info.

The series features up and coming experts involved in conservation and management of natural resources in the coastal areas of Massachusetts. They will discuss the latest developments in whale research, climate change and coastal regulations, environmental law enforcement, tracking the flight paths of shorebirds and using prescribed fire as a tool for forest management.

View Flyer

Lindsay Hirt, Plymouth Native

Series Kickoff:
Speaker Plymouth Native
Lindsay Hirt

Getting it Right for the Right Whale: How New Technologies Are Saving Whales

Wednesday, February 26
7:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
(doors open at 7 p.m.)
Free Admission. Refreshments. Accessible.

The series is sponsored by the Goldenrod Foundation.