Bio-Blitz at Abbey Brook Explores Natural World

Regreen team members collect samples from the water at Abbey Brook.

Regreen team members collect samples from the water at Abbey Brook during the Bio-Blitz.

Over 100 participants joined forces in a fun, scientific and educational “BioBlitz” on Thursday at the Abbey Brook Conservation Area, where they helped identify and inventory wildlife, tree and plant species. Abbey Brook is a watershed in the East Springfield Neighborhood.

Regreen Springfield, along with the Sustainable Springfield Partnership conducted the event at the conservation area, with the staging site located behind Springfield Renaissance High School. The conservation area is home to birds, bees, trees, fish, turtles, skunk, squirrels, and various other living things, and has been the focus of an ongoing restoration project by Regreen Springfield and its parters.

A BioBlitz is a defined period of biological surveying in an attempt to record all the living species within a designated area.  During the BioBlitz, teams counted, measured, photographed and recorded information on all of the living things found, assisted by scientists and field professionals. Over 80 different species of plants, animals, and other living organisms were found during the day-long event. The event also involved the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, the U.S. Forest Service, the Springfield Conservation Commission, the Springfield Science Museum, Renaissance High School, Holyoke Community College and other community partners.

To view more photos, and a short video that captures the day’s activities, visit http://www.masslive.com/news/index.ssf/2017/07/bioblitz_finds_scores_of_creat.html#incart_river_home

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Parks and People Educational Program at Emerson Wight Park – Birds, Bees and Bats

Parks and People- BirdsWednesday, July 12, 2017
3:00 – 6:00 PM
Emerson Wight Park, Marble Street, Springfield, MA
Come join us for an outdoor adventure where you will learn all about birds, bees, and bats in the South End Neighborhood of Springfield. These organisms help pollinate plants and add to the quality of life in our neighborhood. Having different types of birds and bees can tell us about the health of our environment. They keep our forests and our world healthy.

Plan to attend this FREE informational event, which features demonstrations, hands-on activities and refreshments. This event is open to all ages, including adults, and to all residents of Springfield and surrounding towns.

This outdoor event features researchers who will lead you on a fun and exciting look at the pollinators in the city. You will learn how you can participate in helping to care for and maintain the populations of birds, bees, and bats in your yard, in our parks, and along our streets. This will be a FUN event, and don’t worry if you don’t know much about pollinators ; you will know a lot more when you leave the event.

  • Learn Something New
  • Easy to Understand Science
  • Fun Filled and Fast Paced
  • Food and Drink

Visit www.regreenspringfield.org/parksandpeople  for more information.

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Tree Care Job Training Program Begins July 25th

HUD Stewardship half page Web EnglishRegreen Springfield, in partnership with the US Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and the City of Springfield has begun an exciting new initiative that will create a new ‘Community Tree Steward’ program that will recruit, train, and certify, a team of Springfield residents to plant, maintain, and care for trees. Upon completion of the 10-week program, graduates will be provided with interviews at a job fair, with local green industry businesses, for employment placement.

This program will provide residents, students and others an opportunity to participate in a program of live, interactive instructional sessions that will deliver a comprehensive program of tree care education. Included in this program will be training and instruction on plant growth, tree selection, planting, pruning, tools, safety and maintenance.

The classes take place on Tuesday and Thursdays, from 4:00 – 6:30 PM, at the Regreen Springfield classroom facility, at 1 Federal Street. The first class begins July 25, 2017, with a kick-off orientation event.

If you are interested in participating in this program, please complete the informational form at https://goo.gl/sxRs3X or send an email to info@regreenspringfield.org

 

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