Become a Citizen Scientist This Year…

bio 2 photoBeginning on Thursday, August 17th, Regreen Springfield will be offering a free 10-week training program that will train you to collect and find data about the natural world around you, and link you with actual researchers doing work in Springfield. The free training course will be offered for ten weeks, and will include two sessions each week.  Additionally, a field trip will let participants join in a real world research project taking place in Springfield.

Each session will last about 2.5 hours, followed by one-on-one time with course instructors. You will be offered the opportunity to learn from professionals and discover about the trees, birds, wildlife and waterways in your neighborhood. There is no charge to participate in this program, and all training materials, tools, transportation fees, safety equipment and books will be provided to you.

Training sessions will be held at the STCC Business Growth Center, One Federal Street, right across from the main entrance to Springfield Technical Community College, and at the UMass Springfield Center at Tower Square, Main Street, Springfield.

Classes begin on Thursday, August 17th at 2:30 PM. Pre-Registration is required. To register please Click Here.

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Ecological Information Signs Added at Abbey Brook

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One of the new interpretive signs recently installed in the Abbey Brook Watershed.

Thirty new interpretive environmental education signs have been installed in the Abby Brook Watershed.  The signs provide information on the forest, water, wildlife, soils and other components of the environmental makeup of the Abbey Brook Conservation area.  These signs provide simple to understand technical information, along with highlights of the value of these components in the landscape.

To visit Abbey Brook, which is located in the East Springfield Neighborhood, immediately behind Renaissance High School, 1170 Carew St, Springfield, MA 01104.  Just add these GPS coordinates to Google Maps to find directions to the trailhead which directs you into the Watershed —- 42.134035, -72.574217.

Ben Ryan, a Regreen Springfield intern, installs a new sign at Abbey Brook.

Take a look around in the landscape in the Abbey Brook… you’ll likely find something new and exciting about the natural world around us.  Abbey Brook will be adding additional trail signage and stream crossings later this year, to make your visit a bit easier.

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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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