Muddy Creek

The soundtrack of this day is a late summer song played by crickets hidden beneath dappled shadows in yellowing grasses. Nuthatches skitter over the chunky bark of scrub pines, singing along, while crows and jays cry out warnings. To those who listen, they say, a line of hikers moves through the forest. The group walks steadily down a sandy path toward an overlook where guides promise that those who close their eyes and open their minds will feel something special. The guides say the view tells tales of past and present, beginnings and endings, and that where they are walking and where they are going is hallowed ground. That this place was saved from development is a miracle.
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Adventures in

No mistaking it – this is an adventure. Melissa Hennessey, her five-year-old daughter Sophia, and Jenna Zoino slip off the beaten path, duck beneath a barely visible opening in the tangle of Virginia creeper and briars, and slip into the woods. Not only does an air of adventure hang around the trio, but an aura of mystery too. Who knows what they’ll find?

“If we’re going to reveal the sites, we have to agree on having personal anonymity,” says Zoino, holding a branch aside for little Sophia to duck beneath. Hearing the humans’ approach, some creature skitters away, its noisy escape announced by leaf cover left dry by a summer of too little rain. Everyone pauses to consider what it might be. “Squirrel?” “Sounded like something bigger.”
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Barbara & Peter Sidel
Donate Salt Marsh

Barbara and Peter Sidel recently donated two 1.3-acre salt marsh parcelsto the nonprofit Harwich Conservation Trust (HCT) in the Red River estuary that flows into Nantucket Sound. The scenic sweep of salt marsh habitat is tucked just behind Red River Beach and Uncle Venie’s Road.
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Orienteering Workshop

On a mild, autumn morning in late October, 16 intrepid explorers joined HCT’s Orienteering Workshop led by naturalist Todd Kelley. This hands-on workshop taught participants how to use a compass and read a map. Attendees followed an outdoor navigation course and applied practical reasoning and decision-making skills in order to always stay found—-even without a smartphone!

The Wilsons bring owls that are found locally including great-horned owl with golden irises, red morph screech owl and the soda can-sized saw-whet owl. They also showcase owls from around the globe, including the Eurasian eagle owl (largest owl species in the world) and the South American spectacled owl. The barred owl with its dark charcoal-colored eyes and the striking snowy owl will also make an appearance. – See more at: