The Nelson family including Anne-Sophie Laloe, Zoe Laloe, Max Nelson, and Lila Nelson (grandchildren to Beth and Ted Nelson of East Harwich) embarked on quite an adventure exploring local conservation lands and scenic trails through their “Winter Camp” experience. Part of their odyssey even included a chilly plunge into Pleasant Bay!
As Ted explained:
We created a sort of Winter Camp while our four grandchildren were staying with us.
It’s rare to find a land-saving project that could create a ready-made walking trail destination while also protecting the health of a pond and the Herring River. This approximately 31-acre property is very visible at the corner of Pleasant Lake Avenue (Rt. 124) and Headwaters Drive. Folks bicycle, walk, jog, and enjoy the Cape Cod Rail Trail as it travels through the property.
The goal of the Hinckleys Pond/Herring River Headwaters Preservation Project is to support a land acquisition partnership between the Town, State, and nonprofit Harwich Conservation Trust (HCT) that will result in protecting the land, water quality, walking trails, and wildlife habitat.
Back in 1970, singer songwriter Joni Mitchell sang about not realizing “what we’ve lost ‘til it’s gone” when she warned about losing wild places to development. Fifty years later, the words couldn’t be truer.
As our paradise-to-pavement consumption of forests, meadows, and other natural lands accelerates, many of us risk never even knowing what we’ve lost, never mind waiting until it’s gone.
An Atlantic white cedar swamp is a mysterious place of mossy hummocks rambling around the roots of dignified spires stretching skyward. If you’re unfamiliar with these fascinating wetland communities, picture towering cedars casting deep shade on the boggy, tumbled terra firma below.
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: http://harwichconservationtrust.org/eyes-on-owls/#sthash.l69lwALO.dpuf