Upriver Journey

Learn about the fascinating lives and epic migrations of American Shad and Sea Lamprey virtually on May 18th from 5:30 until 6:30 p.m. These fish play an important role in our river ecosystems as they migrate to and from the sea. Author John McPhee nicknamed American Shad “Our Founding Fish”. Sea Lamprey have been called “Hero of our rivers and vampire of the sea”. Find out why this keystone species is misunderstood and underappreciated. Join Kim Noyes, Northfield Mountain Education Coordinator, for this free presentation on the history and natural history of these unusual fish as this spring’s upriver migration is underway. This on-line event is co-sponsored with the Northfield Bird Club. To register, go to Registration requests must be received at least 24 hours before program begins.

Birdscaping: Home Sweet Habitat

Wednesday, May 12th at 6pm on Zoom

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Join Master Gardener and bird lover Joan Butler for “Birdscaping: Home Sweet Habitat,” a beautifully illustrated program that explores the importance of creating welcoming habitats for birds through thoughtful landscape choices, including native plants vital for food and nesting sites. Learn about the benefits and joys of creating beautiful, layered gardens designed for avian – and human! – habitation. This event is sponsored by the Friends of the Flint Public Library.

About the presenter: Joan Butler has been an enthusiastic gardener, plant collector and birder for over 35 years, and believes gardens should invite you to linger in the world outside your door. The gardens on her half-acre suburban property have been included on several garden tours and feature exciting plant combinations, dramatic horticultural specimens, and extensive collections of native plants, hosta and epimedium.

Joan has a deep and fundamental interest in the natural world. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Geology from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst and a Certificate in Landscape Management from UMass Extension Green School. She is a Master Gardener, a horticulturist at Weston Nurseries, and is a past Chairman of the Massachusetts Landscape Design Council. She is a member of the Garden Consultants Council, the New England Hosta Society and is an accredited Flower Show Judge. Joan has presented programs at flower shows in Massachusetts and Connecticut, and at numerous garden clubs, horticultural societies and libraries.

Charlie Pope

Adult Services Librarian

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Flint Public Library | Middleton, MA

Songbird Migration Virtual Program

Join Jessica Tatten on Tuesday, April 13th from 5:30 until 6:30 p.m. for an update on her recent research exploring songbird migration in the Connecticut River Valley. The Silvio O. Conte National Fish and Wildlife Refuge provides an important place for migratory birds to rest and refuel on their way north to their breeding grounds. Her research explores where these songbirds stop, what types of habitat they use, what influences their decisions, and where they go once they depart. Jess will shed light on some of these questions and how a relatively new tracking technology helped provide answers. Jessica Tatten has conducted research for the University of Massachusetts and Mass Audubon and recently completed her Master of Science degree in Environmental Conservation at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. This free, virtual program is co-sponsored by Northfield Mountain Recreation and Environmental Center and the Northfield Bird Club. Pre-registration is required at Registration requests must be received at least 24 hours before the program begins.

Awakenings: Early Signs of Spring
Kim Noyes

From a springtail migration of millions to delicate spring wildflowers, this illustrated virtual program highlights early spring. March and April are filled with signs of spring’s arrival such as the sky dance of the woodcock and the annual migration of spotted salamanders. These subtle to showy changes in the plant and animal world in March and April are a feast for our senses. Join Kim Noyes, Firstlight Power’s Northfield Mountain Education Coordinator, on Tuesday, March 16th from 5:30 until 6:30 p.m., for this presentation about New England’s plants and animals during the steady progression of early spring. This free on-line event is co-sponsored with the Northfield Bird Club. To register, go to Registration requests must be received at least 24 hours before the program begins.

Missed Kim's presentation? Watch it by clicking here.

Join Charley Eiseman for this beautifully illustrated program highlighting common native plants, host-specific insect relationships and the insects themselves. Charley shares his fascination and enthusiasm for the world of insects in his programs as well as in his popular BugTracks blog and award-winning book, Tracks and Sign of Insects and Other Invertebrates: A Guide to North American Species. His scientific discoveries include many new species of insects, even one found in his own backyard! Find out what can happen if you stop mowing your lawn. This free Zoom event is co-sponsored with the Dickinson Memorial Library and the Northfield Bird Club. To register email

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