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MARTIN LUTHER KING JR. DAY OF SERVICE WORK SESSION
Monday, February 18, 2019, Noon to 3 PM
(POSTPONED from January 21st)
We will be clearing small trees, brush, vines, and trash in the Mapleton Preserve. Come spend a winter afternoon outdoors with us, and discover the special joys of stewardship! Bring saws, clippers, loppers and rakes. Work gloves, sturdy shoes, warm clothing and hats are a must. All are welcome. Call 609-683-0483 for more information, or if you would like to involve a group to help.
“BARKING UP THE RIGHT TREE” –
TREE ID USING BARKS AND BUDS
Sunday, March 10, 2019, 1-4 pm
This walk in Mapleton Preserve will focus on the underappreciated beauty and variability of trees in winter. If you take the time to look carefully, they can be identified without their leaves, using clues found in buds, fruits, leaf scars, branching patterns and bark. Let’s try our hand at it, using field guides and keys. Dress for the weather, and bring binoculars and a hand lens if you have them. This is an intensive workshop, and is limited to 10 people. $20/person for materials. Preregistration required (609-608-6455).
FIRST DAY HIKE
Tuesday, January 1st, 2019
Well over one hundred people walked with us on New Year’s Day, through the Mapleton Preserve, across Mapleton Road to the path between the D&R Canal and the former seedbeds of Princeton Nurseries, on to the turning basin and the Locktender’s House, and back along what we like to call the osage orange trail. Photographer Laura Hawkins captured these terrific photos. A big thank you to her and all who participated for starting the new year off on a bright note!
THANKSGIVING DAY WALK
Thursday, November 22, 2018
A score of people turned out for our annual Thanksgiving Day morning exploration of the Mapleton Preserve, despite the bitter temperature, to search for signs of our local wildlife and what they might be having for Thanksgiving dinner–a rather different menu from ours!
NATIONAL PUBLIC LANDS DAY
Saturday, September 29, 2018
Crews removed brush and vines from the base of the Preserve’s signature ginkgo row and elsewhere in the Preserve, and collected litter on the Nursery Lands and along Mapleton Road and Division Street. Sincere thanks to all for their efforts!
Saturday, August 25, 2018
An “old-fashioned scavenger hunt with a modern twist” was hosted by Friends of Princeton Nursery Lands, in collaboration with the D&R Canal State Park Naturalist. Teams cooperated to find natural objects and complete fun-filled tasks in a timed event.
ANNUAL MEETING AND PROGRAM ON the Northern Copperhead Snake
Thursday, June 7, 2018
During the business meeting, President Karen Linder thanked outgoing trustee Gwen Southgate for her years of enthusiastic and dedicated service to FPNL, and we welcomed three new trustees: Ksenia Bobylak, BreeAnne Lemmerling, and Jason Rand. All three have already contributed considerable time, ideas, and energy to our organization, and we are honored and delighted to have them join our Board of Trustees.
Tyler Christensen gave a riveting and engaging presentation on the Northern Copperhead snake, a reptile of surprising docility, beauty, and complexity, despite its reputation for aggression and perniciousness. It is one of two venomous snakes found in New Jersey (the other being the Timber Rattlesnake), both of which are imperiled in the state. In addition to giving us insight into the lives of these creatures, he spoke of an ongoing radio-tracking study of Northern Copperheads taking place in the Sourlands of central New Jersey. Because their astonishingly cryptic pattern and behavior render them nearly invisible among the leaf litter on the forest floor, radio telemetry has allowed individual snakes to be tracked over multiple seasons, and has revealed a great deal about the state’s southernmost population of these remarkable forest vipers.
Tyler Christensen manages a radio-tracking study of Northern Copperheads through his company, Piedmont Ecological Services, LLC. Tyler is the director of the non-profit Wild Bird Research Group, Inc., through which he coordinates bird banding research on nearctic-neotropical migrants during the winter months in Costa Rica and Northern Saw-whet Owl migration and winter ecology in New Jersey. He is currently a Land Steward for Friends of Hopewell Valley Open Space and a board member of the Washington Crossing Audubon Society.
Read more about the Northern Copperhead here: Northern Copperhead
ARBOR DAY CELEBRATION
Saturday, April 28, 2018
Karen Linder led a brief tree appreciation walk featuring flowering trees, and a beautiful memorial redbud was planted with a lot of help from our friends! Dance groups Handsome Molly and the Griggstown Lock Rapper Sword Dancers provided music and dance to revel in the season. Our thanks to all who made this a festive celebration of Arbor Day.
WEEDS, WILDFLOWERS, AND WILDLIFE IN WINTER
Sunday, February 18, 2018
The old Princeton Nurseries fields are full of grasses, wildflowers and wildlife. In the snow-coated fields, Karen Linder and a dozen participants learned to identify plants in the “off-season,” and looked for evidence of the wildlife that lives in the Preserve.
MARTIN LUTHER KING DAY OF SERVICE WORK SESSION
Monday, January 15, 2018
Two dozen volunteers of all ages took part in a cleanup session in the Mapleton Preserve. Crews collected many bags of trash, tires and other big debris within the Preserve and along Mapleton Road.
A vigorous team took down vines, shrubs and small trees around the Propagation House, which will be the first building to be rehabilitated. Asbestos remediation is expected to begin soon, and then the restoration process can at last commence. We thank all who proved that energetic stewardship is important, fun, and a good way to keep warm on a sub-freezing day!
Propagation House Team
Photos by BreeAnneLemmerling & Tari Pantaleo