Kestrel Joins with Smith College to Protect 190 Acres

The view is spectacular!

The view is spectacular!

Hello Everyone,  Well Kestrel Land Trust did it again!  This time they partnered with Smith College to protect 190 acres in West Whately at the College’s Ada & Archibald MacLeish Field Station.  It’s purpose was to preserve important wildlife habitat and building a larger contiguous forest of protected land.  I had the opportunity to spend some time with the Kestrel Folks hiking around the property.  What an afternoon of fun people and beautiful forests and fields.  Plus we had Reid Bertone-Johnson Manager of the Field Station and Laurie Sanders, Naturalist Extraordinaire show us around!  And then we had the pleasure of the Boxcar Lillies play some music, they are dynamite!  If you haven’t seen them, you have to catch their show. And to top it off the views were out of this world.  As the teenager’s would say, well they’d text it they wouldn’t say anything…. OMG :)
As the Boxcar Lillies sing:
“Be patient with the future, time can be your friend, always take the back roads, throw the top down when you can…”

Here’s a quick introduction:

Here is Reid talking about the chestnut research program at the Field Station:

Here is Laurie talking about how the Berkshires were formed:

I had to show you the incredible talent of the Boxcar Lillies:

Remember, click on any picture to enlarge:

This is what Laurie wanted to show us, a very young spotted sally!

This is what Laurie wanted to show us, a very young spotted sally!

Can you find the wood frog?

Can you find the wood frog?

Ah, there it is!

Ah, there it is!

Reid Bertone-Johnson, Manager of the Field Station

Reid Bertone-Johnson, Manager of the Field Station

Laurie Sanders

Laurie Sanders

Jonas, Chair of Kestrel with the Boxcar Lillies.

Jonas, Chair of Kestrel with the Boxcar Lillies.

The Field Station also has a state of the art classroom!

The Field Station also has a state of the art classroom!

About John Body

I live in Western Massachusetts, in the incredibly beautiful Connecticut River Valley. I've been hiking, kayaking, and tracking wildlife throughout the Valley with lots of photos and videos that people may like to see. Whenever I travel I also take my cameras just in case I see great scenery or wildlife. My passion is wildlife conservation so I try to attend wildlife workshops and land preservation events (Habitat, Habitat, Habitat!). When I get a chance, I videotape the experts, they're just so knowledgeable and inspiring. I hope you enjoy my posts.
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