For those doing something different next week for the school April break, take a minute this week to:
1) Write/call your Town Meeting Member letting them know that you support the Town's updated greenhouse gas emissions reductions goals. These goals appear in Article 24, Motion 1 and call for reductions in town-wide GHG emissions of 50% below Wellesley’s 2007 baseline by 2030, 75% below Wellesley’s 2007 baseline by 2040, and net zero town-wide GHG emissions by 2050. These science-based goals follow State policy, are in line with The United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, support Wellesley’s Unified Plan, and echo similar climate actions taken by an increasing number of Wellesley’s peer communities across the Commonwealth.
2) Enjoy Sierra Club's free plant-based cooking classes! You know that going meatless is good for the environment and for your health. The production of meat and dairy generates a lot more greenhouse gases than the production of comparable amounts of plant-based proteins. Check out two upcoming online cooking classes from the Sierra Club for inspiration and helpful tips.
Sunday, April 18, 6-7pm
Plant-based Cooking Demonstration: Learn how to make healthy plant-based food with the Plant-based Planet Team! We’ll demonstrate how to make various plant-based dishes at home. Feel free to ask us questions! Register in advance here.
Tuesday, April 20, 6:30-7:30pm
Our Sustainable Kitchen Cooking Class, Second Episode: Professional vegan chef Diana Goldman will teach you virtually how to prepare delicious plant-based food. Register in advance here.
3) Enjoy the week!
In the spring vernal pool animals are often in a race against time for survival before the pool dries up during the summer. Come see what you can find in one of Wellesley’s 18 vernal pools. From fairy shrimp to damselflies, green frogs and painted turtles, learn about these seasonal pools and the many creatures that might inhabit them on Wednesday, April 14 at 4:00PM. The "Fairies, Frogs, and Damsels!" Spring and Summer Wildlife of Vernal Pools: Part 2 event is brought to us by the Wellesley Conservation Land Trust Educational Series and co-sponsored by the Wellesley Free Library, Natural Resources Commission, and Sustainable Wellesley.
Register in advance for this half-hour virtual educational Zoom event here.
What is a vernal pool?
How does the vernal pool change from early spring to late spring/summer?
Why and how does that affect what creatures are in the pool?
How does that affect what critters are drawn to the pool?
Who are the predators and who are the prey?
Joy Marzolf, former naturalist and educator for over 13 years at Mass Audubon's Broadmoor Wildlife Sanctuary and now with her own company The Joys of Nature, will provide the answers to your questions and provide tips for exploring Wellesley’s vernal pools.
This event is designed for families and curious children of all ages. Pre-registration is required here. More info: Facebook. Website.
According to the Wellesley Geographic Information System (GIS), Wellesley has 18 vernal pools and 15 of them are certified! You can explore the location of these by using the Wellesley GIS Property Viewer and turning on the Vernal Pool layer. A map to the Guernsey Sanctuary vernal pool is here. An aerial view of the North 40 vernal pool is here.
Massachusetts GIS of Certified Vernal Pools
Massachusetts Vernal Pool Certification Process
Learn all about the weird and wonderful skunk cabbage, Spring’s first wildflower at an event co-sponsored by the Wellesley Free Library, Natural Resources Commission, and Sustainable Wellesley on Wednesday, March 24 at 4:00PM via Zoom.
Register in advance for this half-hour virtual educational event:
Wonder how to spot them? Wellesley's Judy Barr will let you know. HINT: the flowers don’t look like flowers, and the leaves don’t look like leave.
Designed for families and children of all ages. Pre-registration is required here.
Stay tuned for more in the Wellesley Conservation Land Trust Educational Series:
Wednesday, April 14, 4PM - Pre-register here
Spring & Summer Wildlife of Vernal Pools: Fairies, Frogs, and Damsels
The Wellesley Conservation Land Trust is our local 501(c)(3) non-profit land trust that protects 14 sanctuaries across more than 45 acres of natural land in Wellesley and bordering lands in Needham and Weston. More information about our mission, the sanctuaries and membership can be found at WellesleyConservationLandTrust.org.