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Temporary fence goes up

September 18, 2020

You may have noticed the temporary fence encircling our headquarters. Installed by Consigli, the fence is a safety precaution that will remain up for the duration of the renovation. This fall, our headquarters roof will be removed, and we will be on our way to restoring the historic sawtooth roofline. If the weather cooperates, we should have our ‘topping out’ ceremony in December. 

Our trails and grounds remain open through October 31, when we close for the season. Wondering what you might see when you visit? Check out our trail reports for insights on resident plant and animal life. You can also print out trail maps before you visit. Parking remains available at our headquarters, at Cary East .5mi north of our headquarters on Sharon Turnpike, and in the Lowlands off Route 82. 


Be Bear Aware

August 5, 2020

An update from Cary’s Mike Fargione, Manager of Cary’s Field Research & Outdoor Programs.

Bears move over large areas and travel on and off our property in their search for food. In early summer, adult females seek mates, and in preparation, expel yearlings from their family group. Young bears trying to figure out how to make a living on their own can get into mischief. Help keep them from learning bad habits and becoming problem bears by avoiding unnecessary close encounters with people, and by properly disposing of any food brought onto our campus.
Black bears are normally not aggressive toward people, and attacks are rare and unlikely. Regardless, make noise to let them know you are around while in the woods or on the trails. When you see a bear at a distance, change your route to avoid it. Don’t try to get closer for a “better photo”.  
If you surprise a bear at close range, stop, bring your group together, and wait for the bear to move off. Never run because the bear may run after you. Stay calm. If the bear refuses to leave, back away slowly while facing the animal. Black bears will sometimes “bluff charge” when cornered, threatened, or when attempting to steal food. Stand your ground and then slowly back away only once the bear stops its approach.  
People spending time in the woods should consider carrying bear spray and having it readily-available at all times. This is the most effective deterrent in the unlikely event of a close encounter.

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Renovation & Safety Issues Require Tree Removal

August 6, 2020

Trees that pose a risk to our headquarters will be removed from the perimeter of our main building. Our site was landscaped 45 years ago, and some of the original plantings have grown too close to the building and/or are weakened by invasive forest pests. For safety reasons, these trees must be removed. Removal will focus on hemlocks infested with hemlock woolly adelgid, a sap-sucking insect that is killing hemlocks in our region. We will also be taking down some oaks that have grown too close to the building’s roofline. These trees will need to be removed in advance of a planned renovation of our headquarters. None of the trees in the circle rimmed by our entrance road will be affected.

Tree removal is slated for August, which comes in advance of Cary’s headquarters renovation plans. You can learn more in a virtual community update on August 21

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