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A swarm of drumlins: Groton’s great outdoors
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Conservation — Environment — Nature — Recreation

* Groton Farmer’s Market Fridays 3 p.m. to dusk at the Williams Barn, 160 Chicopee Road. A variety of home-grown products plus these live musicians: Oct. 10. Aisling Keating with Irish music.

The Groton Pony Club will sponsor a three-phase Schooling Show, Sunday, Oct. 12. Riders must register, but spectators are welcome at the Groton Fairgrounds on Jenkins Road between 9 a.m. and 2 p.m. as riders and their horses demonstrate mastery of dressage, stadium jumping, and cross country jumping in competition. groton.ponyclub.org.

* Olin Lathrop, of the Groton Trails Committee and the Appalachian Mountain Club, will lead a guided walk through newly acquired conservation land featuring beaver ponds, eskers, streams, and fall foliage of the New England woods Sunday, Oct. 12, 1-3 p.m. Meet in the Williams Barn parking area on Chicopee Row.

A hike is also scheduled for Saturday, Oct. 18, 1 p.m., for spectacular fall foliage views from the Gibbet and Scarlet Hill trails. Meet in the parking lot of Gibbet Hill Grill, Rt. 40.

* 17th Annual Groton Town Forest Trail Race begins 12:30 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 19, at the Groton Senior Center, 163 West Main St. Some of the proceeds go to the Groton Trails Committee, which maintains and maps 100 trails in Groton. Online registration at grotontftr.freeservers.com

* Water Chestnuts in the Nashua River, Thursday, Oct. 23, 7 p.m. Learn about the Nashua River Watershed Association’s efforts to eradicate this aggressive aquatic invasive plant. 592 Main St. For information or to register, contact Martha Morgan at 978-448-0299 or email martham@nashuariverwatershed.org.

* Cleanup Day at Hazel Grove Park. Many hands make light work, Saturday, Oct. 25, 10 a.m. to noon, off Jenkins Road.

* Volunteer Opportunity: The Nashua River Rail Trail Committee welcomes additional members to promote maintenance and use of the trail, which goes through four towns: Ayer, Groton, Dunstable and Pepperell. Interested persons may contact Marion Stoddart marion.ov40fun@verizon.net

* Michael Veit has provided NRWA with a resource list for anyone who wants to learn more about native bees, their biology, diversity, and conservation. An Aug. 11 link can be found at the Facebook page Official Nashua River Watershed Association.

* Individuals and organizations may comment on the FERC Application submitted by the Tennessee Gas Pipeline Company. Info at townofgroton.org under announcements.

In the area

* Fruitlands Museum, 102 Prospect Road, Harvard, fruitlands.org.

Saturday, Oct. 11, and Sunday, Oct. 12, Harvest Weekend, family activities beginning at 10 a.m.

Thursday, Oct. 23, Ecology Lecture: Dr. Richard Orson, 7 p.m. A look at the spread of Phragmites Australis.

* State of the Birds Report 2014: One hundred years after the extinction of the passenger pigeon, the nation’s top bird scientists from conservation groups and agencies have come together again to publish the fifth State of the Birds report. stateofthebirds.org.

* A reminder that hunting season is beginning. The Groton Police Department recommends the wearing of colorful clothes, like hunter’s orange, while in the woods. There is no hunting on Sundays in Massachusetts. For more info on hunting in Groton: grotonpd.org/Hunting.html.

This list is compiled by Mary Metzger mmetzger42@yahoo.com and may be freely shared.

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