Walk at Valley Farm in Shirley and learn about industrious beavers

A beaver at Valley Farm in Shirley

Beavers are nature’s engineers, capable of transforming the landscape in which they live to best suit their needs, while providing habitat for a wide range of their fellow animals.

Hunted to extirpation in Massachusetts by the end of the 18th century, the first recorded family group to return to the state was documented in 1928 in West Stockbridge.

Almost 100 years later, beavers are abundant throughout the state. The Nashua River Watershed Association (NRWA) invites the public to join us for our “Walk at Valley Farm” on Saturday, September 21, 2019, from 1:00 – 3:00 p.m., in Shirley.

Watershed  naturalist Gaynor Bigelbach will lead this walking tour at the historic Valley Farm where an extended family of beavers has created four lodges over a period of 13 years. Learn a little of the history of Valley Farm, and hear the family saga of this diligent group of beavers.

These are woodland trails, and they can be both steep and uneven at times. Hiking boots or sturdy walking shoes are strongly recommended. Please dress appropriately for the weather and take precautions for insects. The walk will go on in the event of light rain, but will be postponed to September 28th in the event of severe weather. For the comfort of all, no dogs are allowed.

This walk is free and open to the public made possible with the support of our Shirley Event Sponsor, The Lexvest Group, a privately-owned real estate development company that redeveloped Pepperell Place in Pepperell and Phoenix Park in Shirley, where it makes its headquarters.

It is part of the year-long series of free programs being presented in NRWA watershed communities as part of NRWA’s celebration of its 50th Anniversary (1969 to 2019).

Thank you to our 50th Anniversary Sponsors for making this series possible, Presenting Sponsor: Rollstone Bank & Trust, and Anniversary Sponsors: CanAm Machinery, Inc. and Enterprise Bank.

Space is limited; pre-registration for the walk is required. Directions to the parking and trailhead will be provided upon registration; and registrants will be notified directly of any weather postponement. To register, please contact Kate at the NRWA at (978) 448-0299 or email KateM@NashuaRiverWatershed.org.

To learn more about the work of the Nashua River Watershed Association, visit www.NashuaRiverWatershed.org.