Family Walk to See the Fledgling Herons in Sudbury, MA

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Trip dates: Saturday, June 3, 2017 9:30 AM to 11:00 AM

The Lyons-Cutler Reservation, a property of the Sudbury Valley Trustees in Sudbury, has 5-7 heron nests. At this time of year, the eggs have hatched and the baby herons have yet to fledge, so they are living in their nests. Herons have several young and they make quite a racket in their nests. The nests are high in the branches of both live and dead trees in the wetlands at Lyons Cutler. The walk is flat and takes only about 20 minutes from the parking area at a near-by school where we will meet at 9:30 am.

When we get to the place where we can see the nests, you will need to be quiet so that we don't disturb the birds. We will watch the birds for 15 minutes to half an hour, then return to the parking area.

Lyons-Cutler Reservation is wet in places, so please wear hiking boots or rubber boots. There will be insects, so please bring insect repellent. If you have a pair of binoculars, bring them. The trip will cancel for heavy rain or thunderstorms.

Because of the sensitive nature of Lyons Cuter and the nesting area, we are limiting participation to the first 12 people to register. All participants must be able to walk on their own.

The trip leader will send out parking directions once you have registered by emailing me at

Trip details

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Massachusetts, Boston Area
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Christopher Stix (781-894-2924; before 8 PM)

Chris has an environmental studies degree from the University of Wisconsin. He leads Outdoorsrx trips for families in the Western suburbs of Boston. He also leads nature awareness trips, called Appreciating Nature. In 2014, Chris offered trained volunteer and crew naturalists in how to run nature awareness programs for families. He loves to hike and bike.

Joanna Jung
Trip location: 
Lyons-Cutler Reservation Sudbury, MA
herons, family, walk, outdoors Rx, AMC, Boston Family Outings, fledgling herons, birding
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Registration required: 
Chris Stix (781-894-2924; Before 8 PM)



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Creation date: 
2017-03-30 07:59:32.0
Last updated: 
2017-05-09 11:03:00.92