Town Forest: Hunt down the new wildlife sculptures and bird houses

Above: The public is invited to scavange hunt for newly installed birdhouses and sculpted wildlife in the Town Forest. (images cropped from contributed photos)

Happy Earth Day. If you’re looking for a way to celebrate, the Southborough Stewardship Committee encourages you to re-explore the Town Forest. The invitation focuses on some newly installed fun features:

We are pleased to announce our new installation at Town Forest and invite you to come explore! Local resident and candidate for a Masters in Wildlife Conservation from Unity College Kimberley Berry, conceptualized, crafted, and installed the “Hunt for Nature” at the Southborough Town Forest. Her work features handcrafted bird houses to support our native bird population as well as small sculptures of local wildlife. How many can you find?

Details are on a new page on the Town’s website just launchedin time for Earth Day. The page includes a link to a map of the sculptures.

It also shares:

Grab some family and/or friends and play Backyard Bird Bingo! Download the linked form and see who can get BINGO first! Check out some of the links below on local species that you might see in your travels or to learn more about some of your backyard birds. Or how about learning how to create your own eco-friendly backyard? Just like the bird boxes in the Town Forest, adding a bird box to your own backyard can help bring birds and their young into home communities. Click here for an informational flyer to get you started on your first steps. 

The page also has a list of Town Forest wildlife with links to details you can learn about each.

If you aren’t familiar with the forest, you can also find a description, map and details on parking.

Thanks to Stewardship and Chair Joyce Greenleaf for the information along with contributed photos below:

Town Forest birdhouse Town Forest birdhouse installation Town Forest birdhouse Town Forest birdhouse Town Forest sculpture  

For more Earth Day ideas, click here

Updated (4/22/21 9:15 am): The website has been updated with even more details and activities than when I wrote the post earlier this morning. That includes information on the Town Forest and parking. (Initially, I directed readers to a different page for a description and map.)

Updated (4/22/21 9:20 am): I just learned that most of the wildlife sculpture pics I shared earlier weren’t meant to be shared publicly yet. The committee didn’t want to “spoil” the scavenger hunt. They were fine with sharing the one of the turtle as an example.

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