What is amazing about the Middlesex Fells Reservation is the great variety of nature available for exploration, so close to where we live. Just yesterday I was speaking to a Melrosian who talked about his experience staring into the eyes of what he was sure was a bobcat he encountered while hiking in the Fells. Even David Brown the professional animal tracker has never seen a bobcat track in the Fells Reservation, but within the past year or so George McLean, a photographer from Medford, was able to photograph a bobcat cub just across from the Fells.
This spring Bryan Hamlin, the Friends of Fells board chairperson, and others have been been posting a series of beautiful Fells spring wildflower photographs on the new Friends Facebook wall, easy to find on the Friends website.
The key to maintaining the wildness of the Fells will be the topic of a feature presentation at the Friends of Fells annual meeting on May 19 from 7-9 p.m. at the Milano Senior Center, 201 West Foster St., Melrose.
Kenneth Fung, educator for Leave No Trace, the national center for outdoor ethics, will present slides and video images showing how low impact recreational use practices can help connect with and protect the natural features found in the Fells Reservation.
This event is free and refreshments will be served.
Melrose and all of the Fells communities are blessed by the presence of so much of the natural world not far from our doorsteps. Join us as we celebrate the Fells. Please invite anyone you know who loves the Fells to join us at the Friends annual meeting. For more information, call 781-662-2340.