Friends of Jamaica Pond, Environmental Education Advocacy Stewardship Boston
 JAMAICA POND PROJECT

36 Perkins St., PO Box 300040, Jamaica Plain, MA 02130-0030
Gerry Wright, Founder and President
Telephone: 617-524-7070
Email: FrederickLawOlmsted@yahoo.com
TTY/MA RELAY 800-439-2370
www.FriendsOfJamaicaPond.org

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Community Caring Institute World Citizens promotes social justice, conservation
and public health to build up sustainable communities in Boston.

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http://www.cci.commcaring.org/w2/

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Jamaica Pond Project

History and Annual Park Keeper Award

Nature's Class Room: Environmental Education Projects

Environmental Research Project

Forestry Protection Projects

Emerald Necklace Bird Club

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Links and Resources

Contact and Email Info

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Protect Nature:
Boston Common to Muddy River to Franklin Park



Olmsted’s 195th Birthday Celebration

Wednesday, April 26, 2017, Time: 6:30-8:30 PM, Free

First Church, Unitarian Universalist Jamaica Plain, Centre and Eliot Street, Boston, MA 02130
(Wheel Chair Accessible)

Protect and Preserve Jamaica Pond and Hellenic Hill:
Gerry Wright aka Frederick Law Olmsted Speaks Out
Matt O’Malley, Boston City Councilor District 6
Christopher Cook, Commissioner, Boston Parks and Recreation Department
And Other Park Stewards

Olmsted Nature Center at Jamaica Pond:

Collaboration between Boston Park Rangers & Olmsted
Learn, Protect and Preserve Natural Wonders

RSVP EventBrite:
https://olmsted195.eventbrite.com

Information:
Telephone: 617-524-7070 Email: FrederickLawOlmsted@yahoo.com

Sponsors:
Olmsted 2022, Emerald Necklace Conservancy, Arborway Coalition
        and other Community organizations





Boston Spring Bird Walks 2017

Friday, April 14, 7:00 – 9:00 AM
Boston Nature Center, Mattapan, MA 02126
All (suitable for children 4 - 18 years)
Members & Nonmembers: Free
Join us to observe resident birds and migrants at a unique urban habitat that is a favorite stomping ground for many bird species. Local bird enthusiasts will help us find and identify birds through field marks, sounds, and behaviors. Birders of all levels will enjoy these guided walks. Binoculars and guidebooks will be provided, if needed. Suggested donation is $3 per person. Registration is not required, but recommended.  Walk-ins welcome. Register online or call 617-983-8500 to register by phone. Information: Boston Nature Center bnc@massaudubon.org

Sunday, April 23, 7:00 – 9:00 AM
Boston Nature Center, Mattapan, MA 02126
All (suitable for children 4 - 18 years)
Members & Nonmembers: Free
Join us to observe resident birds and migrants at a unique urban habitat that is a favorite stomping ground for many bird species. Local bird enthusiasts will help us find and identify birds through field marks, sounds, and behaviors. Birders of all levels will enjoy these guided walks. Binoculars and guidebooks will be provided, if needed. Suggested donation is $3 per person. Registration is not required, but recommended.  Walk-ins welcome. Register online or call 617-983-8500 to register by phone. Information: Boston Nature Center bnc@massaudubon.org

Saturday, April 29, 8:00 –9:30 AM.
Arnold Arboretum, Boston.
A 90-minute walk suitable for beginners as well as more experienced birders. See the arboretum website http://www.arboretum.harvard.edu for directions or to download a checklist of birds. Meeting Location: Main Gate off the Arborway, park along Arborway 8:00 AM.
Bob Mayer, Jamaica Plain (617) 983-3330
rgmayer@comcast.net

Sunday April 30, 8:00 – 9:30 AM.
Brookline Green Space Alliance
Olmsted Park Bird Walk - Leverett Pond to Ward’s Pond and return:
8 AM Meeting place: parking lot on 33 Pond Ave. in front of Brook House. 90 minutes Information: info@brooklinegreenspace.org Bob Mayer, Jamaica Plain (617) 983-3330 rgmayer@comcast.net

Saturday, May 6, 7:00 – 9:00 AM
Boston Nature Center, Mattapan, MA 02126
All (suitable for children 4 - 18 years)
Members & Nonmembers: Free
Join us to observe resident birds and migrants at a unique urban habitat that is a favorite stomping ground for many bird species. Local bird enthusiasts will help us find and identify birds through field marks, sounds, and behaviors. Birders of all levels will enjoy these guided walks. Binoculars and guidebooks will be provided, if needed. Suggested donation is $3 per person. Registration is not required, but recommended.  Walk-ins welcome. Register online or call 617-983-8500 to register by phone. Information: Boston Nature Center bnc@massaudubon.org
 
Saturday, May 6, 8:00 AM.
Arnold Arboretum, Boston.
A 90-minute walk suitable for beginners as well as more experienced birders. See the arboretum website http://www.arboretum.harvard.edu for directions or to download a checklist of birds. Meeting Location: Peters Hill gate on Bussey Street 8:00 AM.  Bob Mayer, Jamaica Plain (617) 983-3330 rgmayer@comcast.net

Sunday, May 7, 7:30 AM
Please join us for FCA’s annual "Birds of the Back Bay Fens"
Guided Bird Walk with
Stephen Baird, Emerald Necklace Naturalist, Friends of Jamaica Pond
Location: Back Bay Fens park in Boston's West Fenway neighborhood. Meet at the Japanese Bell outside the Kelleher Rose Garden (by the footbridge across from the Museum of Fine Arts). Thrill to the sight and sound of the array of birds that inhabit the Back Bay Fens each spring.  All levels welcome.  Bring binoculars.
 http://www.fenwaycivic.org

Sunday, May 7, 8:00 – 9:30 AM.
Bussey Brook Meadow, Arnold Arboretum, Boston.
The Arboretum Park Conservancy and the BBC are sponsoring this 90-minute walk in the Bussey Brook area of the Arboretum. The walk is suitable for beginning birders as well as those more experienced. Meeting Location: South Street gate to the Arboretum, on South Street, where there is limited parking. Also accessible from Forest Hills T Station path from Washington Street 8:00 AM. Bob Mayer, Jamaica Plain (617) 983-3330 rgmayer@comcast.net

Thursday, May 11, 7:00 -9:00 AM
Boston Nature Center, Mattapan, MA 02126
All (suitable for children 4 - 18 years)
Members & Nonmembers: Free
Join us to observe resident birds and migrants at a unique urban habitat that is a favorite stomping ground for many bird species. Local bird enthusiasts will help us find and identify birds through field marks, sounds, and behaviors. Birders of all levels will enjoy these guided walks. Binoculars and guidebooks will be provided, if needed. Suggested donation is $3 per person. Registration is not required, but recommended.  Walk-ins welcome. Register online or call 617-983-8500 to register by phone. Information: Boston Nature Center bnc@massaudubon.org
 
Saturday, May 20, 8:00 – 9:30 AM
Arnold Arboretum, Boston.
A 90-minute walk suitable for beginners as well as more experienced birders. See the arboretum website http://www.arboretum.harvard.edu for directions or to download a checklist of birds. Meeting Location: Main Gate off the Arborway, park along Arborway 8:00 AM.  Bob Mayer, Jamaica Plain (617) 983-3330 rgmayer@comcast.net


Jamaica Pond Project Nature's Classroom





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Osprey are usually seen in the Emerald Necklace and Boston during migration. A pair has been nesting at Moswetuset Park in Quincy just off of Quincy Shore Drive and Squantum Streets the past few years. The pair are often seen fishing the Neponset River. I suspect the osprey I photographed at Scarboro Pond (Franklin Park) and Jamaica Pond the past few summers are from this same nesting site. Always a wonder to watch them hover before the dive for a sea bass...




ALERT: Emerald Ash Borer Invasive Beetle Discovered
at Arnold Arboretum July 16, 2014


The Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR) announced that the Emerald Ash Borer quarantine area will go state-wide as of Monday, November 17, 2014. The quarantine area previously covered only Berkshire and Essex County.

Fact Sheet Identification page:
http://massnrc.org/pests/pestFAQsheets/emeraldashborer.html

To report a possible sighting of Emerald Ash Borer or EAB tree damage, visit
http://massnrc.org/pests/eabreport.htm



  Protect Jamaica Pond's Watershed from Development

We respectfully request the conservation and preservation of Jamaica Pond’s watershed by protecting Hellenic Hill woodlands from development.
  • Jamaica Pond has been an important source of water for wildlife and people.
  • Native Americans and people through the ages have enjoyed the beauty of the waters and hill.
  • Jamaica Pond was the water reservoir for Boston up to the 1850s, and it is still an emergency water source.
  • Jamaica Pond Park is used daily by thousands of people to revitalize their physical, mental and spiritual health.
  • The Jamaica Pond Project have provided education programs and environmental stewardship for over five decades.
We petition Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker, Massachusetts General Court, Boston Mayor Marty Walsh, Boston City Council, and Citizens to:
  • Conserve and Preserve Jamaica Pond’s watershed by protecting Hellenic Hill woodlands from development.
  • Ensure the Integrity of the Emerald Necklace parks envisioned by Frederick Law Olmsted as a sanctuary for all the citizens.


Media Stories and Background

A large 12.5 acres of undeveloped woodlands on Hellenic Hill which overlooks Jamaica Pond was put on sale in January 2011.  The big money pressures will be immense to maximize the development of these lands.

Jamaica Plain Gazette
http://www.jamaicaplaingazette.com/
JP Observer: Pond view in danger until the public owns it. March 29, 2013 By Sandra Storey
http://jamaicaplaingazette.com/2013/03/29/jp-observer-pond-view-in-danger-until-the-public-owns-it/
Real estate today: Hellenic Hill preservation efforts continue. March 29, 2013 By Rebeca Oliveira
http://jamaicaplaingazette.com/2013/03/29/real-estate-today-hellenic-hill-preservation-efforts-continue/
Hellenic Hill preservation talks begin by David Taber May 13, 2011
http://www.jamaicaplaingazette.com/node/4825
Preserving Hellenic Hill letter by Michael Frank, Chairman Jamaica Pond Association
http://www.jamaicaplaingazette.com/node/4728
Major developer bids on Hellenic Hill by John Ruch March 4, 2011
http://www.jamaicaplaingazette.com/node/4641
Hill preservation possible by David Taber February 18, 2011
http://www.jamaicaplaingazette.com/node/4611
Arroyo vows Hellenic Hill land will be preserved by David Taber February 4, 2011
http://www.jamaicaplaingazette.com/node/4589
Hellenic Hill land hits market by David Taber January 21, 2011
 http://www.jamaicaplaingazette.com/node/4567

Jamaica Plain Patch
Perceived Threat to Jamaica Pond Prompts Outpouring
In a public forum to discuss Hellenic College's controversial decision to sell its pond-side land, there was an outcry for public purchase and preservation of the 12.5 acre green space.
By James LaFond-Lewis
http://jamaicaplain.patch.com/articles/perceived-threat-to-jamaica-pond-prompts-outpouring

Boston Globe Boston.com
Jamaica Plain group asks Orthodox archbishop to save land overlooking Jamaica Pond
By Joseph Leahy, Globe Correspondent
http://www.boston.com/yourtown/news/jamaica_plain/2011/02/jamaica_plain_group_asks_ortho.html

Boston Bulletin
Residents rally to save Jamaica Pond by Patrick Rosso May 12, 2011
http://www.bulletinnewspapers.com/


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