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Franklin Park's Scarboro Pond

Franklin Park Biodiversity Walks

October 22, 23, 24 and 28

Pre-registration required. Space is limited.

Even in the heart of the city, we're surrounded by incredible wildlife. Join Zoo staff on our fall bio-blitz to survey Franklin Park's wildlife. On these upcoming walks, learn how to look for and identify a range of native species from insects to birds to small mammals.

Under the leadership of Dr. Eric Baitchman, Zoo New England Vice President of Animal Health and Conservation, staff from Zoo New England and Grassroots Wildlife Conservation have conducted seasonal surveys to record observations of wildlife within the “Wilderness” section of the park, outside of Franklin Park Zoo’s gates. Each survey, or bio-blitz, is conducted over nine days during which time staff catalogues observations of mammals, amphibians, birds, reptiles, invertebrates, plants, and even fungi. In total, over 300 species have been identified thus far. Read more about ZNE's Biodiversity Project.

Please note:
• Participants should come prepared to walk in the woods and should dress accordingly by wearing long pants and sturdy walking shoes.
• If raining, the walk will be cancelled. Please check the website to make sure the scheduled walk is happening.

WHEN:

Sunday, October 22, 7:00 a.m.
Dr. Eric Baitchman, Zoo New England Vice President of Animal Health and Conservation, will lead this walk that will primarily focus on birds.
Meet at Scarboro Pond (View location on map)
Register below

Monday, October 23, 12:00 p.m.
Dr. Eric Baitchman, Zoo New England Vice President of Animal Health and Conservation, will lead this walk that will primarily focus on looking for pollinators and salamanders.
Meet at the Franklin Park Zoo Giraffe entrance on Pierpont Road
Register below

Tuesday, October 24, 7:00 a.m.
Dr. Eric Baitchman, Zoo New England Vice President of Animal Health and Conservation, will lead this walk that will primarily focus on birds.
Meet at Scarboro Pond (View location on map)
Register below

Tuesday, October 24, 12:00 p.m.
Dr. Eric Baitchman, Zoo New England Vice President of Animal Health and Conservation, will lead this walk that will primarily focus on looking for pollinators and salamanders.
Meet at the Franklin Park Zoo Giraffe entrance on Pierpont Road
Register below

Saturday, Oct. 28, 7:30 – 10:30 a.m.
Ed O’Brien, Assistant Curator of Bird’s World at Franklin Park Zoo, will lead this walk.
Meet at Scarboro Pond (View location on map)
Register below

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