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Franklin Park's Scarboro Pond

Biodiversity Walks

Pre-registration required.

Even in the heart of the city, we're surrounded by incredible wildlife. On these upcoming walks, learn how to look for and identify a range of native species from insects to birds to small mammals.

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

Upcoming Walks

July 21, 12:00 - 1:00 p.m.

A lunchtime walk to explore the biodiversity in the overlook ruins area
Guide: Jef Taylor
Location: Meeting at the giraffe sculpture at the Franklin Park Zoo Giraffe Entrance
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July 23, 7:30 - 9:30 a.m.

Summer brings new fledglings exploring their world for the first time, as well as late breeders still raising young in their hidden nests. This is the perfect time of year to enjoy the nice weather while focusing on improving your identification skills with a manageable number of breeding resident species. All skill and experience levels enthusiastically welcomed. Bring your own binoculars for the best experience!
Guide: Matt Kamm
Location: Tennis Courts in front of the Shattuck Hospital
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July 24, 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

A summer nature walk, with discussions on fungal symbiosis, insect/plant relationships, and Franklin Park as a habitat island
Guide: Jef Taylor
Location: Tennis Courts in front of the Shattuck Hospital
GPS Coordinates
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Trail Guides

Eric Baitchman is the Vice President of Animal Health and Conservation for Zoo New England. A local leader in conservation, he established the Franklin Park Biodiversity Project as well as the Boston Biodiversity Consortium.

John Berkholtz is the Senior Field Conservationist for the Field Conservation Department. In addition to extensive knowledge about the turtles we work with every day, he has years of experience in vernal pool biology and wetland ecology. Before joining Field Conservation, John also worked for many years as a keeper at both Franklin Park and Stone Zoos.

Matt Kamm is the Outreach Coordinator for the Zoo New England Field Conservation Department. He is an avid and accomplished birder who has contributed to the Massachusetts Breeding Bird atlas.

Joseph Martinez is a curatorial assistant of the herpetology collection at the Harvard Museum of Comparative Zoology. He is an expert on reptile and amphibian life of the Boston area, and has been assisting the Franklin Park Biodiversity Project since its inception.

Jef Taylor is the Coordinator of the Franklin Park Biodiversity Project. He is a naturalist who dabbles in both mycology and entomology, and leads monthly nature walks focusing on living things in urban areas.

Bryan Windmiller is the Director of Field Conservation at Zoo New England, where he oversees the Zoo’s local wildlife conservation programs and its support of international conservation efforts. Bryan earned a Ph.D. in biology and a Master’s degree in Environmental Policy, both from Tufts University and he has worked in various roles as a conservation biologist in Massachusetts since 1987. Bryan is an adjunct professor at the Tufts University School of Veterinary Medicine and has taught at several Massachusetts universities.