to this website. The
Fells are the Middlesex Fells, over two thousand
hundred acres of forest, craggy hilltops, lakes, ponds and streams
miles north of downtown
Henry David Thoreau: “I went to
the woods because I wished to live deliberately, to front only the
facts of life, and see if I could not learn what it had to teach, and
I came to die, discover that I had not lived.”
Here's just a few of the
beauties of the Fells.
purpose of this
is to inform any prospective hiker, casual walker or biker, if you slow
down every now and then, what to look for, what
to expect to see, any given month of
the year. Just click on the
month of choice in the list further down this page.
From time to time I lead nature hikes. Look for postings at
www.fells.org the website of the Friends of the
Middlesex Fells where you can join the Friends - please do - and
then get a
and see listings of
organized hikes on geology, birds, plants, animals
etc. The Friends has also subdivided the Fells into
20 zones where what we call Trail
Adopters take on to care for the zone of their choice. Do think
of becoming one; and if you already are, then I'm happy to walk with
you in your zone to point out any special plants of interest. My e-mail
is just below.
also been part of a team surveying
the plants of
the Fells. See lower down this page for how to obtain a copy of our
main paper published in the journal Rhodora in
Then for news and commentary on current issues in the Fells click on the link current goings on at the top of this page. That page also gives news of latest plant sightings and invites your participation.
photograph the wildflowers in the Middlesex Fells, see the link to
gallery pages below. And I
have a 40 minute powerpoint
presentation about the creation of the park, and then focusing
on the plants of the
Fells, and the various beautiful sights in this forest park. I
give this powerpoint slide-show to various audiences in the area.
also concerned about the spread of what the Mass. Division of
Wildlife and Fisheries terms 'invasive'
plants. These are a particular group of foreign plants that agressivley
take over, killing the native
plants, including trees, that should be beautifying our woodlands. It
is a serious threat
to the Fells. I am happy to
show people what these unwelcome plants look like and discuss how to
deal with them. Meanwhile, go to the state website
www.massnrc.org/MIPAG for pictures and descriptions of these unwelcome
I hope this website might develop into more of a communal site where others also report their findings of the nature of the Fells. What have you found in the Fells? Do let us know. firstname.lastname@example.org
And don't forget: visit the Friends of
the Fells Facebook
page: www.fells.org and
what's happening on a near daily basis in the Fells.
Order a copy of this 70 page comprehensive survey
of the plants of the Fells by contacting me at:
or 781 395 7722
|Pink Lady-Slipper Orchid - Cypripedium acaule
Here is a list of months linking you to a description, plus photos, of what can be found in the Fells each month of the year.
Click on the month of your choice for what to look for in the Fells at that time.January
Fells Native Flower Gallery
The Middlesex Fells is administered by the Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR) which also has a page about the Fells on its website at: www.mass.gov/dcr/parks/metroboston/fells.htm