Earth Day and Arbor Day Capture Bedford’s Attention

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Our natural environment will be the focus of events around Bedford this weekend, and next. The events include Bedford’s 10th Annual Bike Sunday, a guest preacher and special service at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church on Sunday morning, and Bedford’s annual Arbor Day talk — the 12th — this year featuring Ron McAdow’s talk, Trees and Wildlife in New England: Four Centuries of Forest Change.

The 10th Annual Bedford Bike Sunday

Congregations around Bedford encourage their parishioners to bike, walk or carpool to church on Sunday, April 23. The weather is expected to be clear, and 60 degrees, perfect for a ride to church.  Bike Sunday honors bicycle pioneers Charlie Schwerin and Ray Ruetenik, and celebrates the 25th anniversary of our own Minuteman Bikeway!

Creation Care Sunday at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church

Brother James Koestler will speak at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church on Sunday, April 23 – Courtesy image, (c) 2017 all rights reserved

St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, located at 100 Pine Hill Road, will observe Earth Day on April 23.  Congregations around the country and across denominational lines celebrate the Sunday closest to Earth Day as Creation Care Sunday.  St. Paul’s has several special events scheduled for that morning.

Parishioners will Brother James Koestler as our guest preacher at the 10 am service.  Brother James is a member of the Society of St. James the Evangelist, an order of Episcopal monks in Cambridge and West Newbury. He is the author of “Living in Rhythm: Following Nature’s Rule,” a reflection on the intersections of the rhythms of the natural world and the rhythms of the Christian life.  He has long been interested in how people of faith can nurture and be nurtured by God’s Creation and is looking forward to sharing his thoughts with us.

In addition, we will bless the garden beds used by St. Paul’s parishioners to grow vegetables over the summer months; the Seeds for Haiti program will also be blessed as we begin to gather our annual collection of seeds for Haitian farmers devastated by crop loss; and the Sunday School children will hand out milkweed seeds.  Milkweed is a key food source for both bees and butterflies.

Please join Brother Koestler after church to discuss the sermon and other aspects of Creation Care.  All are welcome!

Bedford’s 12th Arbor Day Talk– “Trees and Wildlife In New England: Four Centuries of Forest Change” by Ron McAdow

Hosted by the Department of Public Works and Bedford’s Arbor Resources Committee, Bedford’s 12th annual Arbor Day talk will take place at 7:30 pm on Arbor Day itself, Friday, April 28, in the Selectmen’s Room on the first floor of Bedford Town Hall on Mudge Way. The program is free, appropriate for all ages, open to the public, and refreshments will be served. For information: jaci929 or 781-275-3536.

About the talk: Four Centuries of Forest Change, is a slide presentation by Ron McAdow.  He describes the natural and man-made forces that alter our forest habitat and determine which wildlife species can prosper—and which can no longer. Come hear about and see pictures of beaver, wolf, bear, owls, hawks and more. Photographs are from Ron’s motion-triggered cameras and other sources.

McAdow was Board Chair of the Bay Circuit Alliance, the collaboration of Trustees of Reservations and Appalachian Mountain Club formed to create the 200+ mile hiking trail around Greater Boston, as well as Executive Director of Sudbury Valley Trustees. His books include The Concord, Sudbury & Assabet Rivers: a guide to Canoeing, Wildlife and History; and Into the Mountains: Stories of New England’s Most Celebrated Peaks.

Arbor Month at the Bedford Free Public Library

Arbor Day is celebrated in Bedford with a month-long display at the Bedford Library in the hall outside the Children’s Library room.

This year, both focus on the motion-triggered camera photos of regional wildlife — beaver, wolf, bear, owls, hawks and more– taken by Ron McAdow, formerly Board Chair of the Bay Circuit Alliance (the collaboration of Trustees of Reservations and Appalachian Mountain Club) and Executive Director of Sudbury Valley Trustees. McAdow will speak at Bedford’s Arbor Day talk on Friday, April 28.


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