Upcoming Events

Lexington Living Landscapes-sponsored events

June 27, 7:00 - 8:30pm (remote talk)


July 5, 8:30 - 9:30pm (in person walk) --rain date July 6

Fireflies from Lexington and Beyond: Their magic, mystery and conservation with Chris Cratsley.

One of the great parts about this time of year is looking for fireflies. Depending on where you live in Lexington, or in many places around the world, you may not even have to leave your own yard or neighborhood. The talk will provide an overview of local firefly species, their fascinating biology, questions we continue to explore, and how you can identify and monitor them in the field. Through the Mass. Audubon Society Firefly Watch Community Science Project, you can watch fireflies while also collecting data to help us conserve these beetles in all their amazing diversity. The conclusion of this talk will introduce conservation efforts and briefly discuss the process of entering observation data as part of the Firefly Watch project.

The evening firefly walk will start by the fire rings in Willard's Woods, indicated by the white arrow in the map below. Park in the lot off North Street. Bring a flashlight. Consider wearing long pants and sleeves.

Dr. Christopher Cratsley began researching fireflies as a doctoral student at Tufts University and has continued this research for over 20 years as a Professor of Biology at Fitchburg State University. Dr. Cratsley studies firefly flash signals and the interaction of fireflies and potential predators. He also collaborates with the Massachusetts Audubon Society on Firefly Watch focused on monitoring firefly populations in North America. Both through Firefly Watch, and as a science educator, Dr. Cratsley uses fireflies as an ambassador insect to educate the public about the natural world.

Presented in partnership with Cary Memorial Library. Co-sponsored by Lexington's Conservation Division.

Talk recording viewable here.

Walk registration link here.

June 20-26

2nd Annual Pollinator Week Photo Album

Last year, with your contributions, we built a beautiful plant-pollinator photo album, which you can still view here.

This year, we invite you to send us pictures of what you grew from what we helped you acquire last year. How did the plants from our pollinator plant sale do? Were you successful in growing anything from the Partridge Pea seeds we gave away last spring, or from the seeds and acorns we gave away last October? What insects, birds, or other animals have been visiting them?

Please send us pictures by the end of June, with your name and what each picture shows, and we'll build an album on our website like last year. Please send your contributions to lexlivingland@gmail.com. We can't wait to see the album grow!

September 10

First Annual Open Garden Day

Stop by at one or several locations around Lexington to see how other community members are using native plants in their gardens or what alternatives to traditional lawns they have tried.

Details coming soon.

Other events of interest - All events are online unless otherwise indicated.

June 30, 1:00 – 2:00 pm

Bring Back the Pollinators: Growing Pollinator-Friendly Flowers and More with Jennifer Hopwood. Xerces Society. More info here.

July 9, 10:30 am

Pollinator Safari. Presented by the Tufts Pollinator Initiative. In person at 574 Boston Avenue Courtyard, Tufts University, Medford. More info here.

July 19, 7:00 – 8:00pm

Beautiful Butterflies with Joy Marzolf. Cary Memorial Library. Hybrid event (in person & remote options). More info here.

July 21, 1:00 – 2:00 pm

Bring Back the Pollinators: Managing Pests While Protecting Pollinators with Aaron Anderson. Xerces Society, More info here.

July 27, 9:30 – 11:45 am

The Perennial Ground Layer: Context and Creativity with Piet Oudolf and Larry Weaner. New Directions in the American Landscape. Fee. More info here.