Fall lake clean-up to be held Saturday, October 15, 2022
The Friends of Whitehall‘s fall lake and trail clean-up will be held on Sat. Oct.15th 2022 from 9 a.m. until 12 noon. We will gather at the boat landing parking lot at Whitehall State Park on Wood St. (rte.135) and be assigned areas of trails and shoreline around the lake to clean up debris and refuse. We will work on both the DCR state trails and the Whitehall Conservation Area trails. We will also clean up some of the roadsides near the lake. Gloves, trash bags, tools, bug spray and water will be provided. We will also have coffee and donuts available for volunteers. We will be working with the approval of the Department of Conservation and Recreation. This is a wonderful opportunity to help your community and we hope you will join us.
Special Loon presentation on November 1, 2022
Save the Date! Mass Wildlife Loon presentation 6:30PM Tuesday November 1, 2022 @ Hopkinton Public Library. Information will be presented on the history of loons in Massachusetts, threats to the species, and the current conservation efforts to conserve this species in the state.
Presenter: Andrew Vitz, Ph.D., MassWildlife, State Ornithologist
Bio: Andrew received a B.S. degree from the University of Wisconsin and M.S. and Ph.D. degrees from the Ohio State University where he studied the effects of forest management on migratory songbirds. Following graduate school, he was an avian ecologist at the Carnegie Museum of Natural History in Pennsylvania, where he managed the Powdermill Avian Research Center. Andrew is currently the State Ornithologist for the Massachusetts Division of Fisheries and Wildlife where he focuses on bird conservation throughout the state.
2022 Annual Appeal Letter from our president
Click here to read the annual appeal letter from our past president.
Birds of Prey program held in October 2021.
In October 2021 Friends of Whitehall sponsored a wildlife presentation about the birds of prey that live in the Whitehall lake area. It was given by Kathleen Regan, naturalist at the Massachusetts Audubon Society Blue Hills Trailside Museum. Here is a photo of Kathleen holding a red tail hawk, one of the birds of prey shown at the presentation. (Click on thumbnail for a larger image)
Friends of Whitehall funds bog footbridge construction project
Two years ago Friends of Whitehall identified an almost impassable portion of the Whitehall perimeter trail along the eastern shoreline. It was a quagmire full of rocks, roots, vines, peat, and deep water for a lengthy stretch of what used to be a trail. We decided to apply by written letter to the Student Conservation Association (SCA) headquartered in Rowe, MA in hopes they would accept the project of building a bog bridge at the site. The SCA is a valuable resource for the hands-on conservation service they provide to state and national parks throughout the United States. SCA accepted our project and scheduled it for the following summer. Then the pandemic hit and we were put on hold. The project came to fruition in September 2021 when a group of 5 SCA volunteers came to Whitehall State Park ready to go to work. Sponsored by DCR and guided by Park and Forest Supervisor Rich Trubiano, the group of young people worked enthusiastically and tirelessly constructing the 60 foot long bog bridge. Friends of Whitehall paid for the materials used for the bridge and it took the volunteers a week to finish the project in less than ideal conditions. They worked in humid, rainy weather with muck up to their knees and even had to make a dash into a local barn to avoid a fast moving thunder storm. FOW, with the support of DCR, will continue to help maintain the trail system in and around the lake and volunteers are always welcome to be a part of our conservation efforts. (Click on thumbnail for a larger image)
Commercial dog walkers now must have a permit to use DCR parks
Starting in 2019 all commercial dog walkers using any DCR park for their businesses MUST have an annual permit. Please click here to see more information regarding these permits and other requirements that commercial dog walkers must abide by when using Whitehall and other DCR parks.