Chadwick Pond view at Bailey Reservation, Haverhill
 Welcome to Bailey Reservation in Haverhill!
We're pleased to announce that Greenbelt's Bailey Reservation in Haverhill, 22 acres generously donated by Janis and the late Perley Bailey, is open and ready for visitors! Explore the lovely woods and watch for wildlife on the 1/4-mile, family-friendly trail that winds along the edge of Chadwick Pond. Coming soon is a creative "StoryWalk," a fun trail adventure for aspiring young naturalists. Until you're able to visit Bailey firsthand, please enjoy this virtual walk with President Kate Bowditch via the link below.
Join Kate for a walk along Chadwick Pond →
News & Happenings
Bees | Grant to CATS | Anniversary Gift from IFS | Thank You, Osprey Supporters | Remembering John Morris and Ruth Strachan
Bee on sunflower


Busy Bees at Cox Reservation

The honey bees in the colonies at Cox Reservation have been hard at work this summer, traveling up to 3 miles daily to collect pollen and nectar from the nearby open spaces that are essential to their survival. At the end of summer, we'll bottle several pounds of honey from the colonies while leaving enough behind for them to use during the winter. Read on to learn more about honeybees and other pollinators!  
Bees & Other Pollinators →

Wooded trail at Woodland Acres, Rockport
Photo credit: Neil Ungerleider 
Special Grant to Cape Ann Trail Stewards
Greenbelt recently made a grant of $50,000 to Cape Ann Trail Stewards (CATS) in memory of Ted Tarr of Rockport. Says CATS spokesperson Eric Hutchins, "Ted pretty much devoted his entire life to walking, protecting and - most importantly - instilling community stewardship for the trails and open space around Cape Ann." From a generous bequest received from Ted's estate in 2018, Greenbelt made this grant to CATS in recognition of our shared mission to promote safe access to and use of trails in the Cape Ann region. 
Cape Ann Trail Stewards →
Stewardship crew wearing donated gloves from IFS doing tree
 Gift of Gloves from IFS
The Institution for Savings (IFS) is showering local communities and non-profits with gifts this year as they commemorate their 200th Anniversary! This month, IFS donated 200 pairs of work gloves to organizations like Greenbelt to support their trail maintenance efforts. Thank you, IFS, for the generous gift of gloves and your ongoing commitment Greenbelt's conservation and stewardship work. We're honored to be part of your anniversary celebration!   

Osprey nest feeding time and fledgling spreading its wings
Photo: Greenbelt's OspreyCam 
Thank you!
We've had an exciting Osprey season on the Great Marsh, with Greenbelt's OspreyCam in Gloucester providing front row seats for thousands of viewers. Now, as summer starts to wane and Osprey begin to leave their nests, we extend a heartfelt THANK YOU to our dozens of Osprey volunteers and supporters. Once again, the results of your dedication to Osprey conservation can be seen - and heard - as growing numbers of these magnificent birds make Essex County their home each year. A full report of the 2020 breeding season will be available soon. 
Osprey Program → 
Ed Becker, John Morris and grandson Hans Morris


 John Morris, "A Wonderful Legacy"

Greenbelt is saddened by the recent passing of John Morris, pictured here at the dedication of the 25-acre Hans Morris Reservation in Newbury with his grandson (the property's namesake) and former Greenbelt President Ed Becker. Ed remembers John as "among my favorite people I had the pleasure of knowing through Greenbelt. I always enjoyed our conversations. He left a wonderful legacy in the Hans Morris Reservation." Today, this land that John conserved with Greenbelt in 2010 is a popular destination for hikers and nature enthusiasts.  
John Morris Obituary 

Ruth Strachan


  Remembering Ruth Strachan  

 Greenbelt fondly remembers Ruth Strachan, a passionate gardener and dedicated volunteer who passed away last month. Ruth spent countless hours nurturing the gardens at Greenbelt's historic Cox Reservation, applying her knowledge and expertise just as easily to the property's original plantings as to its newer pollinator garden. Kate Dardinski, Greenbelt's former Assistant Director of Land Stewardship who gardened alongside Ruth for years, shared that "Ruth was an amazing person and will be greatly missed. I attribute most of my gardening knowledge to her!"  
Ruth Strachan Obituary →

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