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In the Spring of 2001, the Newton Conservators instituted a twice-yearly lecture series featuring experts in areas related to the open space mission of the Conservators. Peter Alden, well known naturalist and author, was the inaugural speaker on March 21, 2001.

Lectures are co-sponsored with the Newton Free Libary and normally will take place in the Druker Auditorium of the Newton Free Library (330 Homer Street). Thanks to the Newton Free Library for its cosponsorship of our lecture series.

Fall 2014

Warblers, Waders and Woodlands


Brooks Mathewson
Harvard University Master of Forest Science 2006

Join ecologist, photographer and natural history educator Brooks Mathewson as he presents his photography and shares the stories behind how he produced some of his favorite images, while also relating the fascinating natural history of his subjects.

Brooks holds a Master's Degree in Liberal Arts with a concentration in Biology and a Master's Degree in Forest Science from Harvard University. Brooks' research has been published in peer-reviewed scientific journals, and he has lectured on songbird migration, breeding bird biology, warbler ecology, and forest ecology at Harvard Forest, the Arnold Arboretum, Holy Cross, the Boston Nature Center, the Newton Free Library, and Ninigret and Sachuest National Wildlife Refuges. His photography has been published in magazines, scientific journals, textbooks, and field guides, and exhibited and sold at galleries, museums, Audubon Sanctuaries, and National Wildlife Refuges throughout New England. Visit to see examples of Brooks' avian photographic work.

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This event is co-sponsored by the Newton Conservators, Green Decade Newton, and the Newton Free Library.

Thursday, September 18, 2014 at 7:00pm
Newton Free Library
330 Homer Street, Newton Centre


Past Lectures

Spring 2012 - Brooks Mathewson
Birds, Trees and their Ecological Interdependence

Spring 2011 - three lectures

Spring 2010 - Joseph S. Elkinton
Winter Moth: A New Invasion of New England

Spring 2009 - Julie Coop
Tree Pests and Tree Health: Woody Plant Pests and Diseases

Spring 2008 - Allen Young
North of Quabbin - Lessons in Land Protection

Fall 2007 - Russ Cohen
Wild Edible Plants of New England

Spring 2007 - Nick and Valerie Wisniewski
Tracking: The Art of Seeing

Fall 2006 - Peter Alden
Invasive Alien Plant Update - A Newton Perspective

Spring 2006 - Panel Discussion
The Community Preservation Act in Newton - Has It Been Worth It?

Fall 2005 - Colleen Olfenbuttel
Living with Wildlife in Newton

Fall 2004 - Carole Smith Berney
Celebrating the Charles River

Spring 2004 - Brendan Whittaker and Dan Perlman
Newton and the Northeast Kingdom – Natural Connections

Fall 2003 - Bob Wilbur
Land Protection: Now or Never

Spring 2003 - Jon Regosin
Focus on Vernal Pools

Fall 2002 - James Thorson
Stone by Stone - The Magnificent History in New England's Stone Walls

Spring 2002 - James W. Skehan
The Roadside Geology of Massachusetts

Fall 2001 - Dan Perlman
From Cold Spring Park to Planet Earth

Spring 2001 - Peter Alden
Inaugural Lecture on Biodiversity

Meadow photo

Norumbega Park

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