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Groundhog Day Safari to take place in Hyde Park's Stony Brook Reservation

Posted by Jeremy C. Fox  January 23, 2013 12:30 PM

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The Boston Natural Areas Network has announced a Groundhog Day Safari through the Stony Brook Reservation in Hyde Park, co-sponsored by the state Department of Conservation and Recreation.

Natural Areas Network staff and volunteers will work with a DCR park ranger to lead the hike through the reservation’s urban wilds. The event is free and suitable for hikers age 6 and up, according to a statement released by the network.

Participants will play detective as they search for signs of winter animal activity, including evidence of groundhogs, be they prognosticating future weather, spying their own shadows, or just sleeping.

Hikers are advised to dress for the weather, with multiple layers of clothing, sturdy shoes or boots, hats, and gloves. Participants should plan to bring water bottles to stay hydrated during the hike, but warm beverages will be provided at journey’s end.

Participants will meet at the Bajko Skating Rink at 75 Turtle Pond Parkway in Hyde Park at 1 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 2. To register and for specific directions, contact the Natural Areas Network at 617-542-7696 or by e-mail at info@bostonnatural.org.

Organizers expect the hike to begin on schedule unless there is severe weather. In the event of questionable weather conditions, call the Department of Conservation and Recreation at 617-333-7404, extension 104, to confirm that the hike will proceed.

For more information, visit http://www.bostonnatural.org.

Email Jeremy C. Fox at jeremy.fox@globe.com.
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