Eagle Updates… Have you seen them?

Not Many Recent Eagle Sightings… and No Nests Yet

By Lawrence Meyer

Beginning in October 2014, the conspicuous presence of two mature bald eagles that could be seen almost daily perched in trees along the Neponset River from the parking lot at Milton Landing sparked curiosity that the pair could be nesting nearby. And that would be neat because bald eagles have likely not nested in greater Boston in over a hundred years.

Since mid-April of 2016, the question has been not, “are they nesting?” but now “where did they go?”

That’s because after about 20 months of consistent habitation […]

Funding Restored for Blue Hills Trailside and Blue Hill Observatory

Thanks to the advocacy of many of our members and friends, the legislature has reversed the Governor’s veto, restoring $500,000 in operating funds for the Blue Hills Trailside Museum and $100,000 for the Blue Hill Observatory.

With adequate funding, these organizations will introduce thousands of people to the Blue Hills and its natural treasures. This is a great opportunity to thank your legislators for taking action!  You can look up your legislator here. A big thank you to everyone who responded to the action alerts and helped to protect and preserve the Blue Hills’ historic and educational landmarks!

Last Year Raffle Winners – Rave Reviews for The Plate

Last year’s raffle winner, Si Briseno, enjoyed a picnic lunch with friends at Ponkapoag Pond.  Lunch was provided courtesy of The Plate in Milton, and by all accounts was delicious!

T-shirt Motto… Your ideas?

Friends of the Blue Hills will have new T-shirts this year!  Help us come up with a great saying for the t-shirt!  Like… “The Blue Hills… we’re in it together!”  Or…  “Taking Care of it all… Friends of the Blue Hills.”

If we choose your idea, you win a free t-shirt!

Suggest as many ideas as you can think of!


Job Opening: Trail Maintenance Associate

Friends of the Blue Hills Trail Maintenance Associate

Do you like overseeing volunteers?  Like being outdoors?  Would you like a couple opportunities over the next three to six months to lead volunteers in maintaining the Blue Hills?  The Friends of the Blue Hills seeks an outgoing, energetic candidate to lead volunteer corporate, youth and community groups in maintaining the trails and removing invasive species.  The Trail Maintenance Associates needs to be available on weekdays and an occasional weekend.

The Friends of the Blue Hills is a volunteer-led organization dedicated to protecting and preserving the Blue […]

Public Meeting: Deer Management Program Review & Proposal

The following is a press release from the Department of Conservation and Recreation.

Mass. Department of Conservation a­nd Recreation Mass. Department of Fish and Game State Senator Brian A. Joyce State Senator John F. Keenan State Representative Bruce J. Ayers State Representative Mark J. Cusack State Representative William C. Galvin State Representative Walter F. Timilty


Blue Hills State Reservation 2015 Deer Management Program Overview & Report Proposed 2016 Controlled Deer Management Plan

Tuesday, July 12, 2016 – 6:30 p.m.  – 8:00 p.m. Milton High School Auditorium […]

Action Alert: Support Trailside and Observatory

You can help make sure the Trailside Museum and the Blue Hill Observatory have the funding they need to continue to serve thousands of visitors each year.

Take Action Please write, call or email the below legislators and urge them to include funding for operations for the Trailside Museum and the Blue Hill Observatory.

Background Funding for both the Trailside and the Observatory are currently being considered in what’s called the Conference Committee, which is a joint committee of state Senators and House Representatives.  The Conference Committee considers both the House and Senate versions of the budget and develops a […]

The Incredible Blue Hills Photo Contest

For the 2016 photo contest, give us your best shots of the incredible Blue Hills!  Show us what makes the Blue Hills is so wonderful!  Subjects can include people or critters in the Blue Hills – or whatever you see in the Blue Hills that you think makes it special!

Prizes include two $250 gift certificates to L.L. Bean; one prize awarded by judges and another prize awarded to the photographer whose photo receives the most popular votes.

To submit a photo and to view and vote for photos, please click below.

Thanks to this year’s photo contest sponsors:  Dedham Savings […]

Peek a Blue Hikes for You and Your Tots

Peek a Blue Hikes for You and Your Tots Tuesday, September 27, 11:00 am Houghton’s Pond main parking lot, 840 Hillside St, Milton (Click for all dates: Peek a Blue Hikes)

Join the Friends of the Blue Hills for Peek a Blue Hikes… great for you and your tots!  Enjoy the outdoors with your children during our bi-weekly Peek a Blue Hikes series.  These hikes occur every other Tuesday at 11:00 am – 12:00 pm, weather permitting.  (For a full list of dates, see Peek a Blue Hikes page.)   Hikes start at Houghton’s Pond main parking lot.  Healthy […]

Horseshoe Pitching in the Blue Hills

ST. MORITZ HORSESHOE PITCHING CLUB Bunker Hill Lane (Off Willard Street) W. Quincy, MA Monday evenings 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM May – September 2015

Spring has finally arrived in New England and that means horseshoe pitching time is here again! Time to get out, enjoy the fresh air, meet new friends and get a little exercise.

Join this family-friendly activity where beginners are welcome. Stop by on a Monday evening to check it out.  If you want to learn – or get better – any of the more experienced members would be happy to help you.

The St Moritz Pitching Club […]

Skyline Society Members: Win and Denny Swenson

Win and Denny included the Friends of the Blue Hills in their Will… so future generations will enjoy the Blue Hills like they do today.  

Denny and Win Swenson love the Blue Hills and want to make sure it’s taken care of for years to come.  Denny Swenson grew up in Foxborough and learned to ski at the Blue Hills Ski Area. She remembers going to the Trailside Museum with her family and seeing the animals and exhibits. She says, “Nature and wildlife have been a part of my physical surroundings for as long as I can remember.” Win […]

Watching Eagles Near Blue Hills

Long-time Friends of the Blue Hills member and avid birder, Larry Meyer, has been watching the eagles who neighbor the Blue Hills.


Since October 2014, a number of people (myself included) have been watching eagles that have been perching almost daily in trees along the Neponset River. Where they perch is a short distance from a public parking lot and small riverside park, called Milton Landing, hidden past the Milton Yacht Club in Milton Village. By birding standards, viewing them is ridiculously easy. It’s like a drive-in for eagle viewing; you don’t even have to get out of your […]

Welcome New DCR Commissioner

The following is from a DCR press release.

Leo Roy Named Commissioner of Department of Conservation and Recreation

BOSTON – December 9, 2015 – Today, Energy and Environmental Affairs (EEA) Secretary Matthew Beaton announced that Leo Roy will serve as Commissioner of the Department of Conservation and Recreation.

“Leo brings a substantial amount of experience, dedication and knowledge to the Department of Conservation and Recreation,” said EEA Secretary Matthew Beaton. “His qualifications and skill set will ensure that the public will continue to benefit and enjoy additional recreational opportunities, while simultaneously laying the groundwork to conserve and preserve the […]

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