Cascading Waters can be found at 135 Olean Street on the eastern edge of Worcester's northwest parklands, the Cascades. The Cascades are 350 acres of park and conservation lands along the borders of Worcester, Paxton, and Holden, Massachusetts. Home to countless species of plants and animals, the Cascades are open to passive recreation year-round.

Friday, April 03, 2015

Overnight Melt & Bears

Last night was over 40 with rain and after yesterday's temperatures in the high 50s with sun produced an incredible overnight melt! It is like looking at a different world here in the Tatnuck Valley.

This also has amped up the flow of the Cascades and the Cascades Brook, and the crashing water is a most welcome sound of spring!

Our Bears are Waking Up!

It is Time for The Annual MassWildlife Notice!

Take Down Your Birdfeeders- Black Bears are Emerging from Winter Dens

Black bears are now active and seeking food. If you live in Worcester County it's time to take down your bird feeders. Bears will often ignore natural foods such as skunk cabbage and head to a bird feeder for an easy meal. To avoid this problem, MassWildlife is asking property owners to be proactive by removing bird feeders and other potential food sources promptly. Once a bear gets food from a bird feeder, garbage can, or open compost, it will revisit the site and look for similar foods in other yards.

There are at least 4,000 Black Bears in Massachusetts and their range is expanding eastward. Take action by removing bird feeders and access to trash and pet food to help prevent conflicts with bears that can lead to hazards to people and bears. Do your part and keep bears wild!

Yesterday we had a crew of four sanding, routing, hewing, chipping, staining, and tracing for the signs that help us navigate the woods! Thanks for the help!

7:30 a.m. Trailhead Conditions at Cascading Waters (elev. 630'):

Temperature is 45.5 degrees F and steady;
Humidity is 70% and steady;
Pressure is 29.62" of Hg and steady;
The wind is stirring but not reading any mph;
The skies are overcast with some occasional hints of breaks;
The Cascades are flowing strongly!!!;
The Cascades Brook is running in both channels with added flow;
The USFS Fire Danger Class is NONE!

National Weather Service Forecast is:

A chance of showers, mainly after 5pm.
Partly sunny, with a high near 66.
West wind 10 to 13 mph. Chance of precipitation is 30%.

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