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February 2017 Green Drinks


Sorry folks! J Allen’s has a new scheduler and we got bumped by mistake for this month. We are back on track for March 21st starting at 5:15 pm in the back room at J Allen’s!

Wildlife Tracking Workshops and FREE Wildlife Presentations
by Sue Morse

FREE “Wild Cousins of Our Best Friends: Wolves, Coyotes and Foxes”
Friday Feb 3rd 2017, 6:00pm at BCC Pittsfield

Wildlife Tracking Workshop
Saturday February 4th 2017, 9:30am and 1:00pm, Great Barrington MA
RSVP MANDATORY with [email protected]

FREE “The Cougar Comes East”
Saturday February 4th 2017, 6:00pm at Mt Everett High School, Sheffield

The Berkshire Environmental Action Team (BEAT), The Trustees of the Reservations wolf2_cnvrtd4web_0(TTOR), Berkshire Natural Resources Council (BNRC), Columbia Land Conservancy (CLC), Green Berkshires, Tamarack Hollow and Berkshire Community College (BCC) are proud to present Sue Morse’s critically acclaimed presentations “Wild Cousins of Our Best Friends: Wolves, Coyotes and Foxes” at BCC in Pittsfield on Friday, February 3rd at 6:00 pm and “The Cougar Comes East” at Mt. Everett High School in Sheffield on Saturday, February 4th at 6:00 pm.

On Friday, February 3rd at 6:00 pm at the The Boland Theater on BCC’s main campus in Pittsfield, Sue Morse will give a presentation summarized here: “Intelligent, loving, and loyal, wild canid “cousins” have much to teach us — not only about our beloved pets but about healthy ecosystems too. Sue will have your audience howling with laughter as she shares her amazing photos and personal adventures studying these animals in habitats as varied as northern Minnesota, Montana, Arizona, the Arctic and, of course, the northeast U.S., and Canada.”

The next day, Saturday, February 4th at 9:30am and 1:00pm Sue Morse cougar2_cnvrtd4webwill lead wildlife tracking workshops in Great Barrington. Ever wanted to track Bear, Bobcat, River Otter, Fisher, or Mink!?! Space is limited so reserving your space is mandatory. To do so contact [email protected]

That same day, Saturday February 4th at 6:00pm Sue will give her “The Cougar Comes East” presentation at Mt Everett High School in Sheffield.The presentation is summarized here: “There is no question about it. Cougars are not only being seen in eastern North America, some are attempting to recolonize their former habitats. Where once it was flatly dismissed as an impossibility in the so-called “developed” east, scientists have now documented cougar dispersals and even occupancy of a growing list of eastern states and provinces. Join us for a magnificently illustrated introduction to cougar biology and ecology in the broad diversity of habitats where Sue has studied them, from Alberta to the Arizona/Mexico border. We will also get the low-down regarding the latest confirmations of cougars in the east, including the recently documented suitability of a substantial amount of wild habitats from Manitoba to Louisiana and Maine to Georgia. Its is only a matter of time!”

“Sue Morse, the founder of Keeping Track, is highly regarded as an expert in natural history and one of the top wildlife trackers in North America. Since 1977, she has been monitoring wildlife, with an emphasis on documenting the presence and habitat requirements of bobcat, black bear, Canada lynx and cougar.”

For more information, contact Elia Del Molino, Program Manager, Berkshire Environmental Action Team (BEAT) at 413-429-6416 or [email protected]

BEAT’s Massachusetts Environmental Trust (MET) Work

In September of 2015 BEAT received grant funding from the Massachusetts Environmental Photo: Sale of license plates such as this fund the Massachusetts Environmental Trust programTrust (MET) to survey stormwater outfalls during dry weather conditions. This is a two-year grant ending in 2017. The grant is funded through the sale of environmental license plates such as the one shown here. You can help support the program that funded us by purchasing one of these license plates.

MET is one of the largest sources of grant funds for water resources in the Commonwealth. Since its founding, MET has awarded over $20 million in grants to organizations protecting and and enhancing the Commonwealth’s water resources and natural environments.

Find out more about BEAT’s MET project here.

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logo of No Fracked Gas In MassBerkshire Environmental Action Team is very pleased to announce that No Fracked Gas In Mass is now a program of BEAT. Rose Wessel’s organization and website, No Fracked Gas In Mass and NoFrackedGasInMass.org, have been the face of the grassroots opposition to the proposed natural gas pipeline projects in our area since early in 2014, and they will continue to focus on this issue until these projects are stopped. Donations to No Fracked Gas In Mass are always welcome and will continue to support Rose Wessel’s ongoing and tireless work in opposing the pipeline. Welcome aboard Rose and No Fracked Gas In Mass!