Calendar of Events
The events listed here are not all sponsored or conducted by BEAT. We list them as a way of helping people participate in the full range of environmental events shaping our future.
Please send environmental news or calendar items to [email protected]
To view regional Public Notices for conservation commission meeting times and environmental issues, see our dedicated page.
- til 2/4 | Morgan Bulkeley Retrospective – Pittsfield
- 1/16 Pittsfield Green Drinks – Pittsfield
1/16 | ABNC Geology Division Meeting – Atholcancelled due to weather
- 1/17 | 350-MA Berkshires Meeting – Pittsfield
- 1/17 | NAACP Just Energy Policies & Practices Action Toolkit – WEBINAR
- 1/19 BEAT Kiwi Removal – Pittsfield
- 1/19 | Log Lunch: Balance of Power – Why Flipping the Switch Will Never Be The Same Again – Williamstown
- 1/19 | Kidleidoscope Story Hour: Rabbits – Turners Falls
- 1/20 BEAT Tracking Club – Great Barrington
- 1/20 | Wildlife CSI: Understanding Animal Tracks & Signs – Sheffield
- 1/20 | Pleasant Valley Snowshoe Hikes – Lenox
- 1/20 | Ski with Healers – Notchview
- 1/20 | Winter Botany Course – East Chatham, NY
- 1/21 | Spruce-Fir Boreal Forest Snowshoe Treck & Track – Windsor
- 1/22 | Climate Action Now meeting – Amherst
- 1/24 | NAACP Just Energy Policies & Practices Action Toolkit – WEBINAR
- 1/25 – 1/26 | Wilderness First Aid Class – Huntington
- 1/25 | Holding Fossil Fuel Companies Liable for Climate Change – WEBCAST
- 1/26 BEAT Kiwi Removal – Pittsfield
- 1/26 | Kidleidoscope Story Hour: Bugs in Winter – Turners Falls
- 1/27 | Lee Mini Roadside Cleanup – Lee
- 1/27 | Teaching Creatures presents Animal Defenses – Turners Falls
- 1/27 | Winter Botany Course – East Chatham, NY
- 1/29 | NAACP Just Energy Policies & Practices Action Toolkit – WEBINAR
- 1/30 | Winter Walk at Wyomanock – Stephentown, NY
- 1/30 | Moonlight Owl & Wildlife Prowl – Pittsfield
- 1/30 | Natural Gas Infrastructure & Public Health Conference – Boston
- 2/1 | Green Drinks – Great Barrington
- 2/1 | Green Drinks – Williamstown
- 2/2 | BNRC Hike – North Adams
- 2/2 BEAT Kiwi Removal – Pittsfield
- 2/3 | Wildlife CSI: Understanding Animal Tracks & Signs – Pittsfield
- 2/3 | Lenox Mountain Summit Hike – Lenox
- 2/3 | Winter Botany Course – East Chatham, NY
- 2/3-2/4 | Ancestral Ways class – Grafton, NY
- 2/4 | Spruce-Fir Boreal Forest Snowshoe Treck & Track – Windsor
- 2/4-2/7 | Mindfulness & Nature : Winter Woods – Stockbridge
- 2/7 BEAT Tracking Club – Lenox
- 2/9 BEAT Kiwi Removal – Pittsfield
- 2/10 BEAT Tracking Club – Great Barrington
- 2/10 | BNRC Hike – Alford
- 2/16 BEAT Kiwi Removal – Pittsfield
- 2/16 | Bear With Us! Sue Morse Speaks in Pittsfield
- 2/16-2/18 | Winter Tracking Intensive – Petersburg, NY
- 2/17 | Wildlife Tracking Hike w/ Sue Morse
- 2/17 | Wildlife CSI: Understanding Animal Tracks & Signs – Lenox
- 2/17 | Pleasant Valley Snowshoe Hikes – Lenox
- 2/17 | Sue Morse Wildlife Presentation in South County
- 2/17 | Winter Wildlife Tracking – Northampton
- 2/20 Pittsfield Green Drinks – Pittsfield
- 2/20-2/23 | Winter Adventure Camp – Lenox
- 2/21 | BNRC Hike – Lanesborough
- 2/21 | Green Night – Northampton
- 2/23 BEAT Kiwi Removal – Pittsfield
- 2/24 | Lee Mini Roadside Cleanup – Lee
- 2/25 | Secrets of the Quabbin Watershed – Belchertown
- 2/26 | Climate Action Now meeting – Pioneer Valley
- 2/28 | Moonlight Owl & Wildlife Prowl – Sheffield
- 3/1 | Green Drinks – Great Barrington
- 3/1 | Green Drinks – Williamstown
- 3/2 BEAT Kiwi Removal – Pittsfield
- 3/3 | Local Environmental Action 2018 – Boston, MA
- 3/4 | Possums, Bats & Goldenrod – Oh My! – Belchertown
- 3/9 BEAT Kiwi Removal – Pittsfield
- 3/14 | Green Night – Northampton
- 3/16 BEAT Kiwi Removal – Pittsfield
- 3/15 | Know Your Habitat: Garden Success with N. England Wildflowers – Athol
- 3/18 | From Green to Gray: 17 Years of Hemlock Decline Along A Quabbin Stream – Belchertown
- 3/20 Pittsfield Green Drinks – Pittsfield
- 3/20 | Attracting Pollinators to Your Landscape – Northfield
- 3/23 BEAT Kiwi Removal – Pittsfield
- 3/26 | Climate Action Now meeting – Pioneer Valley
- 3/30 BEAT Kiwi Removal – Pittsfield
- 3/31 | Lee Mini Roadside Cleanup – Lee
- 3/31-4/1 | Ancestral Ways class – Grafton, NY
- 4/5 | Green Drinks – Great Barrington
- 4/5 | Green Drinks – Williamstown
- 4/6 BEAT Kiwi Removal – Pittsfield
- 4/8 | Boreal Spruce-Fir Forest Volunteer Trail Work Day – Windsor
- 4/11 | Green Night : Green Jobs Expo – Northampton
- 4/11 | Natural History & Conservation of Freshwater Mussels – Athol
- 4/13 BEAT Kiwi Removal – Pittsfield
- 4/13 – 4/15 | 2018 Northeast Natural History Conference – Burlington, VT
- 4/17 Pittsfield Green Drinks – Pittsfield
- 4/20 BEAT Kiwi Removal – Pittsfield
- 4/23 | Climate Action Now meeting – Pioneer Valley
- 4/27 BEAT Kiwi Removal – Pittsfield
- 4/28 | Lee Mini Roadside Cleanup – Lee
- 5/3 | Green Drinks – Great Barrington
- 5/3 | Green Drinks – Williamstown
- 5/4 BEAT Kiwi Removal – Pittsfield
- 5/9 | Green Night – Northampton
- 5/9 | Spirits of Spring: Warblers and more – Athol
- 5/11 BEAT Kiwi Removal – Pittsfield
- 5/15 Pittsfield Green Drinks – Pittsfield
- 5/18 BEAT Kiwi Removal – Pittsfield
- 5/25 BEAT Kiwi Removal – Pittsfield
- 5/26 | Lee Mini Roadside Cleanup – Lee
- 5/28 | Climate Action Now meeting – Pioneer Valley
- 6/2-6/3 | Ancestral Ways class – Grafton, NY
- 6/10 – 6/15 | Orion Environmental Writers’ Workshop – Rhinebeck, NY
- 8/4-8/5 | Ancestral Ways class – Grafton, NY
BEAT’s Wildlife Tracking Club
1st Wednesday and 3rd Saturday of the month
9 AM – 12 noon
Locations vary throughout Berkshire County
BEAT’s Wildlife Tracking group meets twice monthly, on the 1st Wednesday and the 3rd Saturday. It is open to the public and runs in Berkshire County. There is an annual membership fee of $15.00. One-time participants can attend an individual event for $5.00.
Saturday Jan. 20th | 9 AM – 12 PM | G. Darey Housatonic Valley Wildlife Management Area, Lenox
The 818-acre George L. Darey Housatonic Valley Wildlife Management Area is located in the towns of Lenox, Lee and Pittsfield. There is parking for the area that is accessible from on New Lenox Road in Lenox. The Housatonic River flows through the area from north to south. Additionally, the area is stocked with pheasant, waterfowl, aquatic furbearers, woodcock, deer, and numerous nongame species associated with the lowland habitat. Directions from Lenox: HERE
Directions from Great Barrington: HERE
Wednesday Feb 7th | 9 AM – 12 PM | Post Farm Marsh, Lenox Dale
Situated alongside Woods Pond and October Mountain State Forest, Post Farm Marsh offers acres and acres of fields and forests for our tracking enjoyment.
Directions from Lenox: HERE
Saturday Feb 10th | Thomas and Palmer Brook Preserve, Great Barrington
Note the unusual date, the second Saturday of the month rather than the third. This 219 acre parcel is one of BNRC’s newest. Located alongside route 23 in Great Barrington, this wetland complex should provide good winter tracking. Over the summer one of BEAT’s trail cameras captured this little gem: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ikl_pRiU-oU
Directions from Great Barrington: HERE
Email [email protected] for more information or to attend the next meeting.
1) to educate the public (and each other) on wildlife tracking and other naturalist skills (including birding and plant identification)
2) to collect data (such as wildlife movement) for organizations in a position to act (like BEAT, MassWildlife, or a land trust)
3) to establish a robust wildlife tracking community
BEAT Kiwi Removals at Burbank Park
Fridays at 8:30 – 10AM
Burbank Park Boat Launch, Pittsfield, MA
Get your morning exercise and help eradicate this destructive invasive at the same time! Gloves and tools will be provided, but we encourage you to bring extra tools if you have them (loppers, pruning sheers, and pruning saws).
Directions from the center of Pittsfield: HERE
Hardy Kiwi is an exotic invasive ornamental that threatens forests in western Massachusetts through complete domination of mature trees. Once it germinates, it will climb surrounding vegetation and eventually kill its support. Hardy kiwi can grow over 20 feet in a year. It has become a major problem in places such as Kennedy Park and Pleasant Valley Wildlife Sanctuary, and now Burbank Park.
Contact: Elia Del Molino (413) 429-6416 or [email protected]
Pittsfield Green Drinks
Sponsored by Berkshire Environmental Action Team (BEAT)
At our January meeting we will welcome Mark Stinson, the MassDEP Circuit Rider for Western Massachusetts. Mark will lead a discussion about town Conservation Commissions and environmental legislation in Massachusetts. Everyone is welcome and encouraged to bring your questions!
2018 DATES : January 16 | February 20 | March 20 | April 17 | May 15 | June 19 | July 17 | August 21 | September 18 | October 16 | November 20 | December 18
Each month a guest speaker talks for about 15 minutes beginning at 6 PM. The presentation, which is free and open to the public, will be followed by discussion and Q&A.
Great Barrington Green Drinks
First Thursday of the Month
5:30 PM | The Prairie Whale | 178 Main St. | Great Barrington, MA
So grab a friend or two and bring them down to share what you’re working on (green or not) and meet others in the community.
Northern Berkshire Green Drinks
Purple Pub Annex, Spring St., Williamstown, MA
The January meeting will host the Pownal Superfund Site Redevelopment Team who will discuss their project to develop the former Tannery Site into a recreational site for Pownal, which would include a bike path, river access, a walking path, and maybe even a pump track or skating area.
The students worked for the Pownal Recreation Task Force on this project and they interviewed lots of officials and residents and even did a planning charrette in an elementary school class.
Your feedback and ideas are welcome!
Pittsfield Tree Watch Monthly Meeting
NO JANUARY 2018 MEETING – stay tuned for February
Second Thursday of every month | 4 – 5:30 PM
Pittsfield Senior Center, 330 North Street, Pittsfield
TREE OF THE MONTH: SPRUCE
See info sheet HERE
Pittsfield Tree Watch works to:
- Help preserve existing Pittsfield trees
- Encourage tree planting
- Stand for the economic, social and environmental benefits of trees
Please come and learn more about what is happening to increase the number of trees in Pittsfield!
Flying Deer Nature Center Events
5 Abode Road | New Lebanon, NY
WINTER SURVIVAL SHELTER
Saturday, January 13th | 10 AM – 3 PM
For ages 16 and up.
Three Saturday Mornings :
January 20th : 9 AM – Noon
January 27th : 10 AM – Noon
February 3 : 10 AM – Noon
Location: 122 Daley Rd., East Chatham, NY; please approach from Route 9 only.
Learn to identify trees and shrubs in the “off” season with ecologists Conrad and Claudia Vispo of the Hawthorne Valley Farmscape Ecology Program, who have led ecology walks throughout Columbia County and taught people how to identify plants in all seasons since 2004.
Winter Botany can be a lot of fun when you key in on a combination of clues the plants offer to help reveal which species they belong to. These clues include the habitat where the plant is found, its general shape and branching pattern, and its bark and bud characteristics. Some plants even have unique smells that can help with their identification. And don’t forget to search the ground for remains of leaves and/or fruit and nuts—it’s all fair game.
This course combines indoor and outdoor instruction to provide participants with a set of tools to improve their skills with winter identification of woody plants, no matter their prior knowledge. Everybody with a curiosity about the natural world can benefit from this course and gain a new appreciation for the patterns discernable in the plants of our wintry woods.
The three consecutive sessions will build on each other, and we will give preference to participants signing up for the entire course. However, if space is available after January 10, we will also accept sign-ups for individual sessions. Sessions will be limited to 15 participants, so please register early to reserve your spot!
Tuition: The instructors are donating their time to Flying Deer Nature Center. If you would like to participate in the Winter Botany course, please contribute to the Capital Campaignfor the new campus on Daley Road. Suggested donation: $50 for all three sessions; $20 for a single session.
E-mail us to register for this program. Register early as space is limited.
WINTER TRACKING INTENSIVE
February 16 – 18
Soul Fire Farm, 1972 NY Highway 2, Petersburg, NY
FOR AGES 18 AND UP. DATES INCLUDE OVERNIGHTS.
Tuition : $275
Unlock the secrets of the forest! In this joint venture with Tamakoce Wilderness Programs, participants will get a deep and detailed insight into what stories the tracks of an animal can tell. Through two days and nights of lecture and field work on the grounds of Soul Fire Farm in Petersburg, New York, you’ll gain a rich understanding of the various methods used to positively identify, interpret, and communicate the information within the tracks we encounter. Topics covered will include:
- Track identification
- Bones and feathers
- Life cycles
- Habitat use
- How to use local ecology to anticipate animal movement
- How to properly use measurements.
We’ll explore all this while following the trails of bobcat, deer, fox, rabbit, coyote, and more! Simple accommodations and food will be provided. Register here.
Williams College Center for Environmental Studies
12 – 1 PM at The Log | 78 Spring St.
Open to the public. Vegetarian homemade wholesome local food lunch! Reservations required ($4) online at ces.williams.edu or [email protected] If the cost of lunch is a financial hardship, financial aid students may buy a reduced price lunch at CES offices before Friday.
Balance of Power : Why Flipping the Switch Will never Be The Same Again
Peter Kelly-Detwiler ’83, NorthBridge Energy Partners
Tamarack Hollow Nature & Cultural Center
1515 & 1516 Savoy Hollow Rd. Windsor, MA
SPRUCE-FIR BOREAL FOREST SNOWSHOE TRECK & TRACK and WINTER ECOLOGY AT TAMARACK HOLLOW
Sundays January 21st & February 4th | 10 AM – 1 PM
Join naturalist guide and Director Aimee Gelinas M.Ed for a winter ecology snowshoe in the unique high elevation, boreal forest. Learn winter tracking skills, forest ecology & how to identify native trees, plants, and signs of wildlife. Co-Sponsored by Mass Audubon. More dates TBA. Email: [email protected] for registration info.
BOREAL SPRUCE-FIR FOREST VOLUNTEER TRAIL WORK DAY
Sunday, April 8th | 9 AM – 1 PM
Email [email protected] to register.
FLOODPLAIN FOREST SPRING CANOE MILL RIVER
Saturday, April 21st | 9 AM – 1 PM
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Hike with Healers
Notchview Reservation : Rt. 9 Windsor, MA
Kestrel Land Trust Events
Saturday, January 13th | 1 – 3 PM | Amherst & Northampton
The walks are free but registration is required.In the event of heavy rain or ice, we will cancel (again!), but let’s cross our fingers that the rain moves through sooner.
Saturday, February 17th | 10 AM – Noon | Northampton
Berkshire Natural Resources Events
Friday, February 2nd | 4 – 6 PM | North Adams
Morgan Bulkeley | Nature, Culture, Clash
September 29, 2017 – February 4, 2018
Berkshire Museum | 39 South St. | Pittsfield, MA
Humorous and ominous at the same time, Morgan Bulkeley’s images offer compelling scenarios where humans are pitted against nature, with nature holding the advantage. Morgan Bulkeley: Nature Culture Clash is a solo exhibition of paintings and sculptures by the Berkshire-based artist, curated by Geoffrey Young.
A significant career retrospective covering five decades, Morgan Bulkeley: Nature Culture Clash includes a wide range of work, from early drawings and watercolors to a recent series of small paintings in gouache depicting a vivid array of birds. The exhibition encompasses carved and painted wood masks and panels, tiny wooden “whimseys,” large oil paintings, sculpture, and a site-specific installation.
Ancestral Ways : Reclaiming Our Past
December 9 – 10, February 3 – 4, March 31 – April 1, June 2 – 3, August 4 – 5
If you’ve ever felt drawn to a waterfall, mountain range, serene lake, or boundless prairie, you’ve experienced “Biophilia”. A reflexive response to our evolutionary relationship to nature. Yes, we are part of nature! Though modern civilization, over the last 5 thousand years, has moved us further and further apart. Still we find ourselves drawn to connect with the natural world.
Each weekend of this 6 month course will bring you back into that relationship. As we gather our food, build our shelters, craft our clothes and containers and re-learn to speak the language of nature, we will experience the kind of connectedness or “biophilia” that our ancestors new for 100,000 ’s of years!
Activities will include: friction fire, food gathering, food prep, primitive cooking, tool and container crafting, shelters, hide tanning, clothing making, animal tracking, bird language, nature immersion, story telling, and more!
Ages – 16 and up | Location – Grafton, Ny | Cost- 1,200.00 (Bring someone for 25% off) | All meals included!
Homeschool Wilderness Skills Programs
Winter Sessions start Friday, January 5th
2 Groups: HERON–ages 7+ and SWIFT EAGLE–preteens & teens
With Earthwork Programs, hundreds of children have learned and practiced not only wilderness skills, but mentoring and being part of a community. During the Winter session, children learn ice safety, hypothermia prevention, winter shelter building (quinzees), tracking and more! $55-$70/class, sliding scale, for the 8-week Winter session. Visit earthworkprograms.com or call 413-340-1161
NAACP Just Energy Policies & Practices Action Toolkit
Wednesday, January 17th from 7 – 8 PM
Wednesday, January 24th from 1 – 2 PM
Monday, January 29th from 7:30 – 8:30 PM
The NAACP’s ECJ Program has officially released ourJust Energy Policies and Practices ACTION TOOLKIT! Learn how you can develop action steps and just energy policies that protect your communities’ health and wellbeing, while keeping your neighbors’ lights on and maintaining jobs for your families.
About the Toolkit
The NAACP Just Energy Policies and Practices Action Toolkit contains practical guidance that helps local NAACP units and othersdiscover what your community needs are, vision planning and goal setting towards transforming your local energy economy. Our FREE toolkit is divided into 8 modules that are designed to be used either separately or together so that organizers can build the exact campaign that works for their community. At the end of each module, are several fact sheets, and resources for you to modify, copy and use in developing and implementing your energy justice projects.
The Just Energy Policies and Practices Action Toolkit works in conjunction with our Just Energy Policies: Model Energy Policies Guide, which has practical information for people wanting to change legislation and energy policies. Just like the Action Toolkit, the Model Policies guide is free and available under the Resource section of our Environmental and Climate Justice Program webpage on the NAACP website or HERE.
About the Webinar
JOIN US! The ECJ Program here at NAACP will be hosting THREE webinars to provide you with a brief introduction to the NAACP’s energy justice work, including the Power to the People Campaign, and a thorough walkthrough theJust Energy Policies and Practices Action Toolkit.
Specifically, presenters will:
- Explain the toolkit and the projects and outcomes that the NAACP hopes that NAACP units, ECJ Committees or partners will achieve
- Dive into the toolkit itself to demonstrate the different parts of each action module and show how members in the field can use this toolkit in everyday ways
- Highlight the incredible NAACP energy justice projects lead by units around the country
- Answer all of your questions about the action toolkit and NAACP energy justice work
Katie Taylor, ECJ Communications Manager, NAACP
Marcus Franklin, ECJ Program Specialist, NAACP
Swetha Saseedhar, ECJ Research and Policy Fellow, NAACP
Liz Kennedy, ECJ Research and Policy Fellow, NAACP
January 17, 2018
Rosemary Harris-Lytle, President Rocky Mountain Area Conference of Branches, NAACP
January 24, 2018
Kevin McGee, President Anchorage, AK Branch, NAACP
Jan Bronson, Co-ECJ Chair Anchorage, AK Branch, NAACP
Besse Odom, Co-ECJ Chair Anchorage, AK Branch, NAACP
January 29, 2018
Brooke Harper, ECJ Chair Maryland State Conference of Branches, NAACP
Please register at the link below for your preferred webinar date.
Holding Fossil Fuel Companies Liable for Climate Change Harms
Thursday, January 25th | 9 PM
The Union of Concerned Scientists and the Emmett Institute on Climate Change and the Environment at UCLA School of Law invite you to a timely and stimulating conversation exploring whether and how the fossil fuel industry can be held liable for the harms climate change is inflicting on communities. ALL THE INFO & REGISTRATION HERE.
Live from the Fowler Museum at UCLA.
The event is free but registration is required. Please register today to attend in person or to receive more information on joining the live webcast.
Keynote Address by Bill McKibben, author and environmentalist, founder of 350.org, and Schumann Distinguished Scholar in Environmental Studies at Middlebury College, VT (via Skype)
• Peter Frumhoff, director of science and policy, Union of Concerned Scientists
• Ann Carlson, Shirley Shapiro professor of environmental law, and inaugural faculty director of the Emmett Institute on Climate Change and the Environment, UCLA School of Law
• Honorable Serge Dedina, mayor of Imperial Beach, California, and executive director of the nonprofit organization Wildcoast
• Gladys Limon, Executive Director of the California Environmental Justice Alliance
• Alex Hall, professor in the Department of Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences and director of the Center for Climate Change Solutions at the UCLA Institute of the Environment and Sustainability
Ken Kimmell, President of the Union of Concerned Scientists, will provide closing remarks.
Wilderness First Aid (WFA) Class
Thursday, January 25th – Friday, January 26th | 8 AM – 5 PM
Accidents happen. People get hurt, sick, or lost. The temperature drops, the wind picks up, and it starts to rain. Would you know what to do? Many backcountry emergencies are preventable, and even when bad things happen, sometimes the wrong care can make things worse. By learning a few basic skills, you can make the difference between a good outcome and a bad one-and maybe even save a life.
WHO IS THE WFA FOR?
The WFA is the perfect course for the outdoor enthusiast or trip leader who wants a basic level of first aid training for short trips with family, friends, and outdoor groups. It also meets the ACA guidelines.
WHAT IS TAUGHT?
The WFA is 16 hours long (two days), and focuses on the basic skills of: Response and Assessment, Musculoskeletal Injuries, Environmental Emergencies, Survival Skills, Soft Tissue Injuries, and Medical Emergencies – see course outline in sidebar.
WHERE AND WHEN IS IT HELD?
Classes are held at Dog Pals Canine Sports Camp
HOW MUCH DOES IT COST?
$160.00 (discounts for groups of 5 or more)
IS THERE AN EXAM?
Yes, there is ongoing evaluation of practical skills, and there are written assessments throughout the course.
DO I GET CERTIFIED?
Yes. You will receive a SOLO WFA certification, which is good for two years.
DOES THE WFA COUNT AS CONTINUING EDUCATION?
The WFA may give continuing ed credits (depending on the specific requirements for your certification) and is approved for recertifying SOLO’s Wilderness First Responder program.
Winter Walk at Wyomanock Preserve
Saturday, January 27th | 1:30 – 3:30 PM
68 Wyomanock Rd. Stephentown, NY
Come enjoy a winter walk at Wyomanock Preserve! Winter conditions can facilitate easier access to wetland areas. We’ll be exploring the headwaters of the Wyomanock Creek in frozen splendor with discussion including habitat ecology, wildlife, plants, and watershed. Be prepared for any weather! Walk will last about 2 hours, depending on conditions. Suggested donation $10 per person. Should driving conditions be hazardous, we will postpone until the following day (Sunday 1/28). Please check this site and our Facebook page for updates. Register Here.
Natural Gas Infrastructure & Public Health : From Local to Global
Tuesday, January 30th | 10 AM – 5 PM
Boston University | Photonics Center | 8 St Mary’s St. Boston, MA
FREE – REGISTER HERE
Please join us for a discussion regarding the health impacts of natural gas infrastructure (NGI) and the role of public health officials in this topic.
The event is co-sponsored by Boston University School of Public Health, Massachusetts Medical Society, Greater Boston Physicians for Social Responsibility, Health Care Without Harm, Mass Health Professionals for Clean Energy, and Physicians for Policy Action.
Sue Morse in the Berkshires | February 16 & 17
BEAT, with the support of Berkshire Natural Resources Council and other partners, is once again bringing Sue Morse to town!
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.
Bear With Us! Living with Bears in the North Country
Friday, February 16th | 6:30 PM
Boland Theater at BCC in Pittsfield
Photograph © Susan C. Morse
Be prepared for lots of fascinating information on black bear biology and ecology, with emphasis on the field identification of tracks and sign. Sue is very excited about this show because it offers the most comprehensive discussion of bear scent-marking behaviors, illustrated with dozens of her original images. As for living in harmony with black bears, it’s entirely up to us, as this pogram will solidly demonstrate. “Bear safety” is achieved largely because of what we do out there, whether it be in the wild or around our home and farmyard. It is more about what we can do to minimize the hazards we pose to bears.
The Mysterious Mustelids
Saturday, February 17th | 6 PM
Monument Mountain Regional High School in Great Barrington
Local Environmental Action 2018
March 3, 2018
March 3rd, 2018 in Boston will be a full day of keynote speakers and workshops, and an opportunity to re-connect with others doing work similar to yours. This day gives you the chance to hear from local leaders across the Commonwealth who are deeply involved in making the world a better place. Please register today to and join us for a day of renewed purpose in Boston.
Powerful solutions start at the local level. At the end of this conference you will go home re-inspired, with the tools to be an even more effective local leader. or if you are just starting out, to become an environmental champion in your community.
Last year we had a wonderful day with more than 500 local leaders who, like you, are making their communities better. This year will be another day of community and inspiration. Buy your tickets today here!
2018 Northeast Natural History Conference
April 13 – 15, 2018
Sheraton Hotel | Burlington, VT
The Northeast Natural History Conference will be held within the elegant conference facilities of the Sheraton Hotel in Burlington, VT, which is on the eastern shore of Lake Champlain, north of Albany, northwest of Boston, and south of Montreal. The venue is just off Interstate 89 and is easily reachable by multiple routes from along Route 90 in Massachusets.
Once again, participants have the convenience of accommodations under the same roof as the conference.
Pre-conference field trips and workshops will be on Friday, with all oral and poster presentations and other conference activities on Saturday and Sunday.
The Northeast Natural History Conference continues to maintain its long-held standard of being the largest regional broad-spectrum forum for researchers, university professors, students, natural resource managers, and naturalists to present current information on the varied aspects of field biology (freshwater, marine, and terrestrial) and natural history for the northeastern United States and adjacent Canada. It serves as a premier venue to identify research and management needs, foster friendships and collegial relationships, and encourage a greater region-wide interest in natural history by bringing people with diverse backgrounds together. Students are especially welcome at this very collegial and supportive conference.
The session organizers welcome inquiries. Each session has 4 presentations.
Forest Ecology … Peter Palmiotto
Full-Cycle Biology/Ecology … Jason Hill
Fungal Ecology … Pierre-Luc Chagnon
Montane Ecology … Jason Hill
Vernal Pool Ecology and Conservation … Steve Faccio and Elizabeth Morse
Wetland Ecology and Restoration … Catherine Owen Koning
Butterfly Conservation and Ecology in the Northeast … Kent McFarland
Ecology of Vermont’s Bats … Meghan Lout
Landscape Ecology of Stream Macroinvertebrates … Sean Regalado
Moths (Lepidoptera) as Environmental Indicators … Michael Sabourin
Odonate Natural History … Bryan Pfeiffer
Pollinator Ecology … Carla Fenner
Shrubland and Grassland Bird Ecology and Conservation … Rosalind Renfrew
White-nose Syndrome in Bats of the Northeast … Craig Frank
Climate Change and Plant Migration … Jesse Bellemare
Fern Ecology … Dave Barrington and Cathy Paris
Natural History Collections: Botany … Christian Schorn
The Bowser Road Mastodon (NY): Implications about the Demise of a Species … Michael Gramly
Early registration deadline … March 12th
Deadline for discounted hotel rates … March 23rd
Make arrangements directly with Hotel Burlington and Conference Center (800-325-3535) or online for students or online for all other attendees.
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Orion Environmental Writers’ Workshop
June 10 – 15, 2018
Omega Institute | Rhinebeck, NY
The country’s foremost workshop for people interested in writing about nature and culture. Now at the Omega Institute in Rhinebeck, New York.
Connect with Orion writers and editors in order to understand more deeply Orion’s approach to the relationship between literature and the natural world.
The curriculum will include faculty readings and lectures, student readings, and small group classes dedicated to poetry, fiction, and nonfiction.
Applications will open on November 15, 2017.
Visit orionmagazine.org/workshops for more information.
Questions? Email Orion here.