Calendar of Events

Berkshire events – locations in red
Connecticut River Valley events – locations in green
All other events in black
BEAT sponsored/co-sponsored events in navy


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BEAT Special Events

Housatonic River Cleanup
Saturday, August 19th | 9 AM – 1 PM
Wahconah Park | Pittsfield, MA

Ladies and gentlemen it’s Housatonic River clean up time! Thanks to past efforts we’re helping turn this river around. We need your help to continue. No skill required! We provide gloves and some waders (but if you have your own bring those, too). You will get wet and dirty!

Dress for the weather and bring a refillable water bottle – we will have water for refills on hand.

Free Lunch! Free Blue Q goodie bags!

ORGANIZED BY BERKSHIRE ENVIRONMENTAL ACTION TEAM AND THE HOUSATONIC VALLEY ASSOCIATION WITH SUPPORT FROM THE CITY OF PITTSFIELD AND AMERICAN RIVERS, AND DONATIONS FROM ALNASCO, ANNIE SELKE, BNRC, BLUE Q, GUIDOS, AND PANERA BREAD.


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BEAT’s Monthly Wildlife Tracking Club

1st Wednesday and 3rd Saturday of the month
9 AM – 12 noon
Locations will vary throughout Berkshire County

BEAT’s Wildlife Tracking group will meet twice monthly, always on the 1st Wednesday and the 3rd Saturday. It will be open to the public and run in Berkshire County. There will be an annual membership fee of $15.00. One-time participants can attend an individual event for $5.00.

The objectives of this club are threefold:
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


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BEAT Weekly Kiwi Cutting at Burbank Park

On hold for the summer
Location: Contact Jane for where we are meeting this week [email protected] or 413-230-7321 (cell)


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). 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: Please call Jane Winn at [email protected] or call 413-230-7321 if you are planning to attend.


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Pittsfield Green Drinks

Sponsored by Berkshire Environmental Action Team (BEAT)

Tuesday, August 15 (Third Tuesday of the month) | 5:15 PM
J. Allen’s Clubhouse, 41 North Street, Pittsfield

Pittsfield Green Drinks is a very informal gathering, open to everyone with any environmental interest. The drinks aren’t green, but our conversations are.

Guest speaker for August: Our speaker, starting around 6 PM, will be local environmentalist Matt Kelly. In the winter of 2002/2003, the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society launched its first Antarctic Campaign to stop the slaughter of whales in the Southern Ocean Whale Sanctuary.  On board the SSCS Farley Mowat was a local lad.  Come hear his story.

Matt Kelly grew up in Pittsfield and is presently on the board of The Berkshire Vegan Network. He has been a Board Director of EarthSave International, a Crewmember of the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society, and is a Past President of the local Hoffmann Bird Club.

The presentation, which is free and open to the public, will be followed by discussion and Q&A.

What is Green Drinks? Green Drinks is an international forum where people who work in the environmental field meet for a beer and snacks at informal sessions. There will be a lively mix of people from Non-profit organizations, academia, government and business. Green Drinks is a great way of catching up with people you know and for making new contacts. These networking events are very simple and unstructured. Come along and you’ll be made welcome.

Great Barrington Green Drinks


Great Barrington Green Drinks on Hiatus until September 2017.
What’s Green Drinks? It’s a free monthly social event for people interested in everything from environmental education to local agriculture, the arts, activism, green business and design, and the ways all of these intersect.

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.


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Northern Berkshire Green Drinks

Thursday, September 7th (the first Thursday of the month) | 5:30 – 7 PM
Purple Pub Annex, Spring St., Williamstown, MA
Let’s meet to have a discussion of How Bad Is It? What are the indignities—and positives—the environment has suffered over the last seven months? This is also an opportunity for folks to share what “green” things we all are working on in the coming months.
Green Drinks is an informal local gathering of North County folks who care about the environment. We meet monthly for discussion, often around a focus topic introduced by a guest speaker.
We are active, engaged members of communities near Mt. Greylock. We are committed to justice and united in our fight for progressive policies. This group was formed immediately after the November 2016 presidential election. We gather as a community to galvanize action, support one another, discuss ideas for moving forward, ways to deal with our own and our family members’ responses to the election.

Pittsfield Tree Watch Monthly Meeting

September 12, October 12, November 10, December 8
Second Thursday of every month | 4 – 5:30 PM
Pittsfield Senior Center, 330 North Street, Pittsfield

TREE OF THE MONTH: Hawthorn
See info sheet HERE

Upcoming Clinics: September 12, October 10 from 5 -6:30 PM; November 14 from 4 – 5:30 PM

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!

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Green Night with Western Mass Green Consortium

Wednesday, September 13th (2nd Wednesday of the month) | 5:30 – 7 PM
Platform Sports Bar, 125A Pleasant Street, Northampton

GCC has significantly contributed to Massachusetts’ national prominence in renewable energy and energy efficiency, and our interns are often on the forefront of these fields. Student interns have contributed to such forward-looking developments as manufacturing recycled vegetable oil fuel, assessing the energy performance of our regional building stock, increasing outreach to businesses and volunteers for our local low-income housing franchise, and designing and installing solar arrays.

Recent and current interns will give a thumbnail sketch of their experiences working for local organizations such as Northeast Biodiesel, Power House Energy Consulting, and Pioneer Valley Habitat for Humanity; representatives of host sites will also be on hand to discuss their perspective of the internship process. Teresa Jones, GCC’s RE/EE Program Director, Christine Copeland, GCC’s Internship Coordinator guru, and Beth Paulson, Adjunct Faculty for the RE/EE Program, will update us on GCC’s accomplishments, describe how other businesses can get involved, and introduce the fabulous presenters.

GCC’s pioneering Renewable Energy/Energy Efficiency degree and certificate programs have been closely aligned with local sustainable businesses since the program began in 2008. It is a leader in not only the state, but the country. The coursework predicted the need in this booming industry, received recognition for its academic AND practical, on-the-ground, accomplishments. They have graduated 29 students in the degree program and 79 students in the intensive one-year certificate program.

Visit our WEBSITE

About Green Night – Every Second Wednesday except August come to Platform Sports Bar at Union Station for Green Night to learn about what is going on in the Valley around sustainability. From 5:00-5:30 grab a drink or order food and chat with others. At 5:30 it’s time to share news, events and make your announcements. The featured presentation begins at 6:00 with Q&A following. At 7:00 we move into the bar. Energy is high and we continue with conversations, networking and more food and drink.

All are welcome!


350Mass Berkshire Node: Monthly Meeting

Wednesday, August 16 | Potluck at 5:30 PM • Meeting begins at 6 PM
UU Church, 175 Wendell Ave. Pittsfield, MA

All are welcome!

Every month our meetings offer an opportunity for Berkshire residents to get involved with the growing climate change movement.

You can say you’re attending and invite your friends on Facebook here: https://www.facebook.com/events/230836263990783/.
As always catch us around the web:

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Climate Action Now Monthly Gathering

Fourth Monday of each month | 7 – 9 PM
Visit website for location per month.
AMHERST LOCATION:
Unitarian Society of Amherst, 121 N Pleasant St, Amherst, MA 01004
NORTHAMPTON LOCATION:
Unitarian Society of Northampton on Main St.

Handicap accessible and on a bus line
Everyone is welcome!

Climate Action Now is a people powered, grassroots Western Massachusetts based organization dedicated to building a powerful, unstoppable climate justice movement. We work in our communities and in collaboration with diverse partners across the region to educate, advocate, and mobilize for climate action. Newcomers are welcome! Let’s work together to create an inclusive, unstoppable movement for climate justice!

VISIT OUR WEBSITE!

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Housatonic River Walk Events

 

Riverside Trails Conference with Peter Jensen
Saturday, September 9th | 10 AM – Noon

Explore the complexities of riverside trail development through River Walk’s 30 years of community volunteerism and vision that provide community access along a stellar National Recreation Trail and rehabilitated river bank. Peter Jensen will illustrate the key components of sound riverside trail development. Indoor and outdoor site-based workshop. Space is limited. Registration is required. Click here or email [email protected] to save your spot today.

2nd Annual Hullabaloo at Great Barrington Land Conservancy
Sunday, September 10th | 4 PM – 7 PM

Hullabaloo celebration and annual general meeting. Light fare, cash bar, music and happy hubbub… Great Barrington Land Conservancy is celebrating 25 years of promoting land conservation, farm preservation and community trails! Learn about our successes, challenges and future work! Celebrate our members, sponsors & VIP volunteers! Click here for full info.

Interpretive Strolls on the River Walk
Sundays | September 17, 24 and October 1 | 10 AM – 11 AM

FREE with Environmental Educator Elia Del Molino Meet at River Walk’s DuBois River Garden Park.Tour this National Recreation Trail to discover its historic, cultural and ecological significance. Pre-registration suggested. Email [email protected] or click here.

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Lee Monthly Town Clean-up with the
Greener Gateway Committee

Last Saturday Of The Month | 9 AM – 11 AM

A monthly town clean-up will be held in Lee every last Saturday of the month, if the ground is clear and the wind-chill is no lower than 25 degrees.

We meet at the gazebo near the post office on Railroad St. at 9 AM and clean until around 11am keeping the roadsides and wetland areas beautiful for our enjoyment and for wildlife to thrive.

Interested? Please contact Uli at (413)329 3514 or [email protected] or Valerie Bluhm, [email protected] to confirm.
http://www.lee.ma.us/recycling-greener-gateway-committee/news/first-monthly-mini-town-clean-january-28th-weather

 


Pittsfield Repair Cafe

NEXT DATE: Saturday, August 19th | 12:30 – 4 PM
St. Stephen’s Church, downstairs dining room – on Allen Street opposite Berkshire Bank parking lot.
Bring in lamps; knives, scissors, garden nippers and trimmers in need of sharpening; nonfunctional vacuum cleaners, radios and other electrical or electronic equipment; bicycles; anything else needing raising from the ashes. Also legal questions.
Bring items don’t work anymore (but did once); we will (usually) either fix, restoring functionality, or show why fix is impossible.
Free food, free goods; live music.
Co-founder said, cogently, “It’s a hoot.” – The Volunteers

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Wild & Scenic Westfield River Events

Wild & Scenic Weekends

Learn new conservation skills at our free trainings, and put your passion into practice at our river and trail workdays, and discover the Westfield River’s outstandingly remarkable values. All 2017 events held in Chesterfield unless otherwise noted.

September 16 | 9 AM – 2 PM | 4th Annual Watershed Blitz: Walk segments of the East Branch Trail with river specialists and naturalists and meet fellow river stewards. 9am-2pm.

For more details and to register contact Meredyth Babcock: 413-623-2070, [email protected]

Sponsored by Wild & Scenic Westfield River Committee, PO Box 393, Huntington, MA 01050

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Williamstown Rural Land Foundation Events

Guided Hike
Saturday, August 19th  | 9 AM – Noon
Meet at AT Parking Area | Pattinson Rd | N. Adams

Climbing Greylock via the Appalachian Trail, completing the ring hike. Hikers meet at 9AM at the parking area for the AT on Pattison Rd. in North Adams (reached via Luce Rd. Williamstown) to car ferry to the summit. 5.2 Miles. A van will be provided at the summit to return hikers to their cars. Please note that this is a STRENUOUS hike and will take approximately four hours up steep terrain. As with all WRLF guided hikes, hikers are advised to wear sturdy boots and to bring water, sunscreen, and a snack. No need to sign up. Just show up at the meeting place. Severe weather cancels.

Butterfly Walk at the Spruces
Saturday, August 19th | 1:30 PM

Join local naturalists Pamela Weatherbee and Leslie Reed-Evans beginning at 1:30 PM to learn about butterflies. These lovely insects are also important pollinators, and are easy to attract to your yard and garden. Participants will learn how to identify the variety of butterflies found in the area. The Spruces has a great variety of wildflowers to attract butterflies, which are most active during warm weather. Sun protection is advised. The former mobile home park is now owned by the town, and open to the public for enjoyment of nature and passive recreation.

The program is open to the public and free of charge, and is suitable for all ages. Rain date is 1:30 PM Sunday August 20.

The Spruces is located on the north side Route 2 east of Williamstown. The entrance is marked by two white stone lions. Meet in the parking area to the right of the first intersection. For more information email: [email protected]

The Williamstown Rural Lands Foundation is a non-profit, member-supported land conservation trust committed to preserving the rural New England character of Williamstown and the surrounding area. Sheep Hill is a conservation property and the WRLF headquarters, and is located on Route 7, about 1 mile south of the rotary in Williamstown center.

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Dyken Pond Environmental Education Center Events

Make a Nature Journal: Junior Naturalist Program
Tuesday, August 15th | 1 – 3 PM  

Create your own Nature Journal and learn how fun it can be to record your nature adventures to revisit on a rainy day. You can write down your thoughts or experiences, draw pictures, and even preserve leaves or flowers. We’ll take a hike and use all 5 senses. Ages 5 and up. Cost: $2. Pre-registration encouraged.

Partial Solar Eclipse
Monday, August 21st | 1 – 4 PM

A total solar eclipse is occurring in the southern US for the first time since 1979. A partial solar eclipse will be visible in Grafton, NY between 1:23pm and 3:56 pm with maximum coverage occurring at 2:42pm. If you would like to view this historic eclipse from the serenity of a Rensselaer County Park please join us at the Center. We will provide a brief explanation of how and why eclipses occur before splitting up to find the perfect viewing location of your choice. The best and safest way to view an eclipse is through “eclipse glasses” which will be available to those who preregister for this event for $2. An eclipse can only be viewed using proper eye protection. Remember to never look directly at the sun.

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Dyken Pond Environmental Education Center is a Rensselaer County Park open daily during daylight hours for hiking, fishing and non-motor boating. Canoes and kayaks are available for rent each day from 9am until 3pm. A complete list of programs can be found at: www.dykenpond.org. Preregister for all events by calling (518) 658-2055 or send an email to [email protected].


Berkshire Mycological Society Walks

Sundays | 10 AM

The Berkshire Mycology Society no longer keeps a list of members or sends out e-mail. However, we do go out and pick and identify mushrooms. Anyone who wants to come along is welcome. Please look on the Maps page, and the More Maps page for images that may be helpful.

20-Aug-17 AT at Shay’s Rebellion
27-Aug-17 Guilder Pond
3-Sep-17 Mt. Everett High School
10-Sep-17 Kennedy Park
17-Sep-17 AT at Shay’s Rebellion
24-Sep-17 Laura’s Tower
1-Oct-17 NO WALK (COMA Foray)
8-Oct-17 Kennedy Park
15-Oct-17 AT at Shay’s Rebellion
22-Oct-17 John’s Choice
29-Oct-17 Mt. Everett High School


Pittsfield Beautiful’s Twice Weekly Weeding Parties

Join Pittsfield Beautiful for these easy twice-weekly weeding parties. Contact Dawn O’Brien ([email protected]) to find out the location for a particular day.

Typically groups meet on Mondays from 5 – 6:30 PM and Fridays at 8:30 AM.

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Mass Audubon Events

Berkshire Residents Free Admission | 1st Wednesday of the Month
Wednesday, September 6th | 9 AM – 4 PM
Pleasant Valley Wildlife Sanctuary | Lenox

Berkshire County residents are invited to visit Pleasant Valley Wildlife Sanctuary. The sanctuary is open dawn to dusk. The office and gift shop will be open from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm. Explore seven miles of beautiful trails and learn about our education programs for all ages. Free for Berkshire County Residents with valid license or ID.

Naturalist Guided Canoe Trip – Housatonic River
Sunday August 20th | 8:30 AM – 11:30 AM
New Lenox Rd. | Lenox, MA

This leisurely paddle will take us through the ecologically rich Housatonic Valley Wildlife Management Area in Lenox. We’ll watch for swallows, herons, kingfishers, muskrats, and signs of beavers along the scenic and meandering Housatonic River and learn about why the waterway is the natural heart of the Berkshires.

Audience: All (suitable for children 10 – 18 years) Members: Adult $25.00, Child $25.00 Nonmembers: Adult $35.00, Child $35.00

Registration is required – click here to register.

Evening at the Beaver Ponds
Wednesday, August 23rd | 7 PM – 8:30 PM
Pleasant Valley Wildlife Sanctuary | Lenox, MA

Enjoy an evening searching for beavers and other wildlife attracted to the series of ponds that the beavers have created. Learn about the natural history of beavers and how they continue to shape the landscape more than 80 years after their reintroduction.

Members: Adult $6.00, Child $3.00 Nonmembers: Adult $8.00, Child $4.00

Registration is suggested – click here to register.

Evening Nighthawk Watch
Friday, August 25th | 5 PM – 7:30 PM
Canoe Meadows Wildlife Sanctuary

Spend the evening searching the sky for migrating nighthawks at Canoe Meadows. With luck we’ll watch these beautiful aerial acrobats catching insects on the wing. Bring binoculars and a lawn chair. Registration not required. Suggested donation $5. Free for community garden members.

Registration is required – click here to register.

Evening Nighthawk Watch
Saturday, August 26th | 5 PM – 7:30 PM
Canoe Meadows Wildlife Sanctuary

Spend the evening searching the sky for migrating nighthawks at Canoe Meadows. With luck we’ll watch these beautiful aerial acrobats catching insects on the wing. Bring binoculars and a lawn chair. Registration not required. Suggested donation $5. Free for community garden members.

Registration is required – click here to register.

Naturalist Guided Canoe Trip – October Mountain State Forest
Sunday, August 27th | 8:30 AM – 11:30 PM
Buckley Dunton Lake | Becket, MA

Herons, loons, beavers, and other wildlife are all possible sightings on this large, secluded lake in October Mountain State Forest. Explore the coves and inlets of this beautiful lake and we’ll go ashore to eat a snack, visit forest plant communities, and search for signs of animals such as porcupines and moose.

Audience: All (suitable for children 10 – 18 years) | Members: Adult $25.00, Child $25.00 Nonmembers: Adult $35.00, Child $35.00

Registration is required – click here to register.
Eventing at the Beaver Ponds
Wednesday, August 30th | 7 PM – 8:30 PM
Pleasant Valley Wildlife Sanctuary | Lenox, MA
Enjoy an evening searching for beavers and other wildlife attracted to the series of ponds that the beavers have created. Learn about the natural history of beavers and how they continue to shape the landscape more than 80 years after their reintroduction.
Members: Adult $6.00, Child $3.00 Nonmembers: Adult $8.00, Child $4.00
Registration is suggested – click here to register.

Berkshire Summit Hiking Series – Lenox Mountain
Saturday, September 2nd| 9 AM – Noon
Pleasant Valley Wildlife Sanctuary | Lenox, MA
Join naturalist and avid hiker Dale Abrams for a moderately strenuous hike to the summit of Lenox Mountain (elevation 2,126 feet) This hike follows the Trail of the Ledges and Overbrook Trail three miles round-trip through northern hardwood and hemlock forest for an elevation gain of 840 feet. We’ll look for signs of wildlife and learn about native trees and shrubs, before taking in a 50-mile view (on a clear day) from the summit.
Members: $7.00 Nonmembers: $10.00. Registration is required. www.massaudubon.org/get-outdoors/
Naturalist Guided Canoe Trip – Housatonic River
Sunday, September 3rd | 8:30 – 11:30 AM
New Lenox Rd | Lenox, MA
This leisurely paddle will take us through the ecologically rich Housatonic Valley Wildlife Management Area in Lenox. We’ll watch for swallows, herons, kingfishers, muskrats, and signs of beavers along the scenic and meandering Housatonic River and learn about why the waterway is the natural heart of the Berkshires. Members: Adult $25.00, Child $25.00 Nonmembers: Adult $35.00, Child $35.00. Registration is required. www.massaudubon.org/get-outdoors/
Fall Birding at Pleasant Valley
Wednesday, September 6th | 8 – 10 AM
Pleasant Valley Wildlife Sanctuary | Lenox, MA
Join Pleasant Valley’s caretaker on a weekly bird walk past beaver wetlands and through woodlands looking for warblers, tanagers, orioles, and more during the peak of the spring and fall migrations. Bring binoculars; beginners welcome. These programs are offered free of charge thanks to the Lenox Cultural Council and generous donor sponsorship. FREE for members and nonmembers.
Evening at the Beaver Ponds
Wednesday, September 6th | 6:30 –  8 PM
Pleasant Valley Wildlife Sanctuary | Lenox, MA
Nonmembers can join today during checkout and take immediate advantage of member prices. Enjoy an evening searching for beavers and other wildlife attracted to the series of ponds that the beavers have created. Learn about the natural history of beavers and how they continue to shape the landscape more than 80 years after their reintroduction. Audience: All (suitable for children 3 – 18 years). Members: Adult $6.00, Child $3.00 Nonmembers: Adult $8.00, Child $4.00.
Fall Birding at Canoe Meadows
Friday, September 8th | 8 – 10 AM
Canoe Meadows Wildlife Sanctuary | Pittsfield, MA
Instructor: Noreen Mole – Sanctuary Volunteer and Hoffmann Bird Club leader. Spring and fall are the best seasons to look for migrants of all kinds, especially the beautiful wood-warblers, orioles, thrushes, and more. At Canoe Meadows Wildlife Sanctuary in Pittsfield, walk past wetlands and through meadows and woodlands, observing changes in bird species each week. Bring binoculars; beginners welcome. These programs are offered free of charge thanks to generous donor sponsorship. Audience: Adult. Members & Nonmembers: Free.
Naturalist Guided Canoe Trip – Upper and Lower Goose Ponds
Sunday, September 10th | 8:30 AM – Noon
Upper and Lower Goose Ponds | Becket, MA
Explore the coves and marshes of one of the Berkshires’ most beautiful lakes. Paddle across Lower Goose Pond to pristine Upper Goose Pond in search of eagles, herons, ravens, and a variety of songbirds. Eat a snack onshore and search for interesting plant and animal life. Audience: All (suitable for children 10 – 18 years) Members: Adult $25.00, Child $25.00 Nonmembers: Adult $35.00, Child $35.00. Registration is required. www.massaudubon.org/get-outdoors/
Fall Birding at Pleasant Valley
Wednesday, September 13th | 8 – 10 AM
Pleasant Valley Wildlife Sanctuary | Lenox, MA
Join Pleasant Valley’s caretaker on a weekly bird walk past beaver wetlands and through woodlands looking for warblers, tanagers, orioles, and more during the peak of the spring and fall migrations. Bring binoculars; beginners welcome. These programs are offered free of charge thanks to the Lenox Cultural Council and generous donor sponsorship. Audience: Adult Members & Nonmembers: FREE.
Evening at the Beaver Ponds
Wednesday, September 13th | 6:30 – 8 PM
Pleasant Valley Wildlife Sanctuary | Lenox, MA
Enjoy an evening searching for beavers and other wildlife attracted to the series of ponds that the beavers have created. Learn about the natural history of beavers and how they continue to shape the landscape more than 80 years after their reintroduction. Audience: All (suitable for children 3 – 18 years) Members: Adult $6.00, Child $3.00 Nonmembers: Adult $8.00, Child $4.00.
Fall Birding at Canoe Meadows
Friday, September 15th | 8 – 10 AM
Canoe Meadows Wildlife Sanctuary | Pittsfield, MA
Spring and fall are the best seasons to look for migrants of all kinds, especially the beautiful wood-warblers, orioles, thrushes, and more. At Canoe Meadows Wildlife Sanctuary in Pittsfield, walk past wetlands and through meadows and woodlands, observing changes in bird species each week. Bring binoculars; beginners welcome. These programs are offered free of charge thanks to generous donor sponsorship. Registration not required. Audience: Adult Members & Nonmembers: FREE.
Fall Birding at Lime Kiln Farm
Saturday, September 16th | 8 – 10 AM
Lime Kiln Farm | Sheffield, MA
Instructor: Dale Abrams – Naturalist/Education Coordinator. Join our education coordinator during the height of spring and fall migration for a morning bird walk on the trails of our Lime Kiln Farm Wildlife Sanctuary in Sheffield. We will listen and look for warblers, sparrows, thrushes, and other birds. If time permits we may check other nearby birding hot spots. Bring binoculars; beginners welcome. These programs are offered free of charge thanks to generous donor sponsorship. Audience: Adult Members: Free for members Nonmembers: $3.00.
From Iron Ore to Orioles: Ecology and Industry in the Berkshires
Saturday, September 16th | 10 AM – Noon
Pleasant Valley Wildlife Sanctuary | Lenox, MA
Explore the fascinating ecological history of the Berkshires landscape—a story of massive change and recovery. Visit several sites that reveal how the Berkshire landscape was shaped through human activity (particularly by the 18th/19th century charcoal, lime, glass, and iron industries) and how the rise and fall of local industry has impacted native forests and wildlife. Audience: Adult Members & Nonmembers: FREE.
We will travel by van to lime and charcoal making sites at a nearby part of Mass Audubon’s Pleasant Valley Wildlife Sanctuary and then to the Lenox Historical Society’s iron ore sites in downtown Lenox. We will then drive through Lenoxdale to view the memorial to the place where dense smoke from iron furnaces once obscured the sun. And at the Berkshire County Historical Society’s Arrowhead Museum (where Herman Melville wrote “Moby Dick”) view artifacts from the glass and iron making industries. Travel 16 miles by van and less than 1 mile on foot. Program does not include a tour of Arrowhead Museum. Registration required to ensure space available. Limited spaces (6 passengers) available in Mass Audubon van; others will carpool to sites. Registration is required. www.massaudubon.org/get-outdoors/
Naturalist Guided Canoe Trip – Housatonic River
Sunday, September 17th | 8:30 – 11:30 AM
New Lenox Rd. | Lenox, MA
This leisurely paddle will take us through the ecologically rich Housatonic Valley Wildlife Management Area in Lenox. We’ll watch for swallows, herons, kingfishers, muskrats, and signs of beavers along the scenic and meandering Housatonic River and learn about why the waterway is the natural heart of the Berkshires. Audience: All (suitable for children 10 – 18 years) Members: Adult $25.00, Child $25.00 Nonmembers: Adult $35.00, Child $35.00. Registration is required. www.massaudubon.org/get-outdoors/.
Fall Birding at Pleasant Valley
Wednesday, September 20th | 8 – 10 AM
Pleasant Valley Wildlife Sanctuary | Lenox, MA
Join Pleasant Valley’s caretaker on a weekly bird walk past beaver wetlands and through woodlands looking for warblers, tanagers, orioles, and more during the peak of the spring and fall migrations. Bring binoculars; beginners welcome. These programs are offered free of charge thanks to the Lenox Cultural Council and generous donor sponsorship. Audience: Adult Members & Nonmembers: FREE.
Evening at the Beaver Ponds
Wednesday, September 20th | 6:30 – 8 PM
Pleasant Valley Wildlife Sanctuary | Lenox, MA
Enjoy an evening searching for beavers and other wildlife attracted to the series of ponds that the beavers have created. Learn about the natural history of beavers and how they continue to shape the landscape more than 80 years after their reintroduction. Audience: All (suitable for children 3 – 18 years) Members: Adult $6.00, Child $3.00 Nonmembers: Adult $8.00, Child $4.00.
Fall Birding at Canoe Meadows
Friday, September 22nd | 8 – 10 AM
Canoe Meadows Wildlife Sanctuary | Pittsfield, MA
Spring and fall are the best seasons to look for migrants of all kinds, especially the beautiful wood-warblers, orioles, thrushes, and more. At Canoe Meadows Wildlife Sanctuary in Pittsfield, walk past wetlands and through meadows and woodlands, observing changes in bird species each week. Bring binoculars; beginners welcome. These programs are offered free of charge thanks to generous donor sponsorship. Registration not required. Audience: Adult Members & Nonmembers: FREE.
Fall Birding at Lime Kiln Farm
Saturday, September 23rd | 8 – 10 AM
Lime Kiln Farm | Sheffield, MA
Instructor: Dale Abrams – Naturalist/Education Coordinator. Join our education coordinator during the height of spring and fall migration for a morning bird walk on the trails of our Lime Kiln Farm Wildlife Sanctuary in Sheffield. We will listen and look for warblers, sparrows, thrushes, and other birds. If time permits we may check other nearby birding hot spots. Bring binoculars; beginners welcome. These programs are offered free of charge thanks to generous donor sponsorship. Audience: Adult Members: Free for members Nonmembers: $3.00.

Naturalist Guided Canoe Trip – October Mountain State Forest
Sunday, September 24th | 8:30 AM – 11:30 PM
Buckley Dunton Lake | Becket, MA

Herons, loons, beavers, and other wildlife are all possible sightings on this large, secluded lake in October Mountain State Forest. Explore the coves and inlets of this beautiful lake and we’ll go ashore to eat a snack, visit forest plant communities, and search for signs of animals such as porcupines and moose.

Audience: All (suitable for children 10 – 18 years) | Members: Adult $25.00, Child $25.00 Nonmembers: Adult $35.00, Child $35.00

Fall Birding at Pleasant Valley
Wednesday, September 27th | 8 – 10 AM
Pleasant Valley Wildlife Sanctuary | Lenox, MA
Join Pleasant Valley’s caretaker on a weekly bird walk past beaver wetlands and through woodlands looking for warblers, tanagers, orioles, and more during the peak of the spring and fall migrations. Bring binoculars; beginners welcome. These programs are offered free of charge thanks to the Lenox Cultural Council and generous donor sponsorship. Audience: Adult Members & Nonmembers: FREE.
Evening at the Beaver Ponds
Wednesday, September 27th | 6:30 – 8 PM
Pleasant Valley Wildlife Sanctuary | Lenox, MA
Enjoy an evening searching for beavers and other wildlife attracted to the series of ponds that the beavers have created. Learn about the natural history of beavers and how they continue to shape the landscape more than 80 years after their reintroduction. Audience: All (suitable for children 3 – 18 years) Members: Adult $6.00, Child $3.00 Nonmembers: Adult $8.00, Child $4.00.
Fall Birding at Canoe Meadows
Friday, September 29th | 8 – 10 AM
Canoe Meadows Wildlife Sanctuary | Pittsfield, MA
Spring and fall are the best seasons to look for migrants of all kinds, especially the beautiful wood-warblers, orioles, thrushes, and more. At Canoe Meadows Wildlife Sanctuary in Pittsfield, walk past wetlands and through meadows and woodlands, observing changes in bird species each week. Bring binoculars; beginners welcome. These programs are offered free of charge thanks to generous donor sponsorship. Registration not required. Audience: Adult Members & Nonmembers: FREE.
Berkshire Summit Hiking Series – Lenox Mountain
Saturday, September 30th | 9 AM – Noon
Pleasant Valley Wildlife Sanctuary | Lenox, MA
Join naturalist and avid hiker Dale Abrams for a moderately strenuous hike to the summit of Lenox Mountain (elevation 2,126 feet) This hike follows the Trail of the Ledges and Overbrook Trail three miles round-trip through northern hardwood and hemlock forest for an elevation gain of 840 feet. We’ll look for signs of wildlife and learn about native trees and shrubs, before taking in a 50-mile view (on a clear day) from the summit.
Members: $7.00 Nonmembers: $10.00. Registration is required. www.massaudubon.org/get-outdoors/
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Athol Bird & Nature Club Events

OPEN HOUSES
Sundays in July & August | 1 – 4 PM
Millers River Environmental Center
100 Main St. | Athol, MA

August 19th | Open House. 2:00 PM Join Heidi and Susan at an open drawing session featuring several natural history specimens from the ABNC collections. Drawing materials and fellowship (but not instruction) will be provided. All ages and experience are welcome.

August 20th | Open House 2:00 pm Join Dave Small for a look at our evolving natural history interests. “Bird, Butterflies, and Beyond”

August 27th | Open House 2:00 pm Paul Kachinsky (and the Geology Division) will host a “Geology and life along the Millers River” program.

GEOLOGY DIVISION MEETING
Tuesday, August 15th | 7 PM

Join us for our next Geology meeting at the Millers River Environmental Center.  Paul Kachinsky is not available for the meeting.  Instead, Chris Coyle will present a short program on Beryl. As in the past please feel free to bring 1 or 2 mineral or rock specimens, especially Beryl specimens .
Work will continue on “The Quarry,” the new geology storage and work room.   We plan to talk about signs for the room and collection.

On the Sundays of August 13, 20 and 27 from 1-4 p.m. we will be working in “The Quarry,” continuing to unpack and organize the collection.  Please feel free to drop by and see what we are up to or stay a while and “dig” in. 

RAPTOR IDENTIFICATION
Tuesday, August 15th | 5 – 6:30 PM
Northfield Mountain Recreation and Environmental Center
99 Millers Falls Road, Northfield, MA

Join the Northfield Bird Club and Northfield Mountain Recreation and Environmental Center for a free program on raptor identification. This video-based program by David Brown will acquaint you with field marks and other ways for identifying these raptors as they pass overhead. A dozen species of hawks and falcons inhabit our woodlands but are so secretive that they are seldom seen. However, every fall, mainly in September and October, these birds rise above the treetops and migrate southward for the winter. During this period they can be observed, sometimes in spectacular numbers, from Hawkwatch sites scattered around New England. This program is suitable for adults and teens. David Brown is an interpretive naturalist and wildlife videographer who has devoted many hours to studying and taping raptors on their territories and on migration. Visit his website: www.dbwildlife.com. Please join us after the program for a short meeting of the Northfield Bird Club. All are welcome.

Tamarack Hollow Nature & Cultural Center Events

 

Boreal Forest Ecology Slideshow & Summit Walk
Wednesday, September 13th | 6 PM
Bascom Lodge | 30 Rockwell Rd. Lanesborough, MA

Learn about the ecology of high elevation Boreal Spruce-Fir forests on a short plant/tree ID summit walk concluding with a narrated slideshow with naturalist Aimee Gelinas, founder/director of the Tamarack Hollow Nature & Cultural Center. Email [email protected] for info. FREE thanks to a Northern Berkshire Cultural Council Grant. Stay for dinner after at the Bascom lodge-visit www.bascomlodge.net for info.

Housatonic Heritage Hike: Drowned Lands Hike: River Streams and Ponds of the Spruce-Fir Boreal Forest
Saturday, September 23rd | 10 AM – 1 PM
1515 Savoy Hollow Rd. Windsor, MA

This one-way hike will take place at the Tamarack Hollow Nature and Cultural Center and continue through Notchview reservation and Windsor Jambs SF crossing over the drowned lands watershed, spring fed streams and a short off trail hike to a backcountry spring fed beaver pond. Hike concludes at the Windsor Jambs SF along the East branch of the Westfield River at remnants of the former Babbit Ax factory sluiceway. Participants will learn about plants and trees along the way. A car spot and carpool to the trailhead at the start of the hike will allow for a one-way hike. Hike is free (donations accepted). Supported by the Windsor Cultural Council and the Berkshire Environmental Endowment Fund. Meet at the parking area for Windsor Jambs State Park on River Road in Windsor (visit http://www.mass.gov/dcr/parks/western/wnds.htm for directions to the park entrance). Registration required, please email [email protected]

8th Annunal Berkshire Drum & Dance Fest
Friday, October 13th | 7 PM
Berkshire Community College | Koussevitsky Arts Center | Pittsfield, MA

The fest is a community experience to gather and celebrate the spirit of folkloric and contemporary drumming and dancing. The 2017 theme is “Honoring Women in Drum and Dance”. The fest features over 75 drum and dance artists in short performance segments from the Berkshires and beyond.Doors open at 6pm for the world marketplace, silent auction, nature info displays and at 6:30pm there will be a showing of the Tamarack Hollow video in the theater. Show starts at 7pm. $10-20+ suggested donations at the door or make a donation on the website. Email Director Aimee Gelinas at [email protected] for fest info, to volunteer or to sponsor the fest. More info and RSVP on Facebook.

MassWildlife Events

Fisheries and Wildlife Bord Meeting
Tuesday, August 22nd | 1 PM

Dalton, MA
The August meeting of the Fisheries and Wildlife Board will be held on Tuesday, August 22, 2017, at 1:00 P.M., at the Stationery Factory, 63 Flansburg Avenue, Dalton, MA. Please note: If you have a disability or medical condition and would like to request special accommodations, please contact Susan Sacco at (508) 389-6342.

Junior Duck Stamp Traveling Art Exhibit
September 1 – 30 | Athol

A combination of the top 25 pieces of JDS art created by young people will be on exhibit at the Millers River Environmental Center in Athol. Teachers and their students are invited to participate in the Massachusetts Junior Duck Stamp (JDS) Program. JDS is designed to stimulate awareness and personal involvement in waterfowl & wetland conservation for students in grades K-12 through a student art project. The program helps students communicate visually what they have learned by creating an entry for the Junior Duck Stamp Program art contest. The art is judged in four age group categories in a statewide competition, and the entry judged Best of Show moves on to represent Massachusetts in the national JDS competition. For more details on the Athol exhibit, contact Dave Small at [email protected] or www.atholbirdclub.org.

Hooked On Scouting | Family Fishing Festival
Saturday, September 9th | 10 AM – 2 PM

Russell Pond | Camp Moses | Birch Hill Rd. Russell, MA
This is a free, non-competitive, family friendly, learn to fish event at Russell Pond in Camp Moses, Birch Hill Road in Russell from 10:00 A.M. – 2:00 P.M. No fishing license required. Bring your fishing equipment, or borrow ours; limited equipment and bait will be provided. This event is in cooperation with the Boy Scouts of America Western MA Council. For more information, contact Tim Vogel at [email protected].


Berkshire Natural Resources Council Events

BNRC’S COMMUNITY CELEBRATION
Saturday, September 9th | 10 AM –  PM
Holiday (Brook) Farm
100 Holiday Cottage Rd. | Dalton, MA

Be our Guest! Berkshire Natural Resources Council’s 50th birthday Party! Please join us for a daylong party at Holiday Farm to celebrate 50 years of landkeeping! There will be hayrides, guided walks, children’s activities, archery lessons, fishing, birds of prey presentation, BNRC history exhibit, live music and food and beverage vendors. For more information visit bnrc.org/50. While registration is not required, please consider letting us know if you’ll attend by reserving a free “ticket” here.


Hike from Lee to Becket on the Highlands Footpath

Saturday, August 19th | 8:30 AM – 2 PM
Meet at Starving Artist Cafe
40 Main St. Lee, MA

Join members of the Highlands Footpath collaborative as they hike the first segment of the proposed Highlands Footpath. Naturalist Ed Neumuth will guide and share his knowledge & love of October Mountain. Meeting at the Starving Artist Café in downtown Lee at 8:30am we will carpool to the trailhead by 9am and end around 2pm after exploring the exquisite October Mountain Meadow. Bring water and your lunch to enjoy at the overlook, the first mile is fairly steep the rest is easy walking. Volunteers will return all hikers to their vehicles following the hike, this is a rain or shine event. Call Meredyth Babcock to register and receive details #413 6230-2070 or email [email protected]


Celebrate Stephentown
Hike, Tour, Forage, and Nature Crafts for Kids

Saturday, August 19th & Sunday, August 20th
Wyomanock Center for Sustainable Living
68 Wyomanock Rd. | Stephentwon, NY

WYOMANOCK PRESERVE HIKE
Saturday | 9 – 10:30 AM
Find out what makes this 75 acre tract special – from rare plants to resident otter, this ecological gem is here to be appreciated. The walk will traverse woods, fields and wetlands, including a beaver dam across the Wyomanock Creek. Rain or shine. Please be prepared to walk about 1.5 miles. $5.00

FORAGING WALK W/ DAVID HUNT
Saturday | 11 AM – 1 PM
Join plant ecologist and expert forager David Hunt on a culinary treasure hunt. You’ll be surprised at what you can eat and how you can supplement your daily diet with plants growing all around you. Rain or Shine. Please come prepared for the weather. $5.00.

WYOMANOCK FARM TOUR
Saturday | 1:20 – 2:30 PM

Come discover what we do here at our small scale farm.  Some of our Scottish Highland cattle will greet you and our laying hens and vegetables will treat you! Learn about our organic farming practices and our commitment to sustainable, low impact agriculture.

Rain or shine.  Please come prepared to be outside for the entire program. $5.00.

NATURE CRAFTS FOR KIDS
Sunday | 10 AM – 1 PM
Bring your child for an artful and tactile experience crafting with materials from mother nature. $5.00.

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Leave No Trace | Master Educator Course

Monday, August 28 – Friday, September 1
Sugar Grove, Virginia

The Appalachian Trail Conservancy will be offering its final open-enrollment Leave No Trace Master Educator course for the year from August 28–September 1. The five-day course will be based out of the Konnarock Crew Camp in Sugar Grove Virginia and will include four days of backpacking in the Mount Rogers National Recreation Area. For more information on the course please visit our website at www.appalachiantrail.org/leavenotrace or e-mail Marian Orlousky at [email protected]

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Becket Energy Committee Information Session

Saturday, September 9 | 10 AM – 12:30 PM
Becket Town Hall, Community Room

Learn about recent renewable energy legislation, community solar and other topics relevant to all of us as energy consumers

Free Coffee and Donuts
Please RSVP: call Beverly at (413) 623-8934 ext 10

Topics for discussion will include but will not be limited to:

  • Jim Barry of MA. Dept. of Energy Resources (DOER) will discuss Mass Save and the new state solar incentive program, and will review steps to implement a residential energy efficiency plan
  • Isaac Baker of Co-op Power will discuss its programs and successes (i.e. partners with local landowners, community groups, and nonprofit partners to choose a site and host the community solar project)
  • Nexamp Power will discuss its community solar projects and the opportunity for Becket residences to join and benefit
  • Financing considerations for renewable energy projects
  • Question and Answer period

Visit our website at www.townofbecket.org
And follow links: “Boards & Commissions” “Energy Committee”

 

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Hilltown Chautauqua Earthcare Festival

September 15 – 17, 2017
Bryant Homestead | Cummington, MA

More info coming soon!

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Berkshire Bioblitz

Berkshire Bioblitz will be held on on September 16-17, 2017 in Great Barrington MA at Thomas & Palmer Brook as part of the 50 year celebration of the Berkshire Natural Resources Council.
This will be a 24-hour bio assessment of the BNRC land in Great Barrington, MA.

As you know the goal is to identify as many species as possible! Birds, reptiles, mammals, plants, fish… everything!

This year’s event is hosted by the Berkshire Natural Resource Council.

Tell your friends, students and colleagues and join us! Feel free to add this event to your mailing lists and event calendars!

See our website for directions and updates
http://www.berkshirebioblitz.org/

We hope to see you then!

Lisa Provencher | Berkshire BioBlitz and Dr. Augie’s Science & Art Programs
Scott LaGrec | Cornell University
Jane Winn | Berkshire Environmental Action Team

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Woods & Trails : A Pathway Forward

Saturday, September 23 | 9:30 AM – 4 PM
Sheffield Town Park
Frederick Lane (off Miller Ave) | Sheffield, MA

A family friendly Celebration of the Town of Sheffield for Berkshire County residents, Community Groups, Natural Resource Professionals, and Environmental Educators. This event aims to highlight and inspire other communities of the values of sustainable community forestry in Massachusetts. Participants will have the opportunity to partake in Guided Field Tours that will give an overview of Sheffield Town Forests as well as visits to local businesses that use wood products. Full details here.

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2017 RootSkills Conference

November 30 – December 2, 2017 
Manchester, NH

New England Grassroots Environment Fund is hosting the first RootSkills Conference at the Radisson Hotel in Manchester, NH.

We are thrilled to announce our 2017 RootSkills Keynote Speakers: San Juana Olivares and Jan Schlichtmann!

Ms. Olivares is the President and CEO of the Genesee County Hispanic / Latino Collaborative and a key organizer in the Flint, MI Water Crises. Mr. Schlichtmann is best known for his representation of the “Woburn 8” in the 1980’s, a case chronicled in the film A Civil Action.

Early Bird Registration : $80 General Admission, $20 Student Ticket Registration Rates : $160 General Admission, $40 Student Ticket Scholarships limited – available on a rolling basis. Apply today!