Calendar of events
The events listed here are not all sponsored or conducted by BEAT. We offer 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]
- 5/24—-BEAT & Mass DER: Road-Stream Crossing Training – Otis and Sandisfield
- 5/24, 5/31—-Guided Birding on the River Walk – Great Barrington
- 5/24, 5/31—-Mass Audubon: Spring Birding at Pleasant Valley – Lenox
- 5/26—-Mass Audubon: Spring Birding at Canoe Meadows – Pittsfield
- 5/26—-ABNC Early Bird Birding with Jeff – Athol
- 5/27—Lee Monthly Town Cleanup – Lee
- 5/27-28—Bascom Lodge Memorial Day Events – Mt Greylock
- 5/28—-Dragonflies at South Athol Conservation Area – Athol
- 5/31—-Mass Audubon: Evening at the Beaver Ponds @ Pleasant Valley – Lenox
- 6/1—-Great Barrington Green Drinks – Great Barrington
- 6/1—-Northern Berkshire Green Drinks – Williamstown
- 6/2—Invasive Species along potential Albany-Hudson Electric Rail Trail – Schodack, NY
- 6/3—South Berkshire Waste Oil Paint & Used Motor Oil Collection (Registration Deadline 6/2) – Lenox
- 6/3—Family Fun Day at Mass Audubon’s Pleasant Valley – Lenox
- 6/4—-Peacekeeper Training – Northampton
- 6/4—National Trails Day, Dyken Pond – Grafton, NY
- 6/5—-Pittsfield State Forest Pre-Harvest Tour – Pittsfield
- 6/7—-Mass Audubon: Berkshire Residents FREE at Pleasant Valley – Lenox
- 6/8—-Mass Audubon: Loon Moon Canoe Trip – Lenox
- 6/8—-Pittsfield Tree Watch Monthly Meeting – Pittsfield
- 6/9—Friday Field Group – Switzkill Farm Flora – Berne, NY
- 6/10—-Mass Audubon: Birding the Berks, Post Farm Marsh – Lenox
- 6/10—-Make a Picnic Blanket from Recycled Jeans and Corduroys – Pittsfield
- 6/10—-CET Speaker Forum: What Can You Do About Climate Change? – Amherst
- 6/10—Native Bees and How To Attract Them – Williamstown
- 6/10—Nature Photography Workshop, Dyken Pond – Grafton, NY
- 6/10—Master Gardeners Roses & Early Bloomers Q&A – Pittsfield
- 6/13—-Pittsfield Tree Watch / Free Tree Pruning Clinic w/Bob Presutti – Pittsfield
- 6/14—-Mass Audubon: Evening at the Beaver Ponds – Lenox
- 6/14—-Green Night with Western Mass Green Consortium – Northampton
- 6/15—-Regional Workshop on Cost-Effectiveness Testing for Next-Generation Energy Efficiency – Hartford, CT
- 6/16—Friday Field Group – Vischer Ferry Nature & Historic Preserve – Clifton Park, NY
- 6/17—-The Trustees: Volunteer Stewardship Day at Bartholomew’s Cobble – Sheffield
- 6/17—-Mass Audubon: Birding the Berks, Mt Greylock – North Adams
- 6/17—-NonViolent Direct Action Training – Northampton
- 6/17—-Eve Cowles Tree Farm Hosts Walk about Creating Better Bird Habitat – South Deerfield
- 6/19—-Massachusetts Clean Energy Future Tour – Pittsfield
- 6/19-8/25—-Flying Deer Nature Center Summer Camp 2017 – New Lebanon, NY
- 6/20—-Pittsfield Green Drinks – Wildlife Photos & Video – Pittsfield
- 6/21—-350Mass Berkshires Node Monthly Meeting – Pittsfield
- 6/23—Friday Field Group – Howard Woods – Taborton, NY
- 6/24—-Mass Audubon: Berkshire Summit Hiking Series- Race Brook Falls & Mount Race – Mt Washington
- 6/24—Let’s Move: Healthy Outdoor Family Activities, Dyken Pond – Grafton, NY
- 6/25—-Mass Audubon: Wild Thing 5k/10k Trail Race – Lenox
- 6/26—-Climate Action Now! Monthly Meeting – Northampton
- 6/28—-Mass Audubon: Evening at the Beaver Ponds – Lenox
- 6/27-7/23—-Williamstown Rural Lands Foundation: Children’s Summer Outdoor Nature Programs – Williamstown
- 6/30—-Mass Audubon: Firefly Frolic – Pittsfield
- 7/7—Friday Field Group – Schaghticoke Sand Plains – Schaghticoke, NY
- 7/8—-Hilltown Brouhaha – Community Clothing Drive and Potholder Rug Weave – Becket
- 7/11—-Pittsfield Tree Watch / Free Tree Pruning Clinic w/Bob Presutti – Pittsfield
- 7/14—Invasive Species along potential Albany-Hudson Electric Rail Trail – Schodack, NY
- 7/18—Legislative Attacks on NEPA and Other Laws Important to Pipelines – Webinar
- 7/21—Friday Field Group – Wyomanock Center Aquatics – Stephentown, NY
- 7/28—Friday Field Group – Madigan Road Clay Plains – Schaghticoke, NY
- 8/4—Friday Field Group – Pine Bush – Colonie, NY
- 8/11—Friday Field Group – Wynants Kill, Averill Park – Sand Lake NY
- 8/11-13—Northeast Organic Farming Assn Summer Conference – Amherst
- 8/18—Friday Field Group – Upper Schodack Creek – Schodack, NY
- 8/25—Friday Field Group – Poestenkill Community Forest – East Poestenkill, NY
- 9/8—Friday Field Group – Hudson River Shoreline survey – Castleton-on-Hudson, NY
- 8/15—Friday Field Group – Asters and Goldenrods with Steve Young – Schenectady, NY
- 9/16-9/17—-SAVE THE DATE! Berkshire Bioblitz – Great Barrington
- 9/19—Becket Energy Committee Information Session – Becket
- 9/22—Friday Field Group – Otter Creek Delta (Tomhannock Reservoir) – Pittstown, NY
EVENTS at Mt. Greylock
UPCOMING EVENTS: TBA
Mt. Greylock Visitor’s Center, 30 Rockwell Road, Lanesborough, MA 01237
EVENTS at Bascom Lodge
Bascom Lodge’s 8th Season Memorial Day Weekend Festivities
Saturday, May 27th & Sunday, May 28th
Schedule for Saturday, May 27th
- 12:00: Mountain Blessing Song led by JoAnne Spies JoAnne Spies JoAnne signs a song to welcome all to the mountain.
- 12:00 – 1:00: Beekeeping Demo Bees Richard Clapper from the Northern Berkshire Beekeeper’s Association will discuss the joys and challenges of beekeeping and the workings of the hive. Equipment and resources to get started beekeeping will be reviewed.
- 1:00 – 2:00 Nutshell Playhouse will present Mambo and Nemonee’s Worldwide Adventure, a performance for children and families. Nutshell Featuring masks, movement, live music and puppetry, this original performance provides a wonderful chance to awaken young children to earth’s mysteries and the delicate balance of nature. This performance is partially supported by the Cultural Council of Northern Berkshire and the Massachusetts Cultural Council.
- 2:30 – 4:30 Free Incantations and Song Magic Workshop led by JoAnne Spies. For children of all ages. Bring your favorite pen and notebook! Mt. Greylock is the highest mountain in Massachusetts and J.K Rowling has designated it as the home of the Ilvermorny School of Witchcraft and Wizardy! In this two-hour family and children workshop we will determine if we are Thunderbirds, Horned Serpents, Pukwudgies or Wampuses and then create incantations, chants or poems based on our character. What is the sound at the heart of the snake horn fragment? Our creations can be performed or kept secret. Rhythm instruments provided. Free with dragon heartstring. E-mail [email protected] to register by Wednesday, May 24th soundingtheriver.blogspot.com
Schedule for Sunday, May 28th Moonshine Holler:
- 6pm – 7pm Music on the Mountain MoonshineHollar “Moonshine Holler performs lively American roots music and dance featuring mountain blues, breakdowns and ballads, with flatfoot dancing to boot, highlighting old-time music’s multi-cultural roots on more instruments than they can juggle, including fiddle, banjo, Hawaiian guitar, harmonica and ukulele. The duet has performed at festivals and concert venues large and small across the country and abroad. Sometimes rowdy, sometimes reverent, always a ruckus – they entertain with humor and heart.” 6pm – 7pm FREE and Open to the Public, in the lodge. This program is supported in part by a grant from the Cultural Council of Northern Berkshire, a local agency which is supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency.
Bascom Lodge is open on Memorial Day for Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner! Breakfast: 8am – 10am Lunch: 11am – 4pm Dinner: 7pm (one seating) reservations needed, only for dinner. Plus: Sunset Beverage Hour: from 4 pm – 7pm, all weekend!
BEAT’s Monthly Wildlife Tracking Club!
1st Wednesday and 3rd Saturday of the month (see dates below)
9:00 am – 12:00 noon
In Berkshire County: locations will vary
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.
Upcoming Club Event Schedule: TBA
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
BEAT Weekly Kiwi Cutting at Burbank Park
Year-round, Thursday mornings, 8:30 – 10:30 am
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.
BEAT SPECIAL EVENTS
NOTE: The May 16th Road-Stream Crossing training was postponed to Wednesday May 24th! Please let Elia ([email protected]) if you would like to participate. Enrollees will help BEAT and a number of other organizations establish a wildlife corridor.
Road-Stream Crossing Training
On May 24th BEAT and the Division of Ecological Restoration (DER) will be running a road-stream crossing training in Otis and Sandisfield. This will enable you to become a certified lead observer (aka a citizen scientist), collect data on stream connectivity, and help waterways in the commonwealth. Please email [email protected] for more information and to reserve your place!
Great Barrington GREEN DRINKS
Thursday, June 1st
(first Thursday of every month)
The Prairie Whale, 178 Main Street, Great Barrington
THIS MONTH: TBA
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.
Please forward this on to your friends & contacts…the more the merrier.
Pittsfield Tree Watch Monthly Meeting
Thursday, June 8th
(2nd Thursday of every month)
Pittsfield Senior Center, 330 North Street, Pittsfield
TREE OF THE MONTH: Hawthorn
See info sheet HERE
FREE TREE PRUNING CLINIC w/Bob Presutti
5:00 PM to 6:30 PM
Every second Tuesday of the month.
Meet in the Parking Lot at 874 North Street Bring tree/shrub concerns, gloves, and tools for evaluation.
Upcoming Clinics: June 13, July 11, August 8, September 12, October 10 @ 5:00-6:30pm; November 14 @ 4:00 PM to 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!
Northern Berkshire Green Drinks
(the first Thursday of the month)
Purple Pub Annex, Spring St., Williamstown MA.
This month we will meet to talk about BATS! We will be joined by Williams College student Sarah Cooperman, who recently penned a great article for the Berkshire Eagle about the importance of preserving bats, and what you can do to help. Please be prompt, since Sarah has to leave by around 6:15pm. Hope to see you there!