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]
- 6/26—-Climate Action Now! Monthly Meeting – Northampton
- 6/26—-Caterpillar Lab w/ABNC – Athol
- 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
- 6/29—-Underwater River Snorkel Training – Chester
- 6/30—-Mass Audubon: Firefly Frolic – Pittsfield
- 7/6—-Northern Berkshire Green Drinks – Williamstown
- 7/7—Friday Field Group – Schaghticoke Sand Plains – Schaghticoke, NY
- 7/8—-Hilltown Brouhaha – Community Clothing Drive and Potholder Rug Weave – Becket
- 7/8—-Master Gardener’s Assn. Perennials and Shrubs Q & A – Pittsfield
- 7/8—-Nighttime Insects & Natural History – Ghent, NY
- 7/8—-Trees and other plants of the South Athol Conservation Area – Athol
- 7/9—-Discovery Butterflies with Pamela Weatherbee – Williamstown
- 7/10—-Solar MA Renewable Target Program Hearing – Westfield
- 7/11—-Pittsfield Tree Watch / Free Tree Pruning Clinic w/Bob Presutti – Pittsfield
- 7/12—-EPA Housatonic River Citizens Coordinating Council – Location TBA
- 7/13—-Pittsfield Tree Watch Monthly Meeting – Pittsfield
- 7/14—Invasive Species along potential Albany-Hudson Electric Rail Trail – Schodack, NY
- 7/15—-Housatonic River Cleanup – Pittsfield
- 7/15—-Pittsfield Repair Cafe – Pittsfield
- 7/16—-Invasive Hardy Kiwi Pull – Pittsfield
- 7/18—-Pittsfield Green Drinks – Pittsfield
- 7/18—Legislative Attacks on NEPA and Other Laws Important to Pipelines – Webinar
- 7/19—-350MA Monthly Meeting – Pittsfield
- 7/21—Friday Field Group – Wyomanock Center Aquatics – Stephentown, NY
- 7/22—-East Branch Hike with Naturalist John Burns- Chester
- 7/28—Friday Field Group – Madigan Road Clay Plains – Schaghticoke, NY
- 7/29—-Monthly Town Cleanup – Lee
- 8/4—Friday Field Group – Pine Bush – Colonie, NY
- 8/5—-Underwater River Snorkel Training – Chester
- 8/11—Friday Field Group – Wynants Kill, Averill Park – Sand Lake NY
- 8/11-13—Northeast Organic Farming Assn Summer Conference – Amherst
- 8/16—-4th Annual Watershed Blitz – Chester
- 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
BEAT Special Events
Housatonic River Cleanup
Saturday, July 15 | 9 AM – 1 PM
Wahconah Park | Pittsfield
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), also any clippers or loppers are always appreciated.
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.
Sunday, July 16 | 9:45 AM – 12 noon
We will meet at the boat ramp/fishing pier parking lot and hike into the woods to some of the major patches of invasive kiwi that need pulling. On the way, we will pass a patch that we pulled in November 2015, so you can see what a difference we are making!
Please bring a refillable water bottle – we will have water on hand for refills. If you have work gloves, clippers, or loppers please bring them; but we will have them on hand for you to borrow if you don’t have them. Lightweight long sleeves and long pants recommended as well as bug repellent of your choice. There are ticks in these woods.
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.
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.
Pittsfield Green Drinks
Sponsored by Berkshire Environmental Action Team (BEAT)
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.
Great Barrington Green Drinks
Great Barrington Green Drinks on Hiatus until September 2017.
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
Pittsfield Tree Watch Monthly Meeting
Thursday, July 13th
(2nd Thursday of every month)
4 – 5:30 PM
Pittsfield Senior Center, 330 North Street, Pittsfield
TREE OF THE MONTH: Hawthorn
See info sheet HERE
FREE TREE PRUNING CLINIC w/Bob Presutti
5 PM – 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: July 11, August 8, 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!