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

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]


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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 meets twice monthly, always 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.

Email [email protected] for more information or to attend the next meeting.

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 Kiwi Removals at Burbank Park

Thursday, October 19th | 9:30 – 11:30 AM
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]


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Pittsfield Green Drinks

Sponsored by Berkshire Environmental Action Team (BEAT)

Tuesday, October 17th (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.

Each month 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.

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


First Thursday of the Month
The Prairie Whale
178 Main St. | Great Barrington, MA
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, October 5th (the first Thursday of the month) | 5:30 – 7 PM
Purple Pub Annex, Spring St., Williamstown, MA
October’s special guest is Matthew Miller, the new director of Hoosic River Revival. Come hear about what’s happening at Hoosic River Revival, and share your green updates with like-minded friends. Bring a friend. Newcomers always welcome!
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

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

TREE OF THE MONTH: Butternut
See info sheet HERE

Upcoming Clinics: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

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

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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.

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

Next date: Wednesday, October 18th (3rd Wednesday of the month)
Potluck at 5:30 PM • Meeting begins at 6 PM

UU Church, 175 Wendell Ave. Pittsfield, MA

All are welcome!

October : This month we’ll feature a discussion on Carbon Capture and Storage/Sequestration led by William Ashley from Western Mass Climate Action Now.  William will speak on efforts to increase awareness of the potential of CCS and how it could benefit the us locally in Western Mass while helping fight climate change.  We will also continue our discussion about increasing  our local media presence and  building the movement to fight climate change in Western Mass.

Every month our meetings offer an opportunity for Berkshire residents to get involved with the growing climate change movement. As always we’ll share legislative updates and progress on our current campaigns including the 100% Renewable Towns and Cities Campaign which our members are pursuing in their towns along with dozens of towns and cities across the country.  This movement is growling with support from more and more organizations.  We can do this!!!

Every month our meetings offer an opportunity for Berkshire residents to network and work together in the growing climate change movement.  JOIN US!

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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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


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Pittsfield Repair Cafe

NEXT DATE: TBA | 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

Remarkable River Potluck 2017
Thursday, October 26th | 6:30 – 8:30 PM
Four Seasons Club | Chesterfield Gorge

The Wild & Scenic Westfield River Committee invites you, community members, volunteers, and all river enthusiasts to join us! Let us know how many will be attending and what yummy thing you are planning to bring by calling Meredyth Babcock at 413-623-2070.
6:30 – 7:30 PM Feasting
7:30 – 8:30 PM Slide Show & Sharing of this year’s W & S adventures and explorations.

—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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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.

22-Oct-17 John’s Choice
29-Oct-17 Mt. Everett High School


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Mass Audubon Events

Evening at the Beaver Ponds
Wednesday, October 18th | 5:30 – 7  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 Registration is optional. www.massaudubon.org/pleasantvalley

Birding the Berks – Fall Migrant Waterfowl
Saturday, October 21st | 7 – 11 AM
Berkshire Lakes, Various Towns

Spend the morning visiting several Berkshire Lakes in search of migrating waterfowl. Stop at Bartlett’s Apple Orchard for hot cider and donuts along the route. Travel by Mass Audubon van or carpool between sites. Minimal hiking involved. Bring a scope or binoculars, and snacks. 

Registration is required.  www.massaudubon.org/pleasantvalleyAudience: Adult   Members: $10.00 Nonmembers: $15.00

Art in the Barn: Mass Audubon’s Statewide Photo Contest Exhibit
Saturday, October 14 – Monday, October 30 | 10 AM – 4 PM
Pleasant Valley Wildlife Sanctuary | Lenox, MA

View beautiful images of wildlife and nature from Mass Audubon’s Picture This: Your Great Outdoors photo contest. The winning images, selected from more than 4,000 entries received last year, will be displayed in the Barn at Pleasant Valley Wildlife Sanctuary. Audience: All (suitable for children 0 – 18 years)Members & Nonmembers: Free with a trail admission

Pleasant Valley Volunteer Day
Saturday, October 21st | 12:30 – 4 PM
Pleasant Valley Wildlife Sanctuary | Lenox, MA

Help us care for our beautiful native gardens, trails/boardwalks, and education spaces. Volunteers are needed for a wide variety of projects throughout the sanctuary. Tools, gloves, and refreshments will be provided. 

Audience: All (suitable for children 10 – 18 years) Members & Nonmembers: Free
Registration is required. www.massaudubon.org/pleasantvalley

Discovering Historic Kennedy Park
Sunday, October 22nd | 1:30 – 3 PM
Pleasant Valley Wildlife Sanctuary | Lenox, MA

[Date changed from 10/1] Join Jan Chague, Lenox Historical Society, and learn the secrets of Kennedy Park through a power point presentation given at the Pleasant Valley Wildlife Sanctuary’s well-known historic 18th century barn. You will explore the remnants of a by-gone era and learn about the people who traversed the land. You will also discover aspects of the Aspinwall Hotel once touted as “Hotel Beautiful”. FREE

Registration is required. www.massaudubon.org/pleasantvalley

Canoe Meadows Volunteer Day
Saturday, October 28th | 12:30 – 4 PM
Canoe Meadows Wildlife Sanctuary | Pittsfield, MA

Help us care for our beautiful native gardens, trails/boardwalks, and education spaces. Volunteers are needed for a wide variety of projects throughout the sanctuary. Tools, gloves, and refreshments will be provided. 

Audience: All (suitable for children 10 – 18 years) Members & Nonmembers: Free
Registration is required. http://www.massaudubon.org/get-outdoors/wildlife-sanctuaries/canoe-meadows

 

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Trail Building & Stewardship Training Series
October 6 & 7, October 20 & 21, November 10
Mass Audubon is excited to present its second annual Trail Building and Stewardship Training Series.
The workshops are being held for Massachusetts land managers, conservation professional and volunteer trail stewards at a very low cost ($25/day) thanks to a grant from the DCR Recreational Trails Education Program.
Participants will learn how to design and construct two bridges for a variety of trail users; design, build and construct short sections of new trail; build stone stair cases and cut and shape stone; and how to safely and effectively use a chainsaw to remove storm damage and cut back leaning trees through Game of Logging Level 3 training.
This series will be instructed by experts from the Professional Trail Builders Association (PBTA), Northeast Woodland Trainers (NEWT), and Mass Audubon. The following three workshops will be offered:
Trail Building and Stewardship Skills
Friday and Saturday, October 6 & 7, 2017 | At Arcadia Wildlife Sanctuary in Easthampton and Northampton, MA
Cutting, Shaping and Building with Stone
Friday and Saturday, October 20 & 21 | At Franklin Land Trust’s Guyette Farm in Plainfield, MA
Game of Logging Level 3 focused on storm damage removal
Friday, November 10, 2017 | At Graves Farm Wildlife Sanctuary in Williamsburg, MA


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Athol Bird & Nature Club Events
Millers River Environmental Center | 100 Main St. Athol, MA

ABNC GEOLOGY DIVISION
Tuesday, October 17th | 7 PM
Hosted by Paul Kachinsky: This monthly meeting on the 3rd Tuesday of the month will feature various topics of discussion relative to geology. Come join in for this informal evening of exploration and learning.

TREE ID USING BARK & HABITAT CLUES
Saturday, October 21st | 10 AM – 1 PM
Join naturalist Nancy Goodman and take a close look at trees and other botanical wonders we encounter at Northfield Mountain. Become familiar with the characteristic bark of different trees in different habitats and at different stages of growth, as well as identification from leaves and other clues. For more than half the year, bark provides the best clue to tree identification. We will be keying out some of the trees to see what we can learn. Bring binoculars, water, sturdy walking shoes and the book Bark by Michael Wojtech, if you have a copy. This program is co-sponsored with the Athol Bird and Nature Club and will take place at Northfield’s scenic Riverview Picnic area along the Connecticut River (intersection of Pine Meadow and Ferry Road, Northfield.) This location has an especially rich variety of tree species. Meet in the Riverview parking area at 10 a.m. or at the Northfield Mountain Visitors Center at 9:45 a.m. for a short walk to Riverview. For ages 16 and older FREE Pre-register by calling 800-859-2960

QUABBIN FOR BIRDS
Saturday, October 28th | 7 AM
Join Club president Dave Small and Jeff Johnstone for this Naturalists exploration of a section of Quabbin Reservoir. Meet at MREC 7:00 am for carpooling pre-registration required as the number of participants is limited. Contact Dave Small  [email protected] to reserve your place.

OPEN HOUSE
Sunday, November 5th | 1 – 4 PM
The success of the summer open house prompts us to extend a couple more chances for area folks to visit the Center. At 2:00 pm Join one of ABNC’s founding members Dale Monette for a presentation and Book signing  “The Secret Lives of the Quabbin Watershed.”

ABNC ANNUAL DINNER MEETING
Wednesday, November 8th | 6 PM
“The Majestic Moose” join Wildlife photographer Bill Fournier for this wonderful look at our largest resident mammal the Moose. Bill will include images from both Maine and from our own backyard at Quabbin. As usual, we will hold our annual dinner meeting at 6 p.m. in Liberty Hall at the Athol Town Hall (584 Main St.), with the program at 7 p.m. Reservations are required for the dinner and must be received by Thursday, November 3rd. To reserve, call Cindy Hartwell at 978-544-5783, or email [email protected] There will be two dinner options available stuffed chicken or vegetarian lasagna please indicate your preference when making the reservation. She will call or email you back with a confirmation of your reservation. No reservations are necessary for the program. The event will also feature our always popular tin can auctions; participants are encouraged to bring an item to donate.

ABNC MONTHLY MEETING | MEMBERS’ NIGHT AT THE CENTER
Wednesday, December 13th

Come to the Center to share your experiences, trips and photographs with other members. Plan for about 10-15 minutes, so we’ll have time for everyone!

ALL DAY CHRISTMAS BIRD COUNT
Saturday, December 16th

Join this “Citizen Science” project, the longest continuously running bird data in the area. Contact Dave Small for additional information and to participate in this nationwide annual event: 978-413-1772 or [email protected] MREC 100 Main Street Athol


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Tamarack Hollow Nature & Cultural Center Events
1515 Savoy Hollow Rd. Windsor, MA

Late Fall Boreal Spruce-Fir Forest Volunteer Trail Work Day at Tamarack Hollow

Saturday, November 11th | 8 AM – 1 PM
Email [email protected] to register.

Spruce-Fir Forest Late Fall Ecology, Plant and Tree ID Hike at Tamarack Hollow

Sunday, November 12th | 10 AM – 1 PM
Learn about the unique high elevation spruce-fir forest and how to identify evergreen trees and plants such as the balsam fir, red spruce, tamarack/larch, goldthread, Christmas fern and bunchberry in their late fall stages as well as northern hardwood species such as many maple species, white and mountain ash, American beech and birch species. Visit cellar holes from the 1800’s along the way and learn about life as it was in these remote hilltowns. 3-mile round trip moderate hike. Email: [email protected] for registration info.


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Great Falls Discovery Center Events
2 Avenue A | Turners Falls, MA
OPEN 7 DAYS THRU OCT. 9
All programs free to public unless otherwise noted

GREAT HALL ART DISPLAY: MIGRATION
CONNECTION THROUGH ART & CULTURE OF THE AMERICAS
October 11 – 28
Guatemalan art display curated by local artists. 


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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.


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Housatonic Citizens Coordinating Council

Wednesday, October 18th | 5:30 – 7:30 PM
Lenox Library | 18 Main St. Lenox, MA

AGENDA
5:30 Introductions and Agenda Review
5:40 TAG Grant Recipient Update – Tim Gray, HRI
5:50 Monitoring and Data, Dean Tagliaferro, EPA
Discussion of Restored Vernal Pools

Air quality data around Hill 78, Allendale School, and near or over the River

Post-remediation sampling on the Upper 2-Miles

CCC discussion then public questions

6:40 Rest of River, EPA
Update on EAB proceedings

Rest of River submittals and status for non-contested items

CCC discussion then public questions

7:00 Other Updates
Review of July CCC Tour – Jim Murphy, EPA

Connecticut Repository Move – Jim Murphy, EPA, and Judy Herkimer,
HEAL

Initiating CCC Periodic Review – Jim Murphy, EPA

7:25 General Updates and Issues from CCC Members
7:35 Public Comment Period

7:45 Adjourn


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Household Hazardous Waste Collection

Saturday, October 21st | 9 AM – Noon
Great Barrington Recycling Center | 601 Stockbridge Rd. Great Barrington, MA

Household Hazardous Waste disposal open to:
Residents of Alford, Becket, Egremont, Great Barrington, Lee, Lenox, Monterey, Mount Washington, New Marlboro, Otis, Richmond, Sheffield, Stockbridge, Tyringham, W. Stockbridge
The collection is also open to businesses, schools and institutions but a fee applies
Pre-registration is mandatory! To register, email [email protected] or call (888) 577- 8448 ext. 14

Examples of acceptable materials:
From The Yard/Garden:
• Poisons
• Insecticides
• Fungicides
• Fertilizers
• Weed Killers
• Moth Balls
• Flea control products

From The Workbench:
• Oil based (no latex) paints
• Stains and varnishes
• Spray paint
• Solvent adhesives
• Lighter fluid
• Paint strippers/thinners
• Wood Preservatives

From The House:
• Rubber cement
• Airplane glue
• Fiberglass resins
• Photo chemicals
• Chemistry sets
• Floor and metal polish
• Oven cleaner
• Drain and toilet cleaner
• Spot remover
• Rug/upholstery cleaner
• Hobby/artist supplies
• Mercury thermometers and thermostats
• Button batteries
• Rechargeable batteries
• Compact and tube fluorescent lamps
• Ballasts

From The Garage:
• Fuels/Gasoline/Kerosene
• Motor oil
• Antifreeze
• Degreasers
• Brake & Transmission Fluids
• Car Wax, Polish
• Engine Degreaser
• Swimming Pool Chemicals
• Driveway Sealer
• Carburetor cleaner
• Roofing tar

Propane tanks: bring to Lenox Valley WTF in Lenoxdale (for no charge) http://www.lenoxvalleywtf.com/

DO NOT BRING:
Latex Paint, Medical Wastes, Asbestos of any kind, Fireworks & Explosives, Ammunition, Construction Debris, Gas or Propane Cylinders, Smoke Detectors, Radioactive Material, Fire Extinguishers, PCB’s, Medications, Empty aerosol cans, Paint brushes/rags, Alkaline batteries

Usable paint can be given away through freecycle.org or possibly the Habitat Restore in Pittsfield, http://www.berkshirehabitat.org/berkshire-restore/. Empty or dried-up cans of latex paint can be recycled with scrap metal. Or empty latex/oil-based paints/stains can be disposed with the regular trash.

Electronics will not be accepted. They can be brought to Goodwill (413-442-0061) or Lenox Valley Waste Transfer Facility (413-637-1101) in Lenoxdale. Fees may apply; contact these businesses for details.

Contact Jamie at 445-4556, ext. 14 or for more information.


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Explore the Greenberg Family Forest with Thoreau

Saturday, October 28th | 9 – 11 AM
Greenberg Family Conservation Area | Westhampton

Join in the celebration of Henry David Thoreau’s 200th birthday across Massachusetts! Take a walk with us for our second of four Thoreau Bicentennial events on Saturday, October 28 from 9 – 11 am.

We’ll take a reflective and inspiring nature walk at the lovely Greenberg Family Conservation Area, Kestrel’s new 65-acre nature retreat in Westhampton. Along the way, we will pause to share and talk about passages from Thoreau’s work.

RSVP is required: Space is limited to 20 participants. No rain date for this program.

Thoreau Bicentennial Celebration Walk & Talk: Westhampton


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Northeast Wildlife Trackers Annual Conference

October 21-22
Westborough, MA 

The Northeast Wildlife Trackers are a group of enthusiasts who share a passion for collaborative exchanges on all aspects of wildlife tracking in the Northeastern United States. Our mission is to convene, network, motivate, and inspire wildlife trackers across the Northeast. Through our conference, we aim to develop long-term connections and strategies for inspiring wildlife habitat protection by bringing together a range of issues and experiences connected to wildlife. Join us October 21st and 22nd for our 9th annual conference! Registration is now open! Register here.


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Protest for TD Bank to Divest from Fossil Fuels

Monday, October 23 | 9 AM
Southern Berkshire District Court | 9 Gilmore Ave. Great Barrington, MA

On Monday, October 23 concerned citizens will be gathering at the Southern Berkshire District Court In Great Barrington at 9 am where four Water Protectors from Standing Rock will have a pre-trial hearing for their non-violent prayerful actions to stop the pipeline in Otis. Since construction of the $93 million Kinder Morgan pipeline project began in Sandisfield and Otis State Forest in April, over seventy citizens have been arrested while trying to stop the pipeline construction. Unlike charges against previous activists at the Otis pipeline, their charges have not been de-criminalized.

After a press conference on the courthouse steps, the Water Protectors, activists from the Sugar Shack Alliance and local allies will walk to the center of Great Barrington. There, clergy and indigenous leaders will hold a prayer service in front of TD Bank. A Call for Divestment will be read and distributed, stating in part, “As consumers and customers of all sizes, we demand TD Bank stop using our money to fund tar sands pipelines that our communities and planet cannot afford. We call on our neighbors, elected officials, and pension managers to close all accounts with TD Bank unless they immediately stop financing tar sands pipelines.”

The divestment action is part of three days of global divestment actions (https://mazaskatalks.org, #DivestTheGlobe). “We are walking from the courthouse to the bank to point out that the human and environmental violations of fossil fuel pipelines, in Otis State Forest and around the country, are only possible with the funding of large financial institutions like TD Bank,” said Steven Botkin, a member of the Sugar Shack Alliance. “We are asking individuals, towns and institutions to close their accounts at TD Bank and move their money to local banks and credit unions.”

This action will also launch a week of resistance (October 23rd – October 29th) throughout Western Massachusetts in opposition to Kinder Morgan and their unnecessary pipeline that is destroying Indigenous stonescapes, damaging fragile wetlands and endangered species, and threatening the climate of our planet. All people are invited to these events.


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2017 Renewable Energy Fair

Saturday, October 28th | 10 AM – 4 PM
Doane Stuart School
199 Washington Ave. Rensselaer, NY

One stop shopping for information and products to live a more sustainable life. We will have 50 different organizations and vendors (listed below) tabling and giving workshops (listed below) on topics from solar energy to composting. The event is free and open to the public. There will be food and children’s activities in addition to tables and information on renewable energy and sustainable living.

Judith Enck, former Environmental Protection Agency Regional Director under President Obama will give a keynote address at noon. The Capital District Electric Vehicles Drivers Club will take you on a test ride in one of their electric vehicles and you can look at a solar boat. Doane Stuart has a “Green Roof” and their students will take you on a tour and explain what a Green Roof is. Come learn more about solar installations on your home, community solar and buying your electricity through a renewable energy supplier. Learn how a Google offshoot is making geothermal heating and cooling installations more affordable. There will be information on green and zero energy building techniques, heat pumps, replacement windows, energy efficient products and how to invest your money in sustainable businesses.

There will be over 30 not for profit organizations with information about bicycling options in the Capital District, how to sign up for a NYSERDA energy audit, how your town can become a “Climate Smart Community,” the best ways to compost, environmental justice, lobbying for a carbon tax, biomass heating, the power of Community Choice Aggregation, making healthy soil, recycling, raising and saving bees, HVCC’s Clean Energy Management Program, a comprehensive Green Energy newspaper, and local climate advocacy organizations.

If you have any questions, please call Becky Meier or Bob Connors at 518-781-4686.

Renewable Energy and Sustainable Living Fair 2017
Vendors:

Aztech Geothermal | Dandelion Energy | Green Mountain Energy | High Peaks Solar, LLC | Hudson Solar | Monolith Solar | PlugPVSolar | Seed Engineering & Solar | Lotus Solar | Zeroenergy | Greenspring Building Systems | Radiant Store Inc | Renewal by Andersen | Sustainable Wealth Advisors | In Sky Aerial Services

Not-for-Profits:

Albany Bicycling Coalition | AHP Home Ownership | Bruce Harley, energy consultant | Capital | District Regional Planning Commission/Robyn Reynolds | Carbon Sequestration/June Varner | Citizens’ Climate Education/Citizens’ Climate Lobby | Cornell Cooperative Extension of | Rensselaer County | DEC/Pollution Protection Unit | Doane Stuart School | FoodScraps360 | Green Energy Times | Honest Weight | HVCC Clean Energy Management Degree | Joule Community Power | New York Solar Energy Society | News From the Neighborhood | NY Department of Environmental Conservation/Pollution Protection | NYSERDA/Energy Futures Group | Partridge Run Farm and Apiary | People of Albany United for Safe Energy – PAUSE | Radix Ecological Sustainability |Sierra Club Mohawk Hudson Group | Solarize Albany County
Stop NY Fracked Gas Pipeline | Tom Swyers, local author | Transition Troy | Women Against War

Food

Healthy on Lark Cafe | Lucky Clover Artisanal Bakery | Fried Dough At Its Best | SNYFGP coffee

Outside

Capital District EV Drivers | Solar Sal’s Solar boat- Sustainable Energy Systems, Inc | In Sky Aerial Services

Children’s Activities

Storytelling: Claire Nolan | Halloween Costume contest and Parade | Dinosaurs, Fossil Fuels and Posters | Recycling sorting relay | Parachute activities | Scavenger Hunt | Tours of Doane Stuart’s Green Roof

Keynote Speaker
Judith Enck, former EPA Regional Director under President Obama

Workshops
RESLF 2017 Workshops

Chapel Classroom
Time Company Topic Company Topic

10 Healthy On Lark Plant based food Dan Levy-Greenspring Building Systems Inc. Net Zero House Construction (using Autoclaved Aerated Concrete) and Insulating Your Home for Energy Efficiency.

10:30 New York Solar Energy Society Energy Efficiency, heat pumps and net zero construction Partridge Run Farm and Apiary Pesticide, Herbicide, Fungicide use and the Honey Bee
HVCC Smart building, energy efficiency low carbon heating, cooling and energy

11 Dandelion How different types of heating compare in terms of cost and fossil fuels. Harry Moran Integrating Environmental & Social Priorities into Financial Decision Making
Aztech Geothermal Renewable Heating and Cooling

11:30 Hudson Solar Solar (PV) 101 Citizens’ Climate Education/Citizens’ Climate Lobby Why and How to Price Carbon to Achieve a Sustainable World

12:00 Keynote Speaker: Judith Enck, former EPA Regional Director

1:00 Robyn Reynolds Climate Smart Communities Radix Urban Ecosystem Justice

1:30 PlugPV Solar REV-Reforming the Energy Vision. A basic overview of new energy policies which are going to affect everyone involved with solar (owners and installers). Sustainable Energy Systems, Inc Practical sustainable transportation – Solar electric boats

2:00 High Peaks Solar Community Solar
Solarize Albany Solar Bruce Harley Energy Consulting Cold climate air source heat pumps – opportunities to reduce heating costs and carbon emissions, and special NYSERDA programs and incentives to help

2:30 AHP Homeownership Center NYSERDA Home Performance Program Radiant Store Inc. Biomass Heating

3:00 Saving Dirt Creating Your Own Good Soil Joule Community Power Community Choice Aggregation, how it works and the many benefits for local communities, including the Westchester Pilot program.

3:30 FoodScraps360 Climate action, composting, recycling and sustainable lifestyles. One Energy / Zeroenergy Buildings Inc Net Zero and Zeroenergy Buildings and Zeroenergy walk-in and portable freezers / coolers

Visit the largest indoor/outdoor Renewable Energy & Sustainable Living Fair ever held in the Capital Region. The Fair will occur on Saturday, October 28 from 10 – 4 pm at Doane Stuart School 199 Washington Ave. Rensselaer, NY. Admission and parking are free.

Judith Enck, former EPA Regional Administrator under President Obama, will be our keynote speaker and will draw a big crowd to the Fair. Building off its success last year, this Fair will expand to include exhibits about how we can break free from fossil fuel dependency and live sustainably.

Fair Sponsors are seeking exhibitors and displays for solar, wind and geothermal energy, insulation and other energy efficiency products and services. Earth-friendly and sustainably sourced products and crafts are desired too, as are cycling and energy-related vendors. To register for this Fair, go to: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSddUnBOfhG5a1gsHorP1LRLhfQvG8K8_csDW2a4wmMKUlJ0tg/viewform . Keep up to date with Fair news at: https://www.facebook.com/events/1777783849180426/?active_tab=about

The sponsors expect to have approximately fifty exhibitors, both non-profit and for profit, along with Fair discounts and special offers for attendees. Food and drink will also be available. The fair is on the CDTA bus route, bus #214.

Some of the exhibits the sponsors anticipate include electric vehicles you can ride in… a solar boat… cell phone chargers powered by the sun… solar heat pumps… NYS climate change info… ways to pay electric bills via renewable energy… a workshop about investing in green energy funds… information on conservation, sustainability and how to lower your carbon footprint… and more!

There will also be a children’s “Break Free From Fossil Fuels” Project Fair, a tour of Doane Stuart’s gorgeous “green roof”, exhibits on composting, hydro-farming and permaculture, sustainably sourced products and crafts, educational exhibits and storytelling.

Expect some surprises too.
Once again, to register for this Fair, go to: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSddUnBOfhG5a1gsHorP1LRLhfQvG8K8_csDW2a4wmMKUlJ0tg/viewform . The charge for an exhibitor table is $125, $80 for food vendors, and $20 for non-profits. Applicants are requested to apply and pay by October 13.

Fair supporters will be acknowledged in the Fair Program Booklet that will be given to attendees and to the public afterwards. This booklet will have links to many renewable energy and environmentally friendly resources.

These supporters will also be acknowledged in public communications, such as the Renewable Energy Fair Facebook Event Page, and on SNYFGP Facebook Page.

In addition, if one wishes to assist the Fair organizers in distributing flyers, planting lawn signs and/or working on the day of the Fair, contact Bob Connors or Becky Meier at: 518-781-4686, or [email protected] or Tina Lieberman at: [email protected]

Donations may be made at this website: stopnypipeline.org and can also be sent to SNYFGP c/o 1409 County Rte 5 Canaan, NY 12029.
Fair sponsors are: Stop NY Fracked Gas Pipeline (SNYFGP), People of Albany United for Sustainable Energy (PAUSE/350.org,) the Sierra Club Hudson-Mohawk Group, Albany Bicycling Coalition, Citizens Climate Lobby of Albany & Columbia County, Transition Troy and the Columbia County Environmental Management Committee.

Contacts are: Bob Connors & Becky Meier the co-founders of Stop NY Fracked Gas Pipeline. Tina Lieberman is a member of PAUSE and Education Chair of the Hudson-Mohawk Sierra Club Group. They are available for in-person or phone interviews, photographs, etc.


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Path of Fire: A Bow Drill Making Workshop for Teens & Adults

Saturday, November 11 | 9 AM – 5 PM
Flying Deer Nature Center | 5 Abode Rd. New Lebanon, NY

Kindling fire by our own hand from raw wood is a miracle and a gift. In this workshop with Devin Franklin, you’ll harvest a chunk of wood from the forest and shave it into the working parts of a bow drill to create living fire. In the process, you discover a powerful new level of connection with earth, wood, and fire.
• Identify premium tree species for creating the four parts of a bow drill set: the bow, hand hold, spindle, and fire board
• Harvest your own raw materials by hand
• Discover safe, effective carving techniques for whittling your own bow drill set
• Practice the centuries-old technique of creating fire by friction.
Path of Fire is not only an adventure in fire making. It is an adventure in awe, wonder, and excitement, and remembering our original relationships in nature.

Register now.


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Massachusetts Ecosystem Climate Adaptation Network Conference

Thursday, November 30 | 9 AM – 5 PM
Division of Fisheries & Wildlife Headquarters | 1 Rabbit Hill Rd. Westborough, MA

The Massachusetts Ecosystem Climate Adaptation Network is launching! A community of practice for climate adaptation practitioners and researchers who are interested in ecosystem resilience and natural resources conservation in Massachusetts.

Join us for a one-day conference to help launch this new network and shape adaptation action in Massachusetts.
• Meet new colleagues and mingle with existing partners
• Learn about adaptation work in Massachusetts
• Develop outreach messages during the climate adaptation communications training
• Contribute to the state climate adaptation and hazard mitigation plan
• Showcase your adaptation projects
Registration is free and lunch will be provided. Full agenda to be announced on our website and via the Mass ECAN listserv. Sponsorship opportunities available. Space is limited.


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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!


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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.

 


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Local Environmental Action 2018

March 3, 2018
Boston, MA

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!