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

September 2017 : The monthly tracking club is BACK! This Wednesday Sep 6th we’ll be returning to BNRC’s Thomas & Palmer Brook preserve in Great Barrington to set up wildlife cameras. The cameras we will be used for this year’s Berkshire BioBlitz. The BioBlitz is a 24 hour event that puts scientists and citizens together to survey for local species. We’ll park at Koi restaurant right on Route 23. Directions from Great Barrington HERE. Please arrive by 9am.

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]s.org 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, September 19 (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, September 7th (the first Thursday of the month) | 5:30 – 7 PM
Purple Pub Annex, Spring St., Williamstown, MA
Our September meeting will feature an update on COOL committee initiatives along with general conversation, venting, outrage and sharing of ideas. Please invite a green friend or two!
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: Butternut
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

September theme: The Business Model for Green & Healthy Homes. Full info on the night here.

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, September 20th (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!

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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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

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Pittsfield Repair Cafe

NEXT DATE: Saturday, September 16th | 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.

4TH ANNUAL WATERSHED BLITZ
September 16th
 | 9 AM – 2 PM
Chesterfield Gorge
River Rd. | West Chesterfield, MA
FREE! Healthy rivers are made in the shade. Rivers need room to expand and wetlands to wander. Come walk the East Branch Trail with one of our Wild & Scenic specialists at the fourth annual Watershed Blitz Saturday Sept 16th. Choose from geology, river bugs, mammals, a paddle of Fisk Meadows, flora & fauna or newts & frogs.  Come with your curiosity & questions. Space is limited call Meredyth Babcock 413 623-2070 to pick your specialist. This is a free, rain or shine event.

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, September 23rd | 9 AM

Meet at WRLF office at Sheep Hill, 671 Cold Spring Rd. | Williamstown

Hikers will do the Fitch Trail via the RRR Brooks Trail to the Tenney trails. The trek will pass through forest and meadow and over a mountain stream. As with all WRLF guided hikes, hikers are advised to wear sturdy boots and to bring water, sunscreen, and a snack.The hike is free and open to the public. No need to sign up. Just show up at the meeting place. Severe weather cancels. Please join us!

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.


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.
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

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

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

Evening at the Beaver Ponds
Wednesday, October 4th | 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

Evening at the Beaver Ponds
Wednesday, October 11th | 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

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

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

 

‘EARLY BIRD’ BIRDING WITH JEFF
Fridays in September plus October 6th | 7:30 AM
Join Jeff here at the Center (100 Main Street Athol) before heading out to explore the North Quabbin area for fall migrant birds. Come for as long as your schedule allows. Severe weather cancels. Info: Jeff Johnstone, 978-249-9052.

RT. 2 GEOLOGY | THE GREAT WALL OF ERVING THROUGH THE ANCIENT RIFT (JURASSIC VALLEY)
Wednesday, October 11th | 7 PM
Join Harry Sharbaugh for this virtual geology tour focusing on the visible signs of the geologic forms at road cuts along Route 2. The talk will be supplemented with specimens collected along the way to give a hands on look at rock types including Gneiss, Schist, Shale and some interested dinosaur tracks and fossils.

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.

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

Tamarack Hollow Nature & Cultural Center Events

 

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.
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MassWildlife Events

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.

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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

BIG PICTURE BOTANY – EXTENDED SERIES
September 3, 10, 17 & October 1 | 10:30 – 11:30 AM

Back by popular demand, this series invites you to jump in at any time for one or more sessions to get to know the occasionally tasty, inevitably beautiful, helpfully medicinal, and sometimes dangerous plant world. There are as many reasons to learn to identify plants as there are curious people. We deal more with visual patterns than Latin names to spark your own connection to plant identification.  Meet outside the Center.

KIDLEIDOSCOPE STORY HOUR
September 1, 15, 22, 29 | 10:30 – 11:30 AM

9/1: Butterflies; 9/15: River Otters;  9/22: Moose;  9/29: Bats

Come learn about our wildlife neighbors who share our home in the Connecticut River Watershed. Program includes a story, activities or games, and a craft to introduce young children to wildlife along the river. Meet in the Great Hall. For ages 3-6. Siblings and friends welcome. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

 

CANAL DRAWDOWN & POWERTOWN HISTORY STROLL
Thursday, September 21st | 5 – 7 PM

Take a stroll back in time with local historian Ed Gregory, DCR’s Janel Nockleby, and Northfield Mountain’s Kim Noyes, to discover the rich industrial history along the Canalside Rail Trail during the annual draw down of the canal. Wear walking shoes and meet at the entrance of the Center for this FREE two mile walk on flat terrain. Register at: 800-859-2960.

SOURCE TO SEA CLEANUP: HELP CLEAN THE WATERSHED!
Saturday, September 23rd | Greenfield

The Source to Sea Cleanup is an annual trash cleanup of the Connecticut River including  rivers, streams, parks, boat launches, and trails. Each fall, thousands of volunteers of all ages and abilities head out to places of their choice all along the four-state watershed to clean the Connecticut River and its tributaries on foot or by boat. This year, the main meetup location in our area is in Greenfield (instead of here at the Center). To learn more and to sign up, visit ctriver.org.

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Rally & Day of Action

Wednesday, September 20 | 8:30 AM – 3:30 PM
Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC)
888 First St. NE | Washington, DC 

Afternoon lobbying on the hill to begin around 11:30, starting with a lunch time gathering in the Lower Senate park next to the Russell Senate Office Building, the corner of D St. and Delaware Ave NE.

8:30am:  Gather and Rally from 8:30 until 9:30 am
10:00am:  Attendees encouraged to attend FERC’s open public meeting which begins at 10 am
11:00 am (or thereabouts):  At 11 am folks will be invited to grab a bag lunch and join together to drop in on Congressional offices to deliver the Stop Trump’s Dirty Energy Agenda sign on letters.
11:30am: Over lunch at the park outside the Senate office buildings we will talk about the message and how to effectively drop in and drop off materials.
12:30pm: Head into congressional buildings to drop materials and ask for drop in meetings
2:45 pm: reconvene in the park outside Senate building to share your experience of the day
3:30 pm: head home feeling good that you have been part of delivering a powerful message of opposition to FERC, Trump’s Dirty Energy Agenda, and advocating for reform and change.

Those who cannot rally or go into the FERC meeting but just want to lobby in the afternoon are welcome to simply meet us at the park at 11:30

People are also encouraged to set up meetings with their own House members and/or Senators. Contact Bridget at [email protected] for materials that can be left with those you meet with.

How to Participate! 

Organizations can endorse our action here.

And can sign on to the letter to be delivered to congress here.

Individuals can sign up to attend the rally, other actions, and  housing here.

And can sign on to the letter to be delivered to congress here.

Keep up to date at the Facebook event page.

Supporters of this Day of Action

Delaware Riverkeeper Network
Berks Gas Truth
Beyond Extreme Energy
Green America
OVEC—Ohio Valley Environmental Coalition
Safe Energy Rights Group, Inc.
Coalition for Responsible Siting of LNG Facilities
River Healer
Wild Virginia
Agape Community
Center for Health, Environment and Justice
198 methods
The Enviro Show
No Fracked Gas in Mass
Lancaster Against Pipelines
Resist Spectra
Safe Energy Rights Group
Bold Alliance
ECHO Action NH
PAUSE—People of Albany United for Safe Energy
350 NYC
Resist the Pipeline
SCRAM
Center for Biological Diversity
Stop NED
Alliance to Protect Our People and the Places We Love
Food and Water Watch
Toxics Action Center
Sullivan Area Citizens for Responsible Energy Development
Berkshire Environmental Action Team
The Shalom Center
North Jersey Pipeline Walkers
Damascus Citizens for Sustainability
Pa. Alliance for Clean Water and Air
Northern NJ Chapter, National Organization for Women
Earthworks
The Essene Church of Peace
Global Coalition for Peace
Gas Free Seneca
Seneca Lake Guardian, a Waterkeeper Alliance
Sullivan Area Citizens for Responsible Energy Development (SACRED)
Christians for the Mountains
Citizens Coalition for a Safe Community
Athens County (Ohio) Fracking Action Network
STOP (Sandisfield Taxpayers Opposing the Pipelines)
Frack Free Genesee
Interreligious Eco-Justice Network
Catskill Citizens for Safe Energy
Sullivan Alliance for Sustainable Development
NJ Industrial Union Council
Oil Change International
Interfaith Moral Action on Climate
350 NJ
350 Central Mass
Aytzim: Ecological Judaism
Potomac Riverkeeper Network
Green Education and Legal Fund
350 Fairfax
Pay It Forward Global Foundation
Greenbrier River Association
New Hampshire Pipeline Awareness
New Progressive Alliance
AMP Creeks Council
Lebanon Pipeline Awareness
Norfolk Catholic Worker
OgreOgress Productions
Connecticut 350
Interfaith Power & Light (DC.MD.NoVa)

Housing

There is low-cost housing in a church about a 10 minute walk from FERC the night of September 19th. You will be asked to pay $27 for this, the cost to us, though no one will be turned away who needs housing. Mattresses on the floor are available, there are showers and there will be food for dinner on the 19th and for breakfast on the 20th. Be sure to fill out this form to reserve a spot: http://bit.ly/2vFtSGs.

Food

Food will be available the early evening of September 19th at the church and the early morning of the 20th. There will be bag lunches distributed to people in front of FERC before we walk over to Capitol Hill.

Strategy Meeting

Beyond Extreme Energy: BXE is organizing a strategy meeting the evening of the 20th from 7-9 pm and the morning of the 21st from 9 am -1 pm. If you are interested contact Ted Glick at [email protected] for more information.

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Woods & Trails : A Pathway Forward
A Conference for Municipalities, Community Groups,
Natural Resource Professionals, and Environmental Educators

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.

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. Field tours will highlight:
Sustainable Forest Management: Timber Harvesting, Wildlife Habitat Management, Invasive Plant Control, Trail Creation
Local Businesses Featuring: Wood Heating, Raw Wood Materials, Specialy Wood Products

Demonstrations including portable sawmilling, wood working, timber framing. Lunch and light refreshments included.

Full details here.

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Springside Park Fall Clean Up
with The Friends of Springside Park

Saturday, September 23rd | 9 AM – 3 PM
Meet at Rotry Playground on Springtide Ave & North Playground behind Reid Middle School
(Rain Date: Sunday, September 24th)

Volunteers are invited to join the Friends of Springside Park for their annual Fall Clean Up. Come at any time during the day and bring gloves if possible. Gloves and bags will also be provided.

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Camera Trapping – An Up Close Look at Wildlife

Saturday, September 23rd | 10 AM
Bidwell House Museum
100 Art School Rd. | Monterey, MA

On this talk and walk, learn about trail cameras, how to install them and hike to tracking sites on the Tidwell grounds. With Dr. Richard Green. Dress for the weather and terrain and bring water. FREE.

For more information call (413) 528-6888.

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5th Annual Wilderness Extravaganza
A Weekend of 5 Wilderness Skills Workshops! Attend All, Some or Just One!
For Families, Adults & Teens

September 23 – 24
Greenhill Center for Outdoor Activities
1356 Ashfield St. | Conway, MA

Saturday, 9/23
9:00-12:00 The Skill of the Knife WS 1 $50/adult, $30/child prepaid
1:00-4:00 Wild Edibles WS 2 $50/adult, $30/child prepaid
5:00-8:00 Primitive Cooking & Medicine Making WS 3 $65/adult, $30/child must be prepaid

Sunday, 9/24
9:30-12:30 The Art of Fire WS 4 $50/adult, $30/child prepaid
1:30-4:30 Animal Tracking & Bird Language WS 5 $50/adult, $30/child prepaid

REGISTER 2 ADULTS FOR ANY WORKSHOP (except Primitive Cooking & Medicine Making) & YOUR 3RD PERSON IS FREE! REGISTER ONLINE or call 413-340-1161.

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Morgan Bulkeley | Nature, Culture, Clash

Opening reception with the artist October 7
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.

Opening Reception with the Artist | Saturday, October 7th | 5:30 – 7:30 PM

Free and open to the community. Space is limited. Please RSVP to (413) 443-7171 ext. 314. Learn More. 

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Take a Walk in the Woods with Thoreau

Saturday, September 30th | 9 AM – 11 AM 
Scarborough Brook Conservation Area
Belchertown, MA 

Celebrate the bicentennial of Henry David Thoreau’s birth with an inspirational nature walk and sharing of his words. 

2017 marks the 200th anniversary of Henry David Thoreau–the great American naturalist, writer, philosopher, and social reformer. Born on July 12, 1817 in Concord, Massachusetts, Thoreau is being celebrated nationwide this year in numerous ways, including the first-ever Massachusetts Statewide Read.
Kestrel Land Trust is joining this celebration by hosting the first of four Thoreau Bicentennial events on Saturday, September 30th. Join us for a reflective and inspiring nature walk and talk at Scarborough Brook Conservation Area in Belchertown. 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.

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Gas Leaks Allies Summit
Common Goals, Uncommon Partners:
Seeking Solutions to Reduce Methane Emissions

Tuesday, October 3rd | Morning Session & Afternoon Workshop 
MIT Wong Auditorium
2 Amherst St. Cambridge, MA

Our unconventional, interdisciplinary coalition of activists, researchers, utility executives, municipal leaders, natural gas experts, inventors, and mothers, is finding solutions for the gas-leaking pipelines buried in our neighborhoods. Join us on October 3rd to hear results and recommendations, see new technologies, and learn about our unique collaboration. Reserve a seat here.

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3rd Annual Berkshire Natural History Conference

Saturday, October 14th | 9 AM – 4 PM
Berkshire Community College
1350 West St. | Pittsfield, MA

The conference will feature presentations by local and regional naturalists as well as acclaimed authors. The event will appeal to naturalists, Berkshire residents, as well as visitors. Students, of all ages and disciplines, are especially invited.

Speakers will include Jim Cardoza, who was responsible for the return of the wild turkey in Massachusetts, and Bob Leverett, who identified and helped conserve t he remaining old-growth forests in the Berkshires. In addition, local field biologists and naturalists will discuss topics ranging from Berkshire winter weather to rare plant communities, to a remarkable BCC student who has a design to fit the entire solar system within the confines of Berkshire County.

James E. Cardoza is a retired Wildlife Biologist for the Massachusetts Division of Fisheries and Wildlife where he worked with many game and rare species in the state, from black bear and deer to eagles and loons. He led the effort bring back the wild turkey, gone from New England by the mid 1850s. His efforts are among the best examples of conservation in the nation.

Bob Leverett is an avowed tree lover who has energized the region’s interest in native trees and forest ecology. A prolific writer, field trip leader, and organizer, Bob has directed attention to the tallest, oldest, and greatest trees of New England and especially Berkshire county. He has organized entire conferences on old-growth forests and produced volumes of information previously unknown.

Other programs on the agenda include:
The Astroshire County Project — Alexander Griffth
Berkshire Winters in Light of Climate Change — Dr. Joseph Kravitz
Fifty Years of Berkshire Conservation — George Wislocki
An Approach to Biodiversty — Julie Richburg
The Legacy of the Jr. Naturalists’ Program — Thom Smith
Orion Magazine: 35 years! — Chip Blake

The event will also include exhibits, a raffle, and local Natural History quiz. Admission includes a barbecue lunch and access to all of the natural history presentations.

Co-Sponsors
Berkshire Community College
Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts
Green Berkshires, Inc.
Orion Magazine
Berkshire Environmental Action Team
Hoosic River Watershed Association
Williams College Center for Environmental Studies (CES)
Massachusetts Audubon Berkshire Sanctuaries
Hoffmann Bird Club

Register here.

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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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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!