Calendar of events
The events listed here are not all sponsored or conducted by BEAT. We offer them as a way of helping people participate in the full range of anti-pipeline, pro-clean-energy and environmental events shaping our future.
Please send environmental news or calendar items to email@example.com
- 4/28—-Pre-harvest Tour/Chester Blandford State Forest – Blandford
- 4/28—-Info Session and NVDA Training – Pittsfield
- 4/29—-“Early Bird” Birding with Jeff – Athol
- 4/29—-CET Waste Oil and Paint Collection Day – Great Barrington
- 4/30—-Early Dragonflies and More – Athol/Harvard
- 4/30—-Vernal Pool Plunge on the Westfield River – various
- 4/30—-Arbor Day Celebration at Shays’ Rebellion Monument – Sheffield
- 4/30—-What Birds Can Tell Us: A Day in the Life of a Song Sparrow – West Stockbridge
- 5/1—-“Early Bird” Birding with Ernie – Athol
- 5/1—-“Song of the Forest” One-day bird workshop – Lenox
- 5/1—-Spring Wildflower Walk at Field Farm – Williamstown
- 5/1—-Climate Advocate Training Session – Hudson
- 5/3—-Legislative Hearing on MA Global Warming Solutions Act – Boston
- 5/4—-Evidentiary Hearing at DPU re Berkshire Gas – Boston
- 5/4—-BEAT’s Wildlife and the Compressor Station HIke – Windsor
- 5/4—-Bird Walks at Pleasant Valley – Lenox
- 5/5—- Supreme Judicial Court Hearing, CLF v. DPU – Boston
- 5/5—-Great Barrington Green Drinks – Great Barrington
- 5/5—-Northern Berkshire Green Drinks – Williamtown
- 5/6—-Bird Walks at Canoe Meadows – Pittsfield
- 5/6—-“Early Bird” Birding with Jeff – Athol
- 5/7—-“Living the Change” Climate & Sustainability Fair – Pittsfield
- 5/7—-BEAT’s Vernal Pool Certification – Windsor
- 5/7—-Wildflowers and Spring Changes-Walk, Talk, and Tea at Pleasant Valley Sanctuary – Lenox
- 5/7—-Lee’s 1st Annual Greener Gateway Cleanup – Lee
- 5/7—-Your Land, Your Community, Free Landowner Workshop – Sandisfield
- 5/7—-WRLF’s Annual Sheep to Shawl festival – Williamstown
- 5/7—- Cleaner, Greener, More Just Earth Care Fair – Leverett
- 5/10—-Accessible Birding with Joe – Athol
- 5/10—-Berkshire Conservation District Meeting – Pittsfield
- 5/11—-American Turtle Observatory – Athol
- 5/13—-“Early Bird” Birding with Jeff – Athol
- 5/14—-Cast Your Fly Workshop on the Westfield River – various
- 5/14—-Montague Plains for Nightjars – Athol
- 5/14—-Sheffield Roadside Cleanup – Sheffield
- 5/20—-“Early Bird” Birding with Jeff – Athol
- 5/21—-Forum on Divestment and Sustainable Reinvestment – Pittsfield
- 5/21—-Quabbin Reservoir for Birds – Athol
- 5/21—-Seeing through the Eyes of Animals (Tracking), Wild Edibles, and The Art of Storytelling & Night Navigation – Conway
- 5/21 & 5/22—-Chestnut Tree Planting – Pittsfield
- 5/22—-“Early Bird” Birding with Jeff – Athol
- 5/22—-The Art of Fire & Introduction to Wilderness Skills – Conway
- 5/26—-Attorney General Maura Healey Listening Session – Pittsfield
- 6/18—-Birds, Beasts and Bees on the West Branch (Walk)/Westfield River – various
- 6/18 & 19—-Berkshire BioBlitz – Adams
- 7/5-7/8—-Natural History of the Berkshires/Field Course – Pittsfield/Lanesborough
- 7/9—-Center Pond Paddle on Westfield River –Becket
Dyken Pond Center Events
The Summer Outdoor Learning Adventure is a science and nature day camp held each summer at the Pond. Registration is now open. We do offer scholarships! Visit our website for more information.
6-10 year old sessions: July 18 – July 22 and July 25-July 29
11-13 year old sessions: August 1- August 5 and August 8- August 12
Five Part – Wild Edible Series
All classes: 10:00 am – 3:00 pm
May 22, 2016: Late Spring Edibles
July 10, 2016: Summer Edibles
August 27, 2016: Late Summer Edibles
September 24, 2016: Early Autumn Edibles
In this series you will be introduced to the edible foods of the Dyken Pond Natural area and the greater Northeastern US. We’ll cover plant and fungi identification as well as critical knowledge such as where to find these species, ‘look-a-likes’, harvest times, and preparation. This is a hands-on series of classes which will include cooking and eating the foods we gather. These classes will provide you with the age old skills of ‘living off the land’ and self-reliance. ‘Best-practice’ harvest methods will be used to maintain or introduce ecosystem balance and impart a continued respect for our natural world.
Pre-registration is required by contacting the Center. All Wild Edible Classes are taught by Dave Muska and cost $30; $25 for members. Sign up for all in advance and pay $125 ; $115 for members.
Visit our website for more information: http://www.dykenpond.org.
New this year, registration can be done online with Paypal.
Visit our website at: http://www.dykenpond.org for more information and a complete list of our programs.
Dyken Pond Environmental Education Center
475 Dyken Pond Road
Cropseyville NY, 12052
Bureau of Forestry Pre-Harvest Forest Tour
Chester Blandford State Forest – Chester
April 28, 2016
4:00 PM – 5:00 PM
DCR Forester Kris Massini will lead a tour of a planned timber sale project in Chester-Blandford State Forest where he will show the prepared timber sale area, discuss forest management techniques, provide a view of the trees designated for harvest, and explain how harvest operations will take place. A detailed silviculture prescription for the forest management project will be provided to attendees. This tour culminates a public process that included a public meeting and a written comment period for the project. This walk is not a bid showing, but all are welcome.
Meet at the pull off at the intersection of Chester Road and Beulah Land Road in the town of Blandford, MA (directions listed below). This is across the street from a large hay field and cell phone tower. The tour will be conducted rain or shine. Attendees are encouraged to dress for the weather and to wear sturdy shoes. For additional information about the tour and DCR forest management on state forests, parks, and reservations, please contact William Hill, Management Forestry Program Supervisor, at 413-545-3891.
From West (Becket/Chester Line): From Route 20 at Becket/Chester town line take Blandford Road east for 1.6 mile. At town line of Chester and Blandford continue straight as road name changes to Chester Road for 3.5 miles to intersection with Beulah Land Road.
From East (Blandford Center): From Route 23 in the center of Blandford take North Street west for 1.7 miles. Continue straight as road name changes to Chester Road for .8 miles to intersection with Beulah Land Road.
Note: There are no other passable roads from Route 20 to the meeting area. DO NOT follow GPS directions that suggest traveling on Round Hill, Sanderson Brook, Beulah Land or Huntington Roads.
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Info Session and NVDA Training
Thursday, April 28
7:00 to 8:30 pm
Unitarian Universalist Church, 175 Wendell Ave., Pittsfield; Youth Lounge, second floor
This Thursday in Pittsfield, an info session and non-violent direct action training will be offered, free of charge, in preparation for the upcoming Break Free from Fossil Fuels event on May 14 in Albany, NY. The training will be led by Jay O’Hara of Climate Disobedience, which is working together with the international group 350.org and others to hold the event in Albany (and elsewhere around the globe), championing local battles against fossil fuel infrastructure and development. (Note that the Albany event also includes legal protesting—not just CD.)
Trainers from the Break Free from Fossil Fuels northeast organizing team will come to get participants up to speed on the crude-oil-by-rail issue and the centrality of Albany, put this moment of world-wide civil disobedience in context of the climate trajectory coming out of the Paris climate talks, and train on basic non-violence training and legal briefing to prepare interested individuals to take action in Albany, NY on Saturday, May 14, when there will be options to protest legally, participate in a blockade, or join a kayak flotilla.
This event is free and open to the public. For more information about #BreakFree and to sign up, see www.Albany2016.org.
Please RSVP to Natalie Narotzky at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Spring Wildflower Walk at Field Farm
Sunday, May 1
Field Farm, 554 Sloan Road, South Williamstown, MA
The Trustees of Reservations invites you to join naturalist Pam Weatherbee at Field Farm in Williamstown onSunday May 1st at 1 PM for an eye-opening spring wildflower walk. Field Farm has some unusual habitats that produce an interesting and beautiful array of woodland wildflowers known as spring ephemerals, which have a very short time to grow, bloom and set seed before the leaves come out and restrict the sunlight reaching the forest floor. On the two-hour easy walking tour Pam will introduce you to the fascinating flora of the rich woods. The walk is free and open to the public. For more information call 413-684-0148 or email@example.com.
Field Farm is a conservation property of more than 300 acres, with extensive meadows and woodlands, 4 miles of easy trails, a beaver pond, and a variety of birds and animals, and is located at 554 Sloan Road, South Williamstown, MA. From Williamstown Center, follow Rt. 7 South towards South Williamstown. At the intersection with Rt. 43, take Rt. 43 West and immediately take a right onto Sloan Rd. Proceed 1 mi. to entrance on right.
For additional information visit http://www.thetrustees.org/places-to-visit/berkshires/field-farm.html.
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Climate Advocate Training Session
Are you looking for a new way to make a difference on climate change? Come learn how Citizens’ Climate Lobby citizens have been changing the dynamic in Washington and moving closer to a solution!
April Events at Mt. Greylock
Please CLICK HERE for the April events calendar.
Location for all events below:
Mt. Greylock Visitor’s Center, 30 Rockwell Road, Lanesborough, MA 01237
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Bird Walks at Canoe Meadows
Sponsored by Berkshire Sanctuaries
Friday, May 6, 2016 7:00 am – 9:00 am
Location: Canoe Meadows Wildlife Sanctuary, Holmes Rd, Pittsfield, MA
Free for everyone!
Spring and Fall are the seasons to look for migrants of all kinds, especially the beautiful wood-warblers. Walk past wetlands and meadows and through woodlands observing changes in bird species each week.
Instructions and Directions: Bring binoculars; beginners welcome.
Registration not required.
Instructor: Jonathan Pierce – Pleasant Valley Caretaker and Hoffman Bird Club Leader
Members & Nonmembers: Free
Berkshire Residents Free Admission- 1st Wednesday of the Month
Pleasant Valley Wildlife Sanctuary, Lenox
Audience: All (suitable for children 0 – 18 years)
Berkshire County residents are invited to visit Pleasant Valley Wildlife Sanctuary. The sanctuary is open dawn to dusk. The office and gift shop will be open from9:00 am to 4:00 pm. Explore seven miles of beautiful trails and learn about our education programs for all ages. Free for Berkshire County Residents with valid license or ID.
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Wildflowers and Spring Changes-Walk, Talk, and Tea
Sponsored by Berkshire Sanctuaries
Sat, May 07, 2016
9:30 am – 12:00 pm
Pleasant Valley Wildlife Sanctuary, Lenox
Instructor: Linda Cysz – Naturalist
Audience: All (suitable for children 5 – 18 years)
Members: Adult $6.00, Child free
Nonmembers: Adult $8.00, Child free
Nonmembers can join today during checkout and take immediate advantage of member prices.
Discover the early signs of spring and wildflowers in the woodlands at Pleasant Valley Wildlife Sanctuary. We will take a leisurely walk and along the way, learn the natural history of the early blossoms and how to identify them. Then we’ll gather for tea and to look up any nature mysteries we discovered along the way. Bring your curiosity and a hand lens if you have one.
Registration is required.
NEW BEAT Monthly Wildlife Tracking Club!
1st Wednesday and 3rd Saturday
9:00 am – 12:00 noon
In Berkshire County: locations will vary
BEAT is pleased to announce a monthly tracking club. This group will meet twice monthly, always on the 1st Wednesday and the 3rd Saturday. It will be open to the public and run in Berkshire County. There will be an annual membership fee of $15.00. One-time participants can attend an individual event for $5.00.
Upcoming Club Event Schedule:
Wednesday, May 4th – TBA
Saturday, May 21st – TBA
Wednesday, June 1st – TBA
Saturday, June 18th – TBA
Wednesday, July 6th – TBA
Saturday, July 16th – TBA
Wednesday, August 3rd – TBA
Saturday, August 20th – TBA
Shoot me an email with questions or concerns.
Elia Del Molino
Berkshire Environmental Action Team (BEAT)
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
CET Waste Paint and Oil Collection Day
Saturday, April 30 from 8:30-11:00 AM
Registration Deadline, April 29th
On Saturday, April 30, from 8:30-11 AM, the South Berkshire Household Hazardous Waste Collaborative will hold a paint and oil collection in Great Barrington for the 15 participating towns. The Center for EcoTechnology (CET) will coordinate these collections.
The towns in the South Berkshire Household Hazardous Waste Collaborative sponsor this program. The participating towns are Alford, Becket, Egremont, Great Barrington, Lee, Lenox, Monterey, Mount Washington, New Marlborough, Otis, Richmond, Sheffield, Stockbridge, Tyringham and West Stockbridge.
Acceptable materials are oil-based paint, stains, paint thinners, spray paint and turpentine, as well as waste motor oil. No other type of oil or fuel will be accepted.
Latex paint will not be accepted at this event. Empty cans can be recycled with scrap metal. Dried-up cans of latex paint can be disposed with the regular trash. Empty cans of oil-based paint, stains and solvents can be disposed with the regular trash as well. Usable paint can be given away through freecycle.org or Habitat Restore in Pittsfield.
To register online or for information about what can be brought to these collections, visit http://www.cetonline.org/events or email Jamie.Cahillane@cetonline.org. Or call CET at 888-577-8448 ext. 14. Residents from communities that are not participating should call their City or Town Hall for information about hazardous household product collections.
CET is a non-profit organization working in the fields of energy efficiency, renewable energy, waste management and environmental education. CET provides practical solutions that make sense for our community, economy and environment. CET is funded in part by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, and is an equal opportunity employer and service provider.
April 30th Conservation Groups Celebrate Arbor Day at Shays’ Rebellion Monument
Saturday, April 30
Shays’ Rebellion Monument, Sheffield-Egremont Rd., Sheffield
The Sheffield Tree Project, which recently became part of the Sheffield Land Trust, will celebrate Arbor Day by planting trees near one of Sheffield’s most famous sites—the Shays’ Rebellion Monument on Sheffield-Egremont Rd.
The monument, which is listing to one side, will also be set aright, according to Tom Ingersoll, president of the Tree Project. Representatives of the National Park Service and the Sheffield Historical Commission will be present to mark the event on April 30, he said. Both of these organizations granted permission for the restoration of the monument, which is on federal land, and the National Park Service authorized the tree planting.
Also on hand to greet Arbor Day will be representatives of the Sheffield Land Trust, the Appalachian Trail Conservancy, and the Appalachian Mountain Club. The Appalachian Trail crosses Sheffield-Egremont Rd. near the Shays marker, and the Trail Conservancy’s Hubbard Brook kiosk is across the road.
Members of the Tree Project will be there to plant six trees, four at the monument and two at the trail kiosk. Volunteers from the public are encouraged to participate as well.
The Tree Project usually plants trees along streets or in other public places around Sheffield to commemorate Arbor Day, Ingersoll said. “But it’s nice when we have an opportunity to plant in a place that is not only really public, but also where we might be able to plant multiple trees in one location. The Shays’ Rebellion monument and the Trail Conservancy kiosk have always been in our sights.”
Ingersoll noted that the area of the Appalachian Trail near the monument is much less forested than it was a few centuries ago. By the time the Shays’ Rebellion monument was erected in the early 20th century, “the land had been cleared for miles around,” he noted. “So it’s going in the opposite direction. We’re putting back the forest that was once there, and we’re using native forest canopy trees like white oaks, elms, and sycamores.”
Adam Brown, trails resource manager-New England, for the Appalachian Trail Conservancy, commented, “This event highlights the close ties between the Appalachian Trail Conservancy, the Appalachian Mountain Club, the Sheffield Tree Project, the Sheffield Land Trust, and the town of Sheffield. We are excited to invite the community to celebrate Arbor Day with us.”
The monument marks the spot of the last and bloodiest battle of Shays’ Rebellion, a movement led by Revolutionary War veteran Daniel Shays to protest state and local tax collections and judgments for debt. The state militia, commanded by Gen. Benjamin Lincoln, crushed the rebels in several engagements in the winter of 1787. Most of the skirmishing took place around Springfield, but on Feb. 27, 1787, some 120 rebels crossed into Massachusetts from New Lebanon, N.Y., and marched on Stockbridge, where they raided the shops and homes of merchants. Brigadier Gen. John Ashley led a local force that defeated the rebels in Sheffield.
The Sheffield Tree Project is celebrating its 20th year of planting and its first year as an affiliate of the Sheffield Land Trust. To date, the Tree Project has planted over 150 trees on private and public lands along the streets of Sheffield, in the town park, on the Village Green, at the Bushnell-Sage Library, and on the campuses of Undermountain Elementary and Mount Everett Regional High schools. For more information, visit www.sheffieldtreeproject.org or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Sheffield Land Trust, founded in 1989, is dedicated to protecting the land essential to Sheffield’s natural, scenic, agricultural and rural character through a program of stewardship that involves landowners, farmers, and other partners. So far, the Sheffield Land Trust has helped families to conserve almost 5,000 acres of land working in cooperation with over 40 property owners, government agencies, and conservation organizations.
What Birds Can Tell Us: A Day in the Life of a Song Sparrow
West Stockbridge Town Hall, 21 State Line Rd., West Stockbridge, Mass.
Song of the Forest: Understanding Bird Language
Pleasant Valley Sanctuary, 472 West Mountain Rd., Lenox, Mass.
Legislative Hearings/Actions at Boston Statehouse
11:30 Rally, Celebration & Pizza at the State House Steps
12:00 Training/Opportunities to Visit Legislative Offices and Push Hard on the Pipeline Tax
1:00 Global Warming Committee Hearing, State House Rm. 428
Buses are available from various locations! Contact email@example.com
We seem to have won a great victory on the NED pipeline – and it’s time to celebrate. It’s also a time to build on our strength to win more! We need to stop all pipeline expansions. We must stop the pipeline tax. And we must get our legislators to support smart, renewable energy and climate legislation to reduce emissions and support clean, renewable energy!
One or more buses to Boston are available on a sliding scale from $5 to $30. For details and to sign up for a bus, send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please indicate your top three choices ( leaving from/returning to Pittsfield, Cummington, Greenfield, Orange, Amherst, or Northampton) and we will do our best to accommodate. Your flexibility is appreciated.
See you at the Statehouse on May 3rd. » Please RSVP to help us plan!
Bird Walks at Pleasant Valley
Join avid birder and Pleasant Valley’s caretaker on a weekly bird walk past beaver wetlands and through woodlands observing changes in bird species. Beginners and advanced birders will enjoy this walk.
Great Barrington GREEN DRINKS
The Prairie Whale, 178 Main Street, Great Barrington
So grab a friend or two and bring them down to share what you’re working on (green or not) and meet others in the community.
Please forward this on to your friends & contacts…the more the merrier.
Pittsfield Tree Watch
Thursday, May 12
Pittsfield Senior Center, 330 North Street, Pittsfield
Pittsfield Tree Watch meets the 2nd Thursday of every month
TREE OF THE MONTH for APRIL: the American Chestnut
See info sheet on American Chestnut
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!
Berkshire Conservation District Meeting
Tuesday, May 10
Silvio O. Conte Federal Building, 78 Center Street, Room 206, Pittsfield
In cooperation with the USDA Natural Resource Conservation Service, the district provides technical assistance to landowners in the conservation and management of natural resources throughout the county. The district is a sponsor of the state-wide Massachusetts Envirothon and provides scholarships to Berkshire Community College and UMASS students. The district is governed by seven supervisors who serve for three year terms. The current slate of supervisors are: Robert Lear, Chairman Tony Boyer, Vice-Chair Kevin Zimmer, Treasurer Dave Jurczak, Dennis Mareb Ned Kirchner, Bill Florek The public are welcome to attend monthly meetings.
For more information please call the office at (413) 443-1776 or visit the website: www.berkshireconservation.org.
Northern Berkshire Green Drinks
(First Thursday of each month)
The Log, 78 Spring Street, Williamstown
Special Guest for May: Alex Brooks, of Eastwick Press, which covers the Hoosic Falls region, will lead off with a history and update on the PFOA contamination issue. http://eastwickpress.com/
Center for Environmental Studies – Log Lunches
Friday, April 29
12:00 noon – 1:00 pm
The Log, 78 Spring Street, Williamstown
Reservations strongly encouraged if you want to eat!
This week’s guest presenter: TBA
CES Summer Internship Program: See dozens of local, campus, and national internship postings; special internships from alumni, and subscribe to listserv, and find details on CES summer funding program at: http://ces.williams.edu/student-opportunities/funding-internships/
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Williams College Events
HARDIE AWARD FOR BEST STUDENT WORK IN ENVIRONMENTAL STUDIES: Submissions due May 6.
Green Drinks Hudson
Please join us for our inaugural Green Drinks!Green Drinks is a monthly international event for people interested in conservation, sustainability and meeting new people who share a common interest.Columbia Land Conservancy will be hosting this fun event on the third Tuesday of the month at Helsinki Hudson. Please pass along to anyone who might be interested! Every third Tuesday of the month Time: 5:30 PM Where: Helsinki Hudson, 405 Columbia Street, Hudson, NY For more information: email Heidi at email@example.com or go to www.clctrust.org or www.Greendrinks.org.
Springfield, MA Green Drinks
Theodores’ Blues Booze & BBQ in Springfield, Massachusetts Green Drinks Springfield is the local Springfield, MA meetup for citzens, professionals, and public servants interested in sustainability, renewable energy, all things “green,” the environment, and the new Green Movement. Whether a seasoned professional in a green business or just curious to find out what the buzz is about you are welcome! Green Drinks is an agenda-less, non-dues-paying open social event. Come and find out more! Where You Can Find Us Online: www.greendrinks.infowww.facebook.com/GreenDrinksSpringfield www.linkedin.com/groups/Green-Drinks-Springfield-MA Occurs the 1st Thursday of every Month, 5:30-7:30 at Theodores’ Blues Booze & BBQ in Springfield, Massachusetts
Berkshire Museum Adventures
BEAT Educational Hikes and Wildlife Tracking Related to Proposed Compressor Station in Windsor
Vernal Pool Certification
Saturday, May 7th • 1:00 – 3:30 pm
350Mass Berkshire Node: Monthly Meeting
Please join 350Mass Berkshire Node for our monthly meeting!
Wednesday, May 18th
Potluck at 5:30 p.m. • Meeting begins at 6:00 p.m.
UU Church, 175 Wendell Ave. in Pittsfield.
Every month our meetings offer an opportunity for Berkshire residents to get involved with the growing climate change movement.
For May: TBA
You can say you’re attending and invite your friends on Facebook here: https://www.facebook.com/events/148183818898151/.
Looking forward to seeing you there!!
MA Dept. of Public Utilities –
Public Comment Hearings on NED Pipeline
In early January, Kinder Morgan initiated its long-anticipated survey access proceedings at the MA Department of Public Utilities (DPU) regarding Northeast Energy Direct (“NED”) Survey Petitions. According to a press release by PLAN-NE:
“Kinder Morgan’s subsidiary, the Tennessee Gas Pipeline Company, filed three petitions with the Massachusetts Department of Public Utilities (DPU) seeking authority to enter some 450 private properties to conduct “surveys preliminary to eminent domain” for the proposed Northeast Energy Direct (NED) pipeline project. Many landowners have received multiple letters and visits from the company’s agents over the course of two years, even after denying survey permission on multiple occasions.”
Under pressure from property owners and activists, the DPU has scheduled public hearings along the pipeline route, including a hearing that took place on Tuesday, March 29th in Pittsfield.
For the full schedule of pubic comment hearings, see the DPU website page here.
The Department also accepts written comments, which are given equal consideration to comments made at a public comment hearing. Written comments may be submitted through Friday May 6, 2016.
Written comments should be emailed to: firstname.lastname@example.org and Hearing Officer Stephen August at Stephen.August@state.ma.us.
If you wish to send comments by regular mail, please send them to:
Department of Public Utilities Siting Division
1 South Station
Boston, MA 02110
Attn: Stephen August, Hearing Officer
If you are a property owner whose property is included in the Company’s petition requesting survey authorization from the Department, you will receive a further public notice in the mail in the coming weeks announcing the public hearings, providing a copy of the relevant petition, and providing additional information about submitting written comments.
Petition for Vernal Pool and other Surveys (18 landowners)
— Part 1
Petition for Early Determination; Summary of Project; Arguments for DPU to Issue Order to Allow Survey;
Exhibit A: Property Owners List (408 landowners)
Woodchuck Wednesdays at Sheep Hill
April 6 through May 4
1:45 to 4:00 PM
The Williamstown Rural Lands is offering a Wednesday afternoon nature play drop off program at its Sheep Hill headquarters in Williamstown for kindergartners through fourth graders. Siblings of participants outside the age range will also be considered. The two-hour program, led by WRLF Executive Director Leslie Reed-Evans and Williams College student assistants, will feature unstructured outdoor activities such as nature exploration, stories, and games, and indoor activities including crafts and cooking. Sheep Hill, a conservation property and the headquarters of the Williamstown Rural Lands Foundation, is the perfect place for children to experience and explore the natural world. This child-friendly conservation property offers room to roam, and indoor facilities for getting out of the weather.
The program will take place rain or shine. Students should dress warmly for outdoor activities. Space is limited and pre-registration is suggested.
The fee for the five-week series is $70 for WRLF members and $85 for non-members. Snack will be provided. Per session price on request.
The WRLF is a member-supported non-profit land conservation trust dedicated to preserving the rural New England character of Williamstown. Sheep Hill, its headquarters, is located on Route 7, approximately a mile south of the Williamstown rotary.
For more information or for a downloadable registration form, visit www.wrlf.org.
Pittsfield Green Drinks
Sponsored by Berkshire Environmental Action Team (BEAT)
J. Allens, 41 North Street, Pittsfield
For May, Dept. of Conservation and Recreation Foresters will talk about the Greening the Gateway Cities Program now in 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.
Athol Bird & Nature Club Events
Field Trips & Meetings 2016
Unless otherwise noted, programs are free and open to all, meet at the Millers River Environmental Center (MREC), 100 Main Street, Athol. If weather is questionable on a field trip day, please call the trip leader at least an hour before the scheduled meeting time
Accessible Birding with Joe
Tuesdays from 8:00-10:00am – May 10
Join Joe Superchi on the second Tuesday of the month (through November) in a search for birds at local sites. Open to birders of all abilities. Meet at the Center 100 Main Street Athol. Call ahead for wheelchair van access, 978-248-9491.
“Early Bird” Birding with Jeff
Fridays @ 7:00 a.m. – April 29, May 6, May 13, May 20
Sunday @ 7:00 a.m. – May 22
Meet at the MREC, 100 Main Street, Athol
Join Jeff here the Center before heading out to explore the North Quabbin area for spring migrant birds. Come for as long as your schedule allows. Severe weather cancels. Info: Jeff Johnstone, 978-249-9052. MREC 100 Main Street Athol
“Early Bird” Birding with Ernie
Sundays @ 7:00 a.m. – May 1
Join Ernie Leblanc here at the Center before heading out to explore the North Quabbin area for spring migrant birds. Come for as long as your schedule allows. Severe weather cancels. email@example.com
Early Dragonflies and more
Saturday April 30 @ 9:00 am (Athol) 10:00 (Oxbow NWR)
Join Tom Murray on this exploration of the Oxbow National Wildlife Refuge is search of the Ringed Boghaunter Williamsonia lintneri and other early flying invertebrates, birds, and other wildlife. Meet 9:00 am at MREC, 100 Main Street, Athol to carpool or parking lot off Still River Depot Road in Harvard Ma at 10:00 am Questions: firstname.lastname@example.org. Map of refuge: http://www.friendsoftheoxbownwr.org/images/oxbtrail.pdf
American Turtle Observatory
Wednesday May 11 @ 7:00 PM
Mike Jones & Liz Wiley will discuss their work on turtles http://www.americanturtles.org/
Montague Plains for Nightjars
Saturday May 14 @ 7:30 pm
Dave Small will lead this trip to one of Massachusetts premier Sandplain habitats for a chance to hear Whip-poor-wills and other evening birds. Flashlight, headlamp, and insect repellant recommended. Meet us about 7:30 at the intersection of E. Mineral Rd and Millers Falls Road (just east of the Turners Falls airport) info c all Dave@ 978-413-1772
Quabbin for birds
Saturday, May 21 @ 7:00 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 Dave@dhsmall.net to reserve your place.
LIVING THE CHANGE
Climate Action and Sustainability Fair
A day of celebration, education and dialogue
Saturday, May 7, 2016
(Rain date: Sunday, May 8, 2016)
JOIN US for this joyous day of celebration, networking, dialogue and brainstorming, art making, education, music, food, and fun!
11:00am–5:00pm Sustainability Fair, Open Dialogues & Information Sharing
8:00–11:00pm DJ Dance Party w/DJ BFG!
Shire City Sanctuary, 40 Melville Street, Pittsfield, MA 01201
Housed in the former Notre Dame Church of 1895, Shire City Sanctuary is a Makerspace, Cyberoffice, and majestic Eventspace in the heart of The Berkshires.
Envision a sustainable future! Here in the amazing Berkshires, a growing number of people are consciously and actively living and working in ways that are transforming our environment.
LIVING THE CHANGE is a major celebration of the growing community and positive momentum of Berkshire County’s climate action network, 350Mass Berkshires, and environmental organizations, activists, sustainable businesses, individuals, and volunteers who work to address the planetary challenge of climate change.
Come celebrate a future that embraces clean, renewable energy, protects our natural environment for all species, and wholeheartedly supports the development of a peaceful and sustainable livelihood for all. A future that is beginning NOW!”
Exhibitors in the areas of Energy, Agriculture/Food, Social Causes, and more.
“Think Tank” Dialogue Sessions – Community conversations with facilitators will be offered throughout the day for those who wish to dig deeper into the issues of our times.
11:15am – 11:45am Interfaith Service
12 noon – 1:00 pm Laurie Lane-Zucker
1:15 pm to 1:45 pm – Energy & Solar Power with Chris Kilfoyle of BPVS
2:00 pm – 2:50 pm – Climate Change Panel with 350 Mass Berkshire & Berkshire Environmental Action Team(BEAT)
3:00 pm – 3:50 pm TBA
4:00 pm – 5:15 pm – Schuhmacher Center
5:30 pm – 7:45 pm – “This Changes Everything” movie and conversation
8:00 pm – 11:00 pm – DJ Dance Party w/DJ BFG
Puppets by Marmalade Productions!
Kids’ Corner for arts, crafts, and puppetry! Youth art and activities!
The Food Truck Rodeo and Live Music! All day. Specialty food trucks will dish up a variety of their favorite offerings, including organic, locally sourced, gluten-free foods, and all on wheels! From 11 am to 5pm.
Lee’s 1st Annual Greener Gateway Cleanup
Saturday, May 7 (Rain date: Saturday, May 14th)
9:00 am – 12:00 noon
(Rain date: May 14)
Sponsored by Lee Recycling Committee.
We will be meeting at the gazebo by the Lee Post Office.
There will be a post-cleanup celebration at noon.
See EVENT POSTER.
To volunteer or for more information, contact Valerie at email@example.com.
Your Land, Your Community
A Free Landowner Workshop
Saturday, May 7, 2016
10:00am – 12:00noon
Sandisfield Arts Center, 5 Hammertown Rd., Sandisfield, MA
Come together with other landowners in your community to learn more about the land stewardship and land conservation options available to you. This workshop will cover a variety of opportunities that can help you meet your goals as a landowner. Topics covered will provide information on wildlife habitat management, forest management, conservation easements, and more. We will also touch on funding and tax incentives available.
Betsy Cook, Land Protection Manager, New England Forestry Founation
Laura Marx, Forest Ecologist, The Nature Conservancy
Tom Ryan, Service Forester, State Dept. of Conservation and Recreation
RSVP to Betsy Cook via phone or email:
978.952.6856 Ext. 106, firstname.lastname@example.org
Cleaner, Greener, More Just Earth Care Fair
Saturday, May 7, 2016
3:00 – 7:00 PM
Mt. Toby Friends Meetinghouse 194 Long Plain Road, Leverett, Massachusetts 01054
Contact: Beth Adams (413) 522-7505 email@example.com
On Saturday, May 7, 3-7 PM, Mt. Toby Climate Witness and Peace & Social Concerns Committees will host a Cleaner, Greener, More Just Earth Care Fair at Mt. Toby Friend Meetinghouse, 194 Long Plain Road, Leverett, MA
Drawing upon the multitude of Middle Connecticut River Valley talent, of grassroots, non-profit and commercial entities dedicated to co-creating a more just and thus greener, cleaner, and healthier future for all beings, the Earth Care Fair is a celebration of creative, persistent moral imagination to mitigate climate change in the Middle Connecticut River Valley and beyond. It is a family-friendly event and all are welcome!
The program will begin with a Sacred Earth Circle (outdoors-weather-permitting) lead by Loril Moondream, Apache of Medicine Mammals, Wendell Mass, and then: (not in this order):
Mother Earth Is Calling Us – Nolumbeka Project
The Springfield Climate Justice Coalition – Frank Cincotta
Stopping the Pipelines – Jim Cutler, Sugar Shack Alliance
Plug the Gas Leaks – Andra Rose, Mothers Out Front
Forests: Our Best Allies in Fixing the Climate Problem – Ellen Moyer, Ph.D., P.E.
Climate Action Now – Susan Theberge
Faith and Climate Action – Rev. Margaret Bullitt â€“ Jonas
Mt. Toby’s Carbon Tax Initiative – Roger Conant
Faith and Nonviolent Resistance – Mary Link
Greening Greenfield – Susan Worgaftik
Greenfield Rights of Nature – Sandra Boston
Vermont Yankee Decommissioning – Nancy Braus, Safe and Green Campaign
Feature Presentation: Patricia Hynes (Traprock Center for Peace & Justice) – “Renewables Are Ready” presented by Susan Lantz (Facilitator-Awakening the Dreamer) Doug Renick(Former Program Director of AFSCWM) and Claire Chang (Greenfield Solar Store)
The program will be interwoven with: Poetry-Don Ogden (Poets Against the Pipelines) & Music for the Earth – Annie Patterson, Tom Neilson and Lynn Waldron & The Raging Grannies! Dorothy Creswell (Happy Valley Children’s Chorus) will lead For the Earth and All music for kids in the Champney Room or outside-weather permitting. Potluck Finger Food, Beverages and donations are welcome, but not required!
To volunteer, donate or for more information, contact/email Beth Adams at:firstname.lastname@example.org
Sheep to Shawl Festival
Saturday May 7
11:00 AM to 3:00 PM
Sheep Hill, Williamstown
Williamstown Rural Lands Foundation (WRLF)
The Sheep to Shawl festival is a celebration of spring and New England heritage, with local artisans and food producers, farm animals, and a focus on the region’s historic fleece and fiber industry. Legendary shearer Fred DePaul will spin stories while shearing sheep with traditional tools. Kristen Whittle will demonstrate herding sheep up and around the steep meadows of Sheep Hill using her skilled border collies. Local farms will bring sheep, alpaca, and small farm animals along with delicious home-grown and locally produced products for tasting and purchasing.
The Green Mountain Weavers & Spinners Guild will demonstrate carding, spinning, and weaving throughout the day, along with rug-hooking demonstrations. There will be fiber craft projects for children and enthusiastic adults. Local artisans will show and sell their wares, including basketry, pottery, hand-made wearable items, jewelry, and sheep and alpaca fiber products.
Wild Oats Market and Cricket Creek farm will have fresh breads, cheeses, sandwiches and other delicious edibles available for purchase.
Tickets for Sheep to Shawl can be purchased at the gate. Ticket prices are $3 per individual and $6 per family. Those who come by bicycle get in free! Become a WRLF member at the gate and receive free admission! All are welcome to enter their admission tickets in a Sheep to Shawl raffle for a ‘locally produced’ prize basket. Proceeds from the Sheep to Shawl Festival support the Williamstown Rural Lands Foundation (www.wrlf.org) and its public programming.
The Williamstown Rural Lands Foundation is a non-profit, member-supported land conservation trust working to preserve the rural New England character of the north Berkshire region. It offers programs in natural and cultural history year-round at Sheep Hill and other conservation properties. Sheep Hill is located on Route 7 approximately one mile south of the Williamstown rotary. Look for the sign on the west side of the road. For more information, visit our website atwww.wrlf.org or call Sheep Hill at 413-458-2494. Sheep to Shawl is supported by a grant from the Cultural Council of Northern Berkshire, a program of the Mass Cultural Council.
Sheffield Roadside Cleanup & Pizza Party
Saturday, May 14
(Rain date May 21)
9:00am – 1:00pm
Fossil Fuel Divestment for Everyone –
A Forum on Divestment and Sustainable Reinvestment
Saturday, May 21
10:00 am-11:30 am
Ralph J. Froio Senior Center, 330 North Street, Pittsfield, MA 01201 (Parking in rear)
SPONSORED BY: 350Mass-Berkshires
350Mass-Berkshires will host a panel presentation and discussion on fossil fuel divestment for individuals and organizations on Saturday, May 21 at the Ralph Froio Senior Center in Pittsfield.
The concept of fossil fuel divestment is simple: it is the withdrawal of investments in the oil, coal, and gas companies that are destroying our climate. The purpose to is to expose and stigmatize these corporations for using their enormous profits to influence legislators to pass laws that protect fossil fuel interests and block our necessary transition to clean, renewable energy sources. Divestment has historically been an effective tool for justice in fighting powerful interests such as the tobacco companies and the apartheid government in South Africa.
Presenters include: Karin Chamberlain, Clean Yield Asset Management, Norwich, VT; Harry Moran, Owner/Founder of Sustainable Wealth Advisors, Saratoga Springs, NY; and Libby O’Connell, Green Century Funds, Boston, MA.
Topics will include:
- How to divest your investments of fossil fuel holdings or get your employer to offer a fossil-free option in your 401k;
- How to reinvest in sustainable community options; and
- The economics behind the fossil fuel divestment campaign.
The 350Mass Divestment campaign has been focused on supporting Senator Ben Downing’s bill to divest the Massachusetts State Pension Fund of fossil fuel holdings. It has also helped 14 municipalities and numerous religious institutions pass resolutions calling for divestment. With this forum, attention is turned to helping businesses, non-profit organizations, and, especially, individuals to divest. While the concept may be simple, the actual mechanics of divesting and reinvesting in sustainable options may not be. The goal of this event is to provide some guidance and answer questions about the process.
The event is free and open to the public. Light refreshments will be served. May 21, 10:00am-11:30am. Ralph J. Froio Senior Center, 330 North Street, Pittsfield, MA 01201 (Parking in rear). RSVPs are appreciated but not required to: Info@350ma-berkshires.org.
Chestnut Tree Planting
21st & May 22nd ( Saturday and Sunday.)
The planting will be at Springside park.
On Saturday the 21st, the hours will be from 10 AM- 3PM & Lunch will be provided.
On Sunday, May 22nd, the hours will be from 10AM-1PM, and there is NO lunch provided on this day.
If you would like to volunteer to plant chestnut trees, please let Marissa (email@example.com) know. You may bring a friend, child, or grandchild!
Attorney General Maura Healey’s Listening Session
Thursday, May 26
6:00pm – 8:00pm
Ralph Froio Center, Pittsfield
Attorney General Maura Healey’s Energy and Environment Bureau will be hosting Listening Sessions across the Commonwealth this Spring. We hope you can join us for an evening of learning and sharing information about the environmental and energy issues that are important to you and your community.
Each Listening Session will begin with a brief overview of the work of the Energy and Environment Bureau, and will be devoted primarily to hearing directly from residents about the range of issues that concern you—whether it’s drinking water quality, childhood asthma in your community, lead paint, water pollution, proposed energy projects, climate change, toxic chemicals in the environment, energy costs, solar power, pollinator health, or another issue, we want to hear your thoughts!
The Energy and Environment Bureau works to protect utility ratepayers and our environment, and to reduce the threat of climate change for the people and families of the Commonwealth. As the state’s Ratepayer Advocate, the Bureau’s Energy and Telecommunications Division represents consumers in matters involving the price and delivery of natural gas, electricity and telecommunication services before state and federal regulators. The Bureau’s Environmental Protection Division and Environmental Crimes Strike Force enforce the laws that protect our air and water, preserve our lands and open space, require the clean-up of contaminated sites, and govern the use of pesticides and the handling and disposal of hazardous waste. The Bureau’s integration of energy and environmental advocacy ensures that our office speaks with one voice in addressing the intertwined ratepayer and environmental protection matters that impact the Commonwealth and our residents.
Melissa Hoffer, EEB Chief, and her team, along with the AG Community Engagement Division, will be in attendance in the Berkshires.
Berkshire BioBlitz 2016
Saturday, June 18 through Sunday, June 19, 2016 (24 hours running)
Base of Mt. Greylock
This will be a 24-hour bio assessment of the base of Mt. Greylock (location tentative). As many of you know, the goal is to identify as many species as possible! Birds, reptiles, mammals, plants, fish… everything!
This year’s event is sponsored in part by the Massachusetts Geographical Alliance.
Tell your friends, students and colleagues and join us! Feel free to add this event to your mailing lists and event calendars!
Lisa Provencher – Berkshire BioBlitz, Dr. Augie’s Science & Art Programs
Scott LaGreca – Cornell University
Jane Winn – Berkshire Environmental Action Team (BEAT)
Natural History of the Berkshires-A Field Course for Adults and Youth
Sponsoring Organizations: MCLA, Cornell University and Dr. Augie’s Science Programs
Course Location: Pittsfield/Lanesborough
Schedule: Tuesday July 5-Friday July 8, 2016
(4 or 2 day course… see registration form link below)
Time: 8am to 5pm
Target Audience: Adults and Youth (16 years or older)
Cost: $250 for 4 days or $125 for 2 days
To apply for this course email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Main Instructors: Lisa Provencher, M.S. Entomology. B.S. Environmental Science, Scott LaGreca Ph.D. Cornell University, John Wheeler Berkshire Mycology Society and various specialists TBA.
For more details see: https://draugies.wordpress.com/teacher-professional-development
Throughout this course we will meet with scientists and local naturalists as we explore and learn about the natural world of the Berkshires. The course will include several ways everyone can contribute to science including programs such as: Citizen Science, biodiversity days and the fast and furious bioblitz.
Wild & Scenic Weekends along the Upper West Branch of the Westfield River
Learn new conservation skills at our free trainings, and put your passion into practice at our river and trail workdays. Events sponsored along the upper West Branch of the Westfield River in Becket and Washington.
April 30 Vernal Pool Plunge (Training) 12noon – 3pm
Learn to identify vernal pools and how to work towards certification. Leader Jane Winn, Berkshire Environmental Action Team
May 14 • Cast Your Fly (Workshop) • 10am-1pm
Enjoy the beauty of fly-fishing while you discover how to spot good locations along the river. Leaders Bill Rose and Karen Karlberg.
June 18 • Birds, Beasts and Bees on the West Branch (Walk) • 10am-1pm
Spend a couple of hours by the river and discover its rich natural diversity. Leader Naturalist Ed Neumuth.
July 9 • Center Pond Paddle (Paddle) • 10am-2pm
Learn to identify and remove invasive aquatic and wetland plants. Leader Mercedes Gallagher, Center Pond Weed Project
August 13 • Becket Gorge and Shaker Mill Brook (Hike) • 10am-2pm
Explore what you can do to celebrate and protect river corridors.
September 17 • Third Annual Watershed Blitz • 9am-2pm
Walk segments of the Wild & Scenic West Branch with river specialists and naturalists and meet fellow river stewards.
Register for all the details by contacting Meredyth Babcock: 413-623-2070 or email@example.com
Find us in the River and on the web: www.wildscenicwestfieldriver.org
Outdoor Adventure & Wilderness Skills Weekend Getaway!
Families, adults, teens: Join Earthwork Programs and a community of beginners and experienced alike for the Outdoor Adventure & Wilderness Skills Weekend Getaway Workshops! Adults, teens, families. Attend all, some or one: first come, first served!
Pre-registration is required (www.earthworkprograms.com).
SATURDAY, May 21
9:00-12:00 Seeing through the Eyes of Animals (Tracking) –$45/adult, $25/child with adult prepaid
1:00-4:00 Wild Edibles (1st of Series)–$50/adult, $30/child with adult prepaid
6:00-9:00 The Art of Storytelling & Night Navigation –$45/adult, $25/child with adult prepaid
SUNDAY, May 22
9:00-12:00 The Art of Fire –$45/adult, $25/child with adult prepaid
1:00-4:00 Introduction to Wilderness Skills –$45/adult, $25/child with adult prepaid
Coming for all 5 Workshops? Call (413-340-1161) to ask about our 2-person discount and camping overnight!
FOR WORKSHOPS: BE SURE TO REGISTER ONLINE & PAY EARLY FOR THE DISCOUNT Call 413-340-1161 if you want more info!
SUMMER CAMPS—start 6/20 and run through 8/19
ALL Summer Camps (Leader in Training, At Home in the Woods, Way of the Scout and Hunter-Gatherer) are held in Conway, MA.
All weeks are Monday to Friday, 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. EXCEPT JULY 4 WEEK–Tuesday, 7/5-Friday, 7/8.
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