Regional 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


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BEAT Special Events

Housatonic River Cleanup
Saturday, July 15 | 9 AM – 1 PM
Wahconah Park | Pittsfield

Ladies and gentlemen it’s Housatonic River clean up time! Thanks to past efforts we’re helping turn this river around. We need your help to continue. No skill required! We provide gloves and some waders (but if you have your own bring those, too), also any clippers or loppers are always appreciated.

Dress for the weather and bring a refillable water bottle – we will have water for refills on hand.

Free Lunch! Free Blue Q goodie bags!

ORGANIZED BY BERKSHIRE ENVIRONMENTAL ACTION TEAM AND THE HOUSATONIC VALLEY ASSOCIATION WITH SUPPORT FROM THE CITY OF PITTSFIELD AND AMERICAN RIVERS, AND DONATIONS FROM ALNASCO, ANNIE SELKE, BNRC, BLUE Q, GUIDOS, AND PANERA BREAD.

 

Invasive Hardy Kiwi Pull
Sunday, July 16 | 9:45 AM – 12 noon
Burbank Park | Pittsfield
This event is co-hosted with Temple Anshe Amunim and is open to the public.

We will meet at the boat ramp/fishing pier parking lot and hike into the woods to some of the major patches of invasive kiwi that need pulling. On the way, we will pass a patch that we pulled in November 2015, so you can see what a difference we are making!

Please bring a refillable water bottle – we will have water on hand for refills. If you have work gloves, clippers, or loppers please bring them; but we will have them on hand for you to borrow if you don’t have them. Lightweight long sleeves and long pants recommended as well as bug repellent of your choice. There are ticks in these woods.


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BEAT’s Monthly Wildlife Tracking Club

1st Wednesday and 3rd Saturday of the month
9 AM – 12 noon
Locations will vary throughout Berkshire County

BEAT’s Wildlife Tracking group 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

Year-round, Thursday mornings, 8:30 – 10:30 AM
Location: Contact Jane for where we are meeting this week [email protected] or 413-230-7321 (cell)


Get your morning exercise and help eradicate this destructive invasive at the same time! Gloves and tools will be provided, but we encourage you to bring extra tools if you have them (loppers, pruning sheers, and pruning saws). Hardy Kiwi is an exotic invasive ornamental that threatens forests in western Massachusetts through complete domination of mature trees. Once it germinates, it will climb surrounding vegetation and eventually kill its support. Hardy kiwi can grow over 20 feet in a year. It has become a major problem in places such as Kennedy Park and Pleasant Valley Wildlife Sanctuary, and now Burbank Park.

Contact: Please call Jane Winn at [email protected] or call 413-230-7321 if you are planning to attend.


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Pittsfield Green Drinks

Sponsored by Berkshire Environmental Action Team (BEAT)

Tuesday, July 18 | 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.

Guest speaker for July: Our speaker, starting around 6 PM, will be local environmentalist and beekeeper Richard Clapper. Clapper has been keeping bees on his property in Peru, MA, as well as several local farms, for the past six years. In total he oversees 30 hives. Clapper will discuss bees’ important role in our ecosystems, and problems facing local bee populations and beekeepers. 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


Great Barrington Green Drinks on Hiatus until September 2017.
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, August 3 (the first Thursday of the month) | 5:30 – 7 PM
Purple Pub Annex, Spring St., Williamstown, MA
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

July 13, August 10, 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: Hawthorn
See info sheet HERE

FREE TREE PRUNING CLINIC w/Bob Presutti
Next Date : August 8th
Second Tuesday of the month | 5 PM – 6:30 PM
Meet in the Parking Lot at 874 North Street Bring tree/shrub concerns, gloves, and tools for evaluation.

Upcoming Clinics: July 11, August 8, September 12, October 10 from 5 -6:30 PM; November 14 from 4 – 5:30 PM

Pittsfield Tree Watch works to:

  • Help preserve existing Pittsfield trees
  • Encourage tree planting
  • Stand for the economic, social and environmental benefits of trees

Please come and learn more about what is happening to increase the number of trees in Pittsfield!

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Green Night with Western Mass Green Consortium

Wednesday, July 12th (2nd Wednesday of the month) | 5:30 – 7 PM
Platform Sports Bar, 125A Pleasant Street, Northampton

This month: GCC’s Renewable Energy/Energy Efficiency Program: Internships Enhance Local Businesses

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.

Recent and current interns will give a thumbnail sketch of their experiences working for local organizations such as Northeast Biodiesel, Power House Energy Consulting, and Pioneer Valley Habitat for Humanity; representatives of host sites will also be on hand to discuss their perspective of the internship process. Teresa Jones, GCC’s RE/EE Program Director, Christine Copeland, GCC’s Internship Coordinator guru, and Beth Paulson, Adjunct Faculty for the RE/EE Program, will update us on GCC’s accomplishments, describe how other businesses can get involved, and introduce the fabulous presenters.

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

Wednesday, August 16 | 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.

You can say you’re attending and invite your friends on Facebook here: https://www.facebook.com/events/230836263990783/.
As always catch us around the web:

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Climate Action Now Monthly Gathering

Monday, June 26th (Northampton) | 7 – 9 PM
(Fourth Monday of each 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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Housatonic River Walk Events

Guided Tree Walk – FREE
Saturday, July 15th | 9 AM – 11 AM

Meet at River Walk’s Du Bois River Garden Park and join Tom Ingersoll for a guided exploration of its riverine forest. Learn about the many native tree species that are an important part of River Walk’s ongoing riverbank care. More info here or contact [email protected]

Riverside Trails Conference with Peter Jensen
Saturday, September 9th | 10 AM – Noon

Explore the complexities of riverside trail development through River Walk’s 30 years of community volunteerism and vision that provide community access along a stellar National Recreation Trail and rehabilitated river bank. Peter Jensen will illustrate the key components of sound riverside trail development. Indoor and outdoor site-based workshop. Space is limited. Registration is required. Click here or email [email protected] to save your spot today.

2nd Annual Hullabaloo at Great Barrington Land Conservancy
Sunday, September 10th | 4 PM – 7 PM

Hullabaloo celebration and annual general meeting. Light fare, cash bar, music and happy hubbub… Great Barrington Land Conservancy is celebrating 25 years of promoting land conservation, farm preservation and community trails! Learn about our successes, challenges and future work! Celebrate our members, sponsors & VIP volunteers! Click here for full info.

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

Saturday, July 29th | 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 at 9pm 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

 


Pittsfield Repair Cafe

NEXT DATE: Saturday, July 15th | 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.
There will be a ‘free’ table to donate to or pick up from.

Free snacks and, hopefully, music.

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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.

July 22 | 10am – 2pm | Back by popular demand! Join naturalist John Burns as he hikes a segment of the East Branch.

July 29 & August 5th | Underwater River Snorkel (Training): A 2-day training for hearty souls interested in diving in and leaning how to more closely observe the underwater world. Space Limited. Priority given to Wild & Scenic Volunteers. Participants must register for both days.

September 16 | 9 AM – 2 PM | 4th Annual Watershed Blitz: Walk segments of the East Branch Trail with river specialists and naturalists and meet fellow river stewards. 9am-2pm.

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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Flying Deer Nature Center Programs

Registration is now open for Summer Camp 2017
AT FLYING DEER NATURE CENTER

Day and overnight camps for ages 4 to 18. Browse all camps and register here.

TWO WEEKS OF KATYDID CAMP, for ages 4-5
9 AM – 1 PM each day
June 19-23 & Aug. 21-25
A story-filled adventure exploring the abundant joy and wonder of the outdoors! We’ll focus on creating comfort, fostering knowledge, and building self-reliance in nature. Register now.
SIX WEEKS OF COTTONWOOD CAMP
for ages 6-12, 9 AM – 3 PM each day
June 19-23, June 26-30, July 3-7, July 24-28, and Aug. 21-25 in New Lebanon
Cottonwood Camp in Berkshire County, July 31-August 4.
We’ll spend our days adventuring in age-based groups, learning about mysterious animal tracks, delicious edible plants, curious insects, shelter, primitive fire-making, and other wilderness skills, not to mention fun songs, games, and stories! Older campers work on more advanced naturalist and survival skills. Register now. Get 10% off when you register for two or more Cottonwood camps for one child, or register two or more children for one week of camp.
RED-TAIL HAWK OVERNIGHT ADVENTURE
for ages 10-14, July 10-14 (5 days, 4 nights)
Soar into a weeklong immersion of Flying Deer culture, camping for five days and four nights as we take adventure, fun, and friendship to the next level. The clans make the forest their home as we practice leatherworking and make bone tools; learn bowdrill and other fire-making methods; concoct delicious meals using steam pits and other primitive cooking methods; stalk the nighttime forest in scouting games; play “Leopards and Wolves”-Capture the Flag with a Flying Deer twist; experience Jedi Training; and much more! Register now.
CAMP SHERWOOD, for ages 13-16
July 17-21 (5 days, 4 nights)
Enter the shadowy world of the scout, where we merge mind and body with the forest and learn to see without being seen. After undergoing a fun, challenging test to join Robin Hood’s merry forest ruffians, we’ll embark on a weeklong series of unforgettable adventures to dangerous lands as we set traps, seek gold, solve riddles, and save our friends. Register now.
ENCHANTED FOREST, for ages 6-9
July 17-21
9:00 am-3:00 pm each day
A living story that unfolds among the natural wonders of the woods! We will use pine cones, moss, sticks, stones, and other foraged materials to create a tiny village for the forest’s magical beings to call their home. But what will happen when a mysterious force brings our little village to life?
Register now.
ADIRONDACK CANOE EXPEDITION
for ages 14-18, August 7-12
(6 days, 5 nights)
Paddle your way through the wilderness, making and breaking camp each day to the sound of loons, sleeping under the stars, and immersing yourself in the tranquility of the waters. Learn the skills necessary to make life comfortable miles away from civilization. This is a journey in the wild with an emphasis on practical skills and having a great time! Fishing included as an optional food-gathering activity! Register now.
WOLF CAMP, for ages 11-13
August 7-11 (5 days, 3 nights)
One small group of campers led by experienced instructors begin with one day of day camp, building our community and developing the knowledge and skills necessary for the journey ahead. On Tuesday morning, we trek into the beautiful Berkshire Mountains, where we climb summits, eat and laugh around campfires, and discover new places during a four-day, three night backpacking trip. Register now.

Get details on all our camps and programs at www.flyingdeernaturecenter.org

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Williamstown Rural Land Foundation Events

Guided Hike
Saturday, July 29  | 9 AM – Noon
Meet at Greylock School | Phelps Ave | N. Adams
Over East Mountain, via the Chestnut Trail, the Class of ’99 Trail, and the Appalachian Trail. Hikers meet at 9 am at Greylock School on Phelps Ave., in North Adams, and carpool to the trailhead on Chestnut St.

Guided Hike
Saturday, August 19  | 9 AM – Noon
Meet at AT Parking Area | Pattinson Rd | N. Adams

Climbing Greylock via the Appalachian Trail, completing the ring hike. Hikers meet at 9AM at the parking area for the AT on Pattison Rd. in North Adams (reached via Luce Rd. Williamstown) to car ferry to the summit. 5.2 Miles, strenuous.

 

Children’s Summer Outdoor Nature Programs

Environmental educator and Science Enrichment Specialist Kathy Chesney will lead week-long, half-day programs designed to engage children in nature and artistically express its wildness. Kathy has in-depth experience in teaching and in running summer outdoor programs. The programs are based at the WRLF Sheep Hill headquarters on Cold Spring Rd. (Rt. 7) in Williamstown.

The week-long science and nature programs begin with a 4-day session of Parent and Preschooler Nature Exploration with Kathy Chesney, Leslie Reed-Evans and staff from 10 AM – 11:30 AM daily Tuesday June 27 through Friday June 30. The program will include gentle nature exploration through discovery walks, outdoor play, craft activities and stories to engage children in nature.

Explore, Discover and Create for 5-8 year olds will be held from 9 AM – 1 PM, Monday July 10 through Friday July 14. Come explore Sheep Hill’s different habitats including the pond, meadow, woods and stream. Enjoy crafts from nature, cooking, games, stories and more!

Monday July 17 is the start of the week-long Sheep Hill Junior Naturalist for 7-10 year olds from 9 AM – 1 PM daily. The program will feature in-depth exploration of what makes Sheep Hill’s ecosystem special and includes crafts, cooking, and other fun outdoor activities.

WRLF Executive Director Leslie Reed-Evans states “Kathy brings to Sheep Hill the enthusiasm and experience needed to connect children to the wonders of the natural world, and inspire their curiosity and creativity.”

Pre-registration is required for all summer programs. Space is limited. For more information on fees or for registration forms contact the WRLF at [email protected], or 413-458-2494. Information is also available on the WRLF website, atwww.wrlf.org.

The Williamstown Rural Lands Foundation is a non-profit, member-supported land conservation trust committed to preserving the rural New England character of Williamstown and the surrounding area. Sheep Hill is a conservation property and the WRLF headquarters, and is located on Route 7, about 1 mile south of the rotary in Williamstown center.

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Dyken Pond Environmental Education Center Events

Build a Fairy House: Junior Naturalist
Tuesday, July 11 | 1 – 2:30 PM

Learn about mythical creatures from different cultures, like fairies, brownies, and gnomes, as we hike to Dyken Pond’s Fantasy Forest, where we’ll work together to build a Fairy Village for our tiny friends. Leader: Amanda McCreary. Fee: $1 per child.

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Dyken Pond Environmental Education Center is a Rensselaer County Park open daily during daylight hours for hiking, fishing and non-motor boating. Canoes and kayaks are available for rent each day from 9am until 3pm. A complete list of programs can be found at: www.dykenpond.org.


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.
30-Jul-17 NO WALK (NEMF Foray)
6-Aug-17 Mt. Everett High School
13-Aug-17 Kennedy Park
20-Aug-17 AT at Shay’s Rebellion
27-Aug-17 Guilder Pond
3-Sep-17 Mt. Everett High School
10-Sep-17 Kennedy Park
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

Berkshire Residents Free Admission | 1st Wednesday of the Month
Wednesday August 2nd | 9 AM – 4 PM
Pleasant Valley Wildlife Sanctuary | Lenox

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 from 9:00 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.

Berkshire Summit Hiking Series – Alander Mountain
Saturday, August 5th | 9 AM – 3 PM

Join naturalist and avid hiker Dale Abrams on this spectacular 7-mile hike through Mount Washington State Forest. First hike to the rocky open summit of Alander Mountain (elevation 2,239 feet) and then continue north along the South Taconic Trail—taking in vistas along the way—before descending to Bash Bish Falls. The route will take us through open meadows, beneath shady conifer forests, across gurgling brooks, and through hardwood forests. This is a strenuous hike with significant elevation gain and drop.

Audience: Adult | Members: $15.00 Nonmembers: $20.00

Registration is required – click here to register.

 

Naturalist Guided Canoe Trip – Housatonic River
Sunday, August 6th | 8:30 AM – 11:30 AM
New Lenox Rd. | Lenox, MA

This leisurely paddle will take us through the ecologically rich Housatonic Valley Wildlife Management Area in Lenox. We’ll watch for swallows, herons, kingfishers, muskrats, and signs of beavers along the scenic and meandering Housatonic River and learn about why the waterway is the natural heart of the Berkshires.

Audience: All (suitable for children 10 – 18 years) | Members: Adult $25.00, Child $25.00 Nonmembers: Adult $35.00, Child $35.00

Registration is required – click here to register.

 

Loon Moon Canoe Trip
Sunday, August 6th | 7:30 PM – 10 PM
Buckley Dunton Lake | Becket, MA

Twilight is an amazing time to listen and look for wildlife. Herons, loons, beavers, owls, and other wildlife are all possible at Buckley Dunton Lake in October Mountain State Forest. We’ll stealthily explore the coves and inlets of this beautiful lake. When the moon is high, we’ll raft up or go ashore to share snacks and beverages while we listen for nocturnal sounds of wildlife.

Audience: All (suitable for children 10 – 18 years) | Members: Adult $25.00, Child $25.00 Nonmembers: Adult $35.00, Child $35.00

Registration is required – click here to register.

 

Song of the Forest : Understanding Bird Language
Saturday, August 12th | 9 AM -2 PM
Pleasant Valley Wildlife Sanctuary | Lenox, MA

Explore the science and art of interpreting Bird Language, a universal communication pattern found in nature. We’ll learn about Bird Language theory and then put these ideas into practice during a sit spot and mapping activity. Birders, naturalists, educators, conservationists and nature-loving families will leave with new eyes and ears for the world of birds. The kids group will learn, practice and explore bird language on its own, then join the larger group to share end-of-day observations.

Members: Adult $50.00, Child $40.00 Nonmembers: Adult $50.00, Child $40.00

Registration is required – click here to register.

 

Canoe Trip to Upper and Lower Goose Ponds
Sunday, August 13th | 8:30 AM – Noon
Upper and Lower Goose Ponds

Explore the coves and marshes of one of the Berkshires’ most beautiful lakes. Paddle across Lower Goose Pond to pristine Upper Goose Pond in search of eagles, herons, ravens, and a variety of songbirds. Eat a snack onshore and search for interesting plant and animal life.

Audience: All (suitable for children 10 – 18 years) | Members: Adult $25.00, Child $25.00 Nonmembers: Adult $35.00, Child $35.00

Registration is required – click here to register.

 

Naturalist Guided Canoe Trip – Housatonic River
Sunday August 20th | 8:30 AM – 11:30 AM
New Lenox Rd. | Lenox, MA

This leisurely paddle will take us through the ecologically rich Housatonic Valley Wildlife Management Area in Lenox. We’ll watch for swallows, herons, kingfishers, muskrats, and signs of beavers along the scenic and meandering Housatonic River and learn about why the waterway is the natural heart of the Berkshires.

Audience: All (suitable for children 10 – 18 years) Members: Adult $25.00, Child $25.00 Nonmembers: Adult $35.00, Child $35.00

Registration is required – click here to register.

 

Evening at the Beaver Ponds
Wednesday, August 23rd | 7 PM – 8:30 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.

Members: Adult $6.00, Child $3.00 Nonmembers: Adult $8.00, Child $4.00

Registration is suggested – click here to register.

 

Evening Nighthawk Watch
Friday, August 25th | 5 PM – 7:30 PM
Canoe Meadows Wildlife Sanctuary

Spend the evening searching the sky for migrating nighthawks at Canoe Meadows. With luck we’ll watch these beautiful aerial acrobats catching insects on the wing. Bring binoculars and a lawn chair. Registration not required. Suggested donation $5. Free for community garden members.

Registration is required – click here to register.

 

Evening Nighthawk Watch
Saturday, August 26th | 5 PM – 7:30 PM
Canoe Meadows Wildlife Sanctuary

Spend the evening searching the sky for migrating nighthawks at Canoe Meadows. With luck we’ll watch these beautiful aerial acrobats catching insects on the wing. Bring binoculars and a lawn chair. Registration not required. Suggested donation $5. Free for community garden members.

Registration is required – click here to register.

 

Naturalist Guided Canoe Trip – October Mountain State Forest
Sunday, August 27th | 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

Registration is required – click here to register.
Eventing at the Beaver Ponds
Wednesday, August 30th | 7 PM – 8:30 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.
Members: Adult $6.00, Child $3.00 Nonmembers: Adult $8.00, Child $4.00
Registration is suggested – click here to register.

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Athol Bird & Nature Club Events

OPEN HOUSES
Sundays in July & August | 1 – 4 PM
Millers River Environmental Center
100 Main St. | Athol, MA

July 30th | Open House hosted by Bob Mallet. 2:00 PM Joshua Stewart Rose PhD will present a hands on workshop for all ages on aquatic invertebrates

August 6th | Open House hosted by Aldrich Astronomical Society 2:00 PM “The 2017 Great American Solar Eclipse and Celestial Birding in the August Sky” Please plan to attend this family friendly PowerPoint presentation to learn about the Total Solar Eclipse on Monday, August 21, 2017 and find out how to find planets and constellations from your backyard using a technique called star hopping and see how easy it is to do! Door prizes for kids and more…

August 19th | Open House. 2:00 PM Join Heidi and Susan at an open drawing session featuring several natural history specimens from the ABNC collections. Drawing materials and fellowship (but not instruction) will be provided. All ages and experience are welcome.

MIDSUMMER BUTTERFLIES & DRAGONFLIES
Saturday, August 12th | 10 AM – Noon
Join Athol Bird and Nature Club members Dave Small and Sue Cloutier for a look at midsummer Butterflies and Dragonflies in Quabbin Park Meets at Quabbin Visitor Center. Please dress appropriately for a hike in the woods and bring water.


RAPTOR IDENTIFICATION
Tuesday, August 15th | 5 – 6:30 PM
Northfield Mountain Recreation and Environmental Center
99 Millers Falls Road, Northfield, MA

Join the Northfield Bird Club and Northfield Mountain Recreation and Environmental Center for a free program on raptor identification. This video-based program by David Brown will acquaint you with field marks and other ways for identifying these raptors as they pass overhead. A dozen species of hawks and falcons inhabit our woodlands but are so secretive that they are seldom seen. However, every fall, mainly in September and October, these birds rise above the treetops and migrate southward for the winter. During this period they can be observed, sometimes in spectacular numbers, from Hawkwatch sites scattered around New England. This program is suitable for adults and teens. David Brown is an interpretive naturalist and wildlife videographer who has devoted many hours to studying and taping raptors on their territories and on migration. Visit his website: www.dbwildlife.com. Please join us after the program for a short meeting of the Northfield Bird Club. All are welcome.

Eversource Rate Change Hearing

Tuesday, August 1st | 6 PM
Boland Theatre (Koussevitzky Building) | Berkshire Community College
1350 West St. | Pittsfield, MA

[BEAT note]

Friends, Eversource has revised a rate case proposal, so there are additional public hearings. The proposal is still bad, but in general the revision makes it slightly less bad for Western MA and a bit worse for Eastern MA (you can read a summarized list of changes here – note that, among other things, you will see charges for low-income customers increase in some regions and decrease in others). To be clear, the fact they are trying a Plan B is the result of overall discontent and people speaking up from various sectors and regions.

Here is a two-pronged proposal, to make this easy:

  • If you can go, please show up and say the proposal is still terrible.
  • Urge the DPU to reject the 10.9% return on equity and reject anti-solar provisions within the rate case.

Also take a look at what our Attorney General has to say about the obscene amount of money Eversource has been allowed to squeeze out of ratepayer up to now. We need a rate cut and Eversource’s top officials need pay cuts! This is not how a public utility should be allowed to operate.

Persons interested in commenting on Eversource’s June 1, 2017, revised rate design proposal may appear at any of the public hearings or may file written comments by the close of business (5:00 p.m.) on August 31, 2017.

Berries, Baskets, and Brook Trout
A Weekend of 4 Wilderness Skills Workshops

Saturday, August 5th & Sunday, August 6th | 10 AM
Conway, MA

SATURDAY, AUGUST 5
WS1: Birch Bark Basket Making 9:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. $70/adult, $35/child
WS2: Wild Edibles & Medicinals 4:30 – 7:30 p.m. $50/adult, $30/child

SUNDAY, AUGUST 6
WS3: Primitive Fishing 8:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. $60/adult, $30/child
WS4: Intro to Wilderness Survival 1:30 – 4:30 p.m. $50/adult, $30/child

Special deals are available!

FOR ALL THE DETAILS & REGISTRATION CLICK HERE Or call Frank Grindrod, 413-340-1161.

Western Massachusetts Master Gardener’s Association
Berkshire Chapter | Q & A

Saturday, August 12th | 10 AM
Springside Demonstration Gardens | 847 North St. Pittsfield, MA

Question and answer session on vegetables and hydrangeas – all are welcome! The session will run for 1 – 2  hours. For more information contact Mary Ann Emery at (413) 743-4284, [email protected] or Jim McCarthy (413) 637-2940, [email protected]

Farmer Olympics 2017

Sunday, August 13th | 11 AM – 3 PM
Hancock Shaker Village | Pittsfield, MA

Farmer Olympics is Greenagers’ annual end-of-summer celebration, where we celebrate the farming life with games, fun, food and – yes – farm animals! We hold our event at the historic Hancock Shaker Village outside the Round Barn, with prizes awarded at 2:30 p.m. Farmer Olympics is open to the whole community (farmers, friends and the farm-curious), so we welcome the individuals and teams of all ages in our day of farm games. Greenagers and friends engage in some friendly – and hilarious – competitions: The Egg Transport, Gourd Toss, Moo Juice Squeeze, Wheelbarrow Race, Hay Bale Stack, and more.

This year’s Olympics will be held on Sunday August 13th, 11 am – 3 pm at the beautiful Hancock Shaker Village. Good fun, delicious food, and great company await all participants and guests !

For more information and to register online, please click here or contact us at [email protected] / 413-644-9090.


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NOFA Summer Conference 2017

August 11-13, 2017
Hampshire College, Amherst, Massachusetts

Workshops * Exhibitors * Children’s Conference * Music * Dance * Country Fair

Join with over 1500 people from across the Northeast and beyond for a three-day celebration of the grassroots organic movement. Here learning becomes a community action – with amazing farmers, presenters, seminars, workshops, food and fun.

Immerse yourself with like-minded practitioners and curious learners eager to share their inspiration and ideas for organic food, farming, health, activism, and beyond.

This year we’re excited to return to Hampshire College! With plenty of free parking, trees for shade, close accommodations and Hampshire’s commitment to local, organic food sourcing and sustainability, we are returning to the close knit community atmosphere upon which NOFA was founded!

This year’s keynoters:

Michael Phillips, Organic Orchardist and author of the 2017 book Mycorrhizal Planet, will inspire us with his ongoing work demonstrating holistic management practices and the importance of mycorrhizal networks that support biological life.

Dr. Don Huber, Professor Emeritus of Plant Pathology at Purdue University, will illuminate the effect GMO’s and the herbicide Glyphosate (main ingredient in Monsanto’s Roundup) has on biological systems at all levels, in soil, animals and humans alike.

We’re offering four intensive seminars before the conference begins, featuring…
Michael Phillips: Holistic Orchard Management
Dr. Don Huber: The Impact of GMOs & Glyphosate on Soil, Crop, Animal and Human Health
Connor Stedman: Carbon Farming: Regenerative Agriculture for Climate Stabilization
Hannah Traggis and Bill Braun: On-Farm Seed Production

and over 130 workshops, including…
But I Don’t Have Time for Social Media…
Climate Adaptation: Preparing Farms, Communities, & Bioregions for climate change
Cover Crop Mixtures for Soil Health
Farm to School: Models For Bringing Farms & Food to Schools
Fixing the Carbon & Water Cycle with Cattle
Herbal Approaches to Lyme Disease
Mobile Markets: Driving Down Barriers to Food Justice
Pest & Disease Management for Urban Farms
Planting for the Bees’ Needs
Portable Fencing Hacks
Regenerative Farming, Impact Investing, & Climate Change
Stand-Alone Solar-Powered Automated Drip Irrigation System
The Sun is Rising on Sunn Hemp in the Northeast
Transitioning To No-Till

We are finalizing workshop selections. A full list will be available soon.
Scholarships, work exchange and discounts

We want as many as possible to be able to attend, regardless of income! Work exchange and scholarship opportunities are available, as are discounts for groups of five or more and multiple children from the same family.

Learn more and register at:
www.nofasummerconference.org


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Leave No Trace | Master Educator Course

Monday, August 28 – Friday, September 1
Sugar Grove, Virginia

The Appalachian Trail Conservancy will be offering its final open-enrollment Leave No Trace Master Educator course for the year from August 28–September 1. The five-day course will be based out of the Konnarock Crew Camp in Sugar Grove Virginia and will include four days of backpacking in the Mount Rogers National Recreation Area. For more information on the course please visit our website at www.appalachiantrail.org/leavenotrace or e-mail Marian Orlousky at [email protected]

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Becket Energy Committee Information Session

Saturday, September 9 | 10 AM – 12:30 PM
Becket Town Hall, Community Room

Learn about recent renewable energy legislation, community solar and other topics relevant to all of us as energy consumers

Free Coffee and Donuts
Please RSVP: call Beverly at (413) 623-8934 ext 10

Topics for discussion will include but will not be limited to:

  • Jim Barry of MA. Dept. of Energy Resources (DOER) will discuss Mass Save and the new state solar incentive program, and will review steps to implement a residential energy efficiency plan
  • Isaac Baker of Co-op Power will discuss its programs and successes (i.e. partners with local landowners, community groups, and nonprofit partners to choose a site and host the community solar project)
  • Nexamp Power will discuss its community solar projects and the opportunity for Becket residences to join and benefit
  • Financing considerations for renewable energy projects
  • Question and Answer period

Visit our website at www.townofbecket.org
And follow links: “Boards & Commissions” “Energy Committee”

 

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Hilltown Chautauqua Earthcare Festival

September 15 – 17, 2017
Bryant Homestead | Cummington, MA

More info coming soon!

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Berkshire Bioblitz

Berkshire Bioblitz will be held on on September 16-17, 2017 in Great Barrington MA at Thomas & Palmer Brook as part of the 50 year celebration of the Berkshire Natural Resource Council.
This will be a 24-hour bio assessment of the BNRC land in Great Barrington, MA.

As you know the goal is to identify as many species as possible! Birds, reptiles, mammals, plants, fish… everything!

This year’s event is hosted by the Berkshire Natural Resource Council.

Tell your friends, students and colleagues and join us! Feel free to add this event to your mailing lists and event calendars!

See our website for directions and updates
http://www.berkshirebioblitz.org/

We hope to see you then!

Lisa Provencher | Berkshire BioBlitz and Dr. Augie’s Science & Art Programs
Scott LaGrec | Cornell University
Jane Winn | Berkshire Environmental Action Team

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Woods & Trails : A Pathway Forward

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. Full details here.

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