Calendar of events

Berkshire events – locations in red
Connecticut River Valley events – locations in green
BEAT sponsored/co-sponsored events in navy

EVENTS at Mt. Greylock


Mt. Greylock Visitor’s Center, 30 Rockwell Road, Lanesborough, MA 01237

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EVENTS at Bascom Lodge

Bascom Lodge’s 8th Season Memorial Day Weekend Festivities
Saturday, May 27th & Sunday, May 28th

Schedule for Saturday, May 27th

  • 12:00: Mountain Blessing Song led by JoAnne Spies JoAnne Spies JoAnne signs a song to welcome all to the mountain.
  • 12:00 – 1:00: Beekeeping Demo Bees Richard Clapper from the Northern Berkshire Beekeeper’s Association will discuss the joys and challenges of beekeeping and the workings of the hive. Equipment and resources to get started beekeeping will be reviewed.
  • 1:00 – 2:00 Nutshell Playhouse will present Mambo and Nemonee’s Worldwide Adventure, a performance for children and families. Nutshell Featuring masks, movement, live music and puppetry, this original performance provides a wonderful chance to awaken young children to earth’s mysteries and the delicate balance of nature. This performance is partially supported by the Cultural Council of Northern Berkshire and the Massachusetts Cultural Council.
  • 2:30 – 4:30 Free Incantations and Song Magic Workshop led by JoAnne Spies. For children of all ages. Bring your favorite pen and notebook! Mt. Greylock is the highest mountain in Massachusetts and J.K Rowling has designated it as the home of the Ilvermorny School of Witchcraft and Wizardy!  In this two-hour family and children workshop we will determine if we are Thunderbirds, Horned Serpents, Pukwudgies or Wampuses and then create incantations, chants or poems based on our character. What is the sound at the heart of the snake horn fragment? Our creations can be performed or kept secret. Rhythm instruments provided. Free with dragon heartstring. E-mail [email protected] to register by Wednesday, May 24th

Schedule for Sunday, May 28th Moonshine Holler:

  • 6pm – 7pm Music on the Mountain MoonshineHollar “Moonshine Holler performs lively American roots music and dance featuring mountain blues, breakdowns and ballads, with flatfoot dancing to boot, highlighting old-time music’s multi-cultural roots on more instruments than they can juggle, including fiddle, banjo, Hawaiian guitar, harmonica and ukulele. The duet has performed at festivals and concert venues large and small across the country and abroad. Sometimes rowdy, sometimes reverent, always a ruckus – they entertain with humor and heart.” 6pm – 7pm FREE and Open to the Public, in the lodge. This program is supported in part by a grant from the Cultural Council of Northern Berkshire, a local agency which is supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency.

Bascom Lodge is open on Memorial Day for Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner! Breakfast: 8am – 10am Lunch: 11am – 4pm Dinner: 7pm (one seating) reservations needed, only for dinner. Plus: Sunset Beverage Hour: from 4 pm – 7pm, all weekend!

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BEAT’s Monthly Wildlife Tracking Club!

1st Wednesday and 3rd Saturday of the month (see dates below)
9:00 am – 12:00 noon
In Berkshire County: locations will vary

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.

Upcoming Club Event Schedule: TBA

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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NOTE: The May 16th Road-Stream Crossing training was postponed to Wednesday May 24th! Please let Elia ([email protected]) if you would like to participate. Enrollees will help BEAT and a number of other organizations establish a wildlife corridor.

Road-Stream Crossing Training
On May 24th BEAT and the Division of Ecological Restoration (DER) will be running a road-stream crossing training in Otis and Sandisfield. This will enable you to become a certified lead observer (aka a citizen scientist), collect data on stream connectivity, and help waterways in the commonwealth. Please email [email protected] for more information and to reserve your place!

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Great Barrington GREEN DRINKS

Thursday, June 1st
(first Thursday of every month)


The Prairie Whale, 178 Main Street, Great Barrington


What’s Green Drinks?  It’s a free monthly social event for people like you and I interested in everything from environmental education to local agriculture, the arts, activism, green business & 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.

Please forward this on to your friends & contacts…the more the merrier.

See you there!

Pittsfield Tree Watch Monthly Meeting

Thursday, June 8th
(2nd Thursday of every month)
4:00-5:30 pm
Pittsfield Senior Center, 330 North Street, Pittsfield

See info sheet HERE

5:00 PM to 6:30 PM 
Every second Tuesday of the month. 
Meet in the Parking Lot at 874 North Street  Bring tree/shrub concerns, gloves, and tools for evaluation.

Upcoming Clinics: June 13,  July 11,  August 8,  September 12,  October 10 @ 5:00-6:30pm; November 14 @ 4:00 PM to 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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Northern Berkshire Green Drinks

Thursday, June 1st
(the first Thursday of the month)
5:30-7:00 pm
Purple Pub Annex, Spring St., Williamstown MA.

This month we will meet to talk about BATS!  We will be joined by Williams College student Sarah Cooperman, who recently penned a great article for the Berkshire Eagle about the importance of preserving bats, and what you can do to help. Please be prompt, since Sarah has to leave by around 6:15pm. Hope to see you there! 

Here’s a link to Sarah’s article:
If you are new to this email list, welcome! Green Drinks is an informal local gathering of North County folks who care about the environment. We meet monthly for discussion, often around a focus topic introduced by a guest speaker.
Please invite a green pal.
Greetings Green Drinkers!
The group describes itself thus:
“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.”


Williams College Center for Environmental Studies

 ​See our recent events at

Contact the CES office for more info at: 597-2346.


EPA Housatonic River Citizens Coordinating Council


5:30 – 8:00 pm

Lenox Library, 18 Main Street, Lenox, MA

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Housatonic River Walk EVENTS

Wednesdays in May, 7:00-8:00 am and 6:00-7:00 pm
with Christine Ward and Sharon Siter

Grab your binoculars and join us as we capture spring bird activity along the Housatonic River!
>From common mergansers to nesting nuthatches, River Walk offers great habitat for waterfowl and woodland birds. Birders of all abilities are welcome. Meet at the Upper River Walk entrance located in the St. Peter’s Church parking lot on Dresser Avenue.
For more information contact Christine Ward at [email protected]or CLICK

For more information

Want to volunteer some more?
Join us on others days (call ahead!).
Call to arrange special workdays for schools and groups.

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Green Night with Western Mass Green Consortium

Wednesday, June 14th
(2nd Wednesday of the month)
5:30 – 7:00 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.

Mark your calendar and save the dates for the upcoming Green Nights!
June 14th
July 12th

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

You are invited to join 350Mass Berkshire Node for our monthly meeting! 

All are welcome!

Wednesday, June 21st
UU Church, 175 Wendell Ave. in Pittsfield.
Potluck at 5:30 p.m. • Meeting begins at 6:00 p.m.

This month:  TBA

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: We encourage you to RSVP here or to me directly so that we know who to expect!
As always catch us around the web:

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Climate Action Now Monthly Gathering

Monday, June 26th (Northampton)
7:00 to 9:00 PM
(Fourth Monday of each month)
Unitarian Society of Amherst, 121 N Pleasant St, Amherst, MA 01004
Unitarian Society of Northampton on Main St.

Handicap accessible and on a bus line
Everyone is welcome!

Upcoming meetings: TBA

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!


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Center for EcoTechnology (CET) EVENTS

CET Speaker Forum: What Can You Do About Climate Change?
June 10, 1:00-4:00pm at the Hitchcock Center for the Environment in Amherst, MA. This new event will feature three experts from our community, Ezra Markowitz, Nancy Nylen, and Solomon Goldstein-Rose, who will speak on locally relevant environmental issues. The speakers will discuss innovative and practical solutions to various challenges associated with climate change through psychological, political, and community-based strategies. This event is free and open to the public! Please click here to register.

CET Waste oil paint and used motor oil waste collection

Registration Deadline, June 2nd
Saturday, June 3rd
8:30am – 10:30am
Lenox (for 15 Towns in Southern Berkshire County)

On Saturday, June 3rd from 8:30 AM – 10:30 AM, the South Berkshire Household Hazardous Waste Collaborative will hold a paint and oil collection in Lenox 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 of 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 or possibly Habitat Restore in Pittsfield.

To register online or for information about what can be brought to these collections, visit or email [email protected]. Or call CET at 413-445-4556 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.

Pittsfield Green Drinks

Sponsored by Berkshire Environmental Action Team (BEAT)

Tuesday, June 20th at 5:15pm
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.

Green Drinks in Pittsfield is sponsored by the Berkshire Environmental Action Team (BEAT).
Guest speaker for June: Our speaker, starting around 6:00 pm, will be Dr. Richard Greene who will give a free presentation called “An Up-Close Look at Wildlife”. Greene is a veteran member of the Berkshire Wildlife Trackers (BWT), a group of locals who study habitat use by mammals, who has compiled an extensive library of wildlife photos and videos by “camera trapping”. In the presentation Greene will talk about “camera trapping,” discuss its use in conservation and science, and show photos and videos that he’s captured using this technique. 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.


Hike with Healers

Next hike: TBA
10:00 am – 12:00 noon

Free and open to the public.

Preregister @
[email protected]

Our mission is to encourage healthy physical and psychological activity in people of all ages, and reverse the consequences of a sedentary, stressed and indoor lifestyle in order to improve the health and well-being of Berkshire County.

Visit Hike with Healers for more info.

Athol Bird & Nature Club Events
Field Trips & Meetings 2016



Friday, May 26, 7 a.m.                                 “Early Bird” Birding with Jeff
Join Jeff 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. Info: Jeff Johnstone, 978-249-9052. MREC 100 Main Street Athol

Sunday May 28 10 am Dragonflies at South Athol Conservation Area
Join Ma Natural Heritage’s Lynn Harper and Dave Small for a look at early dragonflies at the South Athol Conservation Area. Bring dragonfly net, shoes or boots to get wet, water, snacks, and a sense of adventure. Meet 10 :00 am at the Conservation area. To find the South Athol Conservation area entrance: travel south on South Athol Road from Athol center and the entrance will be on the right 1.1 miles south of the route 2 overpass, between the intersections of Riceville Road and Conant Road. (GPS – 3800 South Athol Road) A Conservation Area sign at the driveway will point you down the dirt roadway to a small parking area on the right before the gate (private residence).

Dave Small
Athol Massachusetts
[email protected]

Athol Bird and Nature Club Events
Unless otherwise noted, programs are free and open to all, meet at the Millers River Environmental Center, 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

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Co-op Power Events

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Lee Monthly Town Clean-up with the
Greener Gateway Committee

Saturday, May 27th

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 1pm and clean until around 3pm
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.

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Mass Audubon
Special Events

Spring Birding at Pleasant Valley
Wednesdays, 7:00 am – 9:00 am
May 24 & 31
Location: Pleasant Valley Wildlife Sanctuary, Lenox
Instructor: Jonathan Pierce – Pleasant Valley Caretaker and Hoffman Bird Club Leader
Audience: Adult
Members & Nonmembers: Free, Registration not required.
Join Pleasant Valley’s caretaker on a weekly bird walk past beaver wetlands and through woodlands looking for warblers, tanagers, orioles, and more during the peak of the spring and fall migrations. Bring binoculars; beginners welcome. These programs are offered free of charge thanks to the Lenox Cultural Council and generous donor sponsorship.

Spring Birding at Canoe Meadows
Fridays, 7:00 am – 9:00 am

May 26th
Location: Canoe Meadows Wildlife Sanctuary, Holmes Road, Pittsfield
Instructor: Noreen Mole – Sanctuary Volunteer and Hoffmann Bird Club leader
Audience: Adult
Members & Nonmembers: Free, Registration not required.
Spring and fall are the best seasons to look for migrants of all kinds, especially the beautiful wood-warblers, orioles, thrushes, and more. At Canoe Meadows Wildlife Sanctuary in Pittsfield, walk past wetlands and through meadows and woodlands, observing changes in bird species each week. Bring binoculars; beginners welcome. These programs are offered free of charge thanks to generous donor sponsorship

Evening at the Beaver Ponds
Wednesday, May 31, 2017
7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Location: Pleasant Valley Wildlife Sanctuary, Lenox
Audience: All (suitable for children 3 – 18 years)
Members: Adult $6.00, Child $3.00 Nonmembers: Adult $8.00, Child $4.00
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.


Registration is required:

Berkshire Residents Free Admission-
1st Wednesday of the Month Wed, Jun 07, 2017
9:00 am – 4:00 pm
Pleasant Valley Wildlife Sanctuary, Lenox

Audience: All (suitable for children 0 – 18 years)
Members & Nonmembers: Free 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.
Instructions and Directions: Free for Berkshire County Residents with valid license or ID.

Loon Moon Canoe Trip
Thu, Jun 08, 2017 8:00 pm – 10:30 pm

Location: Pleasant Valley Wildlife Sanctuary, Lenox
Audience: All (suitable for children 10 – 18 years)
Members: Adult $25.00, Child $25.00
Nonmembers: Adult $35.00, Child $35.00

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 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 will listen for nocturnal sounds of wildlife.

Directions to the meeting place will be provided upon registration. Children must be at least 10 years of age, accompanied by an adult, and know how to swim. We provide snacks & beverages. Bring insect repellent.
Registration is required.

Birding the Berks – Post Marsh Farm
Sat, Jun 10, 2017
6:00 am – 9:00 am

Location: Post Farm Marsh, Lenox, MA
Audience: Adult
Members: $10.00
Nonmembers: $15.00

Explore one of the Berkshire’s birding hotspots. Post Farm Marsh in Lenox is a perfect place to look and listen for marsh birds such as the American bittern, Virginia rail, sora, common gallinule and marsh wren. This is an easy to moderate hike. Bring binoculars and trail snacks.

Directions to the meeting places will be provided upon registration.
Registration is required.


Evening at the Beaver Ponds

Wed, Jun 14, 2017
7:30 pm – 9:00 pm
Location: Pleasant Valley Wildlife Sanctuary, Lenox
Audience: All (suitable for children 3 – 18 years)
Members: Adult $6.00, Child $3.00
Nonmembers: Adult $8.00, Child $4.00

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.

Instructions and Directions: Wear long pants, long sleeves, and a hat. Bring binoculars if you have them. Registration suggested but not required.


Birding the Berks – Mount Greylock
Sat, Jun 17, 2017
7:00 am – 10:00 am
Location: Mount Greylock, North Adams, MA
Audience: Adult
Members: $10.00
Nonmembers: $15.00

Explore the boreal and mixed forest along Jones Nose ridge near the summit of Mt. Greylock. We’ll look and listen for birds as we gain elevation and travel through different plant communities. Target species will include blackpoll warbler and Swainson’s thrush. This is a strenuous hike over steep terrain. Bring binoculars and trail snacks.

Directions to the meeting places will be provided upon registration.
Registration is required.


Berkshire Summit Hiking Series- Race Brook Falls and Mount Race
Sat, Jun 24, 2017
9:00 am – 2:00 pm
Location: Mount Washington State Forest
Instructor: Dale Abrams – Naturalist/Education Coordinator
Audience: Adult
Members: $15.00
Nonmembers: $20.00

Join naturalist and avid hiker Dale Abrams on this excursion to the spectacular Race Brook Falls and along the Taconic ridgeline to the summit of Mount Race (elevation 2,365 feet) via the Appalachian Trail. We’ll also enjoy mountain laurel in bloom along this scenic trail. The 6.6-mile round trip hike has an elevation gain of 1,625 feet and is rated difficult, with steep sections. The effort is worth the reward, however, since the views from the ridgeline and summit are spectacular.

Instructions and Directions: Dress for the weather including comfortable, sturdy hiking shoes and bring plenty of water and food. Sunscreen and insect repellent are recommended. Directions to the meeting place will be sent upon registration.

Registration is required.


Wild Thing 5k/10k Trail Race
Sun, Jun 25, 2017
9:00 am – 11:00 am
Location: Pleasant Valley Wildlife Sanctuary, Lenox
Audience: Adult
Members: $25.00
Nonmembers: $25.00

Join us for the “Wild Thing,” a wooded trail run starting and ending at Pleasant Valley Wildlife Sanctuary to raise money for conservation and education programs in Berkshire County. The fun 5k course is great for runners or walkers, and runners can challenge themselves with the longer 10k distance. All racers join us for a post-race celebration in the big red barn. We’ll have lots of prizes and giveaways for participants.

Online Registration:
($2 online processing fee)

Registration is required.


Evening at the Beaver Ponds
Wed, Jun 28, 2017
8:00 pm – 9:30 pm
Location: Pleasant Valley Wildlife Sanctuary, Lenox
Audience: All (suitable for children 3 – 18 years)
Members: Adult $6.00, Child $3.00
Nonmembers: Adult $8.00, Child $4.00

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.

Instructions and Directions: Wear long pants, long sleeves, and a hat. Bring binoculars if you have them. Registration suggested but not required.


Firefly Frolic
Fri, Jun 30, 2017
8:00 pm – 9:30 pm
Location: Canoe Meadows Wildlife Sanctuary
Instructor: Dale Abrams – Naturalist/Education Coordinator
Audience: All (suitable for children 0 – 18 years)
Members & Nonmembers: Free

Experience a magical summer light show. Join us at the Canoe Meadows Community Garden Pavilion where we will have a wonderful view as the sun sets over the distant mountain ridge. As twilight approaches participants will learn fun facts about fireflies, play a game, and take a walk in the meadows in hopes of viewing fireflies as nightfall descends. This program is designed to help inspire children and adults to respect nature and protect all wildlife, including insects. You’ll learn about fireflies and how best to view or gently capture (and release) these mystical glowing lights of summer! We’ll also keep our eyes out for stars and planets and twilight birds and mammals, too! In the event of rain, this program will be canceled. Appropriate for all ages, and especially fun for families with children. Children must be accompanied by an adult.
Instructions and Directions: Space is limited and registration is required. Canoe Meadows Community Garden entrance is located on the south side of Williams Street in Pittsfield between Honasada Terrace and Egremont Ave. Look for signboards at entrance. Parking is limited, so please carpool if possible.

Registration is required.

Thank you for your support!!

Marianne Hall
Sanctuary Office Manager
Mass Audubon’s Berkshire Wildlife Sanctuaries
472 West Mountain Rd.
Lenox, MA 01240
[email protected]
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Family Fun Day at Mass Audubon’s Pleasant Valley

Saturday, June 3, 2017
10 am to 4 pm.

at Mass Audubon’s Pleasant Valley Wildlife Sanctuary
Mass Audubon’s Pleasant Valley Wildlife Sanctuary welcomes all to Family Fun Day on Saturday, June 3 at 472 W. Mountain Rd., Lenox, from 10 am to 4 pm, rain or shine. All events are free of charge, thanks to support from Greylock Federal Credit Union and CompuWorks.
Beginning at 10am, fiddler Eric Buddington will entertain young and old with funny songs and traditional tunes. At 10:30am, 11:30am, and 1:30pm Marcia and Mark Wilson will present Eyes on Owls with 6 live owls in their Berkshire debut. Tom Tyning’s returns to Pleasant Valley with Fantastic Frogs at 3pm.

Throughout the day, families are invited to explore the sanctuary’s ponds, forest, and meadows with skilled naturalists. Guided exploration stations will include: Insect Safari (“hunt” for butterflies and other insects in open fields); Finding Fish (see what lurks in Pikes Pond); Wing Watchers (see what birds you can spot around trout pond); Stream Swimmers (find strange creatures who call Yokun Brook home).

Children can create an owl puppet, a jumping frog, or other nature crafts in our education center. Learn about protecting local wildlife with the Berkshire Environmental Action Team, and about our rivers and streams with the Housatonic Valley Association. Engage in nature activities with Flying Deer. The Northern Berkshire Beekeepers Association will teach why honeybees are so important and answer questions about beekeeping.

Snacks will be for sale as well as empanadas by Lucia’s Latin Kitchen.  Mass Audubon family memberships will also be available at half-price. Attendees can also register for the sanctuary’s summer nature camp program, which has offered outdoor education and fun for children for 70 years.

For further information: 413-637-0320 or

Pittsfield Repair Cafe 2017 season

12:30 P.M. to 4:00 P.M.
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.
– RC Volunteers

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The Trustees – Events

Volunteer Stewardship Day at Bartholomew’s Cobble
Saturday, June 17 9AM-12PM
Bartholomew’s Cobble, Sheffield
Join us on 6/17 from 9 am to noon, and help us L.O.V.E our trails! Regional ecologist Julie Richburg will share some basics on invasive plant management as we do some light trail spring cleanup and invasive garlic mustard plant removal. Family-friendly. Basic tools provided. Bring gloves and hand tools if you have them. Bring water, snacks, layers and tick protection. Be prepared to go off trail. For more information please contact [email protected] or 413-532-1631, ext. 3119.

Volunteer Opportunities in the Berkshires
“Time travel” with The Trustees, and take our visitors on the voyage with you! Become a National Historic Landmark Greeter at Mission House (Stockbridge) or Tour Guide at the William Cullen Bryant Homestead (Cummington) and share the stories and magic of these special places. No experience necessary. Training provided. Fridays through Sundays. Flexible. Fun. Social. Rewarding. Visit or contact [email protected] or413.532.1631 ext. 3119 for more information.

Visit the website at

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Kestrel Land Trust EVENTS

Spring Is All About Birds!


Kestrel Land Trust

PO Box 1016
Amherst, MA 01004

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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.

June 17 – Highland Footpath (Hike): Explore part of a proposed community trail network. (Hike held in Chester and Huntington). 10am-3pm

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 – 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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Massachusetts Association of Conservation Commissions

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Flying Deer Nature Center Programs

 Get out in the springtime forest with the whole family!
Registration is now open for Summer Camp 2017


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

Can’t wait till summer camp to get out in the woods? Check out this special offer:

Register for any summer camp by March 1, and get a $50 discount on our Family Bird Language Weekend, April 22-23, for adults or families with children ages 6 and up. Explore the science, art, and fun of Bird Language through observation, games, stories, and mapping! Reconnect with yourself and your loved ones, and celebrate spring! Find out more.

9:00 am-1:00 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.

for ages 6-12, 9:00 am-3:00 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.

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.

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

Directions to Flying Deer Nature Center:

Flying Deer Nature Center is located at the Abode of the Message, near Route 20 in New Lebanon, NY. Typing “Flying Deer Nature Center” into Google maps or apple maps brings up the exact location of our event, which is in the ground-level corner office (with two big windows and a glass door) of a large red barn.

From the east: Take Route 20 west from Pittsfield, MA; cross the NY line and watch on your left for Darrow Road.

From the south: Take Route 22 north into New Lebanon and at the intersection turn right onto Route 20 east. After 1/4 mile, turn right onto Shaker Rd., which merges into Darrow Road after 1 mile.

From the west: Take Route 20 east into New Lebanon and turn right on Shaker Road (1/4 mile past the intersection of Routes 20 and 22), which merges onto Darrow Road after 1 mile.

From the north: Take Route 22 south into New Lebanon. Turn left onto Route 20. After 0.8 miles turn right onto Darrow Rd.

On Darrow Road (please obey Darrow School’s 25 mph speed limit-this is very important!): Continue straight on Darrow Road. Pass turnoff to Chairfactory Road and proceed approximately 1/10 mile up the hill until you see a large red barn on your right. If the parking lot in front of the barn is full, continue a short distance and park in the large parking lot past the barn to the right. The Flying Deer space is in the large red barn in the ground level corner office with two big windows and a glass door.
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The Draft MassDOT & MBTA Capital Investment Plan (CIP) Update for fiscal years 2018–2022 is a multi-billion dollar program that makes long-term, multi-modal investments across the Commonwealth. The CIP covers all MassDOT highway and municipal projects, regional airports, rail and transit, including MBTA and Regional Transit Authorities as well as the Registry of Motor Vehicles. MassDOT will hold a series of public meetings across the Commonwealth to present and discuss the Draft Capital Investment Plan Update. Please join us as we present the Draft CIP Update to seek additional public comments and answer your questions. Your participation is critical to its success!

If you are unable to attend a meeting, a copy of the presentation will be available at

Public comments may be submitted by email to [email protected]

Upcoming public meetings are scheduled as follows:

Tuesday, May 23, 6:30 p.m. Lenox
Highway District 1 Headquarters, 270 Main Street

Tuesday, May 23, 6:30 p.m. Salem
City Hall Annex, 120 Washington Street

Wednesday, May 24, 6:30 p.m. Marlborough
Marlborough Council on Aging, 40 New Street

Wednesday, May 24, 6:30 p.m. Dartmouth
Moot Court Room, UMass School of Law, 333 Faunces Corner Road

Locations are accessible to people with disabilities. MassDOT provides reasonable accommodations and/or language assistance free of charge upon request (including but not limited to interpreters in American Sign Language and languages other than English, open or closed captioning for videos, assistive listening devices and alternate material formats, such as audio tapes, Braille and large print), as available. For accommodation or language assistance, please contact Katy Zazzera by phone (857) 368-8986 or by email ([email protected]). Requests should be made as soon as possible prior to the meeting, and for more difficult to arrange services including sign-language, CART or language translation or interpretation, requests should be made at least ten (10) business days before the meeting

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Housatonic Valley Association (HVA)Special Events

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New England Wild Flower Society

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 Coming Up at Berkshire Botanical Garden

Berkshire Botanical Garden’s Summer Farm Camp registration begins on January 18. The popular camp is for children 5-14 years old and spots fill up quickly. For more information about Farm Camp and to register, visit

For more information about events and to register, visit or call 413-298-3926.

Please send information to [email protected]

Barbara Zheutlin, Director
Kate Bailey, Program Manager
Martha Bryan, BAV Program Manager
Jamie Paxton, Outreach Program Manager
Alicia Rossie, Membership Outreach Coordinator, Newsletter Editor

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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. Call for more information and a complete schedule of our summer events.

Saturday, June 4th

Grafton, NY

National Trails Day is the perfect opportunity to help clean up local parks. On Saturday, June 4th, the Friends of Grafton Lakes State Park and Dyken Pond Environmental Education Center will be hosting the Twenty-fourth Annual National Trails Day – the nation’s annual celebration of trails. Both parks invite volunteers of all ages to help clean up and improve trails on Saturday morning and indulge in the trail activities they enjoy most in the afternoon.
Registration will begin at 9:00 a.m. at both parks; refreshments and snacks will be available. Registration at Grafton Lakes State Park will be at the Deer Field pavilion and at the Park office at Dyken Pond Center. Cleanup and improvement of both trail systems will take place between 9:30 a.m. and 12:00 p.m. and will be followed by a complimentary barbecue picnic for all volunteers at both parks. After the barbecue, participants are encouraged to enjoy the trails and parks. Reservations must be made in advance for the barbecue by calling the Grafton Lakes State Park Office or Dyken Pond Office no later than June 1, 2017. Please join park staff on June 3rd to enjoy and celebrate public trails.

Nature Photography Workshop
June 10
Grafton, NY

Join Scott Stoner and Denise Hackert-Stoner at Dyken Pond Environmental Education Center for a photography workshop for all levels of photographers on June 10th from 9am-12pm. They will cover the basic concept of nature photography including light, composition and aspects of simple editing. So bring your questions and your camera – be it cell phone, point-and-shoot or digital SLR. This program will be $20 per person or $15 per member. Pre-registration is required, space limited. If you have any questions please contact us at [email protected] or (518) 658-2055.

Let’s Move: Healthy Outdoor Family Activities 
June 24
Grafton, NY

The 4th Annual Let’s Move Day is on June 24th at Dyken Pond Environmental Education Center. This day of free outdoor activities encourages families to try something new that just may become a habit and have you enjoying nature on a regular basis. The day coincides with a free fishing weekend in New York State, so everyone can try their luck at fishing, no license required. Kayaking, nature walks and geo-caching will be other activities attendees can partake in free of charge. Kayaks can be rented from 10:30am–2pm for free and a guided nature hike for all ages will begin at 1pm! Pre-registration for kayaking is available for those interested. If you have any questions please e-mail us at [email protected] or call (518)-658-2055.
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Williamstown Rural Land Foundation Events

Williamstown Rural Lands to hold children’s summer outdoor nature programs

The Williamstown Rural Lands Foundation is offering week-long, half-day summer outdoor nature programs for children at its Sheep Hill headquarters on Cold Spring Road (Route 7) in Williamstown.

Environmental educator and Science Enrichment Specialist Kathy Chesney will lead 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 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,

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.

Native Bees and How To Attract Them

June 10
1:00 – 3:00 pm
Sheep Hill, Williamstown

Join Russell Wilson of Bees Across Massachusetts at Sheep Hill in Williamstown on Saturday June 10 from 1:00 pm – 3:00 PM to learn how you can help native pollinators such as Bumblebees, Mason and Leaf-cutter bees by providing nesting sites. Native pollinators are critical for pollination of many food crops and are endangered by habitat loss, herbicide and pesticide use, and other environmental factors. The program is free and open to the public.

The presentation will cover topics related to encouraging and increasing populations of native bee pollinators and offer instruction in how to bring Mason Bees to your fruit trees and attract Bumblebees and Leaf-cutter Bees to your yard or garden.

Russ will have samples of nesting materials available commercially available and give instruction in using natural materials found in the environment at no cost.

Bees Across Massachusetts conducts research studies in Berkshire County to determine the contributing factors in honey bee and native bee losses.  Workshops, education programs and other information is available year-round at a variety of sites throughout the county. The Honey-bee hives at Sheep Hill are a part of this research and honey from these hives is available from time to time for sale to support WRLF’s pollinator activities.  Contact [email protected] for additional information.

The WRLF is a non-profit, member-supported land conservation trust committed to preserving ecologically valuable habitat and working lands, and provides natural and cultural history education programs throughout the year at its Sheep Hill headquarters. Sheep Hill is located on Route 7, approximately one mile south of the Williamstown rotary.

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The Singing Wilderness & Eco Beat Hour Radio Show

Climate Activists:
TUNE IN this Thursday for  our Community Voices feature on The Eco Beat Hour, 1-2 PM on  or in Greenfield environs, 107.9 FM.
Listen to The Singing Wilderness (same website+Listen, same station!) from 12-1 for beautiful nature-inspired music, Quote of the Week, Bird sightings in Western MA, A reading from the book we are working through, The Global Forest: Forty Ways Trees Can Save Us by Canadian botanist, Diana-Beresford-Kroeger(featured in the wonderful new film, “Call of the Forest”) See the trailer here. 
and much more!
Thursday, May 18th’s Eco Beat Hour will feature Nancy Hazard of Greening Greenfield reporting on the latest developments from the 100% Clean Energy initiative and legislative hearings coming up including the June 13th Lobby Day (Facebook Page here) on Senator Michael Barrett’s “Carbon Pricing” bill.
We are hoping to also have a climate leader from the Franklin County Continuing the Political Revolution call into the show and/or someone from the Otis State Forest protectors.
NEXT WEEK1 PM/Eco Beat Hour -Tom Sullivan: “Speak up for the BEES!”
Action Traction: This week-When shopping for flowers (EVERYWHERE) Ask the vendor, nursery, farm stand if they can guarantee that the flowers were not grown using pesticides of any kind including neonicotinoids and fungicides.  Otherwise you are taking a risk of contributing to Colony Collapse and ecosystem destruction.
Tom will explain why next week.
Thanks for listening and taking action!

Eve Cowles Tree Farm Hosts Walk about Creating Better Bird Habitat

June 17, 2016, 10am-12pm, South Deerfield, MA

Free and open to all

The Eve-Cowles family, consulting forester Mike Barry, naturalist Laurie Sanders and the Massachusetts Woodlands Institute will host a public walk on Saturday June 17th at the Eve-Cowles Tree Farm in South Deerfield. This walk and discussion, led by Mike Barry and Laurie Sanders, will focus on forest management, invasive plants, and bird habitat. Mike Barry has been a consulting forester with Bay State Forestry for 15 years, and has managed the Eve-Cowles forest for seven years. Laurie Sanders is an ecologist, writer, and former host of Field Notes, a weekly natural history series that aired on NEPR for a decade. This walk will offer a unique opportunity to see invasive plants in a forested landscape through the lens of an experienced forester and a natural historian.

The Eve-Cowles have been outstanding stewards of their 360 acres woodlands for over 40 years. In 2015, they were named the Massachusetts Tree Farmers of the Year. One year later the American Tree Farm System named them the Regional Outstanding Tree Farmers of the Year, placing them in the top four tree farms nationwide. In addition to managing for timber, recreation, and water, the Eve-Cowles have made wildlife habitat management a top priority.  The Eve-Cowles family is dedicated to enhancing and diversifying habitat for wildlife, particularly for bird species that are in decline in Massachusetts. They started treating invasive plants in their woodlands in 2011, improving habitat for birds and other wildlife.

Invasive plants pose a significant threat to our native plant species. Whether along roadsides or river banks, in farm fields or deep in a forested interior, invasive plants are displacing our native plant species. Invasive plants are non-native plants that are able to establish, thrive, and spread aggressively outside their native range. “These plants can outcompete native plants by crowding them out, shading them out, or in some cases altering soil conditions that can inhibit the growth of native plant species,” says naturalist Laurie Sanders. Sanders goes on, “many ecologists consider invasive plants to be the greatest threat to biodiversity.” As invasive plants take hold, we are at risk of losing our native plant species as well as the insects, birds and other wildlife that depend on them.

Forest landowners are in a unique position to take a stand against invasive plants though a program called Foresters for the Birds. The Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation Foresters for the Birds program is designed to help landowners enhance bird habitat in their woods, which in many cases includes managing woodlands for invasive plants. This program provides expertise, assistance, and funding necessary for landowners to build better bird habitat in their woodlands.

The Eve-Cowles were among the first forest landowners to participate in the Massachusetts Foresters for the Birds Program. Consulting forester Mike Barry conducted a bird habitat assessment of the tree farm and added recommendations to their existing Forest Stewardship Plan that will enhance bird habitat on their property. He plans to continue invasive plant treatments and monitoring in the years to come. “The invasive plant population at the Eve-Cowles tree farm is relatively small, for now,” says Barry. “It is important that we remove these plants to keep them from spreading, and to encourage native plants to re-establish.”

To learn more about the Eve-Cowles Tree Farm, Foresters for the Birds, or to register for the event on June 17th email Melissa Patterson [email protected], or call (413) 625-9151.

This event is sponsored by Conway Cultural Council, The Massachusetts Woodlands Institute, the Franklin Land Trust, MA Department of Conservation and Recreation, and the MA Forest Alliance.

Williamstown EVENTS


 Upcoming Non-Violent Direct Action Trainings
and Peacekeepers Training

NVDA – June 17th, 9:00 am to 5:00 pm
Sojourner Truth School for Social Change Leadership
40 Center St. Northampton

To register: These are appropriate for Sugar Shack folks and others wishing to learn the skills and foundations of non-violence in order to consider risking arrest in non-violence direct actions.

Peacekeepers: also through the Truth School, held at 40 Center St. Northampton, June 4, 3 to 6 pm. To register: You must have completed the full non-violence training in order to take this training and we prefer that you have participated in a large demo where arrests happened or could have, but you do not have to have been arrested yourself.

Pre-Harvest Forest Tour Pittsfield State Forest

June 5, 2017  4:00 PM – 5:30 PM
Potter Mtn Rd, Lanesborough

Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR) Forester Kevin Podkowka, will be leading a tour of the Potter Mountain – Lanesborough Timber Sale where he will discuss forest management techniques in a predominantly northern hardwood forest, provide a view of the trees designated for harvest, and explain how harvest operations will take place.

A detailed silviculture prescription for the harvesting operation will be provided to attendees. This tour culminates a public process that included a public meeting and a written comment period for the project. Meet at the parking area for Potter Mountain Road, Pittsfield State Forest in Lanesborough (Directions listed below). The tour will be conducted “rain or shine” as indicated below. Attendees are encouraged to dress for the weather and to wear sturdy shoes.

For additional information about the tours and DCR forest management on state forests, parks, and reservations, please contact William Hill, Management Forestry Program Supervisor, at 413-545-3891.

From Pittsfield Massachusetts junction of MA Rte. 9 and U.S Rte. 7 north (First St): North on Rte. 7 (1st St.) 0.9 miles, continue on North St. 0.4 miles, Turn left on Pontoosuc Ave. 0.3 mile, Continue on Pecks Rd. 2.6 miles, Continue on Balance Rock Rd. 0.4 miles, Turn Left on Potter Mountain Rd and drive approximately 1 mile.

Roses & Early Bloomers Q&A

June 10th
10:00 am
Springside Park, 874 North St, Pittsfield

Western Massachusetts Master Gardener’s Association, Berkshire chapter, will be sponsoring a question and answer session on June 10th at Springside Park, 874 North ST. Pittsfield on Roses and Early Bloomers The sessions will run for 1-2 hours. starting at 10 am. at the Demonstration Garden. For more information contact Mary-Ann Emery, 413-743-4284, [email protected] or Jim McCarthy 413 637-2940 or [email protected]

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Make a Picnic Blanket from Recycled Jeans and Corduroys

Shire City Sanctuary, 40 Melville Street, Pittsfield, MA 01201

Spend a day in the well-outfitted sewing room at Shire City Sanctuary making a picnic blanket from used jeans and/or corduroys. Each student should bring with them 8-10 pairs of discarded cotton jeans and/or corduroys as well as 8 yards of 2inch wide cotton twill tape or bias binding to turn into a marvelous picnic blanket. Holes stains and other blemishes are celebrated with decorative patching. Patching materials are provided. Sewing machine comfort is necessary. Participants will bring home a durable and stylish picnic blanket! A GREAT way to kick off their summer festivities!

This workshop is Pay What You Can. Pre-Registration is required and space is limited. To register, please send payment in a comfortable amount to [email protected] or Crispina ffrench

Hilltown Brouhaha – Community Clothing Drive and Potholder Rug Weave

Hilltown Brouhaha, 3219-3343 MA-8, Becket, MA, 01223

On July 8th, Crispina will be hosting a community Clothing Drive and Potholder Rug Weave at the second annual Hilltown Brouhaha in downtown North Becket Ma.  Bring your discarded sweaters, sweatshirts, t-shirts, tights, leggings, and single socks!  Any clothing you are no longer using that is stretchy works perfectly for this process. Attendees are asked to contribute clothing and/or time weaving a row or two of a giant potholder rug made before our eyes!!  Proceeds from the sale of the rug will be donated to the Becket/Washington PTA.  Bring friends and family!  This activity is a wonderful way to spend a sunny summer afternoon hanging out with your peeps (or meeting new ones!) and supporting the community.

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Regional Workshop on Cost-Effectiveness Testing for
Next-Generation Energy Efficiency

Location: Gina McCarthy Auditorium, Department of Energy & Environmental Protection, 79 Elm St., 5th floor, Hartford, CT 06106
Date:  June 15, 2017
Start Time: 9:00 a.m.
End Time:   5:00 p.m.

Please hold the date for this full-day workshop on the rapidly evolving state of practice of cost-effectiveness testing for energy efficiency.  The event is organized byNortheast Energy Partnerships and sponsored by the Connecticut Energy Efficiency Board.  A key feature will be briefings on the soon-to-be-released National Standard Practice Manual and its implications for cost-effectiveness testing in New England.  Stakeholders from across the region are invited to attend.  Details on the agenda and registration are forthcoming.

Best regards,

Bureau of Energy and Technology Policy
Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection
10 Franklin Square, New Britain, CT  06051

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Massachusetts Clean Energy Future Tour

Monday, June 19th @ 6:00 pm
Berkshire Community College, Pittsfield, MA

(See tour website HERE for other dates outside Berkshire County)

Senate President Pro Tempore Marc R. Pacheco (D-Taunton), founding chairman of the Senate Committee on Global Warming Change, has announced theMassachusetts Clean Energy Future Tour, a new, statewide committee initiative on clean energy, climate change and constituent engagement.

Set to begin on May 8, the Massachusetts Clean Energy Future Tour will consist of nine public hearings in various communities across the Commonwealth, from the Berkshires to the Cape, to hear the thoughts and suggestions of constituents and stakeholders on clean energy and climate change issues. In these public hearings, committee members will hear the questions and suggestions of residents regarding clean energy and climate action in a forum-based fashion. As we begin our legislative session, this input is imperative to crafting policy and making sure we implement the proper legislation for Massachusetts.

Joined by fellow committee members and stakeholders at a State House press conference on Monday, Sen. Pacheco explained the tour’s origins.

“This tour is an answer to thousands of constituent conversations, calls and emails concerning the health and future of our local communities, our state, our country and our world as a whole,” Senator Pacheco said. “Our residents want a strong economy. They want clean air. They want clean water. They want decent surroundings. And most of all, they want a future for their kids. We need to craft legislation that reflects that. This tour will give us a perfect opportunity to hear from our communities who demand a clean energy future.”

“Massachusetts must continue to move towards a green energy future to build a sustainable environment, grow jobs and reduce carbon emissions to combat climate change,” said Senate President Stan Rosenberg (D-Amherst). “The Clean Energy Future Tour will allow the Committee to hear the thoughts and desires directly from our residents on how we achieve our energy goals.”

Real-time scheduling information, including dates, locations and times of the hearings, can be found on the tour’s website at

Hearings will be hosted in Mashpee, Sudbury, Taunton, the Malden area and Weymouth during the month of May. Hearings will be hosted in the Berkshires, the Springfield area, the North Shore and Boston during the month of June.

Residents can also use social media to voice their thoughts. Tweet your energy and climate ideas to the committee at @MACleanFuture or use the hashtag #MACleanFuture.

For more information, visit the tour’s website at, call Senator Pacheco’s office at (617) 722-1551, visit Senator Pacheco’s Facebook page at or follow Pacheco on Twitter (@MarcRPacheco).

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Legislative Attacks on NEPA and Other Laws Important to Pipelines

July 18th at 6:30 pm

Legislative Attacks on NEPA and Other Laws Important to Pipelines with Raul Garcia of Earthjustice and  Stephen Schima of Save Our Environment—

In the fight against pipelines, compressors and LNG export facilities, The National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) is one of the primary mechanisms communities can use to fully understand and vet the impacts of an infrastructure proposal and to make the case that a project should not be approved by the powerful agency that is FERC.  Learn more about the value and threats to NEPA and other attacks on the pipeline permitting process and what you can do to protect it from rollbacks.

Join in for an update on the latest attacks and efforts to stop them!

This webinar has been rescheduled from next Tuesday May 23rd at 6:30 pm to July 18th at 6:30 pm.

Learn more and register here:

We are sorry for any inconvenience and hope that you will still be able to join us. Either way, we will do our best to continue to record and share the webinar series here:

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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:

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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

We hope to see you then!

Lisa Provencher
Berkshire BioBlitz
Dr. Augie’s Science & Art ProgramsScott LaGreca
Cornell UniversityJane Winn
Berkshire Environmental Action Team

Becket Energy Committee Information Session

SATURDAY, September 9th, 2017
10 AM – 12:30 PM

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

Free Coffee and Donuts
Becket Town Hall, Community Room
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
And follow links: “Boards & Commissions” “Energy Committee”

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