Calendar of events

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

The events listed here are not all sponsored or conducted by BEAT.  We offer them as a way of helping people participate in the full range of anti-pipeline, pro-clean-energy and environmental events shaping our future.
Please send environmental news or calendar items to news@thebeatnews.org

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Dyken Pond Center Events

SOLA

The Summer Outdoor Learning Adventure is a science and nature day camp held each summer at the Pond. Registration is now open. We do offer scholarships! Visit our website for more information.

6-10 year old sessions: July 18 – July 22 and July 25-July 29
11-13 year old sessions: August 1- August 5 and August 8- August 12

Five Part – Wild Edible Series
All classes: 10:00 am – 3:00 pm

July 10, 2016: Summer Edibles
August 27, 2016: Late Summer Edibles
September 24, 2016: Early Autumn Edibles

In this series you will be introduced to the edible foods of the Dyken Pond Natural area and the greater Northeastern US. We’ll cover plant and fungi identification as well as critical knowledge such as where to find these species, ‘look-a-likes’, harvest times, and preparation. This is a hands-on series of classes which will include cooking and eating the foods we gather. These classes will provide you with the age old skills of ‘living off the land’ and self-reliance. ‘Best-practice’ harvest methods will be used to maintain or introduce ecosystem balance and impart a continued respect for our natural world.

Pre-registration is required by contacting the Center. All Wild Edible Classes are taught by Dave Muska and cost $30; $25 for members. Sign up for all in advance and pay $125 ; $115 for members.

Visit our website for more information: http://www.dykenpond.org.
New this year, registration can be done online with Paypal.

Visit our website at: http://www.dykenpond.org for more information and a complete list of our programs.

Contact Information:
Dyken Pond Environmental Education Center
475 Dyken Pond Road
Cropseyville NY, 12052

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Save Burden Lake Benefit Concert

May 28, 2016 – 7:30 PM
Jim Gaudet and the Railroad Boys
Burden Lake Country Club, Averill, NY

The steering committee for Save Burden Lake hopes you will support this effort.  Though work on the NED has been suspended, the application has NOT been withdrawn from FERC.  Money raised through this benefit will be targeted toward legal and environmental consultants and will be held in an account until there is no risk of a pipeline/compressor station in our community.

Please come together to have some fun and celebrate our accomplishments.  We need you!

Jim Guadet and the Railroad Boys – This band has performed in concert at some of the most prestigious festivals in the country.

Their last two shows at The Linda sold out.  Don’t miss the chance for some good old “hillbilly rock and roll”.  And don’t forget to put on your “Daisy Dukes”.  Winner of the look-alike contest takes home a $100 prize and bragging rights.
WE ARE GRATEFUL TO JIM GAUDET AND THE RAILROAD BOYS AND TO TOM CHOQUETTE FOR HOSTING THIS EVENT.
Nassau/Burden Lake Citizens Against the NED Pipeline/Compressor Station

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May Events at Mt. Greylock

Please CLICK HERE for the May events calendar.

Nice & Easy Hikes @ 10:00 am
Tuesdays, May 31
Get outdoors and stay active with “Nice and Easy Hikes” easy-paced, two-hour, one to two mile-long walks geared especially for seniors, but open to all ages. A different trail is featured each week and may include tree and plant identification, birding and local history, depending on the interests of the hikers. Call Visitor Center for location. 413-499-4262.

Summit Hike
Saturday, May 28 @ 11:00 am & 3:00 pm
Short and Easy walk and talk with Park Interpreter Mike to discover the landscape, ecology and history of the highest point in Massachusetts. All ages welcome. Be prepared for the weather, bring a light snack and drinking water. Offered at 1:00pm & 3:00pm. Estimated hike duration 30 to 45 minutes. Meet at Mt. Greylock summit ($8/$10 parking fee applies).

Bradley Farm Hikes @ 11:00 am
Saturdays, May 28
Enter an ancient orchard, experience the source of the Housatonic River, ponder New England’s natural history through the lens of a stone wall, witness the intersection of two distinct forestscapes, see the thumbprint of a lightening strike, and find out how the DCR gauges the health of our forests. Enjoy all of this and more during the course of a moderate, 1.8 mile hike through the woods. Meet at the Visitor Center.

Robins vs Hawks Lawn Game
Sunday, May 29 @ 11:00 am
This group activity features vigorous running and a surprise ending. Find out what it’s like to forage for food while, at the same time, eluding capture by a magnificent predator. Geared toward energetic people who like nature, enjoy a good game of ‘tag.’ and who learn well by doing. Requires at least three players. Meet at the Visitor Center.

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

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SENATE COMMITTEE OVERSIGHT HEARING ON SJC DECISION, GLOBAL WARMING SOLUTIONS ACT

Tuesday, May 31
1:00 pm
Boston Statehouse 

BOSTON— Senate President Pro Tempore Marc R. Pacheco (D-Taunton) has announced that the Senate Committee on Global Warming and Climate Change will be holding an oversight hearing on the Supreme Judicial Court’s decision regarding the state’s compliance with the Global Warming Solutions Act on May 31st at 1:00 p.m.

The Committee has invited the Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs, the Conservation Law Foundation and the Acadia Center, among others. Testimony will be provided by invitation only.

The hearing will take place at the Massachusetts State House in Room 222.

For more information, call Senator Pacheco’s office at (617) 722-1551, visit Senator Pacheco’s Facebook page at www.facebook.com/SenatorMarcPacheco or follow Pacheco on Twitter (@MarcRPacheco).

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Bird Walks at Pleasant Valley

Sponsored by Berkshire Sanctuaries
Wednesday, Jun 1, 2016
7:00 am – 9:00 am
Pleasant Valley Wildlife Sanctuary, 472 West Mountain Rd, Lenox
Instructor: Jonathan Pierce – Pleasant Valley Caretaker and Hoffman Bird Club Leader
Audience: Adult
Members & Nonmembers: Free
Join avid birder and Pleasant Valley’s caretaker on a weekly bird walk past beaver wetlands and through woodlands observing changes in bird species. Beginners and advanced birders will enjoy this walk. Participants can also enjoy free freshly roasted coffee thanks to the generosity of Barrington Coffee Roasters! Please bring your own travel mug.

The free Wednesday Bird Walks at Pleasant Valley are funded in part thanks to the generosity of the Lenox Cultural Council and CompuWorks.

Registration not required.

berkshires@massaudubon.com, (413) 637-0320, massaudubon.org/pleasantvalley
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Bird Walks at Canoe Meadows

Sponsored by Berkshire Sanctuaries 
New dates: TBA
Location: Canoe Meadows Wildlife Sanctuary, Holmes Rd, Pittsfield, MA

Free for everyone!

Spring and Fall are the seasons to look for migrants of all kinds, especially the beautiful wood-warblers. Walk past wetlands and meadows and through woodlands observing changes in bird species each week.

Instructions and Directions: Bring binoculars; beginners welcome.
Registration not required.
Instructor: Jonathan Pierce – Pleasant Valley Caretaker and Hoffman Bird Club Leader
Audience: Adult
Members & Nonmembers: Free

Berkshire Residents Free Admission- 1st Wednesday of the Month
Pleasant Valley Wildlife Sanctuary, Lenox
Audience: All (suitable for children 0 – 18 years)
Berkshire County residents are invited to visit Pleasant Valley Wildlife Sanctuary. The sanctuary is open dawn to dusk. The office and gift shop will be open from9:00 am to 4:00 pm. Explore seven miles of beautiful trails and learn about our education programs for all ages. Free for Berkshire County Residents with valid license or ID.
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BEAT’s Monthly Wildlife Tracking Club!

1st Wednesday and 3rd Saturday
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:
Wednesday, June 1st – TBA
Saturday, June 18th – TBA
Wednesday, July 6th – TBA
Saturday, July 16th – TBA
Wednesday, August 3rd – TBA
Saturday, August 20th – TBA
Shoot me an email with questions or concerns.

Elia Del Molino, Program Manager
Berkshire Environmental Action Team (BEAT)
elia@thebeatnews.org
​413-429-6416

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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Tel Electric Dam (Mill St Dam) Removal – Site Visit

Friday, May 27
9:30 am
Meet at the City of Pittsfield Maintenance Dept. Building, 18 Hawthorne Ave.

Pittsfield’s Tel-Electric Dam is an 87-year-old dam that spans the west branch of the Housatonic River behind the Eagle Clock Tower building upstream of the Mill Street bridge. The Massachusetts Division of Ecological Restoration (DER) is working on several Berkshire County river projects to restore stream continuity and improve instream habitat. The removal of Pittsfield’s Tel-Electric Dam is one of those projects.

May 2016: The Massachusetts Division of Ecological Restoration (DER) and the City of Pittsfield have filed an Expanded Environmental Notification Form (EENF pdf) and requested a waiver of the mandatory Environmental Impact Report because they feel they have provided enough information that no new environmental information would be added during that process.

There is a site visit scheduled for May 27 at 9:30 am starting at the City of Pittsfield Maintinace Dept. Building, 18 Hawthorne Ave. Alex Hackman from DER will be available to answer further questions after the site visit.

Comments are due July 8, 2016. This is an extended comment period to allow thorough review of the EENF by all interested parties.

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MassWildlife’s 150th Anniversary Celebration
Saturday, June 4
Field Headquarters, 1 Rabbit Hill Road, Westborough

2016 marks the 150th anniversary of the Massachusetts Division of Fisheries and Wildlife. Join us at our Field Headquarters at 1 Rabbit Hill Road, Westborough to celebrate this important milestone from10AM – 3PM. This event is perfect for families and will feature live animals, guided nature walks, interactive fish and wildlife displays, crafts, and hands-on activities like archery, casting, and simulated target shooting.

Please click here for a flier pdf format of June 4 MassWildlife Open House Save the Date .

Please visit www.mass.gov/masswildlife150 to see all anniversary events and information.

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How to Let Go of the World and Love All the Things the Climate Can’t Change – Screening & Panel Discussion with Josh Fox at BIFF

June 5 – 3:00 PM
Berkshire International Film Festival
Mahaiwe Theatre, Great Barrington

Panel discussion following the film will include Josh Fox, Ben Barber and Rosemary Wessel, Founder, No Fracked Gas in Mass.

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Springfield and Northampton Groups to Host Expert Forum on Gas Leaks

Thursday, June 2
5:00 pm – Trinity Church in Forest Park, 361 Sumner Avenue, Springfield, MA
7:30 pm – Unitarian Society located at 220 Main Street, Northampton, MA

There are over 500 gas leaks ongoing in Springfield, over ninety in Northampton.

On Thursday, June 2nd, two communities will host separate, expert forums in their cities on the issue of unrepaired gas leaks.  Both communities are served by Columbia Gas distributor.

The Springfield Climate Justice Coalition (SCJC) and Arise for Social Justice (ARISE) will host a community forum on June 2nd at 5:00 PM on the issue of over 500 gas leaks that are on-­‐going throughout the City of Springfield according to data obtained from the Department of Public Utilities. The event will take place at Trinity Church in Forest Park, located at 361 Sumner Avenue, Springfield, MA.

The Northampton neighborhood groupTwoDegrees@GreenNeighbors.Earth and Climate Action Now will sponsor the same presentation in Northampton at 7:30 PM. The Northampton presentation will be Unitarian Society located at 220 Main Street, Northampton, MA. There are at least 91 documented leaks in Northampton, some persisting since 1999.  “Pioneer Valley residents are extremely concerned about understanding the impact of these leaks on our city’s environment and public health,” said Jesse Lederman, an Environmental Organizer with Arise for Social Justice, “Residents are encouraged to attend this event to learn more about the issue.”

“Natural gas leaks are potentially explosive, harm the health of humans and trees, and the major component, methane, is a potent contributor to global warming,” said Dr. Marty Nathan of Climate Action Now and the Northampton neighbors groups. “Gas distributors have complained about lack of natural gas supply and have proposed the construction of several new pipelines to the state.  Yet for decades old, leaky pipes have been wasting nearly 3% of what is delivered. And that lost gas has been paid for by customers, not those responsible for fixing the leaks.”

Both groups sent letters to Columbia Gas CEO Stephen Bryant last month, asking for answers regarding the volume of gas being lost and the cost to rate payers. A viable and immediate plan to fix these leaks was requested. The non-profit HEET MA (Home Energy Efficiency Team Massachusetts) estimates the yearly cost to Massachusetts ratepayers may be as much as  $122 million per year.

“We have received a lengthy response from Mr. Bryant and are in the process of fully analyzing and formulating a list of questions in regards to the threat posed by the gas leaks,” said Lederman “We have reached out to Mr. Bryant to set up a meeting to further discuss this issue.”

The two forums will feature Ania Camargo, of the organization Mothers Out Front. Camargo is a member of the HEET-MA Board of Directors, and has led campaigns to repair gas leaks in the Greater Boston area.

A flyer for the events and a screenshot of a map of the leaks provided by HEET MA can be viewed here: http://www.heetma.org/squeaky-leak/natural-gas-leaks-maps/

For Springfield information, contact Jesse Lederman, Environmental Organizer at ARISE, at 413-351-6785. For Northampton, contact Dr. Marty Nathan at 413-531-9915.

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Great Barrington GREEN DRINKS

Thursday, June 7
5:30
 p.m.

The Prairie Whale, 178 Main Street, Great Barrington
THIS MONTH: TBA
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 9
(2nd Thursday of every month)
4:00-5:30 pm
Pittsfield Senior Center, 330 North Street, Pittsfield

TREE OF THE MONTH for MAY: the American Chestnut
See info sheet on American Chestnut

FREE TREE PRUNING CLINIC w/Bob Presutti
Tuesday, June 14
(2nd Tuesday of the month rain or shine)
5:00pm

Springside Park (near the house), 874 North Street, Pittsfield

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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Housatonic River Cleanups
organized by HVA and BEAT

Join us for another Housatonic River cleanup this year! Two are currently planned for the West Branch of the Housatonic River in Pittsfield (Saturdays, June 11 & Aug 6 – see below). These cleanups are organized in collaboration with the Berkshire Environmental Action Team (BEAT). Our river cleanup sponsors include the City of Pittsfield and American Rivers. We are grateful for all of the following local businesses for keeping our hungry volunteers well-fed! Alnasco, BlueQ, Panera Bread and Guido’s.

If you aren’t able to do the actual cleanup, we always need volunteers to help with morning set up and breakdown – such as setting up coffee and snacks; picking up donations from Panera Bread the night before; registering volunteers; giving out gloves and bags as well as lunch set up and cleanup. We can even use help posting flyers and helping get the word out.

In addition to lunch and snacks, Blue Q is providing free goodie bags at both cleanups!

Saturday, June 11
9:00am – 1:00pm
Meet at Wahconah Park, Wahconah Street, Pittsfield

Crews will be organized and dispersed north towards Pontoosuc Lake and south towards Linden Street. A few crews will use canoes to paddle and pick up trash (water level permitting). Let us know if you want to bring your own canoe or kayak. Lunch and snacks are provided to the volunteers. Work gloves and bags will be provided as well as morning coffee, pastries and lunch. Old clothes, a hat, sunscreen, old sneakers or waterproof boots or chest waders, a water bottle (or two) and sunglasses are recommended.  A limited amount of waterproof boots are available to borrow. Registration is not required, but very helpful for planning crews and lunch. Let us know you are coming – please call HVA at 413-394-9796 or send an email toadixon@hvatoday.org

Saturday, Aug 6
9:00am – 1:00pm
Meet at Fred Garner Park, Pomeroy Avenue, Pittsfield

The focus of the cleanup will be the lower reaches of the West Branch of the Housatonic River. Crews will be on foot and in canoes. (If the water is too low, we will just be on foot!). Registration is very helpful – let us know if you are bringing a canoe or if you would like a space in a canoe. Work gloves and bags will be provided. Old clothes, a hat, sunscreen, old sneakers or waterproof boots/waders, a water bottle (or two) and sunglasses are recommended. Please wear old sneakers or chest or hip waders and old clothes and bring a water bottle.  A limited amount of waterproof boots are available to borrow. A picnic lunch provided by Blue Q and Alnasco for volunteers will be held at the end of the cleanup at Fred Garner Park.

Registration is not required, but very helpful for planning crews and lunch. Let us know you are coming – Please call HVA at 413-394-9796 or send an email to adixon@hvatoday.org

Thank you for considering volunteering again this year!

Alison (HVA) and Jane (BEAT)

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Berkshire Conservation District Meeting

Tuesday, June 14
4:30 pm
Silvio O. Conte Federal Building, 78 Center Street, Room 206, Pittsfield

Please take note that Berkshire Conservation District is now meeting every second Tuesday of the month. Our next meeting will be Tuesday, April 12th at 4:30pm at our office in Pittsfield. Agendas are posted the week prior at http://www.berkshireconservation.blogspot.com/

In cooperation with the USDA Natural Resource Conservation Service, the district provides technical assistance to landowners in the conservation and management of natural resources throughout the county. The district is a sponsor of the state-wide Massachusetts Envirothon and provides scholarships to Berkshire Community College and UMASS students. The district is governed by seven supervisors who serve for three year terms. The current slate of supervisors are: Robert Lear, Chairman Tony Boyer, Vice-Chair Kevin Zimmer, Treasurer Dave Jurczak, Dennis Mareb Ned Kirchner, Bill Florek The public are welcome to attend monthly meetings.

For more information please call the office at (413) 443-1776 or visit the website: www.berkshireconservation.org.

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DPU Hearing on Gas Transportation and Storage Agreements for Algonquin Pipeline

Tuesday, June 14, 2016
Rally 3:30-4:30pm
Hearing 5:00 pm

The Berkshire Athenaeum, Pittsfield’s Public Library, One Wendell Avenue, Pittsfield, MA

The DPU has now scheduled a hearing for Docket 15-181 Petition of NSTAR Electric Company and Western Massachusetts Electric Company, each doing business as Eversource Energy, and Docket 16-05 Petition of Massachusetts Electric Company and Nantucket Electric Company, each d/b/a National Grid, for Approval of Firm Gas Transportation and Storage Agreements with Algonquin Gas Transmission Company, LLC, pursuant to G.L. c. 164, § 94A.

A rally is in the planning stages for 3:30-4:30pm. For more information, contact judy@thebeatnews.org

Read the Hearing Notice HERE.
View the DPU Dockets HERE.

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Northern Berkshire Green Drinks

 
Thursday, June 2 at 5:30 pm
(First Thursday of each month)
The Log, 78 Spring Street, Williamstown
(in the Log’s Black Room – the room with blue couches and fire place)

Special Guest for June: TBA

As usual, a lively discussion will follow. Please bring along an interested comrade. All are welcome.
Cheers, Sarah

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Center for Environmental Studies – Log Lunches

Fridays during school year
12:00 noon – 1:00 pm
The Log, 78 Spring Street, Williamstown

Reservations strongly encouraged if you want to eat!

This week’s guest presenter: TBA

Please make your lunch reservation at: http://goo.gl/forms/n4cWGDQoEn or email dlewis@williams.edu. (The first 100 to reserve will have a seat at the table!)  Vegetarian lunch is $4.

​CES Summer Internship Program: See dozens of local, campus, and national internship postings; special internships from alumni, and subscribe to listserv, and find details on CES summer funding program at: http://ces.williams.edu/student-opportunities/funding-internships/
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Williams College Events

Nothing at this time.

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Green Drinks Hudson

Please join us for our inaugural Green Drinks!Green Drinks is a monthly international event for people interested in conservation, sustainability and meeting new people who share a common interest.Columbia Land Conservancy will be hosting this fun event on the third Tuesday of the month at Helsinki Hudson.  Please pass along to anyone who might be interested! Every third Tuesday of the month  Time: 5:30 PM Where: Helsinki Hudson, 405 Columbia Street, Hudson, NY For more information: email Heidi at heidi@clctrust.org or go to www.clctrust.org or www.Greendrinks.org.

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Springfield, MA Green Drinks

Theodores’ Blues Booze & BBQ in Springfield, Massachusetts Green Drinks Springfield is the local Springfield, MA meetup for citzens, professionals, and public servants interested in sustainability, renewable energy, all things “green,” the environment, and the new Green Movement. Whether a seasoned professional in a green business or just curious to find out what the buzz is about you are welcome! Green Drinks is an agenda-less, non-dues-paying open social event. Come and find out more! Where You Can Find Us Online: www.greendrinks.infowww.facebook.com/GreenDrinksSpringfield www.linkedin.com/groups/Green-Drinks-Springfield-MA Occurs the 1st Thursday of every Month, 5:30-7:30 at Theodores’ Blues Booze & BBQ in Springfield, Massachusetts

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Berkshire Museum Adventures

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Women in the Woods Days

Tuesday, May 31, 9:00 am–3:00 pm in New Marlborough, Mass.

Tuition: $60.00

Celebrate spring as you forage for wild edibles, make fire without matches, craft with the gifts of nature, and increase your knowledge of the land. Learn how the earth provides for you and feel the exhilaration and rejuvenation of meeting natural challenges with the support and fun of a community of wild women. Come for one day, or register for both and delve deeper into the skills and practices.

518.794.6687 | FlyingDeerNatureCenter.org

 


350Mass Berkshire Node: Monthly Meeting

Please join 350Mass Berkshire Node for our monthly meeting!

Wednesday, June 15
Potluck at 5:30 p.m. • Meeting begins at 6:00 p.m.
UU Church, 175 Wendell Ave. in Pittsfield.

Every month our meetings offer an opportunity for Berkshire residents to get involved with the growing climate change movement.

For June: TBA

You can say you’re attending and invite your friends on Facebook here: https://www.facebook.com/events/148183818898151/.

Looking forward to seeing you there!!

As always catch us around the web:

 


Evening at the Beaver Ponds

Sponsored by Berkshire Sanctuaries
TBA
Pleasant Valley Wildlife Sanctuary, 472 West Mountain Rd, Lenox
Instructor:Florian “Butch” Ptak – Sanctuary Volunteer
Audience: All (suitable for children 3 – 12 years)
Members: Adult $6.00, Child $3.00
Nonmembers: Adult $8.00, Child $4.00
Nonmembers can join today during checkout and take immediate advantage of member prices.
Enjoy an evening in the valley visiting the beaver ponds.  Search for beavers and other kinds of wildlife that are attracted by the series of ponds that the beavers have created.  Learn about the natural history of beavers and how they continue to change our landscape more than 80 years after their reintroduction.
Registration not required.

Pittsfield Green Drinks

Sponsored by Berkshire Environmental Action Team (BEAT)

Tuesday, June 21 at 5:15pm
J. Allens, 41 North Street, Pittsfield

For June, our presenters will be Jay Allard and/or Matt Lamb from Berkshire Earth Regenerators discussing permaculture.

From their website:

“Permaculture is sustainable land use design.  This is based on ecological and biological principles, often using patterns that occur in nature to maximize effect while minimizing wasted energy.  Permaculture aims to create stable, productive systems that provide for human needs, harmoniously integrating the land with its inhabitants.”

Join us on June 21st and visit www.earthregenerators.com/about/ to learn about permaculture!

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).
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.
For more information about Pittsfield Green Drinks, contact Elia Del Molino at BEAT (elia@thebeatnews.org or 413-230-7321).

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 Bird Walks at Canoe Meadows

Sponsored by Berkshire Sanctuaries
TBA
Canoe Meadows Wildlife Sanctuary, Holmes Rd, Pittsfield
Instructors: Noreen Mole – Sanctuary Volunteer and Hoffmann Bird Club leader; Jonathan Pierce – Pleasant Valley Caretaker and Hoffman Bird Club Leader
Audience: Adult
Members & Nonmembers:  Free
Spring and Fall are the seasons to look for migrants of all kinds, especially the beautiful wood-warblers. Walk past wetlands and meadows and through woodlands observing changes in bird species each week.
Instructions and Directions:  Bring binoculars; beginners welcome.
Registration not required.

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Athol Bird & Nature Club Events
Field Trips & Meetings 2016

Unless otherwise noted, programs are free and open to all, meet at the Millers River Environmental Center (MREC), 100 Main Street, Athol. If weather is questionable on a field trip day, please call the trip leader at least an hour before the scheduled meeting time

Accessible Birding with Joe
Tuesday @ 8:00 – 10:00 am – June 14
Join Joe Superchi on the second Tuesday of the month (through November) in a search for birds at local sites. Open to birders of all abilities. Meet at the Center 100 Main Street Athol. Call ahead for wheelchair van access, 978-248-9491.

“Early Bird” Birding with Jeff
TBA
Meet at the MREC, 100 Main Street, Athol
Join Jeff here the Center before heading out to explore the North Quabbin area for spring migrant birds. Come for as long as your schedule allows. Severe weather cancels. Info: Jeff Johnstone, 978-249-9052. MREC 100 Main Street Athol

Ware River Nature Club
Wednesday  May 25th  @ 7:00 p.m.
Rutland Public Library, 280 Main Street (Route 122A)
Conservation Science for the Wood Turtle, Blanding’s Turtle, and Northern Red-bellied Cooter in Massachusetts by Dr. Michael Jones, State Herpetologist Natural Heritage & Endangered Species Program, Massachusetts Division of Fisheries and Wildlife. 
Please join us in welcoming Mike Jones, the first state herpetologist.  In Mike’s program he’ll talk about turtle evolutionary history and relationships; conservation planning and strategies for two very different State-listed turtles; and emerging threats for New England turtles. He’ll also touch upon the reporting system for rare species sightings and his role as State Herpetologist, as well as entertain questions about other native amphibians and reptiles. Mike earned a Ph.D. in Wildlife & Fisheries Conservation and a M.S. in Evolutionary Biology from UMass Amherst, and was a founding director of American Turtle Observatory, where he led long-term studies of eleven species of freshwater turtles in New England, Florida, the Yucatan Peninsula, and western Mexico. Mike also spent several years studying mountain ecology in eastern Canada and northern New England, and he is the lead author and editor (with his wife, Liz Willey) of Eastern Alpine Guide. Mike is from Andover and lives in New Salem with his wife, Liz, and 11 year-old Labrador, Addie. Note: For those who attended the May ABNC program this is a great follow up with a more in depth look at some of our Ma species.

Tree Pruning and Organic Lawn and Garden Care
Friday, May 27
4:00 – 7:00 p.m.

Millers River Park (behind Athol Public Library)

Join us at the Millers River Park (behind the Athol Public Library) for a presentation on tree pruning and organic lawn and garden care. Travis Knechtel, Athol’s tree warden, will talk about organic care for lawns and gardens, with an emphasis on soils and soil amendments. Melissa LeVangie, arborist for the town of Petersham, will lead a tree pruning demonstration.  Attendees will receive hands-on instruction and an opportunity to practice with the trees in the Millers River Park.  (All tools provided.) As part of this event, Melissa and Travis will present “Ask the Arborist;”  Participants are encouraged to bring questions and they will share their expertise. Free tree seedlings will be given to attendees while supplies last.  Light refreshments will be provided by the Friends of the Athol Public Library. All are welcome. Free and Open to the Public

Geo – ABNC meeting
Tuesday June 21 , 7:00 PM .
Join Paul Kachinski and others in our second Geology meeting at the Millers River Environmental Center.
Thanks to the positive response from our first meeting we will actively continue with this program.  Club founder Robert Coyle was first a geologist and last month’s meeting reacquainted us with some interesting aspects of our local geology. Paul Kachinski is offering to help in getting a group together of those of us interested in mineralogy and geology to continue to promote the earth sciences in honor of Bob Coyle. There is a lot of opportunity to learn about geology with both Bob Coyle’s and Paul Kachinski’s collections. Chris Coyle is compiling a list of e-mails of interested folks. Contact Chris Coyle uppereustis@yahoo.com for details

6th Annual Moth Ball
Saturday, June 25, 9 p.m.
– late night
1542 Pleasant St., Athol
Join ABNC president Dave Small and naturalist Lula Field at Dave and Shelley’s house, 1542 Pleasant St., Athol, to search for Lunas, underwings, silkmoths and other night flying insects. Participants are invited to bring their tents, snacks to share and favorite moth baits. (Don’t know what those are? You’ll find out!) Info: Dave Small, 978-413-1772 or Dave@dhsmall.net.

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Stop the PCB Dumps Events

Stop the PCB Dumps meeting
Wednesday, May 25
7:00 pm
First Congregational Church, 25 Park St, Lee, MA

*PLEASE INVITE FRIENDS AND SHARE FAR AND WIDE*

An organizational and informational meeting:

GE wants to create toxic waste dumps of PCBs in Lee, Lenox, and Housatonic. The people of the Berkshires must stand together to prevent this from happening. We must compel them instead to properly clean the PCBs from our river.

We have held three dynamic meetings to engage the communities of these towns, share information and strategize about how to stop these dumps.

The next will be held in Lee on May 25th. Please come, or come again, spread the word, and bring friends!!

Questions: Tim Gray 413-446-2520

David Carpenter, MD, SUNY Albany, PCB Expert & Researcher;
Director of the Institute for Health and Environment.
Tuesday, June 28th
7:00pm

Great Barrington Congregational Church, Main Street, GB
Dr. Carpenter brings the medical science of the adverse health effects of PCBs in a clear and understandable manner. Always adequate time for Q&A.

*PLEASE INVITE FRIENDS AND SHARE FAR AND WIDE*

Lois Gibbs, Center for Health, Environment, & Justice
September, 2016 (date and venue to be announced)
CHEJ is a national organization that assists local people to become empowered to protect their communities from environmental threats.
Lois was the key leader of Love Canal residents in their fight to be relocated away from a toxic dump containing over 20,000 tons of chemicals.

#makeGEpay
facebook<dot com>/HousatonicRiverInitiative/

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 [NOTE: BEAT cannot (or does not) support civil disobedience. We do support non violent direct action that stays within the law.]

NVDA Training

Saturday, June 4
1:00 PM to 5:00 PM

Sunday, June 5
1:00 PM to 4:30 PM

Notchview, Windsor MA

The NED pipeline may be “suspended” but Kinder Morgan has not withdrawn its application to FERC. And other folks in New England are fighting other pipelines. Not to mention fracking…and fossil fuels. 

Those who wish to participate in a Sugar Shack sponsored large action that could involve arrests, need to take the complete training. Those who have been in an affinity group and participated in a large action that could have involved arrest in the past 5 years, or those who have completed part 1 but not part 2 of the training, are only required to attend part 2. 

WHEN: June 4, 1:00pm to 5:00pm AND June 5, 1:00pm to 4:30pm. You must commit to both dates unless you only need to attend part two, which will be on the 5th.

WHERE: Notchview, Windsor MA

TO REGISTER: e-mail Janet Bradley, janet.bradley2@gmail.com. Include your name, town, e-mail, whether you are already in an affinity group and if so, which one and whether you are coming for both days or just part 2. Janet will send out confirmations with more details.

WHAT YOU WILL LEARN: Learn the basic principles of non-violence, what makes an action effective, who is the Sugar Shack alliance, how do I find an affinity group to join (what is an affinity group?), what do I need to consider if I am considering arrest, what if I want to participate and not risk arrest, how do I help de-escalate a confrontational situation, what is consensus decision-making, and much more. The workshops will be highly interactive.

Checking “going” on the Facebook  event page will not register you.

Training is free but donations are welcomed to cover printed materials and trainers’ time and gas. Usual donation is $5 – $20 per person.

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WRLF announces Guided Hike Series

In celebration of its 30th year, the Williamstown Rural Lands Foundation will be offering a series of monthly guided hikes on Williamstown trails beginning Saturday May 21 with a hike of the Fitch and RRR Brooks Trail. This is a chance to discover Williamstown’s varied hiking trails and to hike with other outdoor enthusiasts. From easier and lesser-known trails to popular destinations like Pine Cobble, each month will feature an opportunity to explore.

All hikes will begin at 9:30 AM at the WRLF’s Sheep Hill headquarters on Route 7 and will be led by WRLF Board members and volunteers. Participants should dress for the weather and bring water, snacks, sunscreen, hats, and insect repellant. Sturdy shoes that can get wet or muddy are recommended.

The series will include:

Saturday, June 18 – Hopkins Forest 
Tuesday, July 19 – Stone Hill
Tuesday, August 16 – Sara Tenney Trail 
Saturday, September 17 – Stone Hill 

Saturday, September 24 – Berlin Loop Trail
Saturday October 22 – Pine Cobble

No advanced registration is required, but interested participants are encouraged to call (413) 458-2494 for more information.  Severe weather cancels.

The WRLF is a non-profit member-supported land conservation trust which helps to manage trails on its own and other conservation properties.  Its Sheep Hill headquarters are located on Cold Spring Road (Route 7) a mile south of the Williamstown rotary. For more information, visit www.wrlf.org or “Like” the Williamstown Rural Lands Foundation on Facebook.

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Attorney General Maura Healey’s Listening Session –
Pittsfield, MA

Thursday, May 26
6:00pm – 8:00pm
Ralph Froio Center, Pittsfield

Tickets through EventBrite HERE or RSVP to agocommunityengagement@state.ma.us

Attorney General Maura Healey’s Energy and Environment Bureau will be hosting Listening Sessions across the Commonwealth this Spring.  We hope you can join us for an evening of learning and sharing information about the environmental and energy issues that are important to you and your community.

Each Listening Session will begin with a brief overview of the work of the Energy and Environment Bureau, and will be devoted primarily to hearing directly from residents about the range of issues that concern you—whether it’s drinking water quality, childhood asthma in your community, lead paint, water pollution, proposed energy projects, climate change, toxic chemicals in the environment, energy costs, solar power, pollinator health, or another issue, we want to hear your thoughts!

The Energy and Environment Bureau works to protect utility ratepayers and our environment, and to reduce the threat of climate change for the people and families of the Commonwealth.  As the state’s Ratepayer Advocate, the Bureau’s Energy and Telecommunications Division represents consumers in matters involving the price and delivery of natural gas, electricity and telecommunication services before state and federal regulators.  The Bureau’s Environmental Protection Division and Environmental Crimes Strike Force enforce the laws that protect our air and water, preserve our lands and open space, require the clean-up of contaminated sites, and govern the use of pesticides and the handling and disposal of hazardous waste.  The Bureau’s integration of energy and environmental advocacy  ensures that our office speaks with one voice in addressing the intertwined ratepayer and environmental protection matters that impact the Commonwealth and our residents.

Melissa Hoffer, EEB Chief, and her team, along with the AG Community Engagement Division, will be in attendance in the Berkshires.

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Family Fun Day at Pleasant Valley Wildlife Sanctuary

Saturday, June 4
10 am to 4 pm, rain or shine
Pleasant Valley Wildlife Sanctuary, 472 W. Mountain Rd., Lenox

Mass Audubon’s Pleasant Valley Wildlife Sanctuary welcomes all to Family Fun Day.  All events are free of charge, thanks to Greylock Federal Credit Union and CompuWorks.

Award-winning puppeteer Deborah Costine will present handcrafted creatures in “The Twig Family in the Oak Tree” at 10:30am and 12:15pm.  At 11:15am George Wilson will entertain young and old with funny songs and traditional tunes.  At 1:30pm, see raptors and owls up close and explore what makes a “bird of prey” with a Blue Hills Mass Audubon naturalist, followed by Tom Tyning’s Terrific Turtles at 3pm.  All events will be indoors if it rains.

Children can create a beautiful paper bird, an origami frog, or other nature crafts, discover Mystery Mud Critters, or visit a Tiny Bug Zoo.  Learn about local wildlife–including live creatures–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.  Bird-spotting and salamander walks are offered at 10.

Lunches and snacks are for sale.  Mass Audubon family memberships will also be available at half-price.

Throughout the day, families are invited to explore the sanctuary’s seven miles of pond, forest, and stream trails.  Its birds, wildlife, plants, and natural environment attract visitors from around the world.  Attendees can also register for the sanctuary’s summer nature camp program, which has offered outdoor education and fun for children for sixty-nine years.

For further information: 413-637-0320 or www.massaudubon.org.

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Attorney General’s “Energy and Environment Public Listening Session” – Springfield, MA
RESCHEDULED

Share your concerns about the environment with the Attorney General’s Office

Thursday, June 16
6:00- 8:00 pm
UMass Center in Springfield at Tower Square, 1500 Main Street, Springfield, MA 01115

RSVP: https:// springfieldenvironmentlistenin gsession.eventbrite.com

The Office of Attorney General Maura Healey will be hosting an “Energy and Environment Public Listening Session” on May 4 in Springfield.  This session will be devoted to hearing directly from residents about a range of issues, including: drinking water quality, childhood asthma, lead paint, toxic chemicals in the environment, energy costs and more.This event is free and open to the public.

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Berkshire BioBlitz 2016

Saturday, June 18 through Sunday, June 19, 2016 (24 hours running)
Base of Mt. Greylock

This will be a 24-hour bio assessment of the base of Mt. Greylock (location tentative). As many of you know, the goal is to identify as many species as possible! Birds, reptiles, mammals, plants, fish… everything!

This year’s event is sponsored in part by the Massachusetts Geographical Alliance.

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

http://www.berkshirebioblitz.org/

Lisa Provencher – Berkshire BioBlitz, Dr. Augie’s Science & Art Programs

Scott LaGreca – Cornell University

Jane Winn – Berkshire Environmental Action Team (BEAT)

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Webinar Series —
Understanding & Protecting NEPA to Help Battle Pipelines, Compressors, LNG Exports and Other Environmental Harms.

With 4 Opportunities to Participate.
The Delaware Riverkeeper Network, EarthJustice and Save Our Earth are presenting a webinar (offered at 4 different times for maximum accessibility) about the value and threats to NEPA, and what you can do to protect it from the recent set of house and senate energy bills.
The National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) is one of the first environmental protection laws passed at the federal level. While it does not mandate a particular substantive outcome, it does require our federal agencies to thoroughly investigate and review the environmental and community impacts of their decisions and whether there are other alternatives that could do a better job with a lesser environmental footprint. In the context of pipelines, compressors and LNG export facilities, 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. It also provides a pathway for engaging the community and informing politicians about a project proposal so they know how best to get engaged.
In recent years NEPA is constantly under threat. In the context of FERC regulated projects both the Senate and the House have advanced proposals that would seriously undermine NEPA review and as a result would further grease the wheels for quick approval by FERC of the many inFRACKstructure projects damaging so many communities.
Sign up for one of four dates:
June 7 @ 1 pm
Maya K. van Rossum
the Delaware Riverkeeper
Delaware Riverkeeper Network
925 Canal Street, Suite 3701, Bristol, PA 19007
Twitter: @DelRiverkeeper

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Natural History of the Berkshires-A Field Course for Adults and Youth

Sponsoring Organizations: MCLA, Cornell University and Dr. Augie’s Science Programs

Course Location: Pittsfield/Lanesborough

Schedule: Tuesday July 5-Friday July 8, 2016
(4 or 2 day course… see registration form link below)
Time: 8am to 5pm

Target Audience: Adults and Youth (16 years or older)

Cost: $250 for 4 days or $125 for 2 days

To apply for this course email: berkshirebioblitz@gmail.com

Main Instructors: Lisa Provencher, M.S. Entomology. B.S. Environmental Science, Scott LaGreca Ph.D. Cornell University, John Wheeler Berkshire Mycology Society and various specialists TBA.

For more details see: https://draugies.wordpress.com/teacher-professional-development

Throughout this course we will meet with scientists and local naturalists as we explore and learn about the natural world of the Berkshires. The course will include several ways everyone can contribute to science including programs such as: Citizen Science, biodiversity days and the fast and furious bioblitz.

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Stop the Pipelines or the People Will — March and Action

July 14-18, 2016
Medway • Walpole • Sharon • Weymouth • West Roxbury • the Statehouse

This is a historic moment: all over the world, people are taking bold direct action to stop new oil, coal and gas infrastructure and demand climate solutions. This July, we’re bringing the momentum to Massachusetts with a massive march and action against new gas pipelines.We’ll spend two days walking the route of Spectra’s proposed Access Northeast pipeline, building community and training ourselves in direct action as we go. Then, we’ll march to West Roxbury to shut down construction on the Spectra pipeline there, alongside our partners from Resist the Pipeline. Finally, we’ll walk together to the State House, where we’ll take bold, visionary action together to show Governor Baker, and our legislators, that we’re ready to do what it takes to stop new fossil fuel pipelines.

The timing couldn’t be better: our legislators and governor are on the verge of major decisions about pipelines and our state’s energy future. This summer could be a turning point for our state, and our climate. You won’t want to miss it!

Dates and locations:

Thursday, July 14 (Medway to Walpole)
Friday, July 15 (Walpole to Sharon)
Saturday, July 16 (Sharon to West Roxbury)
Saturday, July 15 (a separate group will march from Weymouth to join us in West Roxbury)
Sunday, July 17 (West Roxbury to the State House)
Big action at the State House on Monday, July 18
Want to be part of making this historic march a reality? Attend an open volunteer meeting on Sunday, July 12, 10 am to 2 pm at the Democracy Center, 45 Mt. Auburn St. in Cambridge. To get involved in the meantime, email Emily Kirkland, emily@betterfutureproject.org.

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Wild & Scenic Weekends along the Upper West Branch of the Westfield River

Learn new conservation skills at our free trainings, and put your passion into practice at our river and trail workdays. Events sponsored along the upper West Branch of the Westfield River in Becket and Washington.

June 18 • Birds, Beasts and Bees on the West Branch (Walk) • 10am-1pm
Spend a couple of hours by the river and discover its rich natural diversity. Leader Naturalist Ed Neumuth.

July 9 • Center Pond Paddle (Paddle) • 10am-2pm
Learn to identify and remove invasive aquatic and wetland plants. Leader Mercedes Gallagher, Center Pond Weed Project

August 13  Becket Gorge and Shaker Mill Brook (Hike) • 10am-2pm
Explore what you can do to celebrate and protect river corridors.

September 17  Third Annual Watershed Blitz  9am-2pm
Walk segments of the Wild & Scenic West Branch with river specialists and naturalists and meet fellow river stewards.

Register for all the details by contacting Meredyth Babcock: 413-623-2070 or volunteer@wildscenicwestfieldriver.org

Find us in the River and on the web:  www.wildscenicwestfieldriver.org

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Outdoor Adventure & Wilderness Skills!

 

SUMMER CAMPSstart 6/20 and run through 8/19
ALL Summer Camps (Leader in Training, At Home in the Woods, Way of the Scout and Hunter-Gatherer) are held in Conway, MA.
All weeks are Monday to Friday, 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. EXCEPT JULY 4 WEEK–Tuesday, 7/5-Friday, 7/8.

Sign up for our monthly ezine!

Contact Frank if you would like to bring Living History Programs to your school and/or library!

Learn while you play Wildcraft! The Herbal Adventure Game!

Earthwork Programs
PO Box 961
Williamsburg, MA 01096
413-340-1161
frank@earthworkprograms. com