Calendar of events

loBerkshire 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.
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 Dyken Pond Center Events

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

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

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Pittsfield Green Drinks 

Tuesday, February 16, 2016
5:15 pm

J Allens, 41 North St, Pittsfield

Sponsored by Berkshire Environmental Action Team (BEAT) 

Please join us the 3rd Tuesday of the month, January 19, for Pittsfield Green Drinks starting at 5:15 p.m. at J Allens Clubhouse Grille, 41 North St, Pittsfield, MA 01201.

February’s presenter to be announced soon!

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’s Green Drinks? It’s a free monthly social event for people who are 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.

For more information about Pittsfield Green Drinks, contact Elia Del Molino at BEAT ( or 413-230-7321).
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Winter Farmers Market

Local Cheeses, Meats, Vegetables, Breads, Apples, Yams & More

+Music, Food, & Activities for Kids


Feb 13, 2016
10:00 am – 2:00 pm

Monument Valley Middle School
Monument Valley Road, Great Barrington

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Pittsfield Conservation Commission –
Public Input Forum on City Parks

Thursday, February 4th
Pittsfield City Council Chambers – City Hall

The Pittsfield Conservation Commission is developing a Conservation Properties Master Plan and is looking for community input.  Working withgraduate students from the Conway School of Landscape Design, city staff areseeking to develop a new vision for the following large, city-owned conservation properties:

  • BrattlebrookPark
  • Barkerville Conservation Area
  • Tierney Conservation Area
  • Wild Acres.

Following in-depth research into the ecological attributes of each property as well as how each property is used by the community, goals and objectives will be established that recognize maintenance needs as well as needed and desired capital improvements.

The Conway School students will lead a public input forum on Thursday, February 4th beginning at 7 pm in the City Council Chambers at Pittsfield City Hall.  All who have an interest in the future of these conservation areas should plan to attend.  In addition, a short online survey has been developed and we hope you’ll take a few minutes to fill it out. For more information, contact city conservation agent Rob Van Der Kar at or 499-9359.

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Great Barrington GREEN DRINKS

Thursday, February 4th

The Prairie Whale, 178 Main Street, Great Barrington
Jay Allard co-founder of Berkshire Earth Regenerators will speak with us about permaculture:  what it is, how it can provide solutions to larger environmental problems and a project they have been working on at the Shire City Sanctuary in Pittsfield.
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.

AND if you are inspired by the idea of permaculture. You can head over to the Mason Library in Great Barrington to catch a 7:00pm screening of the documentary: Inhabit: A Permaculture Perspective. Snacks and discussion to follow the film. This event is free and open to the public.
See you there!

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“Renewables Are Ready” Slide Presentation

Tuesday, February 23 @ 7:00 PM
Leverett Library

Wednesday, February 24 @ 6:30PM
First Congregational Church, Greenfield 
Sponsored by Connecticut River Valley Sanctuaries

Renewables Are Ready is a Slide presentation developed in response to the defining issue of our times: climate change. Its goals are to inform about the advances in renewable energy technologies and their potential, together with efficiency, to power our country by 2050 and to identify the political obstacles in getting there. The program finishes with inspiring examples of action and activism that serve as a springboard for brainstorming about individual and community actions to make renewables our energy future.

Solar and wind keep the peace. All are welcome. Presented by Pat Hynes for Traprock Center and Nuclear- and Carbon-Free Future. Visit Traprock Center for Peace and Justice.

For Arcadia Wildlife Sanctuary event: Members: $5.00; Nonmembers:$7.00. Nonmembers can join during checkout and take immediate advantage of member prices. Registration is requiredRegister online or call 413-584-3009 to register by phone. Register by mail: program registration form  For more information, contact: Arcadia Wildlife Sanctuary, Easthampton, MA 01027.

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“Bear With Us!” slide presentation and two half-day field workshops

Friday, February 5, 2016 – 7:00 p.m. to Saturday, February 6, 2016 – 4:30 p.m.

Slide Show: Arcadia Wildlife Sanctuary, 127 Combs Road, Easthampton, MA
Field Workshops will be held at 525 West Main Street, Plainfield, MA (on property owned by Judy and Dudley Williams)

“Bear With Us! Living with Bears in the North Country” will be presented by Susan Morse of Keeping Track.  Be prepared for lots of fascinating information on black bear biology and ecology, with emphasis on the field identification of tracks and sign. Sue is very excited about this show because it offers the most comprehensive discussion of bear scent-marking behaviors, illustrated with dozens of her original images.  As for living in harmony with black bears, it’s entirely up to us, as this program will solidly demonstrate. “Bear safety” is achieved largely because of what we do out there, whether it be in the wild or around our home and farmyard. It is more about what we can do to minimize the hazards we pose to bears.

The next day, Saturday, February 6, 2016, join Susan for a one of the half-day field workshops.  Susan will be able to show to you much of what you viewed and learned about during the slide show.  It will be a great experience to enjoy two days of learning how bears live in the north country, and why we should respect their need for undisturbed habitat.

The slide show will be held at Arcadia Wildlife Sanctuary, 127 Combs Road, Easthampton, MA.  The field workshops will be held on property owned by Judy and Dudley  Williams, 525 West Main Street, Plainfield, MA.

Register for the Slideshow
Register for Mammal Tracking with Susan Morse: Morning Session
Register for Mammal Tracking with Susan Morse: Afternoon Session

For more information about the slide show and field workshops, contact Patti Steinman of Massachusetts Audubon at

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Williamstown Rural Lands Foundation Events

Basket making workshop with basket weaver Isabel Krebs
Saturday February 6
10:00 am – 4:00 pm
Sheep Hill headquarters, Rt. 7, Williamstown, MA
This is the first in a series of Get Unplugged events as part of the WRLF’s 30th anniversary year. Baskets have been woven for thousands of years for use as containers for food and other essential items. In this workshop participants will learn to weave a useful and decorative bread basket.

Isabel Krebs learned the basics of basketry at the YMCA Conference Center at Silver Bay on Lake George, while vacationing in the 1990’s. Following her retirement from teaching, she signed on at the Hancock Shaker Village and, among other crafts, learned Shaker basketry. In 2009 she retired again and pursued basket making as a hobby. Any opportunity for her to share this skill is a joy!

Cost for the basket-making workshop, which includes materials and a light lunch, is $30, $25 for WRLF members.

Informal bread-making afternoon
Saturday, February 20, 2016
Beginning 12:30 pm
Put your bread basket to immediate use! Join WRLF staff in an informal bread-making afternoon. This hands-on event is especially for those who have always thought about making bread but haven’t yet tried, but bakers of all experience levels are welcome. We’ll also make butter and other toppings for our fresh-baked loaves.
Cost is $10 per person, $5 WRLF members.

Space is limited and registration is required for both events.  For more information or to register, visit or call 413-458-2494.

The Williamstown Rural Lands Foundation is a non-profit land conservation trust celebrating its 30th year in 2016. WRLF works to preserve the rural New England character of Williamstown and to connect children and adults to the natural world. Sheep Hill is located on Route 7 approximately one mile south of the Rotary in Williamstown.

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Sue Morse presents “The Cougar Returns to the East”

Saturday, February 6, 2016
7:00 – 9:00pm

Berkshire Community College, Pittsfield
Robert Boland Theatre – Koussevitzky Arts Center
1350 West Street, Pittsfield, MA 01201


The Berkshire Environmental Action Team (BEAT), The Trustees of Reservations (The Trustees), Appalachian Trail Conservancy (ATC), Berkshire Natural Resources Council (BNRC), and Berkshire Community College are proud to present Sue Morse’s critically acclaimed presentation “The Cougar Returns to the East”. The presentation is free and open to the public.

There is no question about it. Cougars are not only being seen in eastern North America, some are attempting to recolonize their former habitats. Where once it was flatly dismissed as an impossibility in the so-called “developed” east, scientists have now documented cougar dispersals and even occupancy in a growing list of eastern states and provinces. Join us for a magnificently illustrated introduction to cougar biology and ecology in the broad diversity of habitats where Sue has studied them, from Alberta to the Arizona/Mexico border. You’ll also get the low-down regarding the latest confirmations of cougars in the east, including the recently documented suitability of a substantial amount of wild habitats from Manitoba to Louisiana and Maine to Georgia. It is only a matter of time!

Sue Morse, the founder of Keeping Track, is highly regarded as an expert in natural history and one of the top wildlife trackers in North America. Since 1977, she has been monitoring wildlife, with an emphasis on documenting the presence and habitat requirements of bobcat, black bear, Canada lynx and cougar.


The following day, Sunday, February 7th, Sue will be giving a guided morning hike to teach tracking concepts. To reserve your space contact Space is limited so sign up today to reserve your spot!

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BNRC Winter Woodland Snowshoe Hike

Saturday, February 6, 2016
1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Meet at Berkshire South Reg’l Community Center, GB
Description: Ages 12+. Join us for a guided snowshoe hike on the Threemile Hill Trail. Meet at Berkshire South. We will be snowshoeing up to the half-way point and then returning in our own tracks. Folks can also explore the easier terrain of the open fields. Co-sponsored by Berkshire South, Berkshire Natural Resources Council, and the Mass. Department of Conservation and Recreation. Hike leaders will be Mike Leavitt of BNRC and Christine Ward of Great Barrington Trails & Greenways. The hike is 1.5 miles one way (estimate 2.5 – 3 hours). Bring your own snowshoes or try out a pair generously provided by Berkshire Bike & Board. If no snow, we’ll skip the snowshoes and do a winter hike! Call 413-528-2810 ext. 31 for more information. For other snowshoeing opportunities visit
Pre-registration is requested; 24-hour advance reservation required for snowshoes. FREE! Come on into the center afterwards for a warm-up and hot chocolate!
Directions: From Pittsfield, go south on Rt. 7. Take a left onto Crissey Road (just before the Price Chopper). Berkshire South Regional Community Center is at the end of the road.

Pittsfield Tree Watch

Pittsfield Tree Watch meets the 2nd Thursday of every month at the Pittsfield Senior Center, 330 North Street, from 4-5:30 pm. Please come and learn more about what is happening to increase the number of trees in Pittsfield!
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Berkshire Conservation District Meeting

Tuesday, February 16, 2016
Silvio O. Conte Federal Building, 78 Center Street, Room 206, Pittsfield

The Berkshire Conservation District holds open public meetings every third Tuesday of the month at 4pm at  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:

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Green Drinks Williamstown

Thursday, February 4
5:30 pm
The Log, 78 Spring Street, Williamstown
A reminder that Leslie Reed Evans, Director of the W’town Rural Lands Foundation, will be our special guest Green Drinks this Thursday at 5:30 at The Log (room with blue couches & fireplace). 
Bring a green friend.

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Center for Environmental Studies – Log Lunches

Friday February 5
12:00 noon – 1:00 pm
The Log, 78 Spring Street, Williamstown

Log Lunch is back this Friday with a talk by CES Visiting Post-Doctoral Fellow, Adam Romero speaking about, “The Road to Hell? The ‘Food Movement’ and the Unequal Bifurcation of the US Food System.”

Reservations strongly encouraged if you want to eat!

First Year Students are Free this week with reservation. Please make your lunch reservation ($4) at: or email

Semester reservations (10 log lunches) will be sold this week (a $4 savings). Semester reservations $36 (Semester reservations for first years and seniors $32).

See the February Log Lunch Calendar here:

​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:

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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 or go to or return to top


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: 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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SCITS, WRAPS, and FLOATS – New Tools to Satisfy Regulatory Needs and Track Water Restoration and Protection Efforts

NCWRA luncheon, forum and webinar

Friday, February 8, 2016
11:30 am – 1:30 pm 
Jane S. McKimmon Center, Raleigh, NC

Webinar Option – This forum features a webinar option for those unable to attend in person. Details and instructions for the webinar can be found here: You must provide a valid email address to register for the webinar and webinar links will be sent out on or before February 8th.

Speaker: Cam McNutt, Environmental Program Consultant – Water Quality Assessment and Implementation, Division of Water Resources, NCDEQ

Description: This presentation will be focused on workflows and tools being developed within the Department of Environmental Quality Division of Water Resources to address 303(d) listed (Impaired) waters in North Carolina. The tools are being developed to streamline the watershed restoration and protection planning process and develop a robust tracking and communications framework. Tools include mobile applications for identifying pollution sources and conveyances and identifying solutions, a calculator for evaluating costs and benefits and return on investment for small and large scale restoration projects.  Workflows include online plan status and implementation tracking, connecting projects with funding and interested participants, and importantly tracking the success of projects in the Clean Water Act framework to ease reporting and tell the story of water quality/quantity improvement efforts in North Carolina.

Sponsorship Opportunities: NC Water Resources Association welcomes sponsors to help share the cost of our various events or provide additional services. Please visit the Sponsorship page for details.

Continuing Education Credits:  This forum will provide 1 PDH (professional development hour) credit for professional engineers and surveyors, contingent upon board approval.

Questions? Contact WRRI at 919-515-2815 or email to

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BEAT Educational Hikes and Wildlife Tracking Related to Proposed Compressor Station in Windsor

Thanks to funding from the Central Berkshire Fund of Berkshire Taconic Community Foundation, BEAT is offering educational hikes on MA Fish & Wildlife land in Windsor adjacent to the site proposed by Kinder Morgan/Tennessee Gas Pipeline Co. for a massive gas compressor station. The purpose of the hikes – which are free and open to the public – is to educate and inform participants about the proposed compressor station and its potential impacts to the environment, and to conduct a wildlife tracking study to document the diversity of wildlife that exists on these lands.  The hikes are currently scheduled for:
Wildlife and the Compressor Station
Saturday, Feb 13th  •  Friday, Feb 19th •  Friday, March 18th
Vernal Pool Certification
Saturday, May 7th
For more information, please email

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February Vacation Exploration Program at Sheep Hill

February 16 – 19
1:00 – 4:00 PM each day
Sheep Hill, Route 7, Williamstown

The Williamstown Rural Lands Foundation is offering a vacation exploration program at Sheep Hill during February vacation weekafternoons 1:00 to 4:00 PM Tuesday February 16 through Friday February 19 for children ages K – 4th grade.

The programs will take place Sheep Hill no matter what the weather and will feature habitat exploration, winter science experiments, hiking or sledding,  craft projects, baking and cooking, and more.

Winter is a great time to get outdoors and Sheep Hill offers a variety of habitats to explore and room for outdoor fun, as well as a warm space for getting out of the weather.

The cost for the four afternoon programs is $125, $100 for WRLF members. For more information or to register visit or call the office at 413-458-2494.

The WRLF is a non-profit member-supported land conservation trust.  Its headquarters at Sheep Hill are located on Route 7 in Williamstown, approximately one mile south of the Williamstown rotary.

For more information and to register online visit: SCITS, WRAPS, and FLOATS – New Tools to Satisfy Regulatory Needs and Track Water Restoration and Protection Efforts
You can also download a brochure at this site to mail with cash or check payment to register for this event.

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Winter Tracking Outing with The Franklin Land Trust

Saturday, February 20th
10:00 AM – 1:00 PM
Crowningshield Conservation Area, Heath

Join naturalist Charley Eiseman for an animal tracking excursion in at the Franklin Land Trust’s recently acquired Crowningshield Conservation Area in Heath. We will go beyond simply identifying tracks to discussing how the animals are moving and how they are interacting with vegetation, their environment, and each other. Some of the animals seen on this property include moose, black bear, porcupine, fisher, coyote, mink, and ruffed grouse.

Because Charley is the lead author of the award-winning field guide, Tracks & Sign of Insects and Other Invertebrates, we will likely examine evidence of some of these tiny, underappreciated creatures. Charley has been teaching winter tracking courses for over a decade with his coauthor, Noah Charney. For the rest of the year, he conducts plant, wildlife, and natural community surveys for land trusts and other organizations.

This free event has been made possible by the Heath and Hawley/Charlemont Cultural Councils and is open to the public.

To register and get directions, please call at 413-625-9151 or email by February 16th.

The Franklin Land Trust works with landowners who seek to protect the farms, forests, and other natural resources significant to the environmental quality, economy and rural character of our region.


Linda Alvord, Franklin Land Trust 413.625.9151

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Snowshoe outing

Wednesday, February 24
10:00 am to 12:00 noon
Toole Wildlife Preserve, Lenox, MA

Ken Kelly of the Lenox Land Trust has volunteered to lead this snowshoe hike and another on February 27 – weather-permitting, of course! Please join us!

Park and meet behind Hampton Inn, 445 Pittsfield Road (Routes 7 & 20), Lenox.  May be canceled if there is no snow or if ice on ponds is not thick enough for safe crossing.  Sponsored by Lenox Land Trust.

Call (413) 329-9678 morning of event if conditions are questionable.

See event flyer.

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Snowshoe outing

Saturday, February 27
10:00 am to 12:00 noon
Toole Wildlife Preserve, Lenox, MA

Ken Kelly of the Lenox Land Trust has volunteered to lead this snowshoe hike – weather-permitting, of course! Please join us!

Park and meet behind Hampton Inn, 445 Pittsfield Road (Routes 7 & 20), Lenox.  May be canceled if there is no snow or if ice on ponds is not thick enough for safe crossing.  Sponsored by Lenox Land Trust.

Call (413) 329-9678 morning of event if conditions are questionable.

See event flyer.

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Winter Snow Animal Tracking with naturalist Dan Yacobellis at Sheep Hill

Saturday, March 5
Sheep Hill – Williamstown Rural Lands Foundation (WRLF)

671 Cold Spring Road, Williamstown, MA 01267

9:00 – 11:30 am
Join this family friendly walk around the bottom of the hill identifying tracks and sign of animals  – like deer, rabbits, mice, fox and birds – that have passed through. We’ll play nature detectives interpreting the stories in these tracks and signs!

12:00 – 4:00 pm
For those that want to take it a little further, we’ll venture up into the forest and look for some of the more secretive creatures like Fisher and Bobcat! We will look a bit more closely at the tracks and go a little deeper with our interpretations, too. This more in-depth program is suitable for adults and kids 8 and up.

Registrations required as space is limited. Cost: individual $5, family $10, free to WRLF members.

Dan Yacobellis – In addition to being a naturalist and tracker, Dan Yacobellis is a student of native lore, culture, and life. He has been mentoring school children, at-risk teens and adults in primitive skills and nature awareness since 1997. He is a father of five.

For more information, call 413-458-2494 or visit

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350Mass Berkshire Node: Monthly Meeting

Please join 350Mass Berkshire Node for our monthly meeting on Wednesday, February 17th at the UU Church, 175 Wendell Ave. in Pittsfield.

Potluck at 5:30 p.m.
Meeting begins at 6:00 p.m.
For additional information, please visit our website:

Looking forward to seeing you there!!

As always catch us around the web:

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MEES 2016 Conference:
The Language of Climate Change

Wednesday, March 9, 2016
8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
College of the Holy Cross (Hogan Campus Center), Worcester

As climate change becomes the environmental benchmark for this generation environmental educators need to hone their skills in both arenas of science and communication. Responding to that need, the Massachusetts Environmental Education Society (MEES) will convene a “Language of Climate Change” summit in March 2016, dedicated to widely exploring avenues of climate change communication.

The “Language of Climate Change” will feature researchers, influential leaders, program models, and active voices from within and outside of the environmental education field. Participants will tackle the question: how do we bring about a behavioral shift when teaching, talking or communicating climate change science? We will focus specifically on communicating to a K-12 and college audience, and with over 200 formal and informal educators expected, this is an opportunity to gather a wellspring of energy in the state to address this topic.

Grant funding for this initiative has allowed us to bring in a nationally recognized speaker, David T. Sobel of Antioch University New England, as well as a workshop series by the National Network for Ocean and Climate Change Interpretation (NNOCCI).

For more information and to register, visit the MEES Conference website.

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Save the Date! The 2016 PV Grows Forum

Wednesday, March 9th
Gateway City Arts, 92 Race Street, Holyoke, MA 

This year, the forum centers around the topic “Local Food, Healthy Communities.” We hope you’ll join us.

The 2016 PVGrows Forum will examine the ways in which health and local food are connected, and specifically how issues of access, affordability and equity in our local food system impact health outcomes for our communities, and disproportionately so for poor communities and communities of color.

Despite the strong local food movement in Western Massachusetts, many in our region struggle to gain access to healthy, affordable fruits and vegetables. Low income families in both urban and rural areas may not have food stores nearby, and those that are accessible may not carry healthy, let alone local and culturally relevant, produce. In Western Massachusetts, the majority of people of color live in urban areas, where the quality and selection of produce is poorest, making fresh and healthy local food a racial and economic equity issue. At the 2016 Spring Forum, we will deepen the dialogue and working relationships between the healthcare sector and the local food movement, identify barriers to healthy local food, and highlight work that is already increasing the availability of locally grown food for individuals and institutions.

PVGrows Forums are annual events that bring 100-150 people interested in the food system of the Pioneer Valley together to spend a day deeply exploring one crucial topic.

Join us at the 2016 PVGrows Forum to explore how health outcomes can be improved by linking local agriculture and under-served communities.

Registration will open soon.

We’ll have many more exciting details to share with you soon, but be sure to pencil us in. You won’t want to miss this event; you’ll leave re-energized, bursting with new ideas and new contacts.

See you at the Forum,
Libby Reinish
PVGrows Network Coordinator

P.S. We need your help to make this year’s Forum a success. To volunteer or sponsor the 2016 PVGrows Forum, please contact Libby Reinish, PVGrows Network Coordinator, at

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SAVE THE DATES and join us for a 4-DAY WALK between the sites of the PROPOSED Kinder Morgan compressor stations in Windsor and Northfield MA

March 17, 18, 19, 20 — 2016


Shelburne Falls…Greenfield…Turners Falls…Millers Falls…Northfield

Sponsored by the Sugar Shack Alliance for Non-Violent Direct Action against the proposed Kinder Morgan NED Pipeline.

For more information or to volunteer to help coordinate this event, contact Bob Bady,

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4th Annual Mass. Water Forum

Water on My Mind

In Honor of World Water Day

Tuesday, March 22, 2016
1:00 pm
BSA Space, 290 Congress Street, Boston, MA

which The conference is free and should be interesting.  Here’s a link for more information and to register: by Rep. Chris Walsh and Foundation for a Green Future, Inc., World Water Day aims to remind people about the significance of fresh water and to promote sustainability for fresh water resources’ management. It’s a day to celebrate water. It’s a day to prepare for how we manage water in the future. 

Featured speakers include EOEEA Sec. Beaton, Charles River Watershed Association’s Bob Zimmerman, and legislative water experts Sen. Jamie Eldridge and Rep. Carolyn Dykema, among others.

For more information, visit the EVENT web page.

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MA Dept. of Public Utilities –
Public Comment Hearings

In early January, Kinder Morgan initiated its long-anticipated survey access proceedings at the MA Department of Public Utilities (DPU) regarding Northeast Energy Direct (“NED”) Survey Petitions. According to a press release by PLAN-NE:

“Kinder Morgan’s subsidiary, the Tennessee Gas Pipeline Company, filed three petitions with the Massachusetts Department of Public Utilities (DPU) seeking authority to enter some 450 private properties to conduct “surveys preliminary to eminent domain” for the proposed Northeast Energy Direct (NED) pipeline project. Many landowners have received multiple letters and visits from the company’s agents over the course of two years, even after denying survey permission on multiple occasions.”

Under pressure from property owners and activists, the DPU has scheduled public hearings along the pipeline route, including the following in Pittsfield:

Tuesday, March 29
7:00 p.m.
Berkshire Community College
Boland Theater
1350 West Street
Pittsfield, MA 01201

For the full schedule of pubic comment hearings, see the DPU website page here.

The Department also accepts written comments, which are given equal consideration to comments made at a public comment hearing. Written comments may be submitted through Friday May 6, 2016.

Written comments should be emailed to: and Hearing Officer Stephen August at

If you wish to send comments by regular mail, please send them to:

Department of Public Utilities Siting Division
1 South Station
Boston, MA 02110
Attn: Stephen August, Hearing Officer

If you are a property owner whose property is included in the Company’s petition requesting survey authorization from the Department, you will receive a further public notice in the mail in the coming weeks announcing the public hearings, providing a copy of the relevant petition, and providing additional information about submitting written comments.

All of the properties subject to these three proceedings are available at the links below:
» DPU Docket 16-01:
AffidavitPetition for Geotechnical Survey (23 landowners)
» DPU Docket 16-02:
Petition for Vernal Pool and other Surveys (18 landowners)
» DPU Docket 16-03:
 Part 1
Petition for Early Determination; Summary of Project; Arguments for DPU to Issue Order to Allow Survey;
Exhibit A: Property Owners List (408 landowners)

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MCLA Green Living Seminar Series

Thursdays at 5:30 p.m. through April 14th
Feigenbaum Center for Science and Innovation (Room 121)
MCLA Campus, North Adams

“Living with Wildlife: Conflicts and Conservation” will be the theme of MCLA’s spring semester Green Living Seminar Series. The presentations are free and open to the public.

The 11-week series considers the relationship between people and wildlife both locally and more broadly. “These presentations will inform both students and community members about how conflict arises and is addressed when wildlife interferes with human activities, and we will explore strategies for wildlife conservation in a rapidly changing world,” said Elena Traister, MCLA professor of environmental science.

Upcoming presentations:

February 4, “Alleviating Wildlife Conflicts in Massachusetts,” presented by Monte Chandler, State Director for USDA-APHIS-Wildlife Services

February 11, “When Wildlife Gets Too Close,” presented by Andrew Madden, Western Wildlife District Supervisor for the Massachusetts Division of Fisheries and Wildlife

February 18, “What to Do When There Are Too Many Deer in the Suburbs,” presented by Allen Rutberg, Research Assistant Professor of Biomedical Sciences at Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine at Tufts University and Director of the Center for Animals and Public Policy

February 25, “Fishing, Hunting, and Trapping in Massachusetts,” presented by Nathan Buckhout, District Wildlife Biologist for the Massachusetts Division of Fisheries and Wildlife

March 3, “Mass Audubon: Protecting the nature of Massachusetts,” presented by Becky Cushing, Berkshire Sanctuaries Director for Mass Audubon

March 10, “Roads and Wildlife: Reducing human impacts on habitat connectivity,” presented by Elia Del Molino, Program Manager for the Berkshire Environmental Action Team (BEAT)

March 24, “Wildlife Rehabilitation,” presented by the Vermont Institute of Natural Science

March 31, “A Shifting Approach to Saving Endangered Species,” presented by Pat Parenteau, Senior Counsel and Professor of Law at Vermont Law School

April 7, “Managing Protected Areas to Benefit Threatened Species,” presented by Doug Bruce, Stewardship Manager for the Berkshire Natural Resources Council

April 14 , “International Wildlife Conservation,” presenter TBA.

Every semester, MCLA’s Green Living Seminar Series hosts lectures by local, regional, and national experts organized around a central theme related to the environment and sustainability. The 2016 series is a presentation of MCLA’s Berkshire Environmental Resource Center and the MCLA Environmental Studies Department.

For more information, go to or contact Elena Traister at (413) 662-5303.

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Northeast Natural History Conference
Mark your calendars! … Registration is now open.

This year’s Northeast Natural History Conference is from Friday, April 22nd through Sunday, April 24th, 2016.

Suggested and already confirmed sessions

The conference will once again be held within the elegant Sheraton Springfield Hotel’s conference facilities, allowing participants to have the convenience of accommodations under the same roof as the conference, with no daily parking or driving hassles!

Pre-conference field trips and workshops will be on Friday, with all oral and poster presentations and other conference activities on Saturday and Sunday.

This conference continues to maintain its long-held standard of being the largest regional broad-spectrum forum for researchers, university professors, students, natural resource managers, and naturalists to present current information on the varied aspects of field biology (freshwater, marine, and terrestrial) and natural history for the northeastern United States and adjacent Canada. It will serve as a premier venue to identify research and management needs, foster friendships and collegial relationships, and encourage a greater region-wide interest in natural history by bringing people with diverse backgrounds together.

This is an open call for …

Oral and poster presentation abstracts
Session organizers
Workshops, field trips, and special events
Participating organizations

Northeast Natural History Conference website

Phone: 207-546-2821 ext.1, Fax: 207-546-3042

Eagle Hill Institute
Eagle Hill natural history science journals
PO Box 9, 59 Eagle Hill Road, Steuben, ME 04680-0009, United States

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