Calendar of Events

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

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 environmental events shaping our future.
Please send environmental news or calendar items to [email protected]

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BEAT’s Wildlife Tracking Club

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

BEAT’s Wildlife Tracking group meets twice monthly, on the 1st Wednesday and the 3rd Saturday. It is open to the public and runs in Berkshire County. There is an annual membership fee of $15.00. One-time participants can attend an individual event for $5.00.

DECEMBER 2017

Wednesday Dec. 6th | 12 PM – 3 PM | G. Darey Housatonic Valley Wildlife Management Area, Lenox

A 818 acre preserve right along the Housatonic River. This event takes place during the deer shotgun season, what’s more this property is next door to the Lenox Sportsmans Club. For these reasons we have decided to change the time from 9am-12pm to 12pm-3pm. Please wear orange.

Directions from Lenox: HERE

Saturday Dec. 15th | 9 AM – 12 PM |  Maple Hill Wildlife Management Area, West Stockbridge

A 410 acre preserve in West Stockbridge with a great view of Mt Greylock and the Taconic Range. Please wear orange.

Directions from West Stockbridge: HERE

JANUARY 2018

Wednesday Jan. 3rd | 9 AM – 2 PM | Warner Hill, Hinsdale

An extended event led by Berkshire Wildlife Tracker, Jim Pellitier. Event runs from 9am-2pm. Last time out we found two moose skulls. Definitely not an event to be missed!

Directions from Pittsfield: HERE

Saturday Jan. 20th | 9 AM – 12 PM | Myrin Preserve, Great Barrington

The always reliable Myrin Preserve is sure to offer up some wildlife tracking mysteries. Over the years we’ve found it to be one of the very best places to track bobcat and examine their scratch-back sign.

Directions from Great Barrington: HERE

FEBRUARY 2018

Wednesday Feb 7th | 9 AM – 12 PM | Post Farm Marsh, Lenox Dale

Situated alongside Woods Pond and October Mountain State Forest, Post Farm Marsh offers acres and acres of fields and forests for our tracking enjoyment.

Directions from Lenox: HERE

Saturday Feb 10th | Thomas and Palmer Brook Preserve, Great Barrington

Note the unusual date, the second Saturday of the month rather than the third. This 219 acre parcel is one of BNRC’s newest. Located alongside route 23 in Great Barrington, this wetland complex should provide good winter tracking. Over the summer one of BEAT’s trail cameras captured this little gem: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ikl_pRiU-oU

Directions from Great Barrington: HERE

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Email [email protected] for more information or to attend the next meeting.

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 Kiwi Removals at Burbank Park

Fridays starting at 8:30 – 10AM
Burbank Park Boat Launch, Pittsfield, MA

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).

Directions from the center of Pittsfield: HERE

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: Elia Del Molino (413) 429-6416 or [email protected]

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Pittsfield Green Drinks

Sponsored by Berkshire Environmental Action Team (BEAT)

Tuesday, November 21st (Third Tuesday of the month) | 5:15 PM
J. Allen’s Clubhouse, 41 North Street, Pittsfield


Participating in Urban Forestry & Caring for Your Own Trees
Our November meeting will feature Laurie Reid from the Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR). Reid is an Urban Forester for the Greening the Gateway Cities Program in Pittsfield, a state-funded program working to increase canopy cover and lower energy costs in designated Gateway Cities. BEAT is the community partner in Pittsfield for this state-wide program.

Reid will talk about the importance of urban trees and how these canopies contribute to our communities. She will also give a mini workshop focusing on young tree care.

Reid has worked with the Greening the Gateway Cities Program, DCR’s Asian Long Horned Beetle program, and the Connecticut Department of Forestry. She studied forestry at UMass Amherst and has worked with the Forest Service and Consulting Foresters.

Each month guest speaker talks for about 15 minutes beginning at 6 PM. The presentation, which is free and open to the public, will be followed by discussion and Q&A.

What is Green Drinks? Green Drinks is an international forum where people who work in the environmental field meet for a beer and snacks at informal sessions. There will be a lively mix of people from Non-profit organizations, academia, government and business. Green Drinks is a great way of catching up with people you know and for making new contacts. These networking events are very simple and unstructured. Come along and you’ll be made welcome.

Great Barrington Green Drinks


First Thursday of the Month
5:30 PM | The Prairie Whale | 178 Main St. | Great Barrington, MA

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What’s Green Drinks? It’s a free monthly social event for people interested in everything from environmental education to local agriculture, the arts, activism, green business and design, and the ways all of these intersect.

So grab a friend or two and bring them down to share what you’re working on (green or not) and meet others in the community.


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Northern Berkshire Green Drinks

Thursday, December 7th (the first Thursday of the month) | 5:30 – 7 PM
Purple Pub Annex, Spring St., Williamstown, MA
  
Green Drinks is an informal local gathering of North County folks who care about the environment. We meet monthly for discussion, often around a focus topic introduced by a guest speaker.
We are active, engaged members of communities near Mt. Greylock. We are committed to justice and united in our fight for progressive policies. This group was formed immediately after the November 2016 presidential election. We gather as a community to galvanize action, support one another, discuss ideas for moving forward, ways to deal with our own and our family members’ responses to the election.

Pittsfield Tree Watch Monthly Meeting

December 14
Second Thursday of every month | 4 – 5:30 PM
Pittsfield Senior Center, 330 North Street, Pittsfield

TREE OF THE MONTH: Butternut
See info sheet HERE

Upcoming Clinics : November 14 from 4 – 5:30 PM

Pittsfield Tree Watch works to:

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

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

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Green Night with Western Mass Green Consortium

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

 

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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.

GCC’s pioneering Renewable Energy/Energy Efficiency degree and certificate programs have been closely aligned with local sustainable businesses since the program began in 2008. It is a leader in not only the state, but the country. The coursework predicted the need in this booming industry, received recognition for its academic AND practical, on-the-ground, accomplishments. They have graduated 29 students in the degree program and 79 students in the intensive one-year certificate program.

Visit our WEBSITE

About Green Night – Every Second Wednesday except August come to Platform Sports Bar at Union Station for Green Night to learn about what is going on in the Valley around sustainability. From 5:00-5:30 grab a drink or order food and chat with others. At 5:30 it’s time to share news, events and make your announcements. The featured presentation begins at 6:00 with Q&A following. At 7:00 we move into the bar. Energy is high and we continue with conversations, networking and more food and drink.

All are welcome!


350Mass Berkshire Node: Monthly Meeting

Next date: Wednesday, November 15th
Potluck at 5:30 PM • Meeting begins at 6 PM

UU Church, 175 Wendell Ave. Pittsfield, MA

We’ll be joined by Beth Adams, Co-Founder of the Mass Forest Rescue Campaign.  Beth will speak about the important role of intact forests in mitigating climate change.  She’ll also bring us up to date on a current threat to the Mohawk Trail, and legislation that could increase logging.

Join us to learn about the latest legislative efforts and events Statewide to increase support for renewable energy and decrease reliance of fossil fuels.  Learn about the exciting Stand-UP Charlie Campaign, updates on the 100% Renewable Towns and Cities Campaign, and local hearings and events.  We’ll continue our letter writing campaign and plan other actions intended to support climate activism.
All are welcome!

Every month our meetings offer an opportunity for Berkshire residents to get involved with the growing climate change movement. As always we’ll share legislative updates and progress on our current campaigns including the 100% Renewable Towns and Cities Campaign which our members are pursuing in their towns along with dozens of towns and cities across the country.  This movement is growling with support from more and more organizations.  We can do this!!!

Every month our meetings offer an opportunity for Berkshire residents to network and work together in the growing climate change movement.  JOIN US!

As always catch us around the web:

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Climate Action Now Monthly Gathering

Fourth Monday of each month | 7 – 9 PM
Visit website for location per month.
AMHERST LOCATION:
Unitarian Society of Amherst, 121 N Pleasant St, Amherst, MA 01004
NORTHAMPTON LOCATION:
Unitarian Society of Northampton on Main St.

Handicap accessible and on a bus line
Everyone is welcome!

Climate Action Now is a people powered, grassroots Western Massachusetts based organization dedicated to building a powerful, unstoppable climate justice movement. We work in our communities and in collaboration with diverse partners across the region to educate, advocate, and mobilize for climate action. Newcomers are welcome! Let’s work together to create an inclusive, unstoppable movement for climate justice!

VISIT OUR WEBSITE!

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Lee Monthly Town Clean-up with the
Greener Gateway Committee

Last Saturday Of The Month | 9 AM – 1 PM

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 on Railroad St. at 9 AM and clean until around 11am keeping the roadsides and wetland areas beautiful for our enjoyment and for wildlife to thrive.

Interested? Please contact Uli at (413)329 3514 or [email protected] or Valerie Bluhm, [email protected] to confirm.
http://www.lee.ma.us/recycling-greener-gateway-committee/news/first-monthly-mini-town-clean-january-28th-weather


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Pittsfield Repair Cafe

NEXT DATE: TBA | 12:30 – 4 PM
St. Stephen’s Church, downstairs dining room – on Allen Street opposite Berkshire Bank parking lot.
Bring in lamps; knives, scissors, garden nippers and trimmers in need of sharpening; nonfunctional vacuum cleaners, radios and other electrical or electronic equipment; bicycles; anything else needing raising from the ashes. Also legal questions.
Bring items don’t work anymore (but did once); we will (usually) either fix, restoring functionality, or show why fix is impossible.
Free food, free goods; live music.
Co-founder said, cogently, “It’s a hoot.” – The Volunteers


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Athol Bird & Nature Club Events
Millers River Environmental Center | 100 Main St. Athol, MA

MILLERS RIVER WATERSHED COUNCIL | ANNUAL MEETING
Wednesday, November 29th | 7 PM

The meeting will begin at 7 pm with a review of the year’s many accomplishments; monitoring to Blue Trails. The keynote presentation will be by Templeton resident Ron Amidon, who was appointed commissioner of the Mass Department of Fish & Game by Governor Baker in July. Ron is an avid sportsman and conservationist, and will have a lot to say about watershed health and the environment — don’t miss it!

ABNC MONTHLY MEETING | MEMBERS’ NIGHT AT THE CENTER
Wednesday, December 13th

Come to the Center to share your experiences, trips and photographs with other members. Plan for about 10-15 minutes, so we’ll have time for everyone!

ALL DAY CHRISTMAS BIRD COUNT
Saturday, December 16th

Join this “Citizen Science” project, the longest continuously running bird data in the area. Contact Dave Small for additional information and to participate in this nationwide annual event: 978-413-1772 or [email protected] MREC 100 Main Street Athol

ABNC GEOLOGY DIVISION MEETING
Tuesday, January 16th
Join Paul Kachinsky and others for our next Geology meeting at the Millers River Environmental Center. Paul will report back about some possible acquisitions to the collection. We will discuss possible fall and winter work days in “The Quarry,” new geology storage and work room.   Signs for the room and collection will be discussed. Paul will talk will present a sample file of some information books. As in the past please feel free to bring 1 or 2 mineral or rock specimens which we might discuss. If time permits we will work some in “The Quarry.”


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Morgan Bulkeley | Nature, Culture, Clash

September 29, 2017 – February 4, 2018
Berkshire Museum | 39 South St. | Pittsfield, MA

Humorous and ominous at the same time, Morgan Bulkeley’s images offer compelling scenarios where humans are pitted against nature, with nature holding the advantage. Morgan Bulkeley: Nature Culture Clash is a solo exhibition of paintings and sculptures by the Berkshire-based artist, curated by Geoffrey Young.

A significant career retrospective covering five decades, Morgan Bulkeley: Nature Culture Clash includes a wide range of work, from early drawings and watercolors to a recent series of small paintings in gouache depicting a vivid array of birds. The exhibition encompasses carved and painted wood masks and panels, tiny wooden “whimseys,” large oil paintings, sculpture, and a site-specific installation.


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Massachusetts Ecosystem Climate Adaptation Network Conference

Thursday, November 30th | 9 AM – 5 PM
Division of Fisheries & Wildlife Headquarters | 1 Rabbit Hill Rd. Westborough, MA

The Massachusetts Ecosystem Climate Adaptation Network is launching! A community of practice for climate adaptation practitioners and researchers who are interested in ecosystem resilience and natural resources conservation in Massachusetts.

Join us for a one-day conference to help launch this new network and shape adaptation action in Massachusetts.
• Meet new colleagues and mingle with existing partners
• Learn about adaptation work in Massachusetts
• Develop outreach messages during the climate adaptation communications training
• Contribute to the state climate adaptation and hazard mitigation plan
• Showcase your adaptation projects
Registration is free and lunch will be provided. Full agenda to be announced on our website and via the Mass ECAN listserv. Sponsorship opportunities available. Space is limited.


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WEBINAR
Developing Brains: Potential Effect of Unconventional Oil and Natural Gas (UOG) Chemicals on Infants and Children

Thursday, November 30th | 12:30 – 2:15 PM
Webinar

This collaboration will be bringing together varying perspectives from three panelists covering results from the first comprehensive look at whether there is risk for adverse neurological and neurodevelopmental harm from UOG. Specifically, we will be covering five major pollutant categories associated with fracking and UOG that have put young children at risk for neurodevelopmental effects and issues like problems with memory, intellectual function and learning.

The webinar is organized around three topics:

Topic 1. Chemicals Associated with UOG Development and the Significant Impact of Pollutants on Neurodevelopment
–Eric London, MD

Topic 2. Endocrine Disrupting Chemicals and Effects on the Developing Nervous System
-Heather Patisaul, PhD

Topic 3. The Pediatric Perspective: Health Needs and Policy Considerations
-Larysa Dyrszka, MD

Who is this webinar intended for? The webinar is intended to educate both the lay audience as well as scientists and health professionals. Health professionals will be able to integrate what they learn into their professional research/teaching/communications roles and; 2) improve understanding concerning existing research and policy gaps and explore areas where future research/policy focus and funding should be prioritized.


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Sandra SteingraberFracked Gas, PCBs, and Our Health
An Evening with Sandra Steingraber

Saturday, December 2nd | 5 – 7 PM
Lenox Memorial High School | 197 East St. Lenox, MA

Join us on December 2nd for an evening with Sandra Steingraber, renowned ecologist and author. Steingraber will speak about how PCBs, fracked gas, and pipelines are impacting ecological and human health. She brings a clear, passionate voice to the complex evidence of biology.

This event is FREE and open to all.

Dr. Steingraber’s 1997 book Living Downstream: An Ecologist’s Personal Investigation of Cancer and the Environment changed the way we think about toxic chemicals and their connections to cancer. Living Downstream was based on by Steingraber’s personal journey as a cancer survivor and her career as a scientist. In 2010 the book was released as a film.

Steingraber has written extensively about topics ranging from climate change and toxic chemical exposure to developmental and reproductive disorders.

Steingraber’s other works include Raising Elijah: Protecting Children in an Age of Environmental Crisis, Having Faith: An Ecologist’s Journey to Motherhood, and Post Diagnosis. She also is featured in the recent documentary “Unfractured” as an activist speaking out about the environmental risks of fracking.
PCBs (Polychlorinated biphenyls) are the toxic chemical that pollutes the Housatonic River and has contaminated the food chain of the earth. Fracked gas and the pipelines carrying that gas have been on the frontline of environmental debates as severe dangers to the environment.

The presentation begins at 5 PM and will be followed by a question and answer period, as well as a book-signing.


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Cabin in the Woods: A Walk Back into Thoreau’s Time

Saturday, December 2nd |  1 – 3:30 PM

2017 marks the 200th anniversary of Henry David Thoreau – the great American naturalist, writer, philosopher, and social reformer. Born on July 12, 1817 in Concord, Massachusetts, Thoreau is being celebrated nationwide this year in numerous ways, including the first-ever Massachusetts Statewide Read.

Kestrel Land Trust is joining this celebration by hosting its fourth and final Thoreau Bicentennial event on Saturday, December 2. Join us for a reflective and inspiring nature walk and talk at Starlight Llama Bed & Breakfast in Northampton. We’ll walk to a reproduction of Thoreau’s cabin built by our host, John Clapp, who will read the “conservation” chapter of his Tale of Two Cabins: Comparative Stories of Thoreau’s Cabin, Nature, and Life. We’ll then take a loop walk in the forest, and along the way, we’ll share our favorite passages and offer reflections on the life, work, and legacy of Thoreau. The finale will be a gathering back at the B&B for hot chocolate!

You may purchase a copy of John Clapp’s book at the event, with a portion of the proceeds generously being donated to Kestrel.

Bring your favorite Thoreau passage to read aloud. Visit the Walden Woods Project online to see a list of all of the works by Thoreau that are available in digital format.

“People are particularly drawn to Thoreau’s belief of finding spirituality in nature – a philosophy woven throughout his books and essays. As our lives become ever more complex, we hunger for simplicity and a communion with nature that Thoreau insists will lead to truth and spiritual renewal.” – Walden Woods Project

Registration is required, and space is limited to 20 participants.

The snow/rain date is Saturday, December 9. The event is free, though donations are welcome.

REGISTER HERE


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2017 RootSkills Conference

November 30 – December 2, 2017 
Manchester, NH

New England Grassroots Environment Fund is hosting the first RootSkills Conference at the Radisson Hotel in Manchester, NH.

We are thrilled to announce our 2017 RootSkills Keynote Speakers: San Juana Olivares and Jan Schlichtmann!

Ms. Olivares is the President and CEO of the Genesee County Hispanic / Latino Collaborative and a key organizer in the Flint, MI Water Crises. Mr. Schlichtmann is best known for his representation of the “Woburn 8” in the 1980’s, a case chronicled in the film A Civil Action.

Early Bird Registration : $80 General Admission, $20 Student Ticket Registration Rates : $160 General Admission, $40 Student Ticket Scholarships limited – available on a rolling basis. Apply today!


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Living Building Practitioner Training : Full-Day Workshop

Tuesday, December 12th | 9 AM – 5 PM
50 Milk St. | ‘Windrose’ Conference Room | Boston, MA 

The Living Building Challenge asks:

What if every single act of design and construction made the world a better place?

Join the USGBC Massachusetts Chapter, Boston Living Building Challenge Collaborative and Bruner / Cott & Associates for a day-long training session on the Living Future Institute’s Living Building Challenge (LBC). This workshop is designed for industry professionals who are ready to take a deep dive into the world’s most rigorous proven performance standard for buildings and gain the tools necessary to successfully lead LBC projects.

The session will provide participants with an understanding of the LBC process in preparation for project management and greater involvement with the Living Building Challenge Collaborative (including LBC Ambassador accreditation).

REGISTER HERE

This workshop will:

  • Discuss “What does good look like?”;
  • Integrate lecture, conversation, and workshop styles into the session to provide opportunities for robust discussion and collaboration throughout the day;
  • Encourage participation from a diversity of professions to stimulate rich conversation through a multidisciplinary lens;
  • Guide participants through the essence of the Challenge by sharing lessons learned, discussing challenges of LBC verification, and outlining the LBC as a process, rather than a checklist.

We hope you will join us in growing the LBC design framework by adopting it into your own projects and strengthening the network of practitioners who are collectively pushing the boundaries of how design and construction can work to make the world a better place.

Presenters include:

Christopher Chamberland Civil Engineer, Berkshire Design Group

Jason Forney Principal, Bruner/Cott Architects

Lisa Carey Moore LEED AP; Senior Sustainability Analyst, Integrated Eco Strategy, LLC

DiAnn Mroszczak LEED AP BD+C; LBC Collaborative Facilitator; Designer, Prellwitz Chilinski Associates, Inc.

Christopher Nielson Architect, Bruner/Cott Architects

Charley Stevenson Principal, Integrated Eco Strategy, LLC

Please contact Alyssa Curran at [email protected] if you have any questions about this event.

REGISTER HERE

 


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Celebrate the Winter Solstice with Mindfulness
Experience this seasonal turning point through nature & spirit

Wednesday, December 20th |  6 – 7:30 PM
Silvio O Conte National Wildlife Refuge | Hadley, MA

The Winter Solstice, and the longest night of the year, is fast approaching. Solstice means “sun stands still,” giving us a moment to pay homage to the stillness of this seasonal turning point, the stillness of the natural world, and our own inner stillness through the practice of mindfulness.
Join us on Wednesday, December 20 for an enchanting evening to celebrate the winter solstice at Silvio O. Conte National Fish & Wildlife Refuge in Hadley. Dr. Robert A. Jonas — founder and director of The Empty Bell, a contemplative sanctuary in Northampton,  shakuhachi flutist, and Kestrel board member — will lead a meditative woods walk as the longest night of the year approaches. Enjoy hot cider and cookies under the stars.
This event is limited to 25 participants.


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Winter Animal Tracking
Earthwork Programs

Sunday, January 7th | 9:30 AM – 12:30 PM
Pioneer Valley | Register for location information

Have you ever been in the woods and wondered “who’s been here?” Join us for the art and science of tracking. Learn how to read signs and tell the stories of the landscape and learn terminology so you can have a common language for wildlife conservation efforts. In our tracking classes, throughout the year, beginner and expert trackers come together and are immersed in ancient and modern teachings. Explore your understanding of the natural world through the eyes of a tracker. Bring your field guides, journal and sense of wonder.

There’s no better teacher than experience…learn and practice,
* the 5 arts of tracking;
* the art of questioning;
* 3 perspectives of tracking;
* mind’s eye training;
* field journaling!

For Adults, Teens, Families
$50/adult, $30/child with adult prepaid (add $10/person if pay day of)

Register here


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Local Environmental Action 2018

March 3, 2018
Boston, MA

March 3rd, 2018 in Boston will be a full day of keynote speakers and workshops, and an opportunity to re-connect with others doing work similar to yours. This day gives you the chance to hear from local leaders across the Commonwealth who are deeply involved in making the world a better place. Please register today to and join us for a day of  renewed purpose in Boston.
Powerful solutions start at the local level. At the end of this conference you will go home re-inspired, with the tools to be an even more effective local leader. or if you are just starting out, to become an environmental champion in your community.
Last year we had a wonderful day with more than 500 local leaders who, like you, are making their communities better. This year will be another day of community and inspiration. Buy your tickets today here!


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2018 Northeast Natural History Conference

April 13 – 15, 2018
Sheraton Hotel | Burlington, VT

The Northeast Natural History Conference will be held within the elegant conference facilities of the Sheraton Hotel in Burlington, VT, which is on the eastern shore of Lake Champlain, north of Albany, northwest of Boston, and south of Montreal. The venue is just off Interstate 89 and is easily reachable by multiple routes from along Route 90 in Massachusets.

Once again, participants have the convenience of accommodations under the same roof as the conference.

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

The Northeast Natural History 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 serves 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. Students are especially welcome at this very collegial and supportive conference.

Sessions already confirmed are as follows …

The session organizers welcome inquiries. Each session has 4 presentations.

Forest Ecology … Peter Palmiotto
Full-Cycle Biology/Ecology … Jason Hill
Fungal Ecology … Pierre-Luc Chagnon
Montane Ecology … Jason Hill
Vernal Pool Ecology and Conservation … Steve Faccio and Elizabeth Morse
Wetland Ecology and Restoration … Catherine Owen Koning
Butterfly Conservation and Ecology in the Northeast … Kent McFarland
Ecology of Vermont’s Bats … Meghan Lout
Landscape Ecology of Stream Macroinvertebrates … Sean Regalado
Moths (Lepidoptera) as Environmental Indicators … Michael Sabourin
Odonate Natural History … Bryan Pfeiffer
Pollinator Ecology … Carla Fenner
Shrubland and Grassland Bird Ecology and Conservation … Rosalind Renfrew
White-nose Syndrome in Bats of the Northeast … Craig Frank
Climate Change and Plant Migration … Jesse Bellemare
Fern Ecology … Dave Barrington and Cathy Paris
Natural History Collections: Botany … Christian Schorn
The Bowser Road Mastodon (NY): Implications about the Demise of a Species … Michael Gramly

Additional sessions are under discussion.

This is an open call to …

Session organizers
Workshop, field trip, and special event presenters
Participating organizations
Sponsors
Exhibitors

We welcome your involvement. What would you like to share?

Registration will be open soon, so this is a good time to start planning your participation.

For information, click on any link above.


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Orion Environmental Writers’ Workshop

June 10 – 15, 2018
Omega Institute | Rhinebeck, NY

The country’s foremost workshop for people interested in writing about nature and culture. Now at the Omega Institute in Rhinebeck, New York.

Connect with Orion writers and editors in order to understand more deeply Orion’s approach to the relationship between literature and the natural world.

The curriculum will include faculty readings and lectures, student readings, and small group classes dedicated to poetry, fiction, and nonfiction.

Applications will open on November 15, 2017.

Visit orionmagazine.org/workshops for more information.

Questions?  Email Orion here.