Calendar of events
- 8/27—-Twilight Paddle in Almost Full Moon – Cropseyville
- 8/29—-Pipeline Processions by Children of the Wild – Deerfield
- 8/29—-Japanese Stiltgrass Removal Work Day – Mt.Washington
- 8/29—-Finding Fringed Gentian and other Late Season Wildflowers – Bare
- 8/29—-Full Moon Campfire Ghost Stories – Mt.Greylock
- 8/29—-Soil Testing – Pittsfield
- 9/1——Bird Language Club –Great Barrington
- 9/1——Trail Work Tuesday – Lenox
- 9/1&2—Evening with Nighthawks – Lenox
- 9/2——Bird Walk at Pleasant Valley – Lenox
- 9/4——Bird Walk at Canoe Meadows – Pittsfield
- 9/6——Early Birding with Jeff – North Quabbin
- 9/9——ABNC Monthly Meeting – Athol
- 9/9——Evening at Beaver Ponds – Lenox
- 9/12—–Hilltown Families: Family Volunteer Day –Hadley
- 9/12—–Activities at Herbert Arboretum: Nature Walk –Pittsfield
- 9/12—–WRLF announces Oktoberfest Fall Fundraiser – Williamstown
- 9/12—–Introduction to Ferns – North Quabbin
- 9/13—–Constitution Hill Discovery Hike – Lanesborough
- 9/18—–Early Birding with Jeff – North Quabbin Area
- 9/19—–Activities at Herbert Arboretum: Garden & Tree Care Work Party – Pittsfield
- 9/19—–Native Plant Symposium – Housatonic
- 9/20—–Free Bike Safety and Repair Program on the Ashiwillticook Trail – Adams
- 9/25—–Early Birding with Jeff – North Quabbin Area
- 10/1—–Massachusetts Green Careers Conference – Marlborough
- 10/3—–Activities at Herbert Arboretum: Garden & Tree Care Work Party – Pittsfield
- 10/10—Activities at Herbert Arboretum: Nature Walk –Pittsfield
- 10/14—ABNC Monthly Meeting – Athol
- 10/17—Berkshire Fermentation Festival – Great Barrington
Twilight Paddle in the Almost Full Moon
Thursday, August 27: Twilight Paddle in the Almost Full Moon: Paddle along the shoreline of Dyken Pond and watch the almost full moon come up. Bring your own boat or rent one of ours. $10 boat rental fee. For ages 16 and older. Pre-registration is required and program is limited to 12 boats. 7pm. To pre-register or contact the Center at: 518 658-2055 or email@example.com. For more information about the Center, please visit our website at:www.dykenpond.org
Japanese Stiltgrass Removal Work Day
Pipeline Procession by Children of Wild
August 29th There will also be soil testing and answering gardening questions at the Lanesboro Mall on August 29th 9-12. Information on how to take a soil sample may be found on line at WMMGA.org. There is a charge of $1.00 for soil testing per sample. Western Massachusetts Master Gardeners’ Association sponsors the soil testing.
Trail Work Tuesday
Tue, Sep 01, 2015 9:00 am – 12:00 pm Location: Pleasant Valley Wildlife Sanctuary, 472 W Mountain Rd, Lenox MA 01240 Audience: Adult Members & Nonmembers: Free We need your help! Please join us for a morning of trail work and other volunteer projects at Pleasant Valley Wildlife Sanctuary. We will focus on clearing trails and tackling other volunteer projects as needed. No experience necessary, just a willingness to work hard and ability to hike on uneven terrain. Instructions and Directions: Please bring a refillable a water bottle and wear long pants, and sturdy boots or shoes. Registration is required.Register online or call 413-637-0320 to register by phone.
Finding Fringed Gentian and other Late Season Wildflowers
Saturday August 29th 9 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. Ware River Watershed, Barre Although widespread and stable in Massachusetts, Fringed Gentian (Gentianopsis crinita) is not often encountered on forays in our area. Join us for short “bushwhack” where we should encounter a good number of this beautiful species in bloom. We’ll look for other late-blooming field and woodland species and of course enjoy the various critters we may encounter. We’ll be walking through some tall forbs and partly-shrubby for a short distance, so dress accordingly. Bring insect repellent, field guides, and cameras if you wish. Meet at the Stephen Drawbridge memorial marker on Coldbrook Rd., about a mile beyond the Barre Falls Dam picnic area.Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
Full Moon Campfire Ghost Stories
August 29th Join Park interpreter Mike for an evening of spooky ghost stories as we celebrate the mysteries of Mount Greylock with the Full “Sturgeon” Moon. Hear compelling tales and spine-tingling legends about the forgotten characters and creatures that once inhabited these savage hills. Beware of ghostly visitors like “Old Coot” and the Windingo! Folks are encouraged to share stories of their own and suspend all disbelief. Meet at the Visitors Center. Rain or shine event. This program is FREE for all ages. Children under 18 must be accompanies by an adult. For more information Call (413) 499-4262.
Bird Language Club
Evening with Nighthawks
Tue, Sep 01 & Wed, Sep 02, 2015 5:00 pm – 7:30 pm Location: Canoe Meadows Wildlife Sanctuary, Holmes Rd, Pittsfield, MA 01201 Instructor: Jonathan Pierce – Sanctuary Caretaker and Vice President of Hoffman Bird Club Audience: Adult Members & Nonmembers: Free Join Pleasant Valley’s caretaker for an evening searching the sky for migrating common nighthawks. Watch these aerial acrobats as they catch insects on the wing. Preregistration is not required. Bring binoculars, a lawn chair and a friend. Instructions and Directions: Suggested donation, $5. Free for community garden members Registration not required. For your own security, DO NOT send credit card information via email. For more information, contact:
Bird Walk at Pleasant Valley
Wed, Sep 02, 2015 8:00 am – 10:00 am Location: Pleasant Valley Wildlife Sanctuary, 472 /W Mountain Rd Lenox, MA Audience: Adult Members: Free for members Nonmembers: $3.00 Nonmembers can join today during checkout and take immediate advantage of member prices. Join 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. Instructions and Directions: Preregistration is not required. Bring binoculars or please call ahead to reserve a pair.413-637-0320
Bird Walk at Canoe Meadows
Friday, Sep 04, 2015 8:00 am – 10:00 am Location: Canoe Meadows Wildlife Sanctuary, Holmes Rd, Pittsfield, MA Instructor: Noreen Mole – Sanctuary Volunteer and Hoffmann Bird Club leader Audience: Adult Members: Free for members Nonmembers: $3.00 Nonmembers can join today during checkout and take immediate advantage of member prices. 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. Preregistration is not required. Instructions and Directions: Bring binoculars; beginners welcome.Registration not required. For more information, contact:
ABNC Monthly Meeting
Wednesday September 9, ABNC Monthly Meeting 7:00 PM Dr. Rob Gegear Crowdsourcing the causes and consequences of bumblebee decline. Rob will discuss bumblebee ecology and behavior and focus on the issue of bumblebee decline. Will also learn to recognize bumblebees their lifecycle, and information on some citizen science research opportunities. Robert J. Gegear, Ph.D. Assistant Professor, Department of Biology and Biotechnology Worcester Polytechnic Institute Unless otherwise noted, programs are free and open to all meet at the Millers River Environmental Center, 100 Main Street, Athol.If weather is questionable on a field trip day, please call the trip leader at least an hour before the scheduled meeting time
Evening at Beaver Ponds
Wed, September 09, 2015 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm Location:
Hilltown Families: Family Volunteer Day
WRLF announces Oktoberfest Fall Fundraiser
On Saturday evening September 12th beginning at 5 PM Sheep Hill will be alive with the sounds of the Jolly Kopperschmidts German band as the Williamstown Rural Lands Foundation celebrates Oktoberfest at its largest fundraiser of the year. In addition to musical entertainment the evening will feature brats, beer and other German fare, and a silent auction of unique items. The event will be held at the WRLF’s Sheep Hill headquarters on Route 7, Williamstown. The Jolly Kopperschmidts are a 6-piece professional Bavarian Orchestra featuring a trombone, flutes, trumpets, accordion, drums and a tuba. Their authentic Bavarian-style music is certain to make you sing, dance and feel a part of the Oktoberfest festival. The Boston Globe calls them “The most versatile and entertaining German Band in the Northeast!” The silent auction features something for everyone, from dinners at some of our fabulous local restaurants to Williamstown Theater festival tickets, vacation stays, fine artisan crafts and unique services. Preview the auction Friday September 11 from 5:30 to 7:30. To view a list of items visitwww.wrlf.org after September 1. Oktoberfest ticket prices are $45 for WRLF members, non-members $55 each, which includes dinner, beer and wine, (cash bar for spirits) and music. For more information or to reserve tickets, call 458-2494 or email email@example.com. The Williamstown Rural Lands Foundation is a non-profit member-supported land conservation trust dedicated to preserving the New England character of Williamstown and surrounding areas. WRLF properties such as Sheep Hill, Pine Cobble and Fitch Woodlands are open to the public for hiking, nature study and enjoyment of nature year round. Website: www.wrlf.org.
Introduction to Ferns
Saturday September 12, 9:30 am to Noon “Introduction to local Ferns” Join Randy Stone retired DCR Forester for a brief introduction to fern identification at MREC before heading out for a walk in North Quabbin to ID ferns in the field. Info: Dave Small, 978-413-1772 or Dave@dhsmall.net.
Constitution Hill Hike
Native Plant Symposium
Saturday, September 19th 9am-5pm
- Learn the importance of collecting, saving, and propagating genetically diverse local seed to create biodiverse and resilient landscapes.
- Using native plant communities as a model, explore the intersection of ecology and traditional horticulture with design examples from late 19c practitioners to today.
- Discover techniques to help your landscape expand and thrive using existing plant material as the source.
- Hear regional panelists share the rewards, and respond to the challenges, of propagating locally native plants for conservation and design.
- Consider native plants from a new perspective.
Register today at RIWPS.org
Free Bike Safety and Repair Program on the Ashiwillticook Rail Trail
September 20th, 2015; 11:00 am — 1:00 pm at the end of the Ashuwillticook Bike Trail next to the Adams Visitor Center (3 Hoosac Street, Adams MA)
Early Birding with Jeff
Sunday, September 6, 7:30 a.m. “Early Bird” Birding with Jeff Sunday’s through October 7, plus October 18th and 25th Join Jeff here at the Center before heading out to explore the North Quabbin area for fall migrant birds. Come for as long as your schedule allows. Severe weather cancels. Info: Jeff Johnstone, 978-249-9052.
Green Careers Conference
Activities at Herbert Arboretum
At Springside Park, 874 North Street (RT 7) Pittsfield, MA 01201 ~ www.hebertarboretum.org Join Friends of the Arboretum for a meaningful stroll on one of our Nature Walks through Springside Park. And join us for our work parties where you can receive hands-on instruction in gardening and the care of trees and shrubs, as well as receive free trees and plants to take home. Sept 12, Saturday, 1 PM – Nature WalkSept 19, Saturday, 11 AM – Garden & Tree Care Work PartyOct 3, Saturday, 11 AM – Garden & Tree Care Work PartyOct 10, Saturday, 1 PM – Nature Walk Join us for a tour of the splendid colors of Autumn. If you love Springside Park we invite you to join us, The Vincent J. Hebert Arboretum at Springside Park for our General Meeting. We’d like to hear from you and how you might like to participate in caring for this Jewel in the Heart of the Berkshires. For Information: Elizabeth Kulas at 413-443-5348 In cooperation with The City of Pittsfield Parks Commission, Department of Community Development/Long Range Park Planning and Springside Park Conservancy, Inc.
ABNC Monthly Meeting
>><< Wednesday October 14, ABNC Monthly Meeting 7:00 PM “Deer, Forests and People: Understanding and Managing Socioecological Systems” “Wildlife comebacks in the last half century are to be celebrated. But, there have been unintended negative consequences. Deer populations, in particular, have risen to unprecedented levels in many areas, causing all kinds of problems. This presentation will explore the deer overabundance issue and its many challenges. We no longer manage wildlife, but rather, “socioecological systems.” Tom Rawinski Botanist US Forest Service Durham Field Office.
Berkshire Fermentation Festival
October 17th Berkshire Ferments invites you to the first ever, Berkshire Fermentation Festival on October 17th from 10-4pm at the Great Barrington Fairgrounds! There will be cultured food vendors sampling and selling their products, workshops, DIY demos, lectures, music and more! This is a free, family-friendly event, and we hope that people will spend the day tasting, learning and supporting local businesses. We are excited to connect local fermentation educators and businesses with food enthusiasts in a day of education and empowerment! Come participate in workshops and lectures, meet local fermenters, check out what our fermentation vendors have to offer, and participate in the social ferment. Berkshire Ferments is a collective of fermentation enthusiasts and community builders. We are here to help our community reclaim important and ancient food traditions through educating and celebrating the world of fermented foods. We bring together Berkshire foodies, fermentation enthusiasts, bacteria farmers, & fans of lactic acid while educating and reclaiming traditional food practices. We hold potlucks, gatherings, workshops and more all circulating around the idea of education of cultured foods. Are you interested in participating? We are looking for vendors, presenters, sponsors, and volunteers! Contact us to get involved. Berkshireferments.comBerkshireferments@gmail.com
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! return to top
Berkshire Conservation District Meeting
The Berkshire Conservation District holds open public meetings every third Tuesday of the month at 4pm at 78 Center Street, Room 206, Conte Federal Building in Pittsfield. 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 return to top
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or go to www.clctrust.org or www.Greendrinks.org return to top
Green Drinks-Great Barrington
*new location* The Prairie Whale, 178 Main Street in GB
*new location* The Prairie Whale, 178 Main Street in GB: this is across the street from Orion‘s office, and also across from Rite Aid, if you know these landmarks (renovations at our usual location, Route 7 Grill, are continuing this month). The Prairie Whale is a great new spot in town that offers a great full bar and a wide ranging menu that often features local produce.
Springfield, MA Green Drinks
Theodores’ Blues Booze & BBQ in Springfield, Massachusetts Who We Are 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, Massachusettsreturn to top
Pittsfield Green Drinks
– a gathering of people interested in conservation and environmental issues – all welcome – every 3rd Tuesday of the month – graciously hosted by J Allens Clubhouse Grill 41 North St, Pittsfield, MA 01201Tuesday August 18thstarting at 5:15 pmsponsored by Berkshire Environmental Action Team (BEAT) Hosted by: J Allens Clubhouse Grill, 41 North St, Pittsfield, MA 01201 Please join us starting at 5:15 pm for networking and lively conversation on all things “green”. August’s presenter is BEAT’s and No Fracked Gas in Mass’ very own Rosemary Wessel. Rose will talk about No Fracked Gas in Mass and the ongoing pipeline battle.
Pittsfield Green Drinks is a very informal gathering, open to everyone with any environmental interest. The drinks aren’t green, but our conversations are.
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 (email@example.com or 413-230-7321). return to top
Athol Bird & Nature Club Field Trips & Meetings 2014
www.atholbirdclub.org Unless otherwise noted, programs meet at the Millers River Environmental Center, 100 Main Street, Athol.If weather is questionable on a field trip day, please call the trip leader at least an hour before the scheduled meeting time. Expanded Center hours: Tuesdays 9:30 to 1:30 and 4:30 to 7:30, Wednesdays 9:30 to 1:30 and Thursdays 4:30 to 7:30Welcome to our new members and thanks to the over 212 supporters who have already joined or renewed their memberships. If you haven’t already renewed your membership you may use the Online ABNC membership Form or the printable membership form and make check payable to ABNC and mail to us at 100 Main Street Athol Ma 01331 Dating back to the turn of the century, when some progressive bird lovers suggested counting live birds instead of shooting them as part of a Christmas tradition, National Audubon Society’s Christmas Bird Counts take place all over our hemisphere. Participants identify and count all birds seen, and data is collected at a wrap-up pot-luck at the end of the day. Helpers at all levels of experience welcome! Contact firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like to take part on foot, by car, or by counting birds at your birdfeeder. 11 French Drive Boylston, MA http://www.towerhillbg.orgreturn to top
Berkshire Museum Adventures
About the exhibitionAbout the Berkshire Museum Located in downtown Pittsfield, Massachusetts, at 39 South St., the Berkshire Museum, a Smithsonian Affiliate, is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday, and noon to 5 p.m. on Sunday. Admission is $13 adult, $6 child; Museum members and children age 3 and under enjoy free admission. For more information, visitwww.berkshiremuseum.org or call 413.443.7171. In association with the Smithsonian since 2013, Berkshire Museum is part of a select group of museums, cultural, educational, and arts organizations that share the Smithsonian’s resources with the nation. Established by Zenas Crane in 1903, Berkshire Museum integrates art, history, and natural science in a wide range of programs and exhibitions that inspire educational connections between the disciplines. Festival of Trees 2014: On Safariis on view through January 4, 2015. Objectify: A Look into the Permanent Collection is currently on view. Little Cinema is open year-round. Spark!Lab, Feigenbaum Hall of Innovation, Worlds in Miniature, Aquarium, and other exhibits are ongoing. Fridays, 11 a.m. Explore the aquarium plus three more galleries! Each week will feature a different experience: songs, stories, scavenger hunts, play time, and more. Program geared towards children 18 months to 3 years. Older and younger siblings are always welcome! Free with Museum admission. Chow Time Saturdays, 12:30 p.m. Join our staff in the aquarium for an interactive look at what it takes to feed some of Berkshire Museum’s most interesting residents. With your help we’ll prepare some heaping salads for some of our largest reptiles as we discuss what the aquarium animals eat here in the Museum and what they would find in the wild. Free with Museum admission. return to to
350 Berkshire Node: Monthly Meeting
Please join 350Mass Berkshire Node for our monthly meeting on Wednesday, July 15, 2015, at the UU Church, 175 Wendell Ave. in Pittsfield. Potluck refreshments at 5:30pm, meeting from 6-8pm. At the meeting, you will participate in a legislative action around the fact that the MA Dept. of Public Utilities has denied citizen groups and their legal representatives intervenor status in regard to the proposed Northeast Energy Direct Pipeline. Denying citizens and their lawyers the opportunity to seek documents and submit testimonies on our behalf infringes on our rights and reduces our likelihood of stopping the pipeline. Learn more here. We will also hear an update on the pipeline opposition campaign. Every month our meetings offer an opportunity for Berkshire residents to get involved with the growing climate change movement. For additional information, please visit our website: http://350ma-berkshires.org.
Go On Your Own! Not everyone likes hiking with a group. If you want to go on your own, visit South Yokun Ridge! For more information, click on the name of the hike, go to BNRC.net/events, or email email@example.com. return to top