Calendar of events

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


EVENTS at Mt. Greylock

UPCOMING EVENTS: TBA

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

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BEAT’s Monthly Wildlife Tracking Club!

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

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

Upcoming Club Event Schedule:

Saturday, February 18th

Wednesday, March 1st

Saturday, March 18th

Shoot me an email with questions or concerns.

Elia Del Molino, Program Manager
Berkshire Environmental Action Team (BEAT)
[email protected]
413-429-6416

The objectives of this club are threefold:
1) to educate the public (and each other) on wildlife tracking and other naturalist skills (including birding and plant identification)
2) to collect data (such as wildlife movement) for organizations in a position to act (like BEAT, MassWildlife, or a land trust)
3) to establish a robust wildlife tracking community

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BEAT SPECIAL EVENTS

Cybertracking with George Leoniak
Saturday & Sunday, February 25th-26th
RSVP to Elia Del Molino: [email protected]

SAVE THE DATE!
BEAT SPRING ENVIRO ACTION FAIR & EXPO!
May 13, 2017  10:00am-5:00pm
@ The Stationery Factory
63 Flansburg Avenue
Dalton, MA

SEE POSTCARD HERE

This is BEAT’s first annual environmental action fair and expo fundraiser! Mark your calendars to attend this one-of-a-kind event in an exciting new venue in Dalton. The day will feature:

  • A nature-friendly art and crafts show featuring artists, craftspersons, and vendors selling nature-friendly arts, crafts, and handmade products
  • Kids crafts to make for Mom on Mother’s Day
  • Family friendly activities
  • Demonstrations and exhibits on environment and energy related subjects
  • Plant Sale & Native Seed Sale
  • Guided hikes with experienced wildlife trackers
  • Music, food, and more!

Call Judy Eddy @ 413-652-5387 or email [email protected] if you’d like to participate as an artist, craftsperson, exhibitor, vendor, or volunteer. We will need a lot of people’s help to make this happen!

Art Show Opening for Expo & Fair
Friday, April 21th from 5:00-7:00pm
@ The Stationery Factory Gallery
63 Flansburg Avenue
Dalton, MA

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Great Barrington GREEN DRINKS

Thursday, March 2nd
(first Thursday of every month)
5:30
 p.m.

The Prairie Whale, 178 Main Street, Great Barrington

THIS MONTH: TBA

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

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

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

See you there!

Pittsfield Tree Watch Monthly Meeting

Thursday, February 9th
(2nd Thursday of every month)
4:00-5:30 pm
Pittsfield Senior Center, 330 North Street, Pittsfield

TREE OF THE MONTH: Chestnut Oak
See info sheet HERE

FREE TREE PRUNING CLINIC w/Bob Presutti
The clinic is on hiatus for the winter. Check back in the Spring!

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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Berkshire Conservation District Meeting

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

Please take note that Berkshire Conservation District is now meeting every second Tuesday of the month. Agendas are posted the week prior at http://www.berkshireconservation.blogspot.com/

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

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

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Northern Berkshire Green Drinks

Tuesday, Feb. 21, 5:30pm
Purple Pub Annex, 65 Spring Street, Williamstown

THIS MONTH: Our special guest at our next North Berks Green Drinks will be our esteemed former State Senator Benjamin Downing, who is now working in the solar industry.

All are welcome; bring a friend.

 


Center for Environmental Studies – Log Lunches

NEXT DATE: Friday, February 17th
(Fridays during school year)
12:00 noon – 1:00 pm
The Log, 78 Spring Street, Williamstown

THIS WEEK: Owl soup is not on the menu but Drew Jones, Hopkins Forest Manager, will speak about “15 Years of Banding Migrant Saw-Whet Owls in Hopkins Forest.” Friday, Feb. 17, 12-1 @ The Log. Veggie, homemade, lunch ($4).  All are welcome. Reservation Required at:  https://docs.google.com/a/williams.edu/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSeRwjNs4ZdYtq_od_yQR159ynmEQr6RDc4ULbNyIYZwURyJvw/viewform?c=0&w=1
Read about past Log Lunch talks here: http://ces.williams.edu/

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Williams College Events

Animal Tracking Adventure!
Sunday, February 12
10:00am
Rosenburg Center 271 NW Hill Rd, Williamstown
Naturalist Dan Yacobelis will lead an outing to find and interpret animal tracks and sign in Hopkins Forest. Those you might expect to find include rabbit, squirrel, vole, coyote, fox, deer and perhaps bobcat, fisher, porcupine and others.
There are two sessions this year: the first from 10:00 to 12:30 and a second from 1:00 to 4:00. Space is limited and reservations are required (please specify if you plan to attend the early, late or both sessions).
E-mail [email protected] or call 413-597-2346 to reserve a space.
Rides will be available from campus.

EPA Housatonic River Citizens Coordinating Council

NEXT MEETING: Wednesday, March 1st

5:30 – 8:00 pm

Lenox Library, 18 Main Street, Lenox, MA

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Green Night with Western Mass Green Consortium

Wednesday, February 8th
(2nd Wednesday of the month)
5:30 – 7:00 PM
Platform Sports Bar, 125A Pleasant Street, Northampton

This month:  TBA

Mark your calendar and save the dates for the upcoming Green Nights!
March 8th
April 12th
May 10th
June 14th
July 12th

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

All are welcome!


350Mass Berkshire Node: Monthly Meeting

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

All are welcome!

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

This month: Stu Besnoff will give a brief presentation on how to heat a home without using fossil fuels. We will have time for announcements as well as breakout sessions on our main work streams for the year, decided last month: 100% Renewable Towns, Outreach/Education, Innovation in the Berkshires, and Legislation.

As always catch us around the web:

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Climate Action Now Monthly Gathering

February – TBA
7:00 to 9:00 PM
Unitarian Society of Amherst, 121 N Pleasant St, Amherst, MA 01004

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!


Pittsfield Green Drinks

Sponsored by Berkshire Environmental Action Team (BEAT)

February 21st at 5:15pm
J. Allens, 41 North Street, Pittsfield

Pittsfield Green Drinks is a very informal gathering, open to everyone with any environmental interest. The drinks aren’t green, but our conversations are.

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

 


Hike with Healers

Next hike: TBA
10:00 am – 12:00 noon
Beartown State Forest, Monterey

Visit our Facebook event page or website event link.

Visit Nature Treatment for more info.


Athol Bird & Nature Club Events
Field Trips & Meetings 2016

 

Ware River Nature Club 3rd Annual Dinner Meeting & Silent Auction
Sunday, February 26th @ 12:30-4:30pm
Hartman’s Herb Farm Barre
The Natural Treasures of Massachusetts with guest speakers Barry Van Dusen & Bill Benner. Two outstanding naturalists share their thought and beautiful images of the special habitats and creatures to be found in our state.
Tickets: www.warerivernatureclub.org or contact [email protected]

Massachusetts Marsh Birds – Steve Arena
Wednesday March 8 @ 7:00 PM
Steve Arena a long time friend and trip leader for ABNC  has been conducting freshwater marsh bird surveys in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts for over 30 years. Steve will share with us his photos, videos, and experiences with these seldom heard and even seldom seen denizens of the freshwater marshes. Steve will present a brief overview of the marsh bird protocol he uses in support of State and Federal monitoring programs. Steve will also go through each regularly occurring species detailing habitat, visual and audio identification, and challenges birders are faced when marsh birding. The evening will include a rich audio-visual presentation of these elusive species that is sure to be informative, educational, and fascinating.

“Early Bird” Birding with Jeff
Friday, April 14[email protected]7 a.m.
Join Jeff here at the Center before heading out to explore the North Quabbin area for spring migrant birds. Come for as long as your schedule allows. Severe weather cancels. Info: Jeff Johnstone, 978-249-9052. MREC 100 Main Street Athol

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

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Co-op Power Events

 

Co-Op Power Dinner Club Gathering

Thursday, February 16th, at 6 pm
at Pete’s Seafood, School Street, Greenfield

Meet with other Co-op Power members and with energy experts – Gary from Cozy Home, Spartan from Spartan Solar, Thom from Sandri, and Matt from First Sun Solar

Figure out your next steps toward Fossil Fuel Freedom, reduce your carbon footprint and your energy bills, and build our local energy economy. Presenters will talk for 5 min each and then you’ll have time to talk with them in small groups about what you need at your house.

We’ll meet at 6 pm over appetizers provided by Co-op Power.
You’re welcome to purchase drinks and dinner if you’d like on your own. (We’re meeting at Pete’s Seafood to say thankyou for contributing their used cooking oil to help us make biodiesel at Northeast Biodiesel.)

The conversation will be hosted by Mark Skinder, Co-op Power’s Home Energy Specialist. Mark has been one of Co-op Power’s Home Energy Auditors for the last 5 years and owned The Greenfield Solar Store for the 5 years prior to that.

If you have any questions or would like more info on home energy improvements for your home, call Mark at 413-771-8898 extension 2.

Please RSVP so we know how many people to expect!
Hope to see you there!
Lynn
413-552-6446

Move your Money from Wall Street to Main Street!
Series of 5 workshop to design your local investment plan

Meeting times in Northampton:
Tuesdays, 7-9pm
March 7, March 14, March 21, March 28, April 4

If you’re ready to move your money into local investments that restore justice and reverse climate change, come join this class taught by Jenny Ladd, Scott Reed, and Lynn Benander.

We will meet weekly for 5 weeks on Tuesday nights from 7-9 pm in Northampton. You’ll hear from pioneers who moved their money years ago, what worked, and what they’ve learned. You’ll hear from entrepreneurs who are seeking funding or have received local investments, what has worked, and what they’ve learned.

You’ll interview entrepreneurs including:
Democracy Brewing, Emily Kawano from Wellspring, Thomas Miner from Northeast Biodiesel, Isaac Baker from Resonant Energy, Hannah Jacobson Hardy from Full Moon Ghee, and Joe Laur with Maple Mama Craft Maple Spritzers.

You’ll figure out what’s important to you, how to research investment options, how to create an investment plan, and how to move your money to support your values and needs.

Registration: $150.

For more info and to RSVP

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Upcoming Programs at the Quabbin Visitor Center

Quabbin Reservoir will offer several free presentations this winter.  All ages are welcome.  Please call (413) 323-7221 for more information.

Sunday, February 12, 2-3pm The Influence of Weather Patterns, Forest Ecosystems, and Human Use on Water Supplies
Southern New England is typically described as a “well-watered” temperate forest landscape.  This is generally accurate until prolonged periods of low rainfall and/or mild winters substantially alter the water balance.  Reservoir water levels begin to decrease when rates of withdrawal and use exceed rates of inflow from streams and aquifers.  In extreme cases, such as the 1960s, the effect can persist for years.  Please join Dr. Paul Barten, Professor of Forestry and Hydrology at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, to learn more about the vital and dynamic connection between the forest …and the faucet.

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“Gathering Our Hearts at Standing Rock”
Screening and Panel Discussion
w
ith Oscar nominated film director Fidel Moreno

February 26th. 1:00-3:30pm
Unitarian Universalist Meeting of South Berkshire
1089 Main St., Housatonic, MA
 

As events unfold it seems even more important to share the stories of the Native Peoples at Standing Rock, the CT Pipeline, the Housatonic River cleanup and other related events. Local organizations will also be present opportunities for action.

Following the screening there will be a panel discussion wit people who have visited Standing Rock as well as an update on the CT  Expansion proposed pipeline in our own back yards and other water protection.

All are welcome.

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Sandisfield Conservation Commission hearing on Kinder Morgan Proposed Pipeline through Otis State Forest


The next Sandisfield Conservation Commission meeting is:

Tuesday, February 28st – 7:00 pm

Kinder Morgan is on the agenda for this meeting. They have renewed their request to FERC for a Limited Notice to Proceed with tree felling. We are aware they are anxious to begin construction so again are racing the birds & bats deadline of March 31.

Their proposed timeline to FERC is HERE.

The meetings are usually held at Town Hall Annex, 66 Sandisfield Road, Sandisfield, MA. (google map)

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Lee Monthly Town Clean-up with the
Greener Gateway Committee

Saturday, February 25th from 1:00 – 3:00 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 at 1pm and clean until around 3pm
keeping the roadsides and wetland areas beautiful for our enjoyment and for wildlife to thrive.

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

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The Case for Pricing Carbon Webinar
featuring Dr. Naomi Oreskes

Tuesday February 21, 2017
2:00 pm – 3:00 pm EST

The League of Women Voters US Price on Carbon Committee invites you to join us for a webinar on pricing carbon. RSVP to join us on February 21, 2:00-3:00 pm EST, for an insightful and informative presentation by internationally renowned science historian and author, Dr. Naomi Oreskes.

As the evidence of accelerated climate change and its impact on society mounts, there is an increasing sense of urgency to find solutions. Learn how putting a price on carbon works and why scientists, economists and world leaders view pricing carbon as an essential strategy for reducing greenhouse gas emissions and stimulating the growth of clean, renewable energy as the fuel of choice moving forward.

RSVP to join us on February 21, 2:00-3:00 pm EST, for The Case for Pricing Carbon webinar with Dr. Naomi Oreskes.

Please share this invitation within your networks.

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Mass Audubon
Pleasant Valley Wildlife Sanctuary Special Events

 

Winter Wonderland: Lenox Mountain Snowshoe Hike
Sat, Feb 18, 2017 9:30 am – 12:30 pm
Location:
Pleasant Valley Wildlife Sanctuary, Lenox
Audience: Adult
Members: $10.00 Nonmembers: $15.00

Nonmembers can join today during checkout and take immediate advantage of member prices.

Strap on snowshoes (or microspikes, depending on conditions) and join us for a hike to the wintery summit of Lenox Mountain (2,126 feet). We’ll track wildlife, identify trees by their bark, and (on a clear day) take in a 50-mile view from the top. This moderately strenuous hike follows the Trail of the Ledges and Overbrook Trail three miles round-trip through northern hardwood forest for an elevation gain of 840 feet. Bring your own snowshoes or borrow some of ours. Ski or trekking poles are recommended. Information: call 413-637-0320.

School Vacation Winter Adventure
Tue, Feb 21, 2017 – Fri, Feb 24, 2017 (10:00 am – 3:00 pm)
Location:
Pleasant Valley Wildlife Sanctuary, Lenox
Audience: Children (suitable for children 7 – 9 years)
Members: $190.00 Nonmembers: $250.00

Nonmembers can join today during checkout and take immediate advantage of member prices.

Join the adventure and explore Pleasant Valley in winter. Each day we’ll learn about the wildlife that stays active in the cold and snow and the adaptations that enable these species to survive. Depending on the weather, we’ll build snow shelters and snowshoe or hike into remote parts of the sanctuary. Snowshoes/microspikes will be provided. Dress for the weather because we’ll be outside as much as possible; warm outerwear and boots required! Bring a lunch and two snacks each day.   Information: call 413-637-0320.

Kestrel & Wood Duck Nest Box Building Workshop
Sat, Feb 25, 2017 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm
Location:
Pleasant Valley Wildlife Sanctuary, Lenox
Audience: All (suitable for children 5 – 18 years)
Members: Adult $35.00, Child free Nonmembers: Adult $40.00, Child free

Having nest boxes on your property is a great way to support wildlife populations in your neighborhood. Join us for a hands-on workshop to build either a wood duck or kestrel nest box (no experience necessary). We’ll share information about the fascinating natural history of these birds as well as how to identify an appropriate location for your box. All materials and equipment are included in the program fee. Information: call 413-637-0320.

Bare Naked Beauty: Woody Plants in Winter
Sat, Mar 18, 2017 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
Location: Pleasant Valley Wildlife Sanctuary, Lenox
Instructor: Dale Abrams – Berkshire Sanctuaries Education Coordinator
Audience: Adult
Members: $12.00 Nonmembers: $16.00

No leaves? No problem! You can learn to recognize the beautiful forms of oaks, maples, and other woodland trees and shrubs sans leaves. We’ll use a combination of branching patterns, bud and bark characteristics, habitat, and other helpful traits to identify woody plants in winter. We’ll start inside looking at samples of twigs and practicing using a pocket guide (fee includes Winter Tree Finder field guides for participants), and then we’ll take a hike to practice our skills on live subjects in the sanctuary woodlands. Register online at www.massaudubon.org/get-outdoors.

Bluebird Nest Box Building Workshop
Sat, Mar 18, 2017 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm
Location: Pleasant Valley Wildlife Sanctuary, Lenox
Instructor: Dale Abrams – Berkshire Sanctuaries Education Coordinator
Audience: All (suitable for children 5 – 12 years)
Members: Adult $20.00, Child free Nonmembers: Adult $25.00, Child free

Provide much-needed nest sites for cavity-nesting birds. Participants in this family-friendly workshop will assemble pre-cut bluebird nesting box kits and take one home. The nest boxes are also suitable nest sites for other small, cavity-nesting species including tree swallow, house wren, black-capped chickadee, tufted titmouse, and white-breasted nuthatch. Workshop participants will also learn where and how to place their boxes in the right habitat. All materials and equipment are included in the program fee. Register online at www.massaudubon.org/get-outdoors.

Spring Birding at Pleasant Valley

Wed, Apr 05, 2017 8:00 am – 10:00 am

Location: Pleasant Valley Wildlife Sanctuary, Lenox

Audience: Adult

Members & Nonmembers: Free

Join Pleasant Valley’s caretaker on a weekly bird walk past beaver wetlands and through woodlands as we look for warblers, tanagers, orioles, and more during the peak of the spring migration and nesting season. Bring binoculars or call ahead to reserve a pair; beginners welcome.

 

 

Berkshire Residents Free Admission- 1st Wednesday of the Month

Wed, Apr 05, 2017 9:00 am – 4:00 pm

Location: Pleasant Valley Wildlife Sanctuary, Lenox

Audience: All (suitable for children 0 – 18 years)

Members & Nonmembers: Free

Berkshire County residents are invited to visit Pleasant Valley Wildlife Sanctuary. The sanctuary is open dawn to dusk. The office and gift shop will be open from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm. Explore seven miles of beautiful trails and learn about our education programs for all ages.

 

 

 

Woodcock’s Sky Dance

Wed, Apr 05, 2017 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm

Location: Canoe Meadows Wildlife Sanctuary

Instructors: Jonathan Pierce – Pleasant Valley Caretaker and Hoffman Bird Club Leader; Dale Abrams – Berkshire Sanctuaries Education Coordinator

Audience: All (suitable for children 6 – 18 years)

Members: Adult $5.00, Child free Nonmembers: Adult $7.00, Child free

Love is in the air as the sun sets in early spring. Wet meadows and fields become the American woodcock’s “runway” for a beautiful aerial courtship display. We will visit the meadows at dusk and listen and watch for the woodcock’s performance on its breeding grounds, just before darkness envelops the sanctuary. With any luck, male woodcocks will be heard peenting from the tall grass before spiraling hundreds of feet into the night sky. Viewing the woodcock’s sky dance is a natural spectacle that shouldn’t be missed. Dale Abrams is a lifelong birder.

 

 

Spring Birding at Canoe Meadows

Fri, Apr 07, 2017 8:00 am – 10:00 am

Location: Canoe Meadows Wildlife Sanctuary

Instructor: Noreen Mole – Sanctuary Volunteer and Hoffmann Bird Club leader

Audience: Adult

Members & Nonmembers: Free

Spring is the best season to look for migrants of all kinds, especially the beautiful wood warblers, orioles, thrushes, and more. Walk past wetlands and through meadows and woodlands observing changes in bird species each week. Bring binoculars; beginners welcome.

 

 

Spring Birding at Pleasant Valley

Wed, Apr 12, 2017 8:00 am – 10:00 am

Location: Pleasant Valley Wildlife Sanctuary, Lenox

Audience: Adult

Members & Nonmembers: Free

Join Pleasant Valley’s caretaker on a weekly bird walk past beaver wetlands and through woodlands as we look for warblers, tanagers, orioles, and more during the peak of the spring migration and nesting season. Bring binoculars or call ahead to reserve a pair; beginners welcome.

 

 

Woodcock’s Sky Dance

Wed, Apr 12, 2017 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm

Location: Canoe Meadows Wildlife Sanctuary

Audience: All (suitable for children 6 – 18 years)

Members: Adult $5.00, Child free Nonmembers: Adult $7.00, Child free

Love is in the air as the sun sets in early spring. Wet meadows and fields become the American woodcock’s “runway” for a beautiful aerial courtship display. We will visit the meadows at dusk and listen and watch for the woodcock’s performance on its breeding grounds, just before darkness envelops the sanctuary. With any luck, male woodcocks will be heard peenting from the tall grass before spiraling hundreds of feet into the night sky. Viewing the woodcock’s sky dance is a natural spectacle that shouldn’t be missed. Dale Abrams is a lifelong birder.

 

 

Spring Birding at Canoe Meadows

Fri, Apr 14, 2017 8:00 am – 10:00 am

Location: Canoe Meadows Wildlife Sanctuary

Instructor: Noreen Mole – Sanctuary Volunteer and Hoffmann Bird Club leader

Audience: Adult

Members & Nonmembers: Free

Spring is the best season to look for migrants of all kinds, especially the beautiful wood warblers, orioles, thrushes, and more. Walk past wetlands and through meadows and woodlands observing changes in bird species each week. Bring binoculars; beginners welcome.

 

 

School Vacation Spring Explorers

Tue, Apr 18, 2017 – Fri, Apr 21, 2017 (10:00 am – 3:00 pm)

Location: Pleasant Valley Wildlife Sanctuary, Lenox

Instructors: Gayle Tardif-Raser – Education Coordinator, Berkshire Wildlife Sanctuaries; Dale Abrams – Berkshire Sanctuaries Education Coordinator

Audience: Children (suitable for children 7 – 9 years)

Members: $190.00 Nonmembers: $250.00

Nonmembers can join today during checkout and take immediate advantage of member prices.

Join the adventure and explore Pleasant Valley in spring. Each day we’ll explore our forests, ponds, and wetlands for new plant growth, early bird arrivals, and emerging amphibians and reptiles. Dress for the weather; mud boots are a must! Bring a lunch and two snacks each day. Register online at www.massaudubon.org/get-outdoors.

 

 

 

Spring Birding at Pleasant Valley

Wed, Apr 19, 2017 8:00 am – 10:00 am

Location: Pleasant Valley Wildlife Sanctuary, Lenox

Audience: Adult

Members & Nonmembers: Free

Join Pleasant Valley’s caretaker on a weekly bird walk past beaver wetlands and through woodlands as we look for warblers, tanagers, orioles, and more during the peak of the spring migration and nesting season. Bring binoculars or call ahead to reserve a pair; beginners welcome.

 

 

Spring Salamander Search

Wed, Apr 19, 2017 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm

Location: Pleasant Valley Wildlife Sanctuary, Lenox

Instructors: Gayle Tardif-Raser – Education Coordinator, Berkshire Wildlife Sanctuaries; Dale Abrams – Berkshire Sanctuaries Education Coordinator

Audience: All (suitable for children 5 – 18 years)

Members: Adult $6.00, Child $3.00 Nonmembers: Adult $8.00, Child $4.00

Nonmembers can join today during checkout and take immediate advantage of member prices.

Woodland salamanders spend their days under logs, stones, and other objects, venturing out only in the cool moist of evenings. Join us as we search the woods and wetlands of Pleasant Valley for these fascinating animals and learn about their interesting lives.

 

 

Spring Birding at Canoe Meadows

Fri, Apr 21, 2017 8:00 am – 10:00 am

Location: Canoe Meadows Wildlife Sanctuary

Instructor: Noreen Mole – Sanctuary Volunteer and Hoffmann Bird Club leader

Audience: Adult

Members & Nonmembers: Free

Spring is the best season to look for migrants of all kinds, especially the beautiful wood warblers, orioles, thrushes, and more. Walk past wetlands and through meadows and woodlands observing changes in bird species each week. Bring binoculars; beginners welcome.

 

 

Pleasant Valley Volunteer Day

Sat, Apr 22, 2017 9:00 am – 1:00 pm

Location: Pleasant Valley Wildlife Sanctuary, Lenox

Instructor: Sanctuary Staff and Volunteers

Audience: All (suitable for children 10 – 18 years)

Members & Nonmembers: Free

Help us care for our beautiful native gardens, trails/boardwalks, and education spaces. Volunteers are needed for a wide variety of projects throughout the sanctuary. Tools, gloves, and refreshments will be provided. Register online at www.massaudubon.org/get-outdoors.

 

 

 

Introduction to Gardening Organically & Community Gardens Registration

Sat, Apr 22, 2017 1:30 pm – 3:00 pm

Location: Pleasant Valley Wildlife Sanctuary, Lenox

Instructor: Diane Wetzel – Sanctuary Volunteer and Master Gardener

Audience: Adult

Members & Nonmembers: Free

Diane Wetzel is a certified Master Gardener with years of experience gardening in the Berkshires. She will share information about the benefits of organic gardening and impart practical information on how to incorporate this approach in your garden. This workshop is required for new Community Garden members, but everyone is invited to attend. Canoe Meadows Community Garden is one of the most scenic places to grow vegetables in the Berkshires. Don’t forget to register early to reserve your favorite garden plot. Community Garden registration will be available before or after the workshop; a 6-month Community Garden membership is $35 for Mass Audubon members, $45 for nonmembers.

 

 

Spring Birding at Pleasant Valley

Wed, Apr 26, 2017 8:00 am – 10:00 am

Location: Pleasant Valley Wildlife Sanctuary, Lenox

Instructor: Jonathan Pierce – Pleasant Valley Caretaker and Hoffman Bird Club Leader

Audience: Adult

Members & Nonmembers: Free

Join Pleasant Valley’s caretaker on a weekly bird walk past beaver wetlands and through woodlands as we look for warblers, tanagers, orioles, and more during the peak of the spring migration and nesting season. Bring binoculars or call ahead to reserve a pair; beginners welcome.

 

 

Spring Salamander Search

Wed, Apr 26, 2017 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm

Location: Pleasant Valley Wildlife Sanctuary, Lenox

Instructors: Gayle Tardif-Raser – Education Coordinator, Berkshire Wildlife Sanctuaries; Dale Abrams – Berkshire Sanctuaries Education Coordinator

Audience: All (suitable for children 5 – 18 years)

Members: Adult $6.00, Child $3.00 Nonmembers: Adult $8.00, Child $4.00

Nonmembers can join today during checkout and take immediate advantage of member prices.

Woodland salamanders spend their days under logs, stones, and other objects, venturing out only in the cool moist of evenings. Join us as we search the woods and wetlands of Pleasant Valley for these fascinating animals and learn about their interesting lives.

 

 

Spring Birding at Canoe Meadows

Fri, Apr 28, 2017 8:00 am – 10:00 am

Location: Canoe Meadows Wildlife Sanctuary

Instructor: Noreen Mole – Sanctuary Volunteer and Hoffmann Bird Club leader

Audience: Adult

Members & Nonmembers: Free

Spring is the best season to look for migrants of all kinds, especially the beautiful wood warblers, orioles, thrushes, and more. Walk past wetlands and through meadows and woodlands observing changes in bird species each week. Bring binoculars; beginners welcome.

 

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The Trustees – Guided Winter Outing @ Field Farm in Williamstown

Join The Trustees on Sunday, February 26 at 1:00 PM to explore Field Farm in winter! Grab your cross-country skis or snowshoes, or hiking boots if there is no snow, and head to Field Farm in Williamstown for a guided tour of this scenic Trustees property. After the outing warm up with hot chocolate and brownies.

For more information call (413)532-1631 and email [email protected]. Severe weather or rain cancels.

Field Farm is a conservation property of more than 300 acres, with extensive meadows and woodlands, 4 miles of easy trails, a beaver pond, and a variety of birds and animals, and is located at 554 Sloan Road, South Williamstown, MA. From Williamstown Center, follow Rt. 7 South towards South Williamstown. At the intersection with Rt. 43, take Rt. 43 West and immediately take a right onto Sloan Rd. Proceed 1 mi. to entrance on right. For additional information visit http://www.thetrustees.org/ places-to-visit/berkshires/ field-farm.html.

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Kestrel Land Trust EVENTS

Beat the Winter Blues With Beasts or Books
Join us for one of these great events!

Where the Wild Things Are
Come learn the tricks of winter wildlife tracking.
When: Saturday, February 18
Time: 10 am – Noon
Where: Marble Brook in Northampton

Fee: Free (donations welcome)
RSVP: Required to learn meeting location

Even if there isn’t much snow, wildlife often leave signs of their presence. Join naturalist John Body at Marble Brook in Northampton to look for animal signs. In winter
tracks the past, we’ve seen signs of coyote, fox, porcupine, beaver, and the fierce fisher. Use your senses to find the wildlife that surrounds you! We’ll be hiking on mostly flat terrain. Limited to 20 participants. Heavy snow or rain cancels.  REGISTER NOW >> [email protected]

“Love the Land” Book Share & Swap
Stay cozy and build your must-read list for the winter.
When: Wednesday, March 8, 2017
Time: 6 pm – 7 pm
Where: Forbes Library, Northampton
Fee: Free
RSVP: Required–Space is limited!

Grab your favorite book or current read related to nature or the land, and come to this fun, informal gathering of bookworms and nature lovers. Warm up with a hot beverage while we each share a summary of our books. You’ll receive a list of the recommended books and authors after the book share. And, if you wish to swap books, feel free to bring a used book of your own to pass along to someone else. Co-sponsored by Forbes Library Nature & Environment Book Club.  Learn More & Register Now 

Kestrel Land Trust
PO Box 1016

Amherst, MA 01004


The Long Island Century Bat Survey w/Michael Fishman

Tuesday, February 21st at 7:00 pm
Scanlon Banquet Hall, Westfield State University, Westfield, MA

 

Michael Fishman is a Certified Wildlife Biologist, and serves as the Director of Biological Field Services at ERM (Environmental Resources Management), an international sustainability consultancy. He has worked as an endangered species biologist throughout the U.S., and for the past 25 years has focused on threatened and endangered bat species.

Bat populations in the Northeast have been decimated over the past decade by a fungal pathogen known as White Nose Syndrome (WNS). Mr. Fishman developed a bat research program on Long Island, New York, to determine how WNS had impacted bat populations there. The resulting Long Island Century Bat Survey (LICBS), the most intensive bat survey conducted on Long Island in more than 100 years, revealed some surprising results. Bat species that were all but extirpated on the mainland continued to thrive on Long Island.

Michael will discuss this work, as well as continuing bat research that was spawned from the LICBS, which has found that this effect is exhibited along the Northeastern coastal plain. He will discuss hypotheses currently being explored to determine why bats infected with WNS are surviving in the coastal plain, and the implications this may have for long-term bat species conservation.

 

www.westfield.ma.edu/event

The lecture is free and open to the public.

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Free Wild & Scenic Winter Workshop

Learn about Animal Tracking & Wildlife Cameras with Tracer Jess Applin

Sundays: March 5th and March 19th
9:00 am – 12:00 noon

Learn how to capture great pictures and videos.

Space is limited. Location TBD in Chesterfield MA.

Questions & Registrations: 413-623-2070
[email protected]

Sponsored by Wild & Scenic Westfield River Committee


PLEASE NOTE: As a 501(c)3, BEAT does not advocate civil disobedience.

Non-Violent Direct Action (NVDA) Training
offered by Sugar Shack Alliance

March 4th in Great Barrington MA 

​Understand the history and principles of non-violence, the function of affinity groups, race and class privilege in the decision to risk arrest, ​experience a large roleplay and lots of other interactives.
​You do not have to commit to being arrested, but you will explore what it might mean for you in considering the decision. ​Mary Link and Alice Grendon will be the trainers. Please fill out the registration for on the link below.

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1cazn2Ty3d3CsOT4oZ6GWC07R-u8kbY7xBAD5cp3BC94/edit?ts=589c884f

You will be sent a confirmation letter prior to the training with additional information on the location and what to expect at the training. The training will only be held once we have 20 confirmed registrations. Once you register, we expect folks to attend the full day training, 9:30 to 5:30. Registration deadline is Feb 27th.

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MACC EVENTS
Massachusetts Association of Conservation Commissions

 

2017 Fundamentals for Conservation Commissioners

More Units are being scheduled for March and April, 2017; check back soon.

Presented via Webinar:

Annual Environmental Conference, March 4, 2017—Save the Date!

Richard Primack will be the Keynote Speaker

We’re happy to announce that Richard Primack will be the keynote speaker at our Annual Environmental Conference 2017! He is a professor of biology at Boston University. He is Editor in Chief of Biological Conservation, the author of Walden Warming: Climate Change Comes to Throueau’s Woods, and other conservation biology/ecology publications.

To read more about Professor Primack, click HERE.
Forest Conservation Programs

Estate Planning, and Conservation Options

The MassConn Sustainable Forest Partnership—dedicated to collaborating on land protection efforts and promoting sustainable forestry—invites landowners and conservation commissioners to its upcoming Wood Walks and Conservation Estate Planning programs to learn about keeping forests healthy and options for managing and caring for family forests.

 

Woodland Connections for Women

Come join other women landowners for an informal discussion of your questions, problems, and strategies for owning, managing and planning for your land. Afterwards, we’ll take an easy snowshoe or walk in the woods. Sponsored by the Franklin Land Trust, UMass Extension, the North Quabbin Regional Landscape Partnership, and MA Department of Conservation and Recreation.

Woodland Connections for Women
When: February 10, 2017 (snow date Feb 17th)
Where: Charlemont, MA
Time: 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
With: Staff from Franklin Land Trust
This program is free of charge, and lunch will be provided.

To Register call Wendy Ferris at 413-625- 9151 ext. 111 or by email at [email protected]

Foresters for the Birds—Funding Assistance for Private Landowners

MA Department of Conservation and Recreation’s newest cost share program is now open to landowners across all of Massachusetts. Modeled on a successful program in Vermont, Foresters for the Birds provides landowners with information about bird habitat on their land, and recommendations about how to enhance it in conjunction with other forest management goals. The program provides funding assistance for a trained private forester to evaluate the existing and potential habitat for birds that rely on the forests of Massachusetts for much of their breeding habitat. The birds were selected by Mass Audubon as conservation priorities, and cover a range of forest types.

Foresters will provide landowners with forest management recommendations to improve or create new bird habitat, which must be incorporated into an existing or new Forest Stewardship Plan.

Private landowners with 10 or more wooded acres are eligible to receive funding assistance for the development of a Bird Habitat Assessment.

For more information visit Massachusetts Woodlands Institute’s website or contact your DCR service forester.
Upcoming Partners’ Programs

MACC’s Education Calendar lists new programs all the time. Visit it for the latest information on programs offered by MACC and its partners!

 

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Flying Deer Nature Center Programs

Offered by Flying Deer Nature Center, 5 Abode Road, New Lebanon, NY 12125
For more information and to register, visit www.FlyingDeerNatureCenter.org or call 518-794-6687.

Race Dialogues conversation at Flying Deer
March 1, 7:00-9:00 pm
Dear Flying Deer Community,
On Wednesday, March 1, from 7:00-9:00 pm, Flying Deer hosts a public conversation about race and racism in a format called the Race Dialogues. Our intention is to stimulate discussion about inclusivity, and ways we may unwittingly perpetuate systems of exclusivity at Flying Deer programs/events. The conversation is open to any topics related to race and racism. The event is open to any neighboring organizations, partnering organizations, and local/regional community members who wish to attend.

This Race Dialogues conversation will be facilitated by our longtime staff member Emma Post. Here is some background on Race Dialogues from Emma:

Race Dialogue events strive to create structured and “brave” spaces for the facilitation of group discussions about race and racism. These kinds of dialogues and spaces are necessary for meaningful action, as often we resort to action without being informed, empathetic or aware of our position in society. They can also serve as an important debrief about national or local events that concern social justice and/or social discrimination. We will hold this challenging and vulnerable conversation with strict guidelines in order to speak honestly as a community about how racism is often disguised from us or how it has directly impacted our lives and the lives of others.

Race Dialogues will be held at Flying Deer Nature Center, located at the Abode of the Message, a 40-year-old spiritual community and Sufi studies center in New Lebanon, New York. It begins promptly at 7:00 pm, so please arrive a few minutes early. Refreshments and snacks will be served at 6:30 pm. See directions below.

If possible, please e-mail an RSVP to Emma, to help us prepare: [email protected]
Hope to see you there!
Sincerely,
Devin Franklin
Flying Deer Nature Center
Programs Director

Directions to Flying Deer Nature Center:

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

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

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

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

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

On Darrow Road (please obey Darrow School’s 25 mph speed limit-this is very important!): Continue straight on Darrow Road. Pass turnoff to Chairfactory Road and proceed approximately 1/10 mile up the hill until you see a large red barn on your right. If the parking lot in front of the barn is full, continue a short distance and park in the large parking lot past the barn to the right. The Flying Deer space is in the large red barn in the ground level corner office with two big windows and a glass door.

Registration is now open for Summer Camp 2017
AT FLYING DEER NATURE CENTER

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

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

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

TWO WEEKS OF KATYDID CAMP, for ages 4-5
9:00 am-1:00 pm each day
June 19-23 & Aug. 21-25
A story-filled adventure exploring the abundant joy and wonder of the outdoors! We’ll focus on creating comfort, fostering knowledge, and building self-reliance in nature. Register now.
SIX WEEKS OF COTTONWOOD CAMP
for ages 6-12, 9:00 am-3:00 pm each day

June 19-23, June 26-30, July 3-7, July 24-28, and Aug. 21-25 in New Lebanon

Cottonwood Camp in Berkshire County, July 31-August 4.

We’ll spend our days adventuring in age-based groups, learning about mysterious animal tracks, delicious edible plants, curious insects, shelter, primitive fire-making, and other wilderness skills, not to mention fun songs, games, and stories! Older campers work on more advanced naturalist and survival skills. Register now. Get 10% off when you register for two or more Cottonwood camps for one child, or register two or more children for one week of camp.

RED-TAIL HAWK OVERNIGHT ADVENTURE
for ages 10-14, July 10-14 (5 days, 4 nights)
Soar into a weeklong immersion of Flying Deer culture, camping for five days and four nights as we take adventure, fun, and friendship to the next level. The clans make the forest their home as we practice leatherworking and make bone tools; learn bowdrill and other fire-making methods; concoct delicious meals using steam pits and other primitive cooking methods; stalk the nighttime forest in scouting games; play “Leopards and Wolves”-Capture the Flag with a Flying Deer twist; experience Jedi Training; and much more! Register now.
CAMP SHERWOOD, for ages 13-16
July 17-21 (5 days, 4 nights)
Enter the shadowy world of the scout, where we merge mind and body with the forest and learn to see without being seen. After undergoing a fun, challenging test to join Robin Hood’s merry forest ruffians, we’ll embark on a weeklong series of unforgettable adventures to dangerous lands as we set traps, seek gold, solve riddles, and save our friends. Register now.

ENCHANTED FOREST, for ages 6-9
July 17-21
9:00 am-3:00 pm each day
A living story that unfolds among the natural wonders of the woods! We will use pine cones, moss, sticks, stones, and other foraged materials to create a tiny village for the forest’s magical beings to call their home. But what will happen when a mysterious force brings our little village to life?
Register now.

ADIRONDACK CANOE EXPEDITION
for ages 14-18, August 7-12
(6 days, 5 nights)
Paddle your way through the wilderness, making and breaking camp each day to the sound of loons, sleeping under the stars, and immersing yourself in the tranquility of the waters. Learn the skills necessary to make life comfortable miles away from civilization. This is a journey in the wild with an emphasis on practical skills and having a great time! Fishing included as an optional food-gathering activity! Register now.
WOLF CAMP, for ages 11-13
August 7-11(5 days, 3 nights)
One small group of campers led by experienced instructors begin with one day of day camp, building our community and developing the knowledge and skills necessary for the journey ahead. On Tuesday morning, we trek into the beautiful Berkshire Mountains, where we climb summits, eat and laugh around campfires, and discover new places during a four-day, three night backpacking trip. Register now.

Get details on all our camps and programs at www.flyingdeernaturecenter.org


EARTHWORKS PROGRAMS

Winter Survival Vacation Program

During February Vacation
February 21 (Tue)-February 24 (Fri)Ages 8+Experience the WILD in winter in our beautiful forest and fields! While spending lots of time outdoors, we will

  • track animals and find the special places of the fox, deer, bobcat and others…we will get a glimpse of their secret winter life.
  • build winter shelters: a quinzee, a lean to, a zarsky…various methods to stay warm and dry.
  • test our fire-making skills in the snow…we will help each other learn the best techniques with and without matches, then bask in the warmth of our accomplishments in our wilderness home.

We will enjoy hanging out around the fire, staying warm in shelters that we make, sharing lunch and cool stories and other natural mysteries.Bonus: we will also learn about ice safety and hypothermia and how to stay safe outdoors in the winter. We will pick up strategies of staying warm by playing games and other activities.All of this for $276-$300, sliding scale, for 4 days!If not available for the 4-day Program, 2-day minimum at $75/day.CLICK HERE for details & Registration

A Weekend of Wilderness Skills Workshops

Saturday, February 25 & Sunday, February 26

(These Weekends of Workshops fill quickly, so be sure to register ASAP.)

4 Workshops! Attend all, some or just one!

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER FOR ALL 4 WORKSHOPS & SAVE 10%

WINTER SPECIAL: REGISTER 2 ADULTS & BRING THIRD PERSON FOR FREE!

Join us her at Earthwork Programs to learn new bushcraft techniques and practice very old traditional wilderness skills of our ancestorsFor families, Adults & TeensAll Workshops are in Conway, MA

Saturday, February 25th
9:00-12:00 Winter Shelter WS 1
1:00-4:00 WinterFire WS 2

Sunday, February 26th
9:00-12:00 Ice Safety WS 3
1:00-4:00 Winter Tracking WS 4

WORKSHOP DESCRIPTIONS:

* Workshop 1 Winter Shelter Building: The art of staying safe & warm in the cold

Building a winter shelter is both a needed survival skill and a great way to enjoy the outdoors this season.

We have had so many people learn skills with us here and then go home and build these right in their back yard and on snowshoeing trips too.

  • Learn the mindset when facing an experience where you may have to spend the night
  • Choosing safe location and what elements to look for before you can start building.
  • The importance of attention to detail that can make the difference between struggle and thriving!
  • Learn traditional skills that have been passed on of people of the north who live these conditions day in and day out

In this family- and adult-oriented class, you will learn the basics of making three kinds of winter shelters:
The Quinzee (snow dependent)
Tarp Craft
Thermal Mass Shelter

We will also concentrate on how to stay warm in the winter without shelter and techniques to prevent hypothermia, frostbite and other cold related injuries.

Come away from this class with practical tools for staying safe and enjoying all of what winter has to offer!

REGISTER FOR SHELTER BUILDING (WS 1)

* Workshop 2 WinterFire           

Have you ever struggled to get a fire going or got lost on a hike on a snowy mountain? Watch Frank’s video about making WinterFire, and then attend this Workshop to practice!

A fire may be the difference between life and death.

This 3-hour Workshop will not only entertain you, but it may save your life! You’ll learn how to take these 3 things, and why you should have them every time the temperature drops below 32 degrees…because they will 10x your ability to start a fire every single time you apply the methods you will learn in this Workshop.

Have you ever made a fire on the snow? Do you know how to make fire? What if you and your family are hiking, skiing or out for a drive and get stranded? A fun outing can become a potential life threatening emergency rather quickly given certain conditions. How would you stay warm?

Here you’ll learn one of the most important outdoor skills: how to survive in the wilderness in winter and develop some outdoor survival skills in fire-starting methods and techniques.

REGISTER FOR WINTERFIRE! (WS 2)

* Workshop 3 Ice Safety

Would you know what to do if you fell through the ice, or one of your loved ones…perhaps a family member…plunged into the excruciating frigid water? This is a terrifying thought, and people have lost loved ones in this scenario; it is a REAL concern. However, taking the time to educate yourself and your family gives you an incredible edge that can make the difference between life and death.

Although this situation seems grim, we can help you understand that ICE SAFETY training is an extremely important SKILL that you can acquire. You and your friends/family can be prepared and know exactly what to do.

Being prepared and knowing how to respond provides a comfort and security that nothing else can. With this new-found knowledge and skill, you know what to do for yourself, as well as if someone you witness falls through the ice. In this class, you will learn:

  • how to approach the ice
  • how to read the ice while travelling over lakes, rivers
  • how to determine ice thickness so you know what places are safe on lakes, ponds, rivers
  • how to deal with the initial first minute of submersion–one that you can be prepared for in this class
  • how to determine which direction to swim as the ice breaks under you

Learn the different strategies and rescue procedures for what to do before, during and after someone goes through the ice.

REGISTER FOR ICE SAFETY (WS 3)

* Workshop 4 Winter Tracking 

Have you ever been in the woods and wonder “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!

REGISTER FOR TRACKING (WS 4)

Cost: $50/adult/workshop prepaid, $30/child with adult (if pay day of, add $10/person/workshop)

For specific questions, call 413-340-1161

MAKE A WEEKEND OF IT!

There may be an opportunity to stay overnight on the land on Saturday night if there is enough interest!
* Bring own tent & supplies OR make a shelter–$5/person

REGISTER FOR CAMPING
* Rustic cabin-$8/person (limited space)

REGISTER FOR CABIN

NEED TO REGISTER FOR CAMPING/CABIN BEFORE MID FEBRUARY

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

 


 

New England Wild Flower Society Online Courses

Learn Online
Enjoy the Society’s rich educational programming wherever you are. Too busy to take a class in-person? Register now for one of our three new online courses in native plant botany and design. Seats fill quickly so sign-up today!
Designing with Native Plants
Looking to design a beautiful garden with native plants? Need advice? Access this updated, entirely self-paced, online course when it’s convenient for you. We’ll teach you the basics of designing with native plants and show you how to incorporate them into your garden and landscape.
Open enrollment begins Monday, November 14 and ends Sunday, April 2.
Program Code: HORO100
Instructor: Dr. Elizabeth Farnsworth
Fee: $64 (Member) / $80 (Nonmember)
Limit: Unlimited
Certificate: Elective: HD/Adv.HD

Learn more/Register. 

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Berkshire Grown Winter Farmers’ Markets

Saturday, February 18, 2017: Berkshire Grown Winter Farmers’ Market featuring locally grownand produced foods and gifts, including fruits and vegetables, cheeses, meats, breads, yarn, and more, plus live music, lunch fare, and children’s activities from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Monument Valley Middle School, 313 Monument Valley Road in Great Barrington. Admission is free. berkshiregrown.org

The January and February markets will showcase the Berkshire winter bounty including potatoes, carrots, beets, winter squash, onions, garlic, mushrooms, kale and a variety of other greens. Other locally produced products available at the market will include eggs, chicken, goat, grass fed pork and beef, over a dozen different kinds of locally produced cheeses, ice cream, jams, pickles, kimchi, sauerkraut, tempeh, honey, and delicious baked goods. Grilled sausages and omelets will be on sale to eat at the festive event. Food Adventures will lead hands-on snack-making activities for children with seasonal ingredients.

REGISTER HERE FOR THE NOFA CONFERENCE THIS SATURDAY

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

Berkshire Botanical Garden is hosting a slate of food-related events this season. Events include:

  • Unusual Edible Fruits for the New England Landscape on February 4
  • Maple Sugaring at Home on February 25
  • Growing an Organic Vegetable Garden on March 10
  • Spring Hive Management for Beekeepers on March 11.

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

Please send information to [email protected]

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

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DYKEN POND EVENTS

Full Snow Moon Trek
Saturday, February 11 from 6:30 -8:30 pm
Dyken Pond Environmental Education Center
Enjoy the quiet shadows under the natural light of the full snow moon on . This free, two mile trek is open to intermediate cross country skiers or snowshoers. Trekkers must be at least 16 years old. Snowshoe rentals are available for $5 with advanced notice. Please contact the Center for updated snow conditions and possible cancellations at (518) 658-2055 or [email protected] Dyken Pond EE Center is a Rensselaer County Park open daily during daylight hours for back-country snowshoeing, cross-country skiing and ice-fishing. Visit www.dykenpond.org for directions and a complete schedule of our winter events.

Snowshoe Trek
Sunday, February 12 from 1:00-3:00 pm

Dyken Pond Environmental Education Center
475 Dyken Pond Rd, Cropseyville, NY

Youth, families and adults can congregate in a beautiful natural setting while learning the fundamentals of snowshoeing on After a brief introduction we will snowshoe for about 2 hours, looking for signs of animals and enjoying a winter day outdoors. Program presented by Josh Pulito. Please contact the Center for updated snow conditions and possible cancellations at (518) 658-2055 [email protected] Cost is $5 and includes individual snowshoe rental. Dyken Pond EE Center is a Rensselaer County Park open daily during daylight hours for back-country snowshoeing, cross-country skiing and ice-fishing. Visit www.dykenpond.org for directions and a complete schedule of our winter events.

Wildlife Tracking Intensive
Friday, February 17, 2017, at 6:00 pm–Sunday, February 19, 2017, at 3:00 pm
Dyken Pond Environmental Education Center, Cropseyville, NY

For ages 18 and up.
Tuition: $250; $225 each when you bring a family member

Tamakoce Wilderness Programs and Flying Deer Nature Center team up to offer a Wildlife Tracking weekend for adults in the deep woods of the Rensselaer Plateau. February 17-19 at Dyken Pond Environmental Education Center, Grafton, NY We’ll spend two full days in the field following trails and interpreting tracks and sign, accompanied by evening and morning presentations and activities. Food and rustic lodgings are provided. Topics covered include: Track ID Trailing Interpretation Local ecology Skull ID Where to find animals … and much more! Find out more and register.

Snowshoeing on Winter Break
Tuesday Feb. 21 and Thursday Feb 23 from 1:00-3:00pm
Looking for something to do with your children while they are on school break? The Dyken Pond Environmental Education Center is offering a snowshoe programs for youth and families. These programs will provide an opportunity to learn the fundamentals of snowshoeing while having some outdoor fun. Come to one or both sessions. On Tuesday, after a brief introduction we will snowshoe for about 2 hours, look for signs of animals and play an authentic Eskimo game. On Thursday we will go into more depth with animal tracking, and learn more about the animals who live on the Rensselaer Plateau. Program presented by Josh Pulito. Please contact the Center for updated snow conditions and possible cancellations at (518) 658-2055 [email protected] Fee including snowshoe rental: $3 per person; $12 family rate.

Dyken Pond EE Center is a Rensselaer County Park open daily during daylight hours for back-country snowshoeing, cross-country skiing and ice-fishing. Visit www.dykenpond.org for directions and a complete schedule of our winter events.

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Global Warming Solutions Act (GWSA) Public Hearings Scheduled

Wednesday, February 8, 2017 at 2:00 PM
Springfield Central Library, 220 State Street, Springfield, MA
(hearings also to be held at other locations… see below)

The Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection (MassDEP), under its authority pursuant to M.G.L. c. 21A, sections 2, 8 and 16, M.G.L. c. 111, section 2C, M.G.L. c. 111, sections 142A et seq., and M.G.L. c. 21N, commonly known as the Global Warming Solutions Act (GWSA), sections 3(c), 3(d), 4 and 7, will hold public hearings in accordance with M.G.L. Chapter 30A on proposed amendments to 310 CMR 7.00 Air Pollution Control, and 310 CMR 60.00, Air Pollution Control for Mobile Sources. In accordance with the Supreme Judicial Court’s decision, in the case of Kain v. DEP, 474 Mass. 278 (2016), directing MassDEP to promulgate new regulations in accordance with Section 3(d) of the GWSA that establish declining aggregate greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions limits on multiple categories of GHG emissions sources in the Commonwealth, and Governor Baker’s Executive Order 569 directing MassDEP and other agencies to reduce GHG emissions to meet the goals set in the GWSA, MassDEP proposes to amend 310 CMR 7.00 and 310 CMR 60.00, including:

310 CMR 7.71(9) to change the regulation to conform to changes to retail seller GHG emission reporting required in 310 CMR 7.75.

310 CMR 7.72 to establish mass-based, annually declining aggregate limits on sulfur hexafluoride (SF6) emissions from active gas-insulated switchgear (GIS) owned by large utilities; establish aggregate limits on the same utilities; prevent increases in SF6 emissions that could otherwise occur due to use of additional GIS equipment; and maintain the stringency of the existing program by retaining the SF6 leak rate.

310 CMR 7.73 to establish mass-based, annually declining limits on methane emissions from mains and services for individual natural gas distribution system operators with a Gas System Enhancement Plan (GSEP) order from DPU; and establish mass-based, annually declining aggregate limits on total methane emissions from mains and services owned by all gas operators with a GSEP.

310 CMR 7.74 to establish mass-based, annually declining limits on GHG emissions from power plants in Massachusetts to ensure reductions associated with current electricity sector policies in the Massachusetts Clean Energy and Climate Plan for 2020 Update will occur in Massachusetts. (These policies include new clean energy supplies, energy efficiency, and the proposed Clean Energy Standard (CES) regulation at 310 CMR 7.75); establish a process for apportioning the aggregate limit on GHG emissions among existing and new power plants in Massachusetts; include a mechanism for power plants to earn and use over-compliance credits (OCCs), providing compliance flexibility; and require annual compliance reporting.

310 CMR 7.75 to establish obligations on retail electricity sellers to provide an annually increasing percentage of power from clean energy sources; define clean energy based on a GHG emissions-based performance standard, regardless of the technology used to generate the electricity; capture additional low- and zero-emissions generation technologies that are not included in the existing Renewable Portfolio Standard program as implemented by DOER; and set the stringency of the clean energy standard to support achieving the power plant GHG emissions limits set by 310 CMR 7.74.

310 CMR 60.05 to establish mass-based, annually declining aggregate limits on carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions from MassDOT operations; establish mass-based, annually declining aggregate targets for reductions of carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions from certain transportation sector sources in the Commonwealth; require MassDOT to calculate and report on whether its CO2 emissions limit and the sector target were achieved each year, and implement supplemental measures and initiatives within the areas of MassDOT’s responsibilities if its emissions limit is not met.

310 CMR 60.06 to establish mass-based, annually declining limits on CO2 emissions from the passenger vehicle fleet owned or leased by each Secretariat in the Executive Branch in the Commonwealth; and require each Secretariat to report annually on their passenger and non-passenger vehicle fleets, including whether the annual CO2 emissions limit on their passenger vehicle fleet was achieved.
The proposed amendments and a background document are available on MassDEP’s website at http://www.mass.gov/eea/ agencies/massdep/air/climate/ section3d-comments.html.

Public hearings will be held:

Monday, February 6, 2017 from 9:00 AM to 11:30 AM; 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM; and at 6:00 PM
MassDEP Boston Office, One Winter Street, Boston, MA

Monday, February 6, 2017 at 9:00 AM
MassDEP Southeast Regional Office, 20 Riverside Drive, Lakeville, MA

Wednesday, February 8, 2017 at 9:00 AM and 6:00 PM
MassDEP Central Regional Office, 8 New Bond Street, Worcester, MA

Wednesday, February 8, 2017 at 2:00 PM
Springfield Central Library, 220 State Street, Springfield, MA

If one or more of the previously scheduled public hearings is cancelled due to inclement weather, additional public hearings will be held on:

Friday, February 10, 2017 at 9:00 AM
MassDEP Boston Office, One Winter Street, Boston, MA
AND
MassDEP Central Regional Office, 8 New Bond Street, Worcester, MA
The last hearing at each location will remain open until all parties in attendance have been heard, with the exception of the Springfield Public Library that closes at 8 PM.

Testimony may be presented orally or in writing at the public hearings. MassDEP will accept written comments until 5:00 PM on February 24, 2017. Written comments may be submitted in the following three ways: through the online portal available at: http://www.mass.gov/eea/ agencies/massdep/air/climate/ section3d-comments.html, by email to [email protected] or by mail to: Jordan Garfinkle, MassDEP, 7th floor, One Winter Street, Boston, MA 02108.

For special accommodations for these hearings, please call MassDEP Diversity Office at 617-292-5751. TTY# MassRelay Service 1-800-439-2370. This information is available in alternate format upon request.

Christine Kirby
Acting Assistant Commissioner
Bureau of Air and Waste
Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection

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Williamstown Rural Land Foundation Events

 

Great Backyard Bird Count
February 17-20, 2017 @ 9:30am
The Williamstown Rural Lands Foundation (www.wrlf.org) invites you to be a Citizen Scientist by participating in this year’s Great Backyard Bird Count (birdcount.org).

Join the WRLF at Linear Park (entrance off Route 2 across from the Maple Terrace Motel) at 9:30 AM on Saturday February 18.  We’ll count birds and learn about their natural history on this easy hike geared toward children and families.  Bring binoculars if you have them, and there will be a few pair available to borrow.

Or you can count birds on your own anywhere you like. We recommend at LEAST 15 minutes – or even longer if you wish.

Keep track of the numbers and species of birds you see and how many and how long you watched. Count on one day or all 4 days. Then enter your list online at BirdCount.org. Put in a new checklist for each new day, each different location or for the same location and same day, if you counted different times of day.  Look for the Submit Observations tab on the Great Backyard Bird Count website.  http://gbbc.birdcount.org.  You may start submitting lists after midnight of the first day.

Each checklist submitted during the GBBC helps researchers at the Cornell Lab of Ornithology and the National Audubon Society learn more about how birds are doing, and how to protect them and the environment we share. Last year, more than 160,000 participants submitted their bird observations online, creating the largest instantaneous snapshot of global bird populations ever recorded.

Winter Twig Identification workshop
Saturday, February 18 from 1:00-3:00 PM
Sheep Hill
he program is free and open to the public and will be led by Susanne Pfeiffer, a member of the horticulture team at the Arnold Arboretum in Boston. How well can you identify trees and shrubs by their twigs? This workshop is designed to introduce participants to using the structure and buds of winter trees to identify them. There will be both indoor and outdoor segments of the program. Hailing from Toronto, Canada, Susanne Pfeiffer studied Environmental Science and Biology at the University of Toronto and is a graduate of the Niagara Parks Commission School of Horticulture. Sue is an ISA certified arborist with experience in commercial tree care with a focus on public lands and parks. She joined the staff of the Arnold Arboretum in 2008 and is currently a member of the horticulture team.

WRLF offers February Vacation Exploration program
for children ages K – 4th grade
Tuesday, February 21 through Friday, February 24
afternoons from 1:00 to 4:00 PM 

Sheep Hill
The programs will take place at 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 program is $125, $100 for WRLF members. For more information or to register visit www.wrlf.org or call the office at 413-458-2494.

Low-Impact Lawn Care
Thursday, March 16 @ 7:00 pm
Sheep Hill in Williamstown.

The speaker will be horticulture and environmental educator Dianne Olsen.

Lawn fertilizers and pesticides are tied to water contamination, but can you have a healthy, beautiful lawn without them?  Absolutely!  Learn how low-impact lawn care protects aquifers and surface water, saves you money and results in a beautiful healthy lawn. The suggested donation is $3.

Ms. Olsen is recently retired from the Cornell Cooperative Extension. Her special interests are water quality, the home garden as an ecosystem, and families growing food.  She is a former garden columnist for the Poughkeepsie (NY) Journal.

The Williamstown Rural Lands Foundation is a non-profit, member supported land conservation trust which works to protect natural resources and connect children and adults with the natural world. Sheep Hill is located on Route 7 (Cold Spring Road) approximately one mile south of the Williamstown Rotary.

For more information, call 413-458-2494 or visit www.wrlf.org.

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30th Annual Local Environmental Action Conference

Sunday, March 5th at Northeastern University, Boston, MA

Join nearly 500 citizens, activists and experts at one of the premier grassroots events in New England!

This year, our keynote speakers are Kandi Mossett and Lois Gibbs. Kandi Mossett is a powerful Indigenous leader and environmental justice hero on the frontlines of the fight to stop the Dakota Access Pipeline. A member of the Mandan, Hidatsa, and Arikara Nation, Kandi is the Indigenous Environmental Network’s Extreme Energy & Just Transition Campaign Coordinator, leading the fight to raise awareness about the environmentally & socially devastating effects of hydraulic fracturing on tribal lands. We’re so honored to have her joining us to share lessons from NoDAPL and her international and national climate advocacy work. Lois Gibbs is known by many as the mother of the anti-toxics movement and the federal Superfund program. Lois was a housewife living in Niagara Falls, New York in 1978 when she learned that her neighborhood, Love Canal, was built on top of 21,000 tons of hazardous chemical waste. After successfully organizing her neighbors to win the evacuation and cleanup of Love Canal, Lois went on to found the Center for Health, Environment & Justice and has helped communities across the country fight to protect themselves from toxic exposures. Most recently, Lois has been working on the ground in Flint, Michigan.

We are thrilled to offer nearly 20 workshops that cover a range of issues and skills – from the future of energy in New England, to organizing in the age of Trump, to the health impacts of fracked gas well-head to your kitchen stove.

Local Environmental Action 2017 is a day to recognize our many victories over the year and be inspired to go back and continue the fight to protect the health and safety of our communities, our environment, and our climate.  Whether you’re a veteran participant from all 30 years of Environmental Action or a first time attendee, don’t miss out on this exciting day!

Register now for just $35.  Or cosponsor as a group and receive a discount of two tickets for $60. (Breakfast and lunch included in all tickets.)  Register online or call 617-747-4362 for more details.  Early bird registration closes February 11th and prices go up $10 after that date.

If you have any questions, please contact us at 617-747-4362 or by email at [email protected]

Cohosted by Toxics Action Center, Massachusetts Climate Action Network, the Northeastern Environmental Justice Research Collaborative (NEJRC) in the Department of Sociology and Anthropology, the Northeastern Social Science Environmental Health Research Initiative, and many others.


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SAVE THE DATE!
Massachusetts Environmental Education Society Presents:
VISION 40

The 2017 Annual Conference – Looking to the past to inform our future
March 8, 2017 from 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
College of the Holy Cross, Worcester, Massachusetts

Join the 2017 MEES Conference as a Presenter!
The Massachusetts Environmental Education Society (MEES) is seeking presentation proposals for our 2017 Annual Conference.

As MEES celebrates its 40th anniversary, we look back at how the field of Environmental Education (EE) has transformed over the past century. In the first half of the century, EE was based on the premise that land must be conserved and wildlife protected. Then, in 1970, the field had a political coming out on the first Earth Day. In the 80s, a wave of progressive nature-based teachers and the environmental justice movement brought the field into classrooms and urban centers and in the 90s the focus shifted to waste, energy, and green communities. Like science, environmental education itself continues to evolve. In the early 2000s through today and into tomorrow, the EE community has been educating not only our students but ourselves, on climate change, sea level rise, green technologies, sustainable food systems, and renewable energy – professional arenas far afield from our nature-centered roots.

The 2017 MEES Conference will look to the past to help us shape the future of EE in Massachusetts:

  • With the increase in technology, is there still value in teaching basic naturalist skills?
  • Are we or should we be expanding the definition of an environmental educator?
  • How do we engage more traditional classroom teachers to use the environment in teaching core subjects?
  • How can we paint an accurate portrait of the people in the EE community in Massachusetts, and highlight the diversity in the field and the work already being accomplished?
  • Can the EE field grow and attract new practitioners with current wages and time commitments?

In 2017 MEES hopes to both look back at our roots and look forward to where our outer branches are reaching and stretching.

If you have questions please email the Presenter Coordinator for the conference Carrie Hawthorne: [email protected]

Find out more about the 2017 Conference.

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27th Massachusetts Land Conservation Conference

Saturday, March 25, 2017 – Worcester, MA
Scaling Up: Meeting New Challenges
Saturday, March 25, 2017 | 8am – 4pm
Worcester Technical High School, Worcester, MAConvened by the Massachusetts Land Trust Coalition
Register before March 10th for early discount!
REGISTER HERESign up for the Conference Mailing List for important conference updates below.
Sign Up for Conference Updates!For more information about the conference including speakers, registration fees, workshop schedule and materials, see www.massland.org/conferenceThis year’s Keynote Address will be “A Conversation with Edward Osborne Wilson”, usually cited as E. O. Wilson, an American biologist, researcher, theorist, naturalist and author. Edward Osborne Wilson is generally recognized as one of the several leading biologists in the world. Read more about E. O. Wilson here.Volunteer for the Conference! 
We depend on the assistance of volunteers to make this conference a success! To volunteer for pre-conference, conference day, or post-conference activities, fill out the form here. Thank you!Exhibit at the Conference!
If you would like to be an exhibitor at the 2016 conference, get details here.
About the conference:
This annual, day-long training and networking event provides land trust board members and staff, parks administrators and advocates, watershed organizations, trails and friends associations, municipal commission members and others interested in land conservation with the information, skills, and connections they need to be most effective.
Workshops will focus on land conservation topics in these categories:
– Theme & Emerging Issues
– Land Management & Stewardship
– Land Protection Tools & Techniques
– Legal, Tax & Compliance Matters
– Organizational Management & Fundraising
– Urban & Community Conservation
The Massachusetts Land Conservation Conference is convened by the Massachusetts Land Trust Coalition with the generous support of our sponsors.
We are very grateful to the organizations who have been conference sponsors in the past.  If you would like to be a sponsor, get details here. Get a sponsorship form here.

2017 National Watershed & Stormwater Conference

Tuesday, April 4, 2017
Online and Remote Hub Locations

Mark your calendar to join us on Tuesday, April 4, 2017 for the second year of this unique conference.  The conference is designed to allow both in-person discussion at multiple locations and online attendance.  Participants can learn about local and national stormwater and watershed issues while networking at their preferred attendance location.

Major conference topics include: IDDE, Public Education, National Certification, Monitoring, and Stream Restoration.

Learn about exciting research, case studies, innovative technology, and special regional considerations from experts around the country.

Registration will open soon.  Stay tuned for more information on registration and sponsorship!

Any Questions, contact us at [email protected], or call us at 410-461-8323.

Advance Notice—Apply to the UMass Keystone Project!

Thursday evening, April 6, through Sunday afternoon, April 9, 2017.
Application deadline is: Monday, March 6, 2017
The Keystone Project is an intensive, 3–day, retreat style training at the Harvard Forest in Petersham, MA that focuses on forest ecology and stewardship, wildlife management, and land protection. The training consists of both indoor and field sessions, as well as informal time to learn from fellow participants. In addition, each participant is given substantial take–home resources. The Keystone Project educates forest owners and community leaders who have a significant impact on their communities. Keystone Cooperators can own forestland, be involved in the care and stewardship of a property, or be an active community leader.Next spring, the program will take place on:
Thursday evening, April 6, through Sunday afternoon, April 9, 2017.
Applications will be accepted starting in January, and the application deadline is: Monday, March 6, 2017.
For more information about Keystone or to download an application please click HERE. Contact Paul Catanzaro or 413.545.4839 if you have any questions.

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Announcing the 2017 Northeast Natural History Conference

April 21–23, 2017
Cromwell, CT (near Hartford)
First time in Connecticut!
In line with our long-standing goal of moving the conference throughout the Northeast, we are excited to have found the Radisson Hotel Cromwell, which promises to be a wonderful conference facility centrally located just south of Hartford and easily accessible from throughout the region.

As with last year’s conference, it has been scheduled over a weekend to minimize conflicts with work and class schedules, and the hotel venue offers the convenience of staying overnight right on site with complimentary parking for room guests, thereby eliminating any driving or parking hassles while at the conference, plus all of the amenities you would expect from a fine hotel.

Join us this upcoming April 21st–23rd for the 17th Northeast Natural History Conference (NENHC). This conference promises again to be the largest regional forum for researchers, natural resource managers, students, and naturalists to present current information on the varied aspects of applied 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.

https://eaglehill.us/NENHC_2017/NENHC2017.shtml

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