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:

   TBA

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 Weekly Kiwi Cutting at Burbank Park

Year-round, Thursday mornings, 8:30 – 10:00 am
Location: Meet at Burbank Park on Onota Lake, off Valentine Road, at the little parking area on the east side, just north of Lakeway Drive, Pittsfield (google map)
Get your morning exercise and help eradicate this destructive invasive at the same time! Gloves and tools will be provided, but we encourage you to bring extra tools if you have them (loppers, pruning sheers, and pruning saws). Hardy Kiwi is an exotic invasive ornamental that threatens forests in western Massachusetts through complete domination of mature trees. Once it germinates, it will climb surrounding vegetation and eventually kill support. It has become a major problem in places such as Kennedy Park and Pleasant Valley Wildlife Sanctuary, and has now spread to Burbank Park.

Contact: Please call Jane Winn at [email protected] or call 413-230-7321 if you are planning to attend.

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BEAT SPECIAL EVENTS

 

Native American Ceremonial Stone Landscapes – Their History, Cultural Significance and the threat posed by the Connecticut Expansion Pipeline in Otis State Forest, Sandisfield, MA.
Wednesday, March 22nd
6:00 pm

First Church, 27 East St., Pittsfield, MA

Presentation by Doug Harris, Deputy Tribal Historic Preservation Officer and Preservationist for Ceremonial Landscapes for the Narragansett Tribe. It was Doug’s letter to FERC and the ACHP that raised awareness of the lack of a plan by Kinder Morgan to avoid nearly a third of the 73 ceremonial stone landscape features in the path of the Connecticut Expansion pipeline in Sandisfield. LEARN MORE


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
Friday, April 21st from 5:00-7:00pm
@ The Stationery Factory Gallery
63 Flansburg Avenue
Dalton, MA

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Great Barrington GREEN DRINKS

 
Thursday, April 6th
(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, April 13th
(2nd Thursday of every month)
4:00-5:30 pm
Pittsfield Senior Center, 330 North Street, Pittsfield

TREE OF THE MONTH: Red Mulberry
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, April 11th
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

Thursday, April 6
(the first Thursday of the month)
5:30-7:00 pm
Purple Pub Annex, Spring St., Williamstown MA.
Greetings Green Drinkers!
FOR APRIL:  Our guest will be Representative Gail Cariddi

The group describes itself thus:

“We are active, engaged members of communities near Mt. Greylock. We are committed to justice and united in our fight for progressive policies. This group was formed immediately after the November 2016 presidential election. We gather as a community to galvanize action, support one another, discuss ideas for moving forward, ways to deal with our own and our family members’ responses to the election.”
All are welcome—bring a friend!

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Williams College Center for Environmental Studies – EVENTS

​See our recent events at ces.williams.edu

Contact the CES office for more info at: 597-2346.

 


EPA Housatonic River Citizens Coordinating Council

NEXT MEETING: TBA

5:30 – 8:00 pm

Lenox Library, 18 Main Street, Lenox, MA

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Green Night with Western Mass Green Consortium

Wednesday, April 12th
(2nd Wednesday of the month)
5:30 – 7:00 PM
Platform Sports Bar, 125A Pleasant Street, Northampton

This month:  Repurposing, Refurbishing and Restoring: The Wellspring Cooperative

Wellspring Cooperative is a non-profit that is building a network of mutually supportive worker-owned cooperatives in Springfield’s underserved communities. The Wellspring network includes three businesses, with more in the pipeline: Wellspring Upholstery Cooperative, the Old Window Workshop and Wellspring Harvest, a hydroponic urban greenhouse that will break ground in March. A primary goal of Wellspring is creating decent jobs in democratically run businesses with asset building opportunities. Alongside this, Wellspring prioritizes businesses that support sustainability. Wellspring Upholstery and the Old Window Workshop save tons of waste from being added to our landfills by restoring furniture and windows to their former glory. This also saves their replacement by yet more new ‘stuff,’ much of which is cheaply built and contains hazardous materials.

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

Visit our WEBSITE

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

All are welcome!


350Mass Berkshire Node: Monthly Meeting

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

All are welcome!

Wednesday, April 19th
UU Church, 175 Wendell Ave. in Pittsfield.
Potluck at 5:30 p.m. • Meeting begins at 6:00 p.m.

This month:  TBA

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

You can say you’re attending and invite your friends on Facebook here: https://www.facebook.com/events/230836263990783/. We encourage you to RSVP here or to me directly so that we know who to expect!
As always catch us around the web:

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Climate Action Now Monthly Gathering

Monday, March 27th
7:00 to 9:00 PM
(Fourth Monday of each month)
Unitarian Society of Amherst, 121 N Pleasant St, Amherst, MA 01004

Handicap accessible and on a bus line
Everyone is welcome!

Upcoming meetings: Mon Apr 24 2017 (Northampton); Mon May 22 (Amherst); Mon June 26 (Northampton)

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

VISIT OUR WEBSITE!


Pittsfield Green Drinks

Sponsored by Berkshire Environmental Action Team (BEAT)

April 18th 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 April: 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: Saturday, March 18, 2017
10:00 am – 12:00 noon
BNRC’s Housatonic Flats, 433 Stockbridge Rd., Great Barrington

Free and open to the public.

Preregister @ www.naturetreatment.org
413.591.WELL(9355)
[email protected]
fb:@naturetreatmentprograms

Our mission is to encourage healthy physical and psychological activity in people of all ages, and reverse the consequences of a sedentary, stressed and indoor lifestyle in order to improve the health and well-being of Berkshire County.

Visit Hike with Healers for more info.


Athol Bird & Nature Club Events
Field Trips & Meetings 2016

“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
Thursday, April 6, 8:00 – 10:00 am – Accessible Birding with Joe
Join Joe Superchi on the second Thursday of the month (through November) in a search for birds at local sites. Open to birders of all abilities. Meet at the end of South Street Athol at Water/sewer Division gate.

Friday, April 14, 7 a.m. “Early Bird” Birding with Jeff

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

Tuesday April 18 7:00 PM ABNC Geology Division
Hosted by Paul Kachinsky: This monthly meeting on the 3rd Tuesday of the month will feature various topics of discussion relative to geology. Come join in for this informal evening of exploration and learning. 7:00 PM MREC 100 Main Street Athol Ma.

Friday, April 21, 7 a.m. “Early Bird” Birding with Jeff

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

Friday, April 28, 7 a.m. “Early Bird” Birding with Jeff

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

Saturday April 29 10:00 – 2:00 Vernal Pools of the South Athol Conservation Area
Ma Natural Heritage biologist Karro Frost will guide us in learning about the unique life found in vernal pools. Learn how to certify pools with the Vernal Pool Rare Species (VPRS) database. Bring boots, a snack, drinking water, and a sense of adventure. Meet at 9:30 am at MREC to carpool or 10:00 am at the Conservation area. To find the South Athol Conservation area entrance: travel south on South Athol Road from Athol center and the entrance will be on the right 1.1 miles south of the route 2 overpass, between the intersections of Riceville Road and Conant Road. (GPS – 3800 South Athol Road) A Conservation Area sign at the driveway will point you down the dirt roadway to a small parking area on the right before the gate (private residence).

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

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 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.

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Lee Monthly Town Clean-up with the
Greener Gateway Committee

Saturday, March 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

2nd Annual Lee Greener Gateway Cleanup

Saturday, April 29th @ 9:00 am – 11:30am
(Rain date: May 6th)
Meet at the gazebo near the Post Office

Governor Charlie Baker has issued a proclamation declaring the month of
April 2017 to be “Keep Massachusetts Beautiful Month.”

So I have good news for you! The Lee Greener Gateway Committee (formerly the Lee Recycling Committee) is sponsoring the 2nd Annual Lee Greener Gateway Cleanup on April 29th. Once again, we will meet at the gazebo near the Post Office at 9am, work in assigned areas of Lee, and then have a celebratory thank- you reception around 11:30am. The rain date is May 6th.
We would love to have members of your group join us. Please let me know how many are coming and if possible, names. And let me know if you are not able to help this time as well.  Volunteers are encouraged to bring work gloves and water, and to wear sturdy boots/shoes and bright clothing/hats.
Attached is a copy of one of our posters. Feel free to print it off to show to your group.
Last year’s event was a great success, in part because so many of you were able to help last year with organizing volunteers. We hope to make this year even better!
Many thanks,
Valerie
PS We have also started to have informal “last Saturday of the month” cleanups, as well, weather permitting. The last 2 were cancelled for snow/rain, but we are hoping to have a March 25th one. If the April date doesn’t work for you, and the March one does, let me know. Or come to both if you are up for it!

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Mass Audubon
Pleasant Valley Wildlife Sanctuary Special Events

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.

Pittsfield Repair Cafe 2017 season

Saturday March 18, 2017
1230 – 1600 (12:30 P.M. to 4:00 P.M.).
Annex of St Stephen’s Episcopal Church
, east side of Allen Street about a block south of police station.

Bring repairable or questionable items to be either repaired or diagnosed as needing parts, or even NOT REPAIRABLE.

Refreshments provided; table of free stuff; music (if we are lucky).

– RC Volunteers

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The Trustees –

Upcoming events:

Visit the website at www.trustees.org

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Kestrel Land Trust EVENTS

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

 

Kestrel Land Trust
PO Box 1016
Amherst, MA 01004

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Free Wild & Scenic Winter Workshop

Learn about Animal Tracking & Wildlife Cameras with Tracer Jess Applin

Sunday: 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
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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.
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.

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

Get out in the springtime forest with the whole family!

Family Bird Language Weekend
April 22 @ 11:00 am – Sunday, April 23 @ 2:00 pm

For adults, or families with kids ages 6 and up. A family-friendly weekend exploring the science, art, and fun of Bird Language! Come on your own or bring the whole family as you emerge from winter hibernation and enter the springtime forest! We’ll interpret the messages of birdsong, play games in the woods, and observe nature in action during a morning bird sit. Separate adult and children’s programming will take participants deep into Bird Language exploration, and we’ll be together as a group at mealtimes and for stories and songs around the fire.

Reconnect with yourself and your loved ones within a larger circle of community!
Tuition: $150 for the first adult or single participant; $100 for each additional family member. Register now.

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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

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.


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Flower to Fork: Native Plants, Farms, and Food

Saturday, March 25, 2017, 9 a.m.-3 p.m.
Location: Mount Holyoke College, South Hadley, MA
Program Code: SYM1004
Certificate: Elective: all certificates
Online Registration

What role do native plants and their pollinators play in the stability of our food and other agricultural systems? Join us for a day-long symposium to discuss the interactions between native plants, pollinators, and food crops. Learn how farmers are using native plants to increase their crop production, what programs are available to growers to help with native plant installation, and how you can create beautiful gardens that also support pollinators. Registration fee includes lunch.

Presentations: 

The Interaction Between Native Plants, Pollinators, and Crop Production
Joan Milam, adjunct research fellow, department of environmental conservation, University of Massachusetts-Amherst
Pollinators are keystone species in the sense that they play a unique and critical role in sustaining healthy ecosystems. Pollinators include birds, bats and a variety of insects, but bees are the only pollinators that have evolved to actively collect pollen from flowers to feed their offspring, and bees have a variety of unique adaptations that make them the most effective pollinators. In addition to their importance for sustaining healthy natural ecosystems, wild bees make a significant contribution to promoting agricultural yields.

How Native Plants Increase our Farm Viability
John Hayden, owner, The Farm Between
Encouraging and establishing native plants on a farm yields numerous benefits such as increasing biodiversity and habitat for pollinators and other beneficial organisms, creating and marketing value added food and floral products from native plants, educating the public, and regenerating ecosystems. John will discuss his own experiences incorporating native plants into the farming system at The Farm Between in Jeffersonville, Vermont and other locations.

USDA Programs for Insect Conservation
Michelle Cozine, conservation planner, USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service
Michelle will discuss the various programs the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) and Farm Service Agency (FSA) offer for pollinator and beneficial insect habitat development in Massachusetts. The audience will learn how land managers can apply to NRCS for financial assistance to develop pollinator and beneficial insect habitat on their properties, the various conservation practices NRCS offers, and how NRCS collaborates with The Xerces Society for Invertebrate Conservation to develop the plans.

Creating Pollinator Gardens and Habitat Hedgerows
Rebecca Lindenmeyr, landscape designer and co-principal, Linden L.A.N.D. Group
This presentation provides hands-on, technical direction for creating beautiful yet functional habitat gardens using two sample projects that were designed, installed and maintained by Rebecca’s firm, Linden L.A.N.D. Group. Specifically these projects were planned with regionally adapted native species for continuous bloom, nectar and pollen forage, as well as nesting sites. The location of the sites was selected to improve connectivity, and the structure of the designs was diverse, multilayered and densely planted to reduce maintenance and pressure from invasive species. Participants will leave with sample plant lists, quantities and suggested arrangements that can be adapted to their own sites.

Scholarships
We have scholarships available for 15 students to attend the symposium for free. Recipients must be enrolled in a high-school or university. To apply please send a 200-500 word letter of interest including: your contact information, school, major (if applicable), and why you should be considered for a scholarship to: Jessica Pederson at [email protected].

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“The Meaning, Importance,  and Cultural Significance of Preserving Native American Ceremonial Stone Landscapes and Burials in the Forests of Massachusetts” (& everywhere!)

On Sunday evening, March 26 at 7:00 PM Mass. Forest Rescue Campaign will host its 4th Phone Seminar. 
We are privileged this Sunday to feature Doug Harris, Deputy Tribal Historic Preservation Officer for the Narragansett Tribal Historic Preservation Office and Preservationist for Ceremonial Landscapes.
 
 
Mass Forest Rescue Seminar Series – We offer a green way to become educated by guest presenters and one another about topics of great importance to the future of all generations. We aim to raise issues for community conversation which either introduce cleaner energy alternatives or raise ethical, moral and political responses to  the interplay between forest preservation and climate, health, the economy and the future for all species:humans and all our relations.
REMINDER: “Why Forests Matter to Climate & Health” at Berkshire Athenaeum Library 7 PM tomorrow, March 23.

Commonwealth Conversations

March 28, 2017
Commonwealth Conversations is coming to Western Mass for its 7th stop on March 28th. We invite you to join us at both our Transportation Forum in the afternoon, and our Town Hall Forum in the evening (all events are open to the press).

The tour will be hosted by Senator Don Humason, Senator Adam Hinds, Senator Eric Lesser, Senator Jim Welch, and Senate President Stan Rosenberg.

Don’t forget to use #MAConvos and #WestMAConvos to let your views be heard on social media for our Western Mass stop. Please view the full agenda and take our survey below to let us know what issues are on your mind:

9:00AM- 10:00AM: Rural Challenges & Opportunities for the Commonwealth Roundtable

  • Address: Conway Town Hall, 5 Academy Hall Road, Conway

11:00AM – 12:00PM: Barnes Air National Guard Base Tour

  • Address: Barnes Air National Guard Base, Westfield, MA 01085

12:30PM – 2:30PM: MassMoves Transportation Forum (Hosted by the BARR Foundation)

  • Location: Umass Amherst- Springfield Campus
  • Address: 1500 Main St, Springfield, MA 01103
  • RSVP to our Eventbrite

3:00PM- 4:00PM: MGM Springfield Tour

  • Address: One Monarch Place, Springfield, MA 01144

6:15PM- 8:15PM: Town Hall Forum at UMass Amherst

  • Location: Student Union Ballroom
  • Address: 280 Hicks Way, Amherst, MA 01003

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Legislative Briefing: Meeting the Climate and Energy Challenge

March 29, 2017
10:30 AM to 12:00 PM
Refreshments served

House Members Lounge, The State House, 24 Beacon St, Boston, MA 02133

Climate change poses serious threats to Massachusetts’ communities and economy, with rising sea levels, changing weather patterns, and climate disasters representing growing concerns. More than 60% of Massachusetts voters are worried about climate change and almost 80% believe that the government should regulate carbon dioxide as a pollutant. While meeting the climate challenge offers opportunities to improve our public health, economy, and environment, it is often difficult to navigate the complexity of climate change science and policy. Through an interactive simulation and discussion, this Legislative Briefing will offer tools to navigate the complexity of the climate and energy challenge and consider how the Commonwealth can take effective, science-based action. We will also discuss the role of education, decision-support, and outreach in addressing climate change in Massachusetts, through work at UMass and our partners.

Dr. Juliette N. Rooney-Varga

Director, UMass Lowell Climate Change Initiative

Co-sponsored by Rep. Denise Provost, Chairman Tom Golden, and

Chairman Frank Smizik

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Writing Naturally
Weekend Nature Writing Retreat

March 31 – April 2, 2017
Rowe, Massachusetts 

You love nature and you love writing. To write well about nature, however, requires more than curiosity about the natural world and more than a commitment to speak on its behalf. You must master the craft of writing, which means using language to express not only information and ideas, but also powerful feelings. Writers from Emerson and Thoreau to Aldo Leopold and Rachel Carson have done that. Today’s nature writers do so too, playing a vital role in shaping new models of how we might live on this planet. They remind us of the wonders and dangers that so many others have forgotten-or never knew about. They make a difference. So can you.

 Whether you’re a journalist or a creative writer, a newcomer or an old hand, at this weekend retreat-led by Orion’s editor-in-chief Chip Blake-you’ll develop skills and access to creative energy that will make you a better and more successful nature writer. You’ll also learn about the realities of the publishing world and how writers succeed in getting their work into print.
Registration fees are on a sliding scale based on income, and accommodations are available on-site, off-site, and at a range of affordable prices.

Find out more and register at Writing Naturally with Orion.


Be “River Smart”

Saturday, April 1
2:00 – 3:00pm
Berkshire Athenaeum, Pittsfield
Free and open to the public

What can you do to protect our water quality and minimize your watershed footprint?Topics of discussion include water conservation, setting up your own composting system, prescription disposal and more. Enter free drawings for a composting bin and two, Pittsfield bulky waste stickers. Funding provided by Pittsfield Cultural Council and Friends of the Berkshire Athenaeum.

Call HVA at 413-298-7024 or email [email protected].

Alison Dixon
Berkshire Outreach Manager
Housatonic Valley Association
PO Box 496
Stockbridge, MA 01262
T: 413-298-7024
E: [email protected]

Check out our website:www.hvatoday.org
Like us on Facebook:https://www.facebook.com/HVAToday/

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Announcing a day of free trainings
ACT NOW!
CIVIC PARTICIPATION WORKSHOPS FOR EVERYONE

Saturday, April 1   9:30am-4:00pm
Berkshire Community College
1350 West Street, Pittsfield, Mass

The Four Freedoms Coalition, in partnership with Berkshire Community College, presents a day of free non-partisan advocacy trainings designed to teach you the fundamentals of standing up and speaking out for what you believe in.

Speakers and workshop leaders include Pittsfield Mayor Linda Tyer, State Representative Tricia Farley-Bouvier, Pittsfield City Councilors John Krol and Donna Todd Rivers, Berkshire Brigades cofounders Sherwood Guernsey and Lee Harrison, Shirley Edgerton, Andrea Harrington, Lix Recko-Harrison, Eleanore Velez, Robin Catalano, Megan Whilden, and more.

Please click here to register!

Workshops to be offered include:

Running for Local Office (or Helping Someone Else To)
Writing Effective Letters to the Editor
What is Cultural Competence and How It Can Make You a More Effective Activist
Making Calls to your Legislators
Conversations Across the Political Divide
Civics 101: Local Politics
Social Media Basics
Civics 101: State Politics
Door to Door Canvassing
Civics 101: Federal Politics
A final schedule of what time each workshop will be held, and their leaders, will be distributed as soon as it is finalized to registrants.

We are a diverse, non-partisan, Berkshires-based coalition united in support of freedom of speech & religion, freedom from fear & want, and against bigotry & prejudice.

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New England Wild Flower Society

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 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.

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

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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Williamstown Rural Land Foundation Events

 

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

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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.

Stormwater in your Community
5th Thursday Dinner

Sponsored by Berkshire Regional Planning Commission

Thursday, March 30, 2017
6:00-8:00 pm
Country Club of Pittsfield, 639 South Street, Pittsfield, MA 01201

Stormwater runoff is generated from rain and snowmelt that flows over land, pavement, and rooftops, and does not soak into the ground. This runoff picks up pollutants like trash, chemicals, oils, and dirt/sediment that can harm our rivers, streams, lakes, and wetlands. Stormwater runoff can also create flooding, wash out roads, and result in damage to other infrastructure. Stormwater controls, known as best management practices (BMPs), can be used to protect these resources. These BMPs can filter out pollutants, retain or infiltrate stormwater, and prevent pollution by controlling it at its source. This workshop will address issues related to stormwater management including the importance of planning ahead through the use of appropriate BMPs and the ongoing maintenance and enforcement necessary to ensure that they function properly.

Buffet style dinner $30.

Registration required at:  https://stormwaterinyourcommunity.eventbrite.com

 

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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.

April 4th webinar – Protecting Our Communities: Effective Strategies for Resisting Fossil Fuel Infrastructure

Many communities today are facing threats to health and safety from pipelines, compressor stations, fracking, and other fossil fuel infrastructure. These large scale projects led by powerful corporations can seem impossible to stop, but grassroots organizers and activists are developing powerful resistance strategies and collaborating across town and state borders to protect their communities.
Join the New England Grassroots Environment Fund to learn from the community organizers who spearheaded efforts to block the Kinder Morgan Northeast Direct Pipeline in their communities and won! Kathryn Eiseman of Pipeline Awareness Network for the Northeast and Rosemary Wessel of No Fracked Gas in Mass will share their stories and will discuss effective strategies that other communities can use in their own resistance campaigns.
 
Click here to register for the April 4th webinar. 

Hell and High Water –
Responding to Climate Change in the Hudson Valley

Wednesday, April 5th at 6:30pm
First United Methodist Church, 1 Gilligan Road, East Greenbush, NY
(corner of Hays Road, next to Goff Middle School)
Presented by Rensselaer Plateau Alliance.
Mark Lowery – NYS Dept. of  Environment Conservation, Office of Climate Change
Climate change has already impacted New York’s natural resources and infrastructure. Mark Lowery will describe anticipated effects to the Hudson River and local communities, the level of greenhouse gas emission reductions needed.
For more information, contact Becky or Bob at 518-781-4686.
Email: [email protected]

The Earth2Trump Resistance Roadshow
is coming to Northampton on April 6th

Featuring exciting musicians and speakers, the roadshow will entertain, inspire and provide opportunities for everyone to help fight Trump’s disastrous environmental policies and attacks on Native Americans, including the Dakota Access Pipeline.

Please come to the free show — and bring your friends and family. RSVP here.

Conservationists and indigenous groups are joining forces to stop Trump’s dangerous rollback of environmental and civil rights protections. Just six weeks into his presidency, Trump has launched campaigns to gut the Environmental Protection Agency, block protection of endangered species, dump coal mining waste in streams, build a culturally and environmentally disastrous wall along the Mexican border and increase air pollution.

He has approved the Dakota Access oil pipeline, which threatens the water and sacred lands of the Standing Rock Sioux tribe, revived the Keystone XL oil pipeline across the lands of several Native American tribes, empowered the theft of Arizona’s Oak Flat, which is sacred to the San Carlos Apaches, and has floated the idea of privatizing Indian reservations so they can be sold off to oil, gas and uranium companies

The free Earth2Trump show will feature music by singer-songwriter Casey Neill and Diné and Cheyenne hip-hop artist Lyla June. It will also include speeches by Cheryl Angel, a Lakota elder fighting the Dakota Access and Keystone XL pipelines, and Brytnee Laurette with the Center for Biological Diversity.

It is a powerful opportunity to join a growing movement of resistance to all forms of oppression and all attacks on our environment. Join us in standing together in opposing every Trump policy that hurts wildlife, undermines Native American sovereignty, poisons our air and water, destroys our climate, or promotes racism, misogyny or homophobia.

At each show, you can:

  • Hear from leading activists working to stop Trump, protect the environment and defend indigenous rights.
  • Learn about actions you can take.
  • Sign the national Pledge of Resistance to Trump’s dangerous agenda.
  • Help fuel a huge, viral social media #Earth2Trump messaging campaign.
  • Connect with people in your community resisting oppression and find out how to join the national resistance movement.

Join us for a fun and inspiring evening of music and activism — and help send a powerful, unwavering Earth2Trump message that oppression and environmental destruction will not be tolerated.

RSVP to let us know you’ll be at the event in Northampton and share this message with your family, friends and social networks. We’ll see you on April 6.


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.

The Earth2Trump Resistance Roadshow is coming to Northampton on April 6th

Featuring exciting musicians and speakers, the roadshow will entertain, inspire and provide opportunities for everyone to help fight Trump’s disastrous environmental policies and attacks on Native Americans, including the Dakota Access Pipeline.

Please come to the free show — and bring your friends and family. RSVP here.

Conservationists and indigenous groups are joining forces to stop Trump’s dangerous rollback of environmental and civil rights protections. Just six weeks into his presidency, Trump has launched campaigns to gut the Environmental Protection Agency, block protection of endangered species, dump coal mining waste in streams, build a culturally and environmentally disastrous wall along the Mexican border and increase air pollution.

He has approved the Dakota Access oil pipeline, which threatens the water and sacred lands of the Standing Rock Sioux tribe, revived the Keystone XL oil pipeline across the lands of several Native American tribes, empowered the theft of Arizona’s Oak Flat, which is sacred to the San Carlos Apaches, and has floated the idea of privatizing Indian reservations so they can be sold off to oil, gas and uranium companies.

The free Earth2Trump show will feature music by singer-songwriter Casey Neill and Diné and Cheyenne hip-hop artist Lyla June. It will also include speeches by Cheryl Angel, a Lakota elder fighting the Dakota Access and Keystone XL pipelines, and Brytnee Laurette with the Center for Biological Diversity.

It is a powerful opportunity to join a growing movement of resistance to all forms of oppression and all attacks on our environment. Join us in standing together in opposing every Trump policy that hurts wildlife, undermines Native American sovereignty, poisons our air and water, destroys our climate, or promotes racism, misogyny or homophobia.

At each show, you can:

  • Hear from leading activists working to stop Trump, protect the environment and defend indigenous rights.
  • Learn about actions you can take.
  • Sign the national Pledge of Resistance to Trump’s dangerous agenda.
  • Help fuel a huge, viral social media #Earth2Trump messaging campaign.
  • Connect with people in your community resisting oppression and find out how to join the national resistance movement.

Join us for a fun and inspiring evening of music and activism — and help send a powerful, unwavering Earth2Trump message that oppression and environmental destruction will not be tolerated.

RSVP to let us know you’ll be at the event in Northampton and share this message with your family, friends and social networks. We’ll see you on April 6.
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Screening of “The Messenger”

Saturday, April 8th
1:30pm and 7:00 pm screenings
Berkshire Museum, 39 South Street, Pittsfield

A collaboration between the Mass Audubon’s Berkshire Wildlife Sanctuaries, Hoffmann Bird Club, the Berkshire Museum, and Wild Birds Country Store in Great Barrington, will bring a special screening of the film “The Messenger” to the Berkshire Museum’s Little Cinema for 2 viewings on Saturday, April 8 at 1:30 pm and 7:00 pm.

Tickets are $7.50, $5.00 for members of the Museum, Mass Audubon, and Hoffmann Bird Club..

Following the 7:00 pm screening will be a discussion by Hugh Powell, Senior Science Editor at the Cornell Lab of Ornithology, to answer questions on how individuals can make an impact on bird conservation in their own back yards. Mass Audubon will provide information about upcoming birding programs and local opportunities to participate in bird conservation.

For thousands of years, songbirds were regarded by mankind as messengers from the gods. Today, these creatures – woven inextricably into the fabric of our environment – are vanishing at an alarming rate. Under threat from climate change, pesticides and more, populations of hundreds of species have dipped dramatically. As scientists, activists and bird enthusiasts investigate this phenomenon, amazing secrets of the bird world come to light for the first time in this acclaimed and visually thrilling documentary. Find out what’s killing our songbirds, and what can be done about it. As in ancient times, songbirds may once again be carrying a message to humans – one that we ignore at our own peril.

For ticket information, go to http://berkshiremuseum.org/little-cinema. For information about bird conservation and programs, visitwww.massaudubon.org/pleasantvalley.

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Eversource Rate increase: Public Hearing

April 10 at 6 p.m.
The Berkshire Athenaeum Auditorium
1 Wendell Avenue
Pittsfield, MA 01201

On January 17, 2017, Eversource Energy submitted a proposal to the Department of Public Utilities (DPU) to update the company’s electric rates. The proposal requests a net increase in annual delivery revenue of $60.2 million, representing a 7 percent increase in those revenues to support our electric distribution operations.

Eversource’s request addresses increases in operating and maintenance costs and capital costs associated with investments in the electric network since the last decision by the DPU approving a general distribution rate increase in 2006.

The DPU will conduct public hearings in Eversource’s service area, and then make a decision by November 30, 2017 for new rates to become effective January 1, 2018.

See PUBLIC NOTICES for detailed information.

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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.

Announcing the Plenary Presentation: A Sensitive Dependence: Place, Time, Change and Resilience in New England Salt Marshes
This presentation uses two New England salt marshes to evaluate trends through time and projections into the future. Chaos theory, literature and fine art as well as recent salt marsh lessons inform our journey.

Dr. Susan C. Adamowicz is the Land Management Research and Demonstration Biologist of the US Fish and Wildlife Service stationed at the Rachel Carson National Wildlife Refuge in Wells, Maine. With over 20 years’ experience in wetland regulation and restoration, her current work focuses on innovative methods to control invasive plants and to restore salt marshes in light of global climate change.

EARLY REGISTRATION DEADLINE … Monday, March 20th

HOTEL RESERVATION DISCOUNT DEADLINE … March 21st

Conference flyer … Please post and distribute.

REGISTER HERE

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So Much Is In Bud: Cultivating Hope in an Age of Fear

April 22 @ 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm
$45
South Berkshire Friends Meeting, 280 State Road, Great Barrington, MA

Readings and an Invitation to Spirited Writing with Jennifer Browdy, Ellen Meeropol and Jana Laiz

We have only begun to know

the power that is in us if we would join

our solitudes in the communion of struggle.

So much is unfolding that must

complete its gesture,

so much is in bud.

                      –Denise Levertov

It’s easy to feel paralyzed and fearful in the face of the realities of climate change and other threats to our planet. But as Levertov said, so much is possible if we join together “in the communion of struggle.”

Authors Jana Laiz, Ellen Meeropol and Jennifer Browdy will share short excerpts from their environmental writing and offer lively prompts to inspire our writing together from a deep place of hope for the future.

Register here

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2nd Annual All Species Day 

Sunday, April 23rd
Great Barrington Fair Grounds
684 S Main St, Great Barrington, MA 01230
Standing Rock Water Protectors and Friends & Supporters in The Berkshires,
We, Northeast Region Standing Rock RISING! NEXT STEPS Solidarity Committee are producing the 2nd annual ALL SPECIES day in Great Barrington, MA at the Fairgrounds on Rt. 7 from 12 noon to 6pm.
We are calling on all environmental, social and inter-faith communities, groups and organizations to come and stand in SOLIDARITY with Standing Rock and OPPOSE all pipelines across the country going under or near rivers, lakes, springs and ponds, especially in Sandisfield, MA where the Tennessee Gas / Kinder Morgan pipeline is proposing to desecrate and/or destroy over 20 Native American burial sites and sacred ceremonial sites as well, as they build this project that also impacts CT and NY.
100% of all donations on day of event will be directly made available to the Native Graves Ancestral Lands Legal Defense Fund (Doug Harris).
All Species day will include LIVE MUSIC, SPEAKERS, Cultural Dance groups and an inter-faith prayer vigil. Free information booth spaces will be made available at no cost to environmental and social justice groups, youth and church groups, community orgs and animal rights groups.
Performers committed to perform are Wicked Hanging Chads, a Reggae & Ska band (returning from last year) Sambaland Band, Brazilian Carnival Music, Otha Day, and the Aztec Dancers  (from Rock, Rattle and Drum American Indian Pow Wow, where they have performed for the last 11 years).
Speakers include Michael Johnson, Pathways to Peace, Karenna Gore, Center for Earth Ethics, Doug Harris, Historic Preservation Officer for Narrangansett Nation in Rhode Island, Joe Graveline of Nolumbeka Project and Rosemary Wessel of No Fracked Gas in Mass.

More speakers to be invited and announced.

ALL SPECIES DAY SCHEDULE – April 23rd Sunday
12 noon – Inter-faith Invocation for the Earth and All Species to include a Native American tribal elder/spiritual leader, Christian Minister, Jewish Rabbi, Buddhist Monk or nun, etc.
12:15 pm – Aztec Dancers perform earth invocation and dances
12:45 – Speaker- Doug Harris
1:00 – Native American Drum and Dance for the Earth-TBA
1:30 – Taino Invocation for the Earth & All Species with Taino Song & Dance
2:00 – Speaker – Rosemary Wessel, No Fracked Gas in mass
2:15 – ALL SPECIES House Band – Michael and Chris
2:45 – Speaker – Joe Graveline, Nolumbeeka Project
3:00 – Wicked Hanging Chads – Reggae & Ska
4:00 – Speaker – Michael Johnson, Pathways to Peace
4:15 – Sambaland Band, Brazilian Carnival Music
5:45 – Otha Day – African American Drummer facilitates Drumming Circle
6:00 – Inter-Faith Prayer and Moment of Silence, facilitated by Michael
Johnson

Berkshire Bioblitz

Berkshire Bioblitz will be held on on September 16-17, 2017 in Great Barrington MA at Thomas & Palmer Brook as part of the 50 year celebration of the Berkshire Natural Resource Council.

This will be a 24-hour bio assessment of the BNRC land in Great Barrington, MA.

As you know the goal is to identify as many species as possible! Birds, reptiles, mammals, plants, fish… everything!

This year’s event is hosted by the Berkshire Natural Resource Council.

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

See our website for directions and updates
http://www.berkshirebioblitz.org/

We hope to see you then!

Lisa Provencher
Berkshire BioBlitz
Dr. Augie’s Science & Art ProgramsScott LaGreca
Cornell UniversityJane Winn
Berkshire Environmental Action Team

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