Calendar of Events

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

The events listed here are not all sponsored or conducted by BEAT. We list them as a way of helping people participate in the full range of environmental events shaping our future.Please send environmental news or calendar items to [email protected]

To view regional Public Notices for conservation commission meeting times and environmental issues, see our dedicated page.


BEAT’s Wildlife Tracking Club

 

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

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

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

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

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BEAT Kiwi Removals at Burbank Park

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

Get your morning exercise and help eradicate this destructive invasive at the same time! Gloves and tools will be provided, but we encourage you to bring extra tools if you have them (loppers, pruning sheers, and pruning saws).

Directions from the center of Pittsfield: HERE

Hardy Kiwi is an exotic invasive ornamental that threatens forests in western Massachusetts through complete domination of mature trees. Once it germinates, it will climb surrounding vegetation and eventually kill its support. Hardy kiwi can grow over 20 feet in a year. It has become a major problem in places such as Kennedy Park and Pleasant Valley Wildlife Sanctuary, and now Burbank Park.

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

Tree & Nature Walks with BEAT

Learn how to identify the trees growing all around us in downtown Pittsfield, their natural history, and the importance of urban forestry. Walks last approximately 40 minutes with lots of time for questions.

FREE & OPEN TO EVERYONE so grab a friend and come on down!


Wednesday, February 28th | Noon – 1PM

Meet at the First St. entrance to the Common

Thursday, March 8th | Noon – 1PM
Meet outside Hot Harry’s on North St.

Thursday, March 15th | Noon – 1PM
Meet at the First St. entrance to the Common

 

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Pittsfield Green Drinks

Sponsored by Berkshire Environmental Action Team (BEAT)

Tuesday, February 20th (Third Tuesday of the month) | 5:15 PM

At our February meeting we will welcome Elia Del Molino, BEAT’s Stewardship Manager.

Elia will give a presentation on getting to know wildlife of the Berkshire hills through tracking and trail cameras. Elia manages BEAT’s tracking club, a group of locals who bushwhack through forests and fields looking for evidence of wildlife, mostly mammals. Over the years the group has covered many a mile and seen many a sight. Elia will discuss some of their exploits and show a compilation of wildlife videos from BEAT’s remote cameras.

Everyone is welcome and encouraged to bring your questions!

2018 DATES : January 16 | February 20 | March 20 | April 17 | May 15 | June 19 | July 17 | August 21 | September 18 | October 16 | November 20 | December 18

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

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

Great Barrington Green Drinks


First Thursday of the Month
5:30 PM | The Prairie Whale | 178 Main St. | Great Barrington, MA
What’s Green Drinks? It’s a free monthly social event for people interested in everything from environmental education to local agriculture, the arts, activism, green business and design, and the ways all of these intersect.

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


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Northern Berkshire Green Drinks

Thursday, March 1st (the first Thursday of the month) | 5:30 – 7 PM
Purple Pub Annex, Spring St., Williamstown, MA
  Green Drinks is an informal local gathering of North County folks who care about the environment. We meet monthly for discussion, often around a focus topic introduced by a guest speaker.
We are active, engaged members of communities near Mt. Greylock. We are committed to justice and united in our fight for progressive policies. This group was formed immediately after the November 2016 presidential election. We gather as a community to galvanize action, support one another, discuss ideas for moving forward, ways to deal with our own and our family members’ responses to the election.

Pittsfield Tree Watch Monthly Meeting

NO FEBRUARY 2018 MEETING – stay tuned for March
Second Thursday of every month | 4 – 5:30 PM
Pittsfield Senior Center, 330 North Street, Pittsfield

TREE OF THE MONTH: SPRUCE
See info sheet HERE

Pittsfield Tree Watch works to:

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

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

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Green Night with Western Mass Green Consortium

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

Join us at Platform Sports Bar from 5-7pm on Wednesday February 21st to learn about the fundamentals of the Living Building Challengeand the specifics of the Materials Petal, which is intended to “help create a materials economy that is non-toxic, ecologically restorative, transparent, and socially equitable.”

Healthy Building Materials Specialist, Irene Winkelbauer, will describe what it means to have full ingredient disclosure in building materials and how this effort aims to eliminate hazardous ingredients from the built environment.

The founder of Coldham & Hartman Architects, Bruce Coldham, will share insights from the Bechtel Environmental Classroom at Smith College, describing challenges and lessons learned while striving to achieve the Living Building Challenge standard in the Pioneer Valley.


GCC has significantly contributed to Massachusetts’ national prominence in renewable energy and energy efficiency, and our interns are often on the forefront of these fields. Student interns have contributed to such forward-looking developments as manufacturing recycled vegetable oil fuel, assessing the energy performance of our regional building stock, increasing outreach to businesses and volunteers for our local low-income housing franchise, and designing and installing solar arrays.

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

Visit our WEBSITE

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

All are welcome!


Green Living Seminar

Center for Science and Innovation, Room 121
MCLA, North Adams

Thursday, February 8 – 5:30 pm – The future of smart grid technologies – Jennifer Schilling, Eversource, Director of Strategy and Performance

Thursday, February 15 – 5:30 pm – How a network of real-time sensors is being used to understand and manage the Hudson River – Stuart Findlay, Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies, Aquatic Ecologist

Thursday, February 22 – 5:30 pm – Innovative strategies for facilitating and monitoring fish movement and migration – Alex Haro, United States Geologic Survey, Fish Passage Engineering Section Leader

Thursday, March 1 – 5:30 pm – Using forest models to guide sustainable forestry practices – Charles Canham, Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies, Forest Ecologist

Thursday, March 8 – 5:30 pm – Innovating open source technology for small scale sustainable agriculture – Dorn Cox, Tuckaway Farm, Farmer; Farm Hack and FarmOS Co-founder

Thursday, March 22 – 5:30 pm – Challenges of offshore wind development – Alison Bates, University of Massachusetts Amherst, Lecturer

350Mass Berkshire Node: Monthly Meeting

(3rd Wednesday of the Month)
Potluck at 5:30 PM • Meeting begins at 6 PM

UU Church, 175 Wendell Ave. Pittsfield, MA

Work with us on legislative actions aimed at moving Massachusetts toward our clean energy goals.  Join our campaign to help Berkshire residents increase energy efficiency, green the grid, and reduce our carbon footprint.   Bring your energy and ideas to share, or come by to meet and see what we’re all about.

Every month our meetings offer an opportunity for Berkshire residents to network and work together in the growing climate change movement.  If you’ve been concerned, or just curious about what’s going on… JOIN US!  Respond to this email if you’d like to RSVP or if you have questions about our group or the upcoming meeting.

As always catch us around the web:

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Climate Action Now Monthly Gathering

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

Handicap accessible and on a bus line
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veryone is welcome!

MONDAY, JANUARY 22ND MEETING: AMHERST LOCATION 

The People vs Oil and Gas Summit – First Hand Reports from Participants!

People fighting all forms of fossil fuel extraction came together in Pittsburgh last November to chart a way forward towards a powerful climate justice movement.  Discover what local organizers learned and how it connects with our work here in Western Mass. Plus the latest news on Columbia Gas’ proposal to include six miles of new pipeline from Agawam to Holyoke (See article by Marty Nathan)… and lots more.  Everyone warmly welcomed; we will have a space for folks new to Climate Action Now to connect and learn how to get involved.

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

VISIT OUR WEBSITE!

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Lee Monthly Town Clean-up with the
Greener Gateway Committee

Last Saturday Of The Month | 9 AM – 1 PM

A monthly town clean-up will be held in Lee every last Saturday of the month, if the ground is clear and the wind-chill is no lower than 25 degrees.

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

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

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Log Lunch – Williams College Center for Environmental Studies

Log Lunch is 12-1 pm at The Log, 78 Spring Street . Vegetarian homemade wholesome local food lunch! Reservations required ($4) online or email [email protected]

February 16
Elephants, tigers and rhinos – oh my! Endangered species, land rights and climate change in Sumatra
Dean Cycon, Founder and CEO of Dean’s Beans

Dean’s Beans was created twenty years ago to model how business could be a force for positive social change in coffee growing communities and still be profitable. The company works in twelve countries importing fair trade organic coffee and cocoa. Dean’s Beans has a profit sharing program with all employees and all farmer cooperatives it works with, and designs and funds innovative People-Centered Development programs to address critical development goals identified by the farming communities. Learn more at  www.deansbeans.com

February 23
SOIL Eko Lakay: Sustainable Sanitation for Haiti ’s Cities
Molly Case, Sustainable Organic Integrated Livelihoods (SOIL)

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Mount Greylock Programs

Join a State Park staff member for fun, family-friendly explorations within Mount Greylock State Reservation, Lanesborough. All programs are FREE.
Please dress appropriately for winter weather conditions; trekking poles and traction devices for boots are recommended.
The Mount Greylock Visitor Center is located at 30 Rockwell Road, Lanesborough, 1.5 miles from North Main Street and Route 7.
Visitor Center hours are 9:00am-4:00pm Thursday through Monday.
Children must be accompanied by an adult. Reasonable accommodation available upon request. Sponsored by the Department of Conservation and Recreation.
For more information call (413) 499-4262.
Check each individual listing for program dates and times.
See “SPECIAL EVENTS” section for one-time events and shorter series programs.

Nice and Easy Trail Hike: Thursdays, December 21st through March 15th, 10am. Self-guided easy-paced, two to five mile hikes geared especially for seniors, but open to all ages. Hikes may include bird viewing, tree identification or just a great opportunity to join other hiking enthusiasts. Be prepared for the weather; wear appropriate clothing, bring trekking poles and   traction devices for boots. Bring water and a snack. Meet at the Visitor Center. Rain cancels. For more information call (413) 499-4262.

Finding Your Way in Winter: Friday, December 22nd, Open hours. Discover ways to navigate outdoors in winter while having fun exploring an interactive display station that features the useful tools of the trade. Investigate the wonders of maps, compass and orienteering skills along with a few tricks to identify animal tracks and trees from their bark! This program was designed as a self-guided activity and is appropriate for ages 8 and up. Meet at the Visitor Center. For more information call (413) 499-4262.

Discover Greylock Exploration Station: Saturdays and Sundays, February 3rd through February 25th, Open hours. Take a break from the winter chill with a fun investigation of the Mount Greylock Visitor Center Discovery station. This interactive display offers a hands-on exploration of the many cultural and natural features that reveal the fascinating story of Mount Greylock. Park wildlife, the Civilian Conservation Corps, natural features, famous literary visitors and historic landmarks highlight the display station for both the casual and curious participant. Games, word puzzles and coloring crafts will round out the display experience. This all-ages program is designed as a self-guided activity. All children must be accompanied by an adult. Meet at the Visitor Center.  For more information call (413) 499-4262.
 

Stump the Ranger!: Saturday, February 17th and Sunday, February 25th, 1pm. Meet the really cool Park Rangers for a fun interactive question and answer presentation while discovering  amazing secrets about the mountain. Topics could range from wildlife ecology to historical trivia as we challenge all participants to stump the ranger! This FREE all-ages program is also a great way to learn more about the recreational opportunities available at Mount Greylock. Meet at the Visitor Center. For more information call (413) 499-4262.

FEBRUARY SPECIAL PROGRAMS  

Cabin Fever Story Time! : Sunday, February 11th, 1:00pm – 2:00pm. Join Ranger Mike for an entertaining hour filled with seasonal tales of Berkshire winters from the past. Meet some of the colorful characters who lived in the shadow of Mount Greylock over the years and left behind their memorable cultural legacy.  O.B. Joyful, Dave Lilly and Josh Billings are just a few of the legendary personalities that spring to life through their humorous and poignant stories. This program is FREE and open to all ages. Reasonable accommodation is available upon request. Meet at the Visitor Center. For more information call (413) 499-4262.  

Winter Break Snowshoe Hike: Sunday, February 18th, 1:00pm-3:00pm. Shake off the mid-winter blues and kick up your heels with a refreshing hike on the Bradley Farm Interpretive Trail at Mount Greylock. This easy-moderate 1.8-mile stroll through gentle rolling mixed hardwood forest offers an ideal connection to the natural world in winter. We’ll investigate animal tracks, identify trees by their bark and enjoy the great outdoors! Dress for the weather in warm layers; snowshoes, traction devices for boots and trekking poles are recommended. Suitable for ages eight and up. All children must be accompanied by an adult. Rain cancels. Meet at the Visitor Center. For more information call (413) 499-4262.

Owl Appreciation Day at Mount Greylock: Friday, February 23, Open Hours. “Who hoots for you?” Find the answer to that question with a visit to the Discover Greylock Exploration Station as we celebrate “Owl Appreciation Day” at Mount Greylock. Investigate the mysterious Barred Owl and learn cool facts about why its head rotates and how it’s able to hear without ears. Participants are invited to enjoy this fun self-guided activity by making their very own owl hand puppet. This program is suitable for all ages. Children must be accompanied by an adult. For more information call (413) 499-4262.

Rockachusetts!: Saturday, February 24th, 1:00pm – 2:00pm. Ever wonder about those big rocks that you find scattered around New England? Hear and see the amazing inside story of these phenomenal geological landmarks as we join local photographer, author and boulder enthusiast Christy Butler for a fascinating photographic slide show presentation on glacial stones. Christy will share many of his favorite locations of these colossal erratic’s and offer a sneak preview of his latest book “Erratic Wanderings,” an Explorer’s Hiking Guide. There will be copies of the book available for those interested in purchasing one.  The program will be followed by an optional moderate 1-hour hike on the Bradley Farm Trail. This FREE event is open to all ages. Hike participants must be age 8 and up. Children under the age of 18 must be accompanied by an adult. Meet at the Visitor Center. For more information call (413) 499-4262.

Please contact the Mt. Greylock Visitor Center at (413)-499-4262 if you have any questions regarding the status of programs or cancellations due to weather.

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Pittsfield Repair Cafe

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

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

KNOW YOUR HABITAT : GARDEN SUCCESS WITH NEW ENGLAND WILDFLOWERS
Thursday, March 15th | 7 PM
with Ted Elliman, N.E Wildflower Society
From meadows and forest communities to wetland and coastal habitats plant ecologist Ted Elliman will present the diverse wildflowers and habitats specific to Massachusetts. Suitable for naturalist and gardeners. Ted will examine the physical features of these habitats as well as both common and rare plants that occur in each of them. Use your habitat knowledge to grow wildflowers at home. Ted’s books will be available for sale. This is a joint meeting of the Athol Bird and Nature Club and North Quabbin Garden Club. @ Millers River Environmental CenterABNC GEOLOGY DIVISION
Tuesday, March 20th | 7 PM
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.

ATTRACTING POLLINATORS TO YOUR LANDSCAPE
Tuesday, March 20th | 7 – 8:30 PM

Celebrate the first day of spring with this illustrated evening program on transforming gardens and landscapes into native bee habitat.  Learn about native bees and what steps we can take to create pollinator friendly landscaping including providing food for bees and nesting opportunities to raise their young.  Join Tom Sullivan, M.A.L.D, at Pollinators Welcome.com, for an evening filled with ideas and inspiration – from simple techniques to community practices focusing on connectivity.  Tom is a pollinator habitat designer, land consultant, and educator with a special focus on native bees. He gives talks and workshops on the nesting, foraging and life cycles of native bee species in New England.  A beekeeper in his youth, Tom switched his interest from honeybees to native bees in 2008 after Colony Collapse Disorder emerged and it became clear how intricately tied whole ecosystem health is to pollinator well-being and human survival.  This event is co-sponsored with the Northfield Bird Club and the Athol Bird and Nature Club. Free and open to all  Northfield Mountain Recreation and Environmental Center

99 Millers Falls Road Northfield, MA 01360 (413)659-4462 http://www.h2opower.ca/recreation/northfield-mountain-recreation-and-environmental-center/

NATURAL HISTORY AND CONSERVATION OF FRESHWATER MUSSELS: LIVING GEMS IN NORTH AMERICAN WATERS
Wednesday, April 11th | 7 PM

MNHESP Aquatic ecologist Peter Hazelton, Ph.D will focus on the life history, diversity and conservation importance of FW mussels, with a largely Massachusetts perspective.

EARLY BIRD BIRDING WITH JEFF
Friday, April 13 | 7 AM

(Join Jeff every Friday through May 25th) 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

ABNC GEOLOGY DIVISION
Tuesday, April 17th | 7 PM

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.

SPIRITS OF SPRING: WARBLERS AND MORE
Wednesday, May 9th | 7 PM

With John Van da Graaff | Spring is when birders’ hearts beat faster.  And it’s when my wife Marylee and I regularly went to Ontario’s Point Pelee and Ohio’s Magee Marsh, often elbowing  our way through crowds of birders. Those trips provide the largest group of images, but there’s much more, for example from western Canada, and around New England (including loons, piping plovers and ospreys).

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Mass Audubon Events

WINTER ADVENTURE CAMP
Tuesday, February 20th – Friday, February 23rd | 9 AM – 3:30 PM
Pleasant Valley Wildlife Sanctuary | West Mountain Rd. Lenox, MA

Audience: Children (suitable for children 7 – 11 years) Members: $190.00 Nonmembers: $250.00

Join the adventure and explore Pleasant Valley in winter. Each day we’ll learn about the wildlife that stay active in the cold and snow, and the adaptations that enable them to survive. We’ll build snow shelters and snowshoe or hike into remote parts of the sanctuary. Snowshoes 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. Register online at: https://www.massaudubon.org/pleasantvalley

MOONLIGHT OWL & WILDLIFE PROWL
Tuesday, February 28th | 6:30 – 8 PM 
Lime Kiln Farm Wildlife Sanctuary | Silver St. Sheffield, MA

Audience: All (suitable for children 6 – 18 years) Members: Adult $6.00, Child $3.00 Nonmembers: Adult $8.00, Child $4.00

Enjoy a moonlit winter evening at one of our sanctuaries to listen and watch for owls and other nocturnal wildlife. We’ll explore fields, forests, and wetlands and learn about animal adaptations for hunting at night. We’ll warm up with tea and hot cocoa after the walk. Register online at: https://www.massaudubon.org/pleasantvalley

BLUEBIRD NEST BOX BUILDING WORKSHOP
Saturday, March 3rd | 1 – 2:30 PM
Pleasant Valley Wildlife Sanctuary

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 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. Children are free with a paying adult. Register at massaudubon.org/pleasantvalley or by calling (413) 637-0320

BARE NAKED BEAUTY: WOODY PLANTS IN WINTER
Saturday, March 17th | 9:30 AM – Noon

Pleasant Valley Wildlife Sanctuary

Audience: Adult Members: $10.00 Nonmembers: $15.00

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 practice using a pocket guide (that everyone will take home) and then we’ll take a hike to practice our skills on live subjects in the sanctuary woodlands. Winter Tree Finder field guide available for purchase or BYO guide. Register at massaudubon.org/pleasantvalley or by calling (413) 637-0320

KESTREL & WOOD DUCK NEST BOX BUILDING WORKSHOP
Saturday, March 17th | 1 – 2:30 PM

Pleasant Valley Wildlife Sanctuary

Audience: All (suitable for children 5 – 18 years) Members: Adult $35.00, Child free Nonmembers: Adult $40.00, Child free

Nest boxes on your property are 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. Don’t have a spot for the box? We’ll find a good place at our sanctuaries. All materials and equipment are included in the program fee. Children are free with paying adult. Register at massaudubon.org/pleasantvalley or by calling (413) 637-0320

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Great Falls Discovery Center
2 Avenue A | Turners Falls, MA

The Great Falls Discovery Center current seasonal hours are that we are open 5 days a week, Wednesdays through Sundays, 10am to 4pm.
We are open all week for school vacation week, February 17 – 25.
All programs are free to the public unless otherwise noted. Free admission to the museum.
Facilities are accessible.

February 17—April 1
Great Hall Family Learning Exhibit
Reading the Rocky Book of the Past:
Dinosaur Footprints in the Connecticut River Valley

An exhibit about the 19th-century discovery of dinosaur footprints in the Connecticut River Valley and local people, like Dexter Marsh and Edward Hitchcock, who played starring roles in the story. Designed for fun family learning by Deerfield’s Pocumtuck Valley Memorial Association (PVMA), the space includes two simulated 19th century cabinets (precursors to today’s museums), a “make your own collection” takeaway activity, dinosaur track reproductions and more! Be sure to come to the opening event Saturday, February 17, 1-4 pm. (During some of the larger events in the Great Hall in February and March, the exhibit might not be fully visible. Please check our events calendar or call 413-863-3221 to find out more.)

Wednesdays, February 7, 14, 21 – 1-2:30 pm
Homeschool Science: Hands-on STEM
Sponsored by Montague Public Libraries
Topics this month: 2/7: River Otters; 2/14: Beavers; 2/21: Porcupines

The Turners Falls Carnegie Library offers homeschool science on Wednesdays with a focus on science, technology, engineering, and math. This month young scientists are invited to take a field trip to the Great Falls Discovery Center. Come learn about our wildlife neighbors who share our home in the Connecticut River Watershed.  Registration requested to ensure that we have enough supplies for everyone. Please email Angela at the library at [email protected] or call 413 863-3214.

Four Fridays in February  –  10:30-11:30am
Kidleidoscope Story Hour
2/2: Groundhogs; 2/9: Beavers; 2/16: Owls; 2/23: Coyotes

Come learn about our wildlife neighbors who share our home in the Connecticut River Watershed. Program includes a story, interactive games, and a craft to introduce young children to wildlife along the river. Meet in the Great Hall. For ages 3-6, accompanied by an adult. Siblings and friends welcome.

Friday, February 9  –  7—9 pm
Great Falls Coffeehouse presents: Lisa Davol and Stephen Page

Traditional songs from the American songbook. Each month the Friends of the Great Falls Discovery Center host an evening coffeehouse with local talent. Refreshments available. Suggested donations to support educational programming at the Center. Museum and store open during intermission.

Sunday, February 11  –  2—3pm
Who Do You Love? Valentines for Wildlife

For all ages, stop by the Great Hall to make Valentines to give to the ones you love, keep for yourself, or give to your favorite wildlife biologist— all in honor of your favorite animal. Learn about your favorite animal’s habitat and how to help protect it.  Co-sponsored by CFCE Playgroup, a free, fun, safe playgroup for Gill, Montague and surrounding area, promoting early literacy and school readiness.

Saturday, February 17  –  1-4 pm
Opening Event: Reading the Rocky Book of the Past
Dinosaur Footprints in the Connecticut River Valley

This opening event includes a variety of learning stations for all generations to enjoy: “meet” Orra White Hitchcock and try your hand at botanical drawing and painting; make an imitation fossil out of clay; see and learn about real fossils; make your own small collection of gems and shells; or relax with dinosaur books and puzzles and enjoy dino-themed refreshments. Sponsored in part by Massachusetts Cultural Council, the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Institute of Museum and Library Services, and the members and donors of the Pocumtuck Valley Memorial Association.

February 17—25
School Vacation Week: Open Every Day All Week Long

We offer expanded winter hours this week so stop by the welcome desk for investigation stations every day 10am to 4pm.  Investigation station topics may include dinosaurs, mammals, and birds. Come try a scavenger hunt or a habitat game!

Saturday, February 24
10:30-11:30am
Dinosaur Story Hour

A story hour with crafts and activities focusing on dinosaurs! For ages approximately 4 – 8, with a parent or guardian. Friends and siblings welcome.

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Quabbin Reservoir Visitor Center
485 Ware Road | Belchertown, MA

SECRETS OF THE QUABBIN WATERSHED
Sunday, February 25th | 2-3 PM
Presentation of his amazing wildlife photos and book signing by Dale Monette.

POSSUMS, BATS & GOLDENROD – OH MY!
Sunday, March 4th | 2-3 PM

DCR Interpreter Nancy Huntington presents on the benefits of often overlooked flora and fauna.

FROM GREEN TO GRAY: 17 YEARS OF HEMLOCK DECLINE ALONG A QUABBIN STREAM
Sunday, March 18th | 2-3 PM
Presented by DCR Natural Resource Analyst Brian Keevan.


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Flying Deer Nature Center Events
5 Abode Road | New Lebanon, NY

WINTER BOTANY WITH FARMSCAPE ECOLOGY
Three Saturday Mornings :
January 20th : 9 AM – Noon
January 27th : 10 AM – Noon
February 3 : 10 AM – Noon

 

Location: 122 Daley Rd., East Chatham, NY; please approach from Route 9 only.

Tuition:
Suggested donation: $50 for all three sessions; $20 for one session

Learn to identify trees and shrubs in the “off” season with ecologists Conrad and Claudia Vispo of the Hawthorne Valley Farmscape Ecology Program, who have led ecology walks throughout Columbia County and taught people how to identify plants in all seasons since 2004.

Winter Botany can be a lot of fun when you key in on a combination of clues the plants offer to help reveal which species they belong to. These clues include the habitat where the plant is found, its general shape and branching pattern, and its bark and bud characteristics. Some plants even have unique smells that can help with their identification. And don’t forget to search the ground for remains of leaves and/or fruit and nuts—it’s all fair game.

This course combines indoor and outdoor instruction to provide participants with a set of tools to improve their skills with winter identification of woody plants, no matter their prior knowledge. Everybody with a curiosity about the natural world can benefit from this course and gain a new appreciation for the patterns discernable in the plants of our wintry woods.

The three consecutive sessions will build on each other, and we will give preference to participants signing up for the entire course. However, if space is available after January 10, we will also accept sign-ups for individual sessions. Sessions will be limited to 15 participants, so please register early to reserve your spot!

Tuition: The instructors are donating their time to Flying Deer Nature Center. If you would like to participate in the Winter Botany course, please contribute to the Capital Campaignfor the new campus on Daley Road. Suggested donation: $50 for all three sessions; $20 for a single session.

E-mail us to register for this program. Register early as space is limited.

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Tamarack Hollow Nature & Cultural Center
1515 & 1516 Savoy Hollow Rd. Windsor, MA

 

BOREAL SPRUCE-FIR FOREST VOLUNTEER TRAIL WORK DAY
Sunday, April 8th | 9 AM – 1 PM

Email [email protected] to register.

FLOODPLAIN FOREST SPRING CANOE MILL RIVER
Saturday, April 21st | 9 AM – 1 PM

Register: www.massaudubon.org

 


Kestrel Land Trust Events 

HOW FORESTS WILL DEFINE THE FUTURE OF OUR CLIMATE
Wednesday, February 28 Time: 7 pm – 9 pm
Fee: Donations appreciated
Where: Smith College, Northampton
RSVP: Required online.
Join in for a special presentation by internationally renowned climate scientist Dr. William Moomaw.
On Wednesday, February 28 at 7 p.m., join Dr. William Moomaw, Professor Emeritus of International Environmental Policy at the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, Tufts University, for a discussion of how our forests can help mitigate global climate change. Dr. Moomaw’s presentation, “Forests, the Critical Component for Addressing Long-Term Climate Change” will share his perspective on a crucial part of the climate change solution: protecting and restoring our forests, as well as wetlands and grasslands. He will also share his insights on the drawbacks of using bioenergy as an alternative to fossil fuels. A Q&A session will follow the presentation.
“The forests of Western Massachusetts are among the most carbon dense in the northeast region, and can remove significant additional carbon dioxide from the atmosphere.” — Dr. Moomaw
This event is co-sponsored by Kestrel Land Trust and Smith College Center for Environment, Ecological Design & Sustainability (CEEDS). Seating is limited to 100 and registration is required. Donations are appreciated to support this special program. When: Wednesday, February 28 Time: 7 pm – 9 pm Fee: Donations appreciated Where: Smith College, Northampton

FARM TO TRAIL ALE RELEASE PARTY
Sunday, March 4th | 4 – 6 PM
Beerology, Northampton, MA
A Historic Brew Is Reborn in New Limited Edition Beer
Celebrate at the “Farm to Trail Ale” Release Party with Abandoned Building Brewery, Beerology, and Valley Malt.
Help us celebrate the Pioneer Valley’s farming heritage with the rebirth of a historic craft beer, brewed to benefit Kestrel Land Trust. On March 4th, from 4 pm to 6 pm, join us at the release party for the new limited edition “Farm to Trail Ale,” a unique Roggenbier style of rye ale.
Farm to Trail Ale is being brewed by Abandoned Building Brewery in Easthampton, using a historic recipe created by Beerology in Northampton, and made from local rye and barley malted by Valley Malt in Hadley.

Come to Beerology to enjoy this new local brew and learn about the complex beer-brewing process that starts with locally grown grains. You’ll also learn about the history of this historic beer, and get some tips on the techniques of beer tasting. Appetizer buffet included!
Proceeds benefit Kestrel Land Trust. Space is limited, and registration is required.

SUSTAINABLE FORESTRY & WILDLIFE RESILIENCE
Saturday, March 10th | 10 AM – Noon
Buffam Brook Community Forest, Pelham, MA
Last year, the new Buffam Brook Community Forest was conserved to highlight the benefits of sustainable forestry on climate change resilience. Take a hike into this unique conservation area with two scientists — forest ecologist Paul Catanzaro and wildlife biologist Dave King — to learn how forest management impacts wildlife and climate change resilience.

Join us on Saturday, March 10, from 10 am – noon, at Buffam Brook Community Forest in Pelham to learn about the basic principles of sustainable forestry and how these techniques can increase the resilience of a forest and the wildlife that calls it home in the face of climate change.

This event is limited to 20 participants. =”https://www.kestreltrust.org/calendar/buffam-brook-community-forest-walk-2018/”>Registration is required.

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Berkshire Natural Resources Events

CONSTITUTION HILL HIKE
Wednesday, February 21 | 10 AM – Noon | Lanesborough
Come explore the property from the valley to the spiny ridgeline.
Pace: Easy Terrain: Moderate — good trails with gradual to steep inclines Description: Enjoy the 20-30 minute climb from the trailhead to the spine of the hill and the summit. After descending from the ridgeline, return on the blue-blazed trail, noting the slag glass used to firm the road. Be prepared for potential of icy trails. Dogs on leash are welcome. Directions: From the intersection of Bridge Street and Main Street/Route 7 in Lanesborough (right near the police station): follow Bridge Street west to its end at the BNRC trailhead and kiosk. The trailhead is about 0.8 miles from Main Street. Email Mariah at [email protected] or call 413-499-0596 with any questions.

Parsons Marsh Project Overview and Hike Series

Learn about the conservation vision of the Undermountain Valley and Lenox Mountain.

Thursday, March 8th: Hike and Presentation, Walk at 4:00pm and Presentation at 5:00pm
Saturday, March 10th: Hike, 9:00am-10:30am
Tuesday, March 13th: Hike, 3:00pm-5:00pm

More information below

HIKE & PRESENTATION
Thursday, March 8th | Walk: 4:00pm (Please try to arrive at 3:45pm) | Presentation: 5:00-6:00pm, Discussion and refreshments until 6:30pm

Feel free to attend the walk and/or presentation.

Description: In 2017 Berkshire Natural Resources Council, with much community support, purchased the northern end of the Parsons Marsh wetland complex and surrounding uplands, completing a long-envisioned initiative to conserve farmland, wildlife habitat and open space in Lenox’s iconic Undermountain Valley. BNRC is now fully engaged in providing improved public access into Parsons Marsh.

Join us in learning about the accessible trail and boardwalk to be built in the summer of 2018 and discuss the broader conservation work in the Valley. We’ll take a short walk guided to discuss the property and details of the trail project, soon to be underway. After the walk we will gather at Stonover Farm for a presentation by BNRC staff. Big thanks to Tom & Suky Werman for opening Stonover to us! This will be a great opportunity to meet BNRC’s new President, Jenny Hansell.

PLEASE NOTE: While the walk and presentation on March 8th are FREE, we require registration due to the limited space available. Please email Mariah at [email protected] or call 413-499-0596 to RSVP.

Directions: Park at Stonover Farm’s event parking area across from the Farm buildings which are located at 169 Undermountain Rd, Lenox, MA 01240.

 

HIKE AT PARSONS MARSH
Saturday, March 10, 9:00am-10:30am

Difficulty: Easy

Description: Join us for a short walk and learn about the accessible trail and boardwalk to be built in the spring/summer of this year and discuss the broader conservation vision for the Valley

Directions: Park at Stonover Farm’s event parking area across from the Farm buildings which are located at 169 Undermountain Rd, Lenox, MA 01240.

 

HIKE AT PARSONS MARSH

Tuesday, March 13, 3:00pm-5:00pm

Difficulty: Moderate (We will be walking off-trail on uneven terrain with moderate changes in elevation)

Description: Join us for a walk and learn about the accessible trail and boardwalk to be built in the spring/summer of this year and discuss the broader conservation vision for the Valley. We’ll start explore BNRC and the Lenox Town property on this walk, overlooking the marsh multiple times.

Directions: Park at Stonover Farm’s event parking area across from the Farm buildings which are located at 169 Undermountain Rd, Lenox, MA 01240.

Email Mariah at [email protected] or call 413-499-0596 with any questions.

 

CONSTITUTION HILL NIGHTTIME WALK
Saturday, March 10, 7:00pm – 10:00pm | Lanesborough

Join us for a nighttime stroll in the open fields at Constitution Hill.

Difficulty: Easy

Description: Enjoy hot apple cider, donuts, and guided night-time hikes through open fields.  If the weather permits, we’ll have a bonfire. Bring your own adult beverage and something to roast; we’ll provide donuts and cider. Bring warm layers, a flashlight, and weather appropriate footwear.  Chairs, blankets are welcome.

Directions: From the intersection of Bridge Street and Main Street/Route 7 in Lanesborough (right near the police station): follow Bridge Street west to its end at the BNRC trailhead and kiosk. The trailhead is about 0.8 miles from Main Street.

Email Mariah at [email protected] or call 413-499-0596 with any questions.

*Mariah called Lanesboro fire chief in January and he requested we call again as we near the event to confirm bonfire is okay.

OWL PROWL AT THE BOULDERS
Friday, March 16, 7:30pm-10:00pm | DALTON, / PITTSFIELD

Join local naturalist, Rene Wendell, with The Nature Conservancy and BNRC staff on this guided Owl Prowl.

Difficulty: Moderate

Description: TNC naturalist, Rene Wendell will guide the group in calling and listening for owls. While it is possible, there is no guarantee of seeing or hearing an owl. This program involves night-time hiking on a 1.5 mile long moderate hiking trail. Please bring water, flashlight/headlamp and appropriate footwear (weather dependent: consider snowshoes or micro-spikes).

Directions: From Pittsfield, take Routes 8/9 east towards Dalton.  Take a left onto Park Avenue.  Take another left onto Gulf Road in about 0.5 miles.  Trailhead parking is 0.25 miles ahead on the left.

Due to the nature of the event and parking availability, space is limited. Please RSVP by emailing Mariah at [email protected] or calling 413-499-0596.

 

Old Mill Trail Hike
Wednesday, March 28, 10:00am – 1:00pm | Hinsdale / Dalton

Join us in exploring the history of the mill site along the Housatonic River.

Pace: Easy to Moderate (southern portion of trail is universally accessible; solid single track hiking trail at the north)

Description: Hike 3 miles through beautiful forest and alongside the rushing Housatonic River. Bring lunch and water, wear warm layers and appropriate footwear.

Directions: From the center of Dalton: take Route 8 south to the Hinsdale line. From the town line, continue 4/10 miles to a left on Old Dalton Road. The trailhead parking is the first, immediate left.

Email Mariah at [email protected] or call 413-499-0596 with any questions.

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Speak Out Against the New 2019-2024 Offshore Drilling Plan!

You may have seen headlines recently about the Trump administration’s plan to open up the Outer Contintental Shelf (OSC) to drilling for gas and oil. This program, planned to run from 2019–2024, would open up over 90% of the OSC to exploration and exploitation. The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) has scheduled a series of Open House style public meetings to allow for public comment on the 2019-2024 National OCS Oil and Gas Leasing Program.
There are two ways to chime in: by submitting comments (deadline March 9) and by attending BOEM’s Open House Meetings.
THE POSTPONED NORTHEAST MEETINGS ARE NOW RESCHDULED!
February 13 — Hartford, CT
February 15 — Albany, NY
February 27 — Boston, MA
February 28 — Providence, RI
March 5 — Concord, NH
March 7 — Augusta, ME

Also, for those who want to go to the Capitol, the DC hearing is February 22.

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WEBINAR
The Guiteras Green Infrastructure Community School Project

Wednesday, February 28th | 2 – 3:30 PM

SOAK UP THE RAIN NEW ENGLAND WEBINAR SERIES 
This webinar will highlight an inspiring and successful green infrastructure project at the Guiteras School to save and protect Silver Creek in Bristol, RI from polluted stormwater runoff. Bristol is a small Municipal Separate Storm Sewer System (MS4) community, and water discharging from its storm sewer system is regulated by the state of Rhode Island.  The Silver Creek watershed is 2 square miles, discharges into Bristol Harbor, and is 50 yards from the Guiteras School (Grades K-5). In 2013, two talented mothers of elementary school students designed and created an outdoor education facility to enhance environmental education and improve environmental quality in and around Silver Creek. From landscape design to community and student engagement, the Section 319-funded grant project treated and infiltrated stormwater runoff from the entire school, reduced impervious surfaces, controlled a growing Canada goose population, and engaged 300 students at the school with hands on projects to restore Silver Creek.

Presenters include:
Betsy Dake – Senior Environmental Scientist, RI Department of Environmental Management
Brooke Merriam – Landscape Designer, Sunflower Designs,
LLC Shannon Rozea – Executive Director/Landscape Architect, Thrive Outside
Edward M. Tanner – Principal Planner, Department of Community Development, Town of Bristol, RI

*Registration site- https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/2984532340645539843
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Toole Wildlife Preserve Hikes

SNOW SHOE HIKES
Wednesday, February 21st & Saturday, February 24th | 10 AM – Noon

Sponsored by Lenox Land Trust

These two public outings will explore the recently preserved 111 acres of pristine undeveloped Lenox land including wetlands, five beaver ponds, & view-scapes of Lenox Mountain. Portions of the old woods road & trails on the property have become submerged as a result of beaver activity. But the owners – the Toole family – plan to have contractors install boardwalks to restore a public loop trail system with wildlife viewing stations.
Most of the area is not yet accessible except in winter when ponds are frozen over. But this outing will provide a sense of the future potentials of the property for public access for passive recreation activities.
Park & meet behind Hampton Inn & Suites, 445 Pittsfield Road (Routes 7 & 20), Lenox. Seriously inclement weather cancels. Will be converted to a shorter outing if ice on ponds is not thick enough for safe crossing or if no snow.  Do provide your own snowshoes & poles or hiking gear. NO RSVP is necessary, but you may call or text outing leader Ken Kelly, cell (413) 329-9678, the evening before or morning of event if conditions are questionable.

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ADULT CLASS
Ancestral Ways : Reclaiming Our Past

December 9 – 10, February 3 – 4, March 31 – April 1, June 2 – 3, August 4 – 5
Grafton, NY

If you’ve ever felt drawn to a waterfall, mountain range, serene lake, or boundless prairie, you’ve experienced “Biophilia”. A reflexive response to our evolutionary relationship to nature. Yes, we are part of nature! Though modern civilization, over the last 5 thousand years, has moved us further and further apart. Still we find ourselves drawn to connect with the natural world.

Each weekend of this 6 month course will bring you back into that relationship. As we gather our food, build our shelters, craft our clothes and containers and re-learn to speak the language of nature, we will experience the kind of connectedness or “biophilia” that our ancestors new for 100,000 ’s of years!  

Activities will include: friction fire, food gathering, food prep, primitive cooking, tool and container crafting, shelters, hide tanning, clothing making, animal tracking, bird language, nature immersion, story telling, and more!

Ages – 16 and up | Location – Grafton, Ny | Cost- 1,200.00 (Bring someone for 25% off) | All meals included!

CLICK HERE FOR FULL INFO & TO REGISTER

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Williamstown Rural Lands Foundation
February vacation program

Tuesday, February 20th – Friday, February 23rd | 1 – 4 PM

SAVE THE DATE! The Williamstown Rural Lands Foundation will be running a February vacation program at its Sheep Hill location in Williamstown on Tuesday 2/20 – Friday 2/23 from 1 – 4. The program is open to students in grades K – 4th. Depending on the weather, activities will include animal tracking, snow/ice experiments, crafts, cooking/baking, hiking sledding and more!

Cost: WRLF members $115 / non-members $140

Register at WRLF.org or call 413-458-2494 for more information

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The Secret Lives of Turtles, Frogs, Salamanders and Snakes of Berkshire County Slide Show and Presentation

Sunday, February 25th | 1:30 PM
Boston, MA

On Sunday Feb. 25 at 1:30pm the Sheffield Land Trust is hosting its 20th Annual Winter Lecture which this year is a slide show and presentation “The Secret Lives of Turtles, Frogs, Salamanders and Snakes of Berkshire County”. Sheffield is home to many rare snakes and amphibians, including the timber rattlesnake, the wood turtle and the Jefferson salamander. Tom Tyning will give you a peek into their hidden lives.

Tyning, professor of Environmental Science at Berkshire Community College, wrote “A Guide to Amphibians and Reptiles” in the Stokes Nature Guide Series. He was a naturalist at Massachusetts Audubon for 24 years, traveling from Laughing Brook in Hampden to Pleasant Valley and Canoe Meadows in the Berkshires eventually becoming a Master Naturalist for Audubon statewide. He also leads natural history tours to locales in Peru, Ecuador, and other South, Central, and North American hotspots.

The event is at Dewey Memorial Hall, 91 Main St. in Sheffield, next to the Post Office.

The program and is free and open to the public, although donations are welcome.

Seating is limited, so come early to be sure to get a seat. The Land Trust’s ever-popular afternoon tea with a wide-range of refreshments will follow the slide show and panel discussion.

The Sheffield Land Trust has held a Winter Lecture every year since 1998. Founded in 1989, this nonprofit organization is dedicated to protecting the land essential to Sheffield’s natural, scenic, agricultural and rural character through a program of stewardship and working with landowners, farmers, and other partners. The Sheffield Land Trust has conserved almost 5,000 acres, working in cooperation with over 50 families, government agencies, and conservation organizations.

For more information on the events or the Sheffield Land Trust, call (413) 229-0234, email [email protected] or visit www.sheffieldland.org.

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Local Environmental Action 2018

March 3, 2018
Boston, MA

March 3rd, 2018 in Boston will be a full day of keynote speakers and workshops, and an opportunity to re-connect with others doing work similar to yours. This day gives you the chance to hear from local leaders across the Commonwealth who are deeply involved in making the world a better place. Please register today to and join us for a day of  renewed purpose in Boston.

Powerful solutions start at the local level. At the end of this conference you will go home re-inspired, with the tools to be an even more effective local leader. or if you are just starting out, to become an environmental champion in your community. Check out the agenda for all the details.

Last year we had a wonderful day with more than 500 local leaders who, like you, are making their communities better. This year will be another day of community and inspiration. Buy your tickets today here!

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Wild & Scenic Film Festival

Friday, March 23rd | 6 – 9 PM
Berkshire Community College | K111 | 1350 West St. Pittsfield, MA

BEAT is thrilled to partner with the Wild & Scenic Westfield River Committee to celebrate all things river, in particular the 50th anniversary of the passage of the Federal Wild and Scenic Rivers Act.

On Friday, March 23 we will show 2.5 hours of some amazing films celebrating the natural world and the activists working to protect it.

The films are inspiring celebrations of environmental leaders, concepts, and design. A full listing of the films will be available shortly. Until then check out the film festival’s teaser trailer below.

This mini film festival is free and open to everyone so grab a friend and come on down!

 

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The MadHouse Effect : A Post-Election Climate Change Update

Friday, April 13th | 12:15 – 1:15 PM
Berkshire Community College | H402 | 1350 West St. Pittsfield, MA

Dr. Michael E. Mann is Distinguished Professor of Atmospheric Science and Director of the Earth System Science Center at Penn State University. He is author of The Hockey Stick and the Climate WarsThe Madhouse Effect  and other works.

Dr. Mann says of this presentation:

“I offer a somewhat lighthearted take on a very serious issue – the threat of human-caused climate change and what to do about it, based on my collaboration with Washington Post editorial cartoonist Tom Toles. Using Tom’s cartoons (existing ones and some new ones exclusive to the book) as a template, we review the scientific evidence of climate change, the reasons we should care, and the often absurd efforts by special interests and partisan political figures to confuse the public, attack the science and scientists, and deny that a problem even exists. Despite the monumental nature of the challenge this poses to human civilization, we find a way to end on an upbeat and cautiously optimistic note.”

For more information call BCC at (413) 236-4690.

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2018 Northeast Natural History Conference

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

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

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

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

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

Sessions already confirmed are as follows …

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

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

Early registration deadline … March 12th

Deadline for discounted hotel rates … March 23rd

Make arrangements directly with Hotel Burlington and Conference Center (800-325-3535) or online for students or online for all other attendees.

Events scheduled so far.

29 Sessions
10 Field trips
2 Workshops

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4 FREEDOMS COALITION
Day of Civic Participation

Saturday, April 28th | 9:30 – 4 PM
Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts | 375 Church St. North Adams

FREE & OPEN TO ALL
Save the date of Saturday, April 28th for our third day of free civic workshops designed to help you be active, informed, and effective in creating positive change in your community and your nation. We’ll let you know when registration opens.

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Orion Environmental Writers’ Workshop

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

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

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

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

Applications will open on November 15, 2017.

Visit orionmagazine.org/workshops for more information.

Questions?  Email Orion here.