Calendar of events

Berkshire events – locations in red

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

 


 

Moth Night

Friday, July 24, 2015 – 9:00pm to Saturday, July 25, 2015 – 12:00am

Skyfields Arboretum, 1461 Old Keene Road, Athol

Related Conservation Area: 

Skyfields: Willis Woods Loop Trail and Arboretum (Athol)

The Athol Bird and Nature Club and Mount Grace invite everyone to the Athol Celebration of National Moth Week. We will tour the arboretum’s excellent habitat for native pollinating insects in search of those often missed during daylight hours, including luna and underwing moths. Join us and naturalist Dave Small at the Arboretum to see a diversity of night flying creatures, right in our own backyard!  Please RSVP.

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Climate Risk and National Security : It’s About People not Polar Bears

July 24th

Rear Admiral David Titley (ret.) will lead a discussion in Hudson on Friday, July 24, 7:00 pm, Hudson High School.

Adm. Titley served as a Naval Officer for 32 years, becoming oceanographer and navigator of the Navy and director of its Task Force Climate Change in 2009. Adm. Titley says that we need to understand climate change, because literally the nation’s defense is at stake.

An international expert on the impacts of climate change, Adm. Titley has testified on behalf of the Pentagon to Congress and the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC).  He has spoken across the USA and internationally on the role of climate change in recent upheavals around the world.

Acknowledging that he himself was once a climate skeptic, Adm. Titley addresses issues and concerns about national security and the climate that are relevant to people across the political spectrum.  He is currently Professor of Practice in Meteorology and Director of The Center for Solutions to Weather and Climate Risk at Penn State University.

Here is a short preview: http://weather.climate25.com/project/rear-adm-david-titley-ret/

Please join us and bring your friends and neighbors, especially those on the fence about the climate issue.  And forward this to anyone you know who might be interested!

Details:

Friday, July 24, 2015

Hudson High School

215 Harry Howard Ave

Hudson, NY 12534

6:30pm Reception

7pm Program

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Project Native: A Weekend with Wildlife

July 24-26th

Project Native has a wonderful exploratory weekend planned for you!

Click on the image below for complete details.

Here are just a few of the things being offered:

Saturday •July 25
The Caterpillar Lab with Sam Jaffe
Project Native hosts Sam Jaffewww.samueljaffe.com and The Caterpillar Lab. Experience 100s of caterpillars up close – eating, pooping, camouflaging, or defending themselves with clever adaptations such as warning coloration, inflatable horns, strange smells, and squeaking mandibles.

Sunday • July 26 • 11am and 1pm
North American Birds of Prey
Julie Anne Collier of Wingmasters will present North American Birds of Prey with six live birds of prey: Great Horned Owl, Red-tailed Hawk, Barred Owl, Saw-whet owl, American Kestrel and Peregrine Falcon. Learn about predation, the birds’ place at the top of the food web, their different hunting adaptations and their status in a rapidly changing world. This event is sponsored by Wild Bird’s Country Store.

Sunday • July 26 • 10am-noon
Mutts & Mimosas at Monument Mountain
Monument Mountain
Take a hike! You bring the mutt, we’ll bring the mimosas (and fresh treats). Monthly over the summer. Cost/ Members $5; Nonmembers $10 Children FREE. To register: westregion@ttor.org (413.532.1631 x10).

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Western Mass Gardeners Soil Testing

Western Master Gardeners will be soil testing and answering gardening questions at the Berkshire Mall Farmers’ Market
on Saturday, July 25 from 9-12. Directions for obtaining soil for testing may be found on the WMMGA.org web site. There is a suggested donation of $1. for soil testing.

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Canoe Trip on the Houstonic River, Decker Landing

Sat, Jul 25, 2015 8:30 am – 12:00 pm

Location:        Housatonic River-Decker Boat Launch, Lenox

Instructor:      Sanctuary Staff

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

Members:        Adult $25.00, Child $25.00    Nonmembers: Adult $35.00, Child $35.00

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

Watch for frogs, fish, herons, muskrats, and signs of beavers along the meandering and scenic Housatonic River. This leisurely paddle will take us through the George Darey Wildlife Management Area. Join us to learn about the natural history of the waterway that is the heart of the Berkshires.

Instructions and Directions:   Directions to meeting place will be provided upon registration. Children must be at least 10 years of age, accompanied by an adult, and know how to swim. Bring food, drink, insect repellent, and sunscreen.

Registration is required.

Register online or call 413-637-0320 to register by phone.

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South Berkshire Household Hazardous Waste Collection Scheduled

Contact:
Jamie Cahillane at Center for EcoTechnology
413.445.4556 ext. 14
jamie.cahillane@cetonline.orgOn Saturday, July 25th from 8:30 AM – Noon, the South Berkshire Household Hazardous Waste Collaborative will hold a collection for its 15 member towns. The collection will be held at the Stockbridge Recycling Center and will be coordinated by the Center for EcoTechnology.Participating towns include Alford, Becket, Egremont, Great Barrington, Lee, Lenox, Monterey, Mount Washington, New Marlborough, Otis, Richmond, Sheffield, Stockbridge, Tyringham and West Stockbridge. Registration is required.Some acceptable items include; oil-based paints, stains and varnishes, wood preservatives, paint strippers/thinners, solvent adhesives, lighter fluid, acid, fuels/gasoline, antifreeze, degreasers, driveway sealer, brake fluid/carburetor cleaner, transmission fluid, car wax, polishes, roofing tar, pool chemicals, poisons, insecticides, fungicides, fertilizers, weed killers, moth balls, flea control products, rubber cement, airplane glue, fiberglass resins, photo chemicals, chemistry sets, floor and metal polish, oven cleaner, drain and toilet cleaner, spot remover, rug and upholstery cleaner and hobby/artist supplies, fluorescent lamps, mercury thermometers, thermostats and button batteries and rechargeable batteries.There will be a digital fever thermometer exchange (one per household) for mercury fever thermometers brought to this collection.Electronics will be accepted. We are partnering with Goodwill Industries of the Berkshires. They will be accepting computer modules, peripherals, accessories (No Fees). There is a charge for TV’s and prices vary based on size. Goodwill Industries is also accepting clean /dry bagged clothing/books/paired shoes and household items.No gas cylinders including Propane Tanks will be accepted. Lenox Valley Waste Transfer Facility in Lenoxdale accepts propane tanks for no charge up to 20lb. No Asbestos of any kind is accepted.Latex paint will not be accepted at this event. Empty cans can be recycled with scrap metal.  Dried up cans of latex paint can be disposed with the regular trash. Usable latex paint more than ½ gallon can possibly be donated to Habitat Restore in Pittsfield. Contact them to confirm. Empty cans of oil-based paint, stains, solvents and Alkaline batteries can be disposed with the regular trash as well.For more information about what can be brought to the collection and to register online, visit: http://www.cetonline.org/events/ You can also email Jamie.Cahillane@cetonline.org or call us at 1-888-577-8448, ext. 14. Residents from communities that are not participating should call their City or Town Hall for information about household hazardous product collections.

 

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AT Hikes and Community Picnic

Saturday, July 25       Hikes at 10:30am & 2pm. Community Picnic at 5pm

3rd Annual Appalachian Trail Hikes and Community Picnic

Join DCR MassParks staff and Great Barrington Trails & Greenways partners to celebrate the  Appalachian Trail in our community.  Did you know that Great Barrington is a designated Appalachian Trail Community™? Come learn what it’s all about.  Swimming & campfire provided.  In the event of rain or significant weather the event will be cancelled. Parking for the event will be offered at the main entrance for Beartown State Forest near the boat ramp on Benedict Pond Rd. in Monterey.

Registration Required for all hikes . Space is limited.  Registration:  info@gbtrails.org

10:30 AM– Join us on one of two adventurous 7 mile hikes: South along the A.T. from Fernside Rd. -OR– North along A.T. from Homes Rd, are asked to meet at Benedict Pond parking lot at 10:30am and will be shuttled to the starting points.

2:00 PM– Join for one of two shorter hikes

Moderate hike to “The Ledges” along the A.T. for fantastic views -OR- gentle hike around Benedict Pond.

5 PM POTLUCK PICNIC- All hikes end at the picnic.  Can’t join us on a hike? Come to the picnic!

Bring lots of your favorite picnic food to share with hungry thru-hikers! 

THRU-HIKERS WELCOME (free camping)!

Hike Registration or Questions :   info@gbtrails.org

Event information at www.gbtrails.org and http://tinyurl.com/GBATDAY

SUMMARY/SHORT VERSION FOR AT DAY:

Saturday, July 25       Hikes at 10:30am & 2pm. Community Picnic at 5pm

3rd Annual Appalachian Trail Hikes and Community Picnic

Join DCR MassParks staff and Great Barrington Trails & Greenways partners to celebrate the  Appalachian Trail in our community.  Did you know that Great Barrington is a designated Appalachian Trail Community™? Come learn what it’s all about and connect with others in the trail community.  There will be 4 guided hikes which will all end in time to join the picnic. Bring plenty of your favorite picnic food to share with hungry thru-hikers. Registration Required for hikes as space is limited.    In the event of rain or significant weather the event will be cancelled. Parking for the event will be offered at the main entrance for Beartown State Forest near the boat ramp on Benedict Pond Rd. in Monterey.

Hike Registration or Questions:  info@gbtrails.org

More Detailed Event information at www.gbtrails.org and http://tinyurl.com/GBATDAY

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A Weekend with Wildlife

Village of Housatonic, Great Barrington, MA –

Don’t miss the outdoor education event of the summer, “A Weekend with Wildlife” at Project Native! Unique programs hosted at the farm will be offered to the public on July 24, 25, and 26. Not to be missed, this weekend will showcase the native flora and fauna of Berkshire County, as interpreted by Project Native’s Education Staff and visiting experts. Witness the incredible web spun from a healthy and diverse ecosystem, connecting native plants with beneficial insects up the food chain to birds of prey. Learn about amazing life cycles and transformations that surround us daily. Programs will be offered free of charge; donations to support Project Native’s education program are greatly appreciated.

Kicking off the weekend is Project Native’s third annual Native Butterfly House Reception; Friday, July 24 from 5 – 8 pm(Raindate – Saturday, July 25th) Join Project Native’s Staff and Board of Directors in celebrating the peak of butterfly season! Tour the Butterfly House and observe our resident Great Spangled Fritillaries, Tiger Swallowtails, American Ladies, Baltimore Checkerspots, Spicebush Swallowtails, Commas, Red Admirals, Common Wood Nymphs, a variety of moths, and our migrating Monarchs. See the different stages of the Lepidoptera lifecycle up close, and learn tips and tricks on how to find them in your own backyard.

Lisa Hawkins, longtime Project Native supporter and volunteer says, “entering the butterfly house and being able to see the beauty of moths and butterflies up close is quite special, and seeing the curious and sometime grotesque shapes [Monkey Slug] the caterpillars come in is an eye-opener”. Nibble on hors d’oeuvres and learn about the work of local environmental organizations from non-profit exhibitors.

Following the Reception from 9 – 10:15 pm, commemorate National Moth Week and join Project Native’s Environmental Education Interns for an “Evening of Exploration” on the farm. Participants will learn about night vision, night hiking, constellations, moths and other nocturnal wildlife. Let your senses adjust to the realm of the nocturnal and experience the natural world in a whole new “light”.

The following day, Project Native hosts The Caterpillar LabSaturday, July 25th from 11 am – 4 pm with naturalist, educator, and photographer Sam Jaffe. Can you believe there is a caterpillar that is as big as a hot dog?! Experience hundreds of live New England caterpillars up close – eating, shedding, camouflaging, or defending themselves with clever adaptations such as warning coloration, inflatable horns, strange smells, and squeaking mandibles. View details unseen with the naked eye under digital microscopes, screens, and projectors.

“The passion that Sam and his staff have for caterpillars is obvious”, Project Native Intern Lindsay Buesgens says after a visit to The Caterpillar Lab in Keene, New Hampshire, “No two people will have the same experience at this event. The caterpillars are remarkable and seeing them up close gives you a new appreciation of the creatures who often go unnoticed”. Project Native suggests a donation of $2 – $5 for this program.

To wrap up what is sure to be a vibrant weekend, Julie Anne Collier ofWingmasters will present North American Birds of Prey,Sunday, July 26with programs beginning at 11 am and 1 pm. The workshops will feature six LIVE raptors: the Great Horned Owl, Red-tailed Hawk, Barred Owl, Saw-whet owl, American Kestrel and Peregrine Falcon. Learn about predation, the birds’ place at the top of the food web, different hunting adaptations and their status in a rapidly changing world. Our sponsor for this event is Wild Bird’s Country Store, Great Barrington, MA.

Busy during “A Weekend with Wildlife”? Visit us at another time!

Project Native is a 54-acre non-profit native plant nursery and wildlife sanctuary located on Route 41 just four miles north of Great Barrington. The Native Butterfly House is open daily from 10:30 am – 4 pm, weather permitting. Project Native’s Nursery is open from 9:30 am – 5 pm Monday through Saturday and 10:30 am – 5 pm Sunday. Visit www.projectnative.orgfor more information on our nursery, Butterfly & Bug Safari schedule, workshop schedule, and other current events.

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Boreal Forest and Field Foraging and Medicinal plant/tree workshop

Mount Greylock Summit & Bascom Lodge Sunday July 26th 2-5pm Mt Greylock Summit with Aimee Gelinas M.Ed, founder of the Tamarack Hollow Nature & Cultural Center. Learn how to identify, prepare and utilize wild plants! $15 per person – includes “make and take” medicinal tea bag and wild food recipes. Pre-registration required, email: aimee@gaiaroots.com.  Visitwww.tamarackhollow.com for more info.  Stay for dinner at the Bascom Lodge – visit www.bascomlodge.net for dinner reservations (separate from workshop)

 

Fern and Fern Allies of New England

July 26th

Botanist John Burns will be teaching a class about the non-flowering species of plants of New England: ferns, clubmoss, and horsetails.  In the morning we will review the distinctive features of each of these groups used in identification and learn how their life cycles are different from the seed producing flowering plants.
 
Participants can expect to see fabulous slides of ferns, clubmosses, and horsetails as well as fresh and pressed specimens collected during the previous field season.  This will prepare us for our afternoon foray into Aton Forest’s fields and woodlands where we’ll be able to find numerous species and more clearly see the settings in which they grow.
 
To register please contact us at (860)542-5125 or contact@atonforest.org
You may also register at www.atonforest.org
JOHN BURNS has previously worked for the New England Wild Flower Society as the Administrative Coordinator for the Plant Conservation Volunteer Program.  He has traveled as far as southern Brazil to study ferns and has done fieldwork throughout the northeast.


Continuing Education Units Available:
CT Forest Practitioner – 1.0 CEU
NOFA Accredited Organic Land Care Professionals – 4.0 CEU

Location: Aton Forest (270 North Colebrook Rd. Norfolk, CT)
DateSunday, July 26, 2015
Time10:00AM – 2:00PM
Registration: $25, lunch and refreshments provided

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Junior Naturalists

Junior Naturalist Series

Tuesday’s from 1:00pm – 2:30pm
 
July 28th – Monarch Mansion** 
9:00am – 10:30am
Come explore our new butterfly home! We will examine our current Monarch butterfly population while we discuss their life cycle and favorite foods. Naturalists will use their new knowledge of butterflies to look for signs of them in the wild as we take a short hike. 
 
For a complete list of Jr. Naturalist Programs visit our website here.

Out of Control: Chemical-free Strategies for Invasive Plant Control

Invasive non-native plant species surround us: along roadsides, deep in forests, and in our own backyards. After decades using synthetic herbicides to control invasives, both the invasive species and chemicals used to against them are out of control, and growing environmental concerns are driving landscape professionals and the public to consider alternative control methods. Join us for an afternoon workshop to explore chemical-free options for invasive species control. Re-certification CEUs are being sought for this program.

Chemical-free Controls – Ask the ExpertsOur six panelists come together to compare notes on the state of chemical-free controls and to answer your questions.

Panelists: Mike Bald, Michael DeRosa, Gerry Hawkes, Ellen Snyder, Michael Talbot, and Jess Toro

Wednesday, July 29, 20151-5 p.m.

Location: Garden in the Woods, 180 Hemenway Road, Framingham, MA
Program Code: HOR5131

Fee: $30 (Member) / $40 (Nonmember)
Limit: 27 Certificate: Elective: HD/Adv.HD
Cosponsor: Ecological Landscape Alliance

Solar Day of Action-Soak Up the Sun

Thursday, July 30, 2015
10:45 AM – 1 PM
Bulfinch Entrance, Massachusetts State House
(24 Beacon St, Boston, MA 02133)
RSVP at http://bit.ly/SoakUpTheSun-MA
It’s summer and the weather is beautiful — we should do everything we can to soak up the energy of the sun.
But utility companies have placed a cap on the state’s most important solar program, net metering. Back in March, the cap was hit for more than 170 towns and cities, bringing solar development to a halt.
We need to raise the caps ASAP to keep solar growing. So we’re gathering at the State House and calling on state officials to take action.
Meet us at 10:45 AM for a rally in front of the State House (Bulfinch Entrance on Beacon Street, overlooking Boston Common). Then, we’ll go into the State House to meet with legislators and their staff.
The theme of the rally is “beach party,” so bring your beach gear! Towels, inflatable beach balls, beach umbrellas, etc.
Please RSVP at http://bit.ly/SoakUpTheSun-MA.
Questions? Contact Ben Hellerstein, ben@environmentmassachusetts.org.

WRLT Ice Cream Social

On Friday afternoon July 31 from 3 – 5 PM, the Williamstown Rural Lands Foundation will host its annual summer celebration and ice cream social. This is a great time to explore Sheep Hill’s scenic views, pond and meadow, and interpretive displays.

The afternoon will feature activities for all ages such as pond exploration, interpretive hikes, and local ice cream served with seasonal fruits.  Visitors are encouraged to visit exhibits and explore Sheep Hill’s varied habitats and the new Dietze Interpretive Center. A $3 donation is suggested.  The event will be held rain or shine.

The Williamstown Rural Lands Foundation, a non-profit, member-supported land conservation trust, has been working to preserve the rural New England character of the area for 30 years. The WRLF sponsors nature education, local history, and seasonal food events throughout the year.  Sheep Hill is located on Route 7 south in Williamstown, approximately one mile south of the rotary.

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

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Uptown Common – Athol

Saturday, August 1, 10am-noon

Uptown Common, Athol 

Join us for Celebrate Athol Day, a morning of family fun and community celebration featuring local musicians and dancers, games and contests for kids, and a showcase of clubs and non-profits.  This free event is co-sponsored by Mount Grace, the Athol Farmers Market, and the Athol Public Library.

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Midsummer Fern Foray

August 2nd

Hilltown Land Trust Presents a Free Midsummer Fern Foray Hike, Sunday August 2, 201512 to 2 pm at a Taproot Commons Farm in Cummington

Midsummer in the hilltowns, after the spring wildflowers have passed and before the late summer ones begin, is the perfect time to turn our appreciation to the masses of lush green fern vegetation that cover our forest floors, ring our wetlands, and line our trails. Join us for a “fern foray” hike at Taproot Commons Farm in Cummington, a private land held under Conservation Restriction with Hilltown Land Trust and DCR. We will explore the diversity of common forest and wetland ferns by examining easy-to-observe differences in plant form and habitat. Come prepared for a 2 mile roundtrip hike along moderate terrain. Long sleeves/pants, sturdy shoes, bug protection, and water are strongly recommended. Also bring a magnifying lens and fern book if you have them, but they are not required. Please contact Jennifer Garrett at jgarrett@ttor.org to register and receive detailed directions and event updates. Rain will cancel the event.

 

Event Summary:

Event Title:  Midsummer Fern Foray

Date: Sunday, August 2

Time: 12 pm to 2 pm

Cost: Free

Location: Taproot Commons Farm, 11 Porter Hill Road, Cummington, MA 01026

Directions: Please register to receive detailed directions and event updates. Taproot Commons Farm is on Porter Hill Road, just past the intersection with Fairgrounds Road at the Cummington Fairgrounds. From Route 9 in Cummington, take Fairgrounds Road and follow it to the Cummington Fairgrounds. Take a right onto Porter Hill Road. The farm is the first driveway on your left.

Event Link: http://www.hilltown-land-trust.org/fern

Location link:  http://www.taprootcommons.org/

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Wildflower Pressing Workshop

Saturday, August 81-3pm

1461 Old Keene Road, Athol

Join artist Linda Ruel Flynn of Flora-Ly at Skyfields for a Wildflower Pressing Workshop.  Linda will teach how to select and press wildflowers to make memorable botanical collages.  After picking and pressing flowers on the 8th, we will reconvene at 6pm on Tuesday the 18th to arrange the flowers, creating a small collage for you to keep.  Free for members, $10 for non-members.

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FERC Scoping Hearings

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) has recently announced a schedule of upcoming scoping meetings for the Northeast Energy Direct Project.  Please find the details of these FERC-hosted meetings below and in the attached.  Thank you.

 

FERC Public Scoping Meetings
Date and Time Location Location
Tuesday, July 14, 20157:00 pm Towanda Jr./Sr. High School1 High School DriveTowanda, PA 18848(570) 265-2101 Birch Hill Catering1 Celebration WayCastleton-on-Hudson, NY 12033(518) 732-4444
Wednesday, July 15, 20156:30 pm VFW386 Main St.Great Bend, PA 18848(570) 879-4420 Birch Hill Catering1 Celebration WayCastleton-on-Hudson, NY 12033(518) 732-4444
Thursday, July 16, 20157:00 pm Foothills Performing Arts Center24 Market St.Oneonta, NY 13820(607) 431-2080 Days Inn160 Holiday WaySchoharie, NY 12157(518) 295-6088
Tuesday, July 28, 20157:00 pm Taconic High School96 Valentine RdPittsfield, MA 01201(413) 448-9600
Wednesday, July 29, 20156:30 pm Nashua Radisson11 Tara Blvd.Nashua, NH 03062(603) 888-9970 Greenfield Middle School141 Davis St.Greenfield, MA 01301(413) 772-1360
Thursday, July30, 20156:30 pm Milford Town HallTown Hall, One Union SquareMilford, NH 03055(603) 249-0600 Central Connecticut State University1615 Stanley St.New Britain, CT 06050(860) 832-3200
Tuesday, August 11, 20157:00 pm Dracut Senior High School1540 Lakeview Ave.Dracut, MA 01826(978)-957-1500
Wednesday, August 12, 20157:00 pm Lunenburg High School1079 Massachusetts Ave.Lunenburg, MA 01462(978) 582-4115

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5th Annual Berkshire East Wind Fest

Sunday, August 9th

Are you interested in learning more about the renewable energy in our backyard? Join Mass Energy and the Center for EcoTechnology at the 5th annual Berkshire East Wind Festival on Sunday, August 9th!

Get tickets now

You’ll enjoy lunch, electric vehicle demos thanks to the Sierra Club Massachusetts Chapter, and a chairlift ride up the mountain to see Berkshire East Mountain Resort’s 900kW wind turbine!

And that’s just the beginning! After the tour, you can participate in an optional zip-line adventure back down the mountain or a take a ride in the new mountain coaster.

What: The 5th Annual Berkshire East Wind Festival!

Where: Berkshire East Mountain Resort in Charlemont, MA

When: Sunday, August 9th at 12:00 PM

RSVP: Tickets start at just $5 (based on your choice of activities)! RSVP by August 2ndat:http://berkshireeast2015. eventbrite.com

Contact: Nicole at Mass Energy at (617) 524-3950 ext. 152 or NMichaud@massenergy.org

We hope to see you there! This event is open to the public but don’t forget to RSVP soon!

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NOFA 41st Annual Summer Conference

August 14-16

Have a passion for organic farming, backyard gardening and food justice? Join us at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst on August 14-16, 2015 for a weekend of workshops and fun, strengthening and transforming the food system and our communities! This year’s theme is “Healing the Climate, Healing Ourselves: Regeneration through Microbiology.”
A vibrant learning community
Choose from 144 workshops in eight 90-minute sessions. Our full schedule is online, with workshop listings by timeslot and category.

Workshops run from Friday afternoon to Sunday afternoon and cover a wide range of topics like nutrition, gardening, land access, crop production, cooperative economies, food politics, urban and international agriculture and much more.

Dig deep! Pre-conference intensives – Friday, August 14
  • Healing Your Body with the GAPS Nutritional Protocol (full day)
  • Creating Herbal Remedies for Digestive Wellness (half day)
  • Carbon Farming: Regenerative Agriculture for the Climate (half day)
  • Pastured Poultry: From Brooder to Bag (half day)
  • Becoming a Backyard Beekeeper (half day)
2015 keynote speakers are Dr. Natasha Campbell-McBride, medical doctor, nutritional consultant and developer of the GAPS Diet (Gut And Psychology Syndrome), and Ronnie Cummins, consumer activist and co-founder and International Director of the Organic Consumers Association (OCA).
Bring the kids
With conferences for children and teens, this family-friendly event has activities for all ages.
Logistics, lodging and registration

Budget friendly accommodations and registration options are offered, as are scholarships, work exchange opportunities, and discounts for groups of 5 or more.

Single day registrations, camping and dorms, organic meals and carpooling also available.
Energizing fun & restorative downtime

The conference has opportunities for play, inquiry, and experimenting with new skills in and out of the classroom. 

Participants enjoy connecting with other likeminded people, live music, dance, films, games, exhibitors, and our country fair.
Hope to see you in August!

 

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Paddle with a Purpose: Water Chestnut Pulls

Paddle with a Purpose:
Water Chestnut Pulls 

Water chestnut is an invasive plant that has the potential to spread and get out of control. It is wreaking havoc on native plants & animals and interfering with recreation on our rivers. We will be hand-pulling the plants and they pull up easily!

Join us for one or more of these pulling events. Details including location & how to register, can be found on our online event calendar.

July 18 
July 19 
July 22 
July 25 
August 8 
August 15 
August 22 

 

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Community Supported Agriculture: Sustaining Communities and Farmers

August 23rd 

Sunday, August 23: “Community Supported Agriculture (CSA): Sustaining Communities and Farmers”.
Bascom Lodge. 6pm. Free and Open to the Public.
Three local farms will participate in a conversation about Community Supported Agriculture (CSA): what it is, its history, and the economic framework behind supporting local agriculture and the local economy.
Each farm will discuss their individual approach to being a CSA, why they do it and its importance to them, both as newer farmers and as newer CSA farms, approximately 30 years after CSAs started evolving here in the U.S.
The participating farms are:
Trusted Roots Farm, East Chatham, NY (CSA – vegetables, herbs, flowers, eggs)
Farmers: Cameron Hastie and Blake Etchison.
Climbing Tree Farm, New Lebanon, NY (CSA – heritage pork, turkey, lamb) Farmers: Schuyler and Colby Gail.
Many Forks Farm, Clarksburg, MA (CSA – vegetables, herbs, flowers).
Farmer: Sharon Wyrrick.
For more information call: 413-743-1591 or go to the Bascom Lodge website:http://www.bascomlodge.net/1/Calendar.aspx
Bascom Lodge, atop Mount Greylock.

Bird Language Club

Flying Deer’s new Bird Language Club
meets for the first time on Tuesday!
Mark your calendar for upcoming dates.
american bird

When we understand the vocalizations of the birds, the daily unseen happenings and interconnections in nature become more visible to us. As our awareness expands and our disturbance lessens, the fox, hawk, and weasel hidden in the landscape are revealed.
In Flying Deer’s new Bird Language Club, we will practice listening to the birds, then document our experiences in a mapping and sharing exercise that helps us pull out the story of the day. As a group, we can greatly accelerate and deepen our awareness of the birds and our connection to the natural world.
Where:Project Native, 342 North Plain Rd. (Route 41), Housatonic, MA 01236
When: Tuesdays from 9:00 am to noon (note exceptions below)
  • July 7
  • July 28 – We meet from 3:00-6:00 pm this week!
  • August 4
  • August 18
  • Sept. 1
Suggested donation: $5 to $20
We will meet rain or shine! Come to as many meetings as you are able; no commitment required.
Kevin Bose, Flying Deer Nature Center instructor, is a graduate of the yearlong Regenerative Design and Nature Awareness Program, where he practiced this routine for a year with Jon Young, author of

What the Robin Knows and founder of the Wilderness Awareness School and the 8 Shields Institute.

Questions? Contact Kevin at kevin_bose@hotmail.com.
More opportunities to tune in to Bird Language:
Mass Audubon’s Pleasant Valley Wildlife Sanctuary offers morning bird walks and other birding activities year-round. Check the schedule for upcoming events.
Flying Deer Nature Center
5 Abode Road
New Lebanon, New York 12125

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Hilltown Families: Family Volunteer Day

The Food Bank of Western Massachusetts &
Hilltown Families present Family Volunteer Days!
  • Tuesday, July 14th6-8pmPotluck and Volunteer (Bring your favorite dish to share.) in Hatfield, MA.
  • Thursday, August 6th6-8pmPotluck and Volunteer (Bring your favorite dish to share.) in Hatfield, MA.
  • Saturday, September 12th, all day: Take Action Against Hunger (National Hunger Action  Month) in Hatfield, MA.
  • October: TBA
  • November: TBA
  • December: TBA

 

[Hatfield, MA] – Over the years, Hilltown Families has partnered with The Food Bank of Western Massachusetts in several ways, offering families in the region opportunities to engage in service-based learning while volunteering together as a family in support of food security in our region. Hilltown Families has organized a field trip and a couple of virtual food drives and shared with the community how they could organize their own field trips and food drives too. Hilltown Families has given the community a heads-up on youth volunteer opportunitiesservices for families during summer months, and resources to support child(ren)/student’s learning of hunger and food security, including Children’s Books on Food Security/Scarcity and Youth Against Hunger Education Curriculum.

One of the issues participants learned during Hilltown Families field trip was how difficult it can be for some families to have access to fresh organic fruits and vegetables. In response, Hilltown Families organized a station at the Hilltown Families Family Community Service Event to empowered families to learn how to grow an extra row of vegetables in their home gardens to harvest and donate to their local food pantries, and collaborated with local business and farms to offergleaning opportunities for families.

The Food Bank of Western Massachusetts &
Hilltown Families present Family Volunteer Days!

Families continue to seek out new ways to spend time together that supports values and learning, and volunteering as a family at The Food Bank of Western Massachusetts is great way to do just that! In partnership with Hilltown Families, families are invited to attend a series of monthly volunteer sessions where they will help sort food, take part in educational activities, and learn how to take actions to help fight hunger.

“Volunteering together teaches children positive values, like kindness, empathy and tolerance, and opens up channels of communication between parent and child,” says Sienna Wildfield, Hilltown Families Executive Director. “Engaging children in community service can increase their participation as future volunteers, helping to create more resilient and sustainable communities.”

By partnering with Hilltown Families, The Food Bank seeks to promote Family Volunteer Day’s and increase attendance at monthly events. A partnership with The Food Bank offers Hilltown Families new opportunities for our participating families to volunteer together with their community, engaged in service-based learning while supporting an important local cause! Together, both The Food Bank & Hilltown Families encourage families to volunteer together, discovering that they can truly make a difference!

Upcoming Family Volunteer Days in partnership with Hilltown Families:

  • Tuesday, July 14th6-8pmPotluck and Volunteer (Bring your favorite dish to share.) in Hatfield, MA.
  • Thursday, August 6th6-8pmPotluck and Volunteer (Bring your favorite dish to share.) in Hatfield, MA.
  • Saturday, September 12th, all day: Take Action Against Hunger (National Hunger Action  Month) in Hatfield, MA.
  • October: TBA
  • November: TBA
  • December: TBA

*Family Volunteer Days will be held approximately once a month on various days and times. Participation is free. Families may stay for all or some of the event. Days, times, and themes may be subject to change. Pre-registration is available for each month after the previous month’s Family Volunteer Day has concluded.  Space is limited and pre-registration is required.

To pre-register online, visit www.HilltownFamilies.org, or contact Molly at mollys@foodbankwma.org or by calling 413-247-9738 x135.

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Activities at Herbert Arboretum

At Springside Park, 874 North Street (RT 7)

Pittsfield, MA 01201 ~ www.hebertarboretum.org

Join Friends of the Arboretum for a meaningful stroll on one of our Nature Walks through Springside Park. And join us for our work parties where you can receive hands-on instruction in gardening and the care of trees and shrubs, as well as receive free trees and plants to take home.

July 11, Saturday, 11 AM – Garden & Tree Care Work Party

Aug 1, Saturday, 1 PM – Nature Walk

Aug 8, Saturday, 11 AM – Garden & Tree Care Work Party

Sept 12, Saturday, 1 PM – Nature Walk

Sept 19, Saturday, 11 AM – Garden & Tree Care Work Party

Oct 3, Saturday, 11 AM – Garden & Tree Care Work Party

Oct 10, Saturday, 1 PM – Nature Walk

Join us for a tour of the splendid colors of Autumn. If you love Springside Park we invite you to join us, The Vincent J. Hebert Arboretum at Springside Park for our General Meeting.

We’d like to hear from you and how you might like to participate in caring for this Jewel in the Heart of the Berkshires.

For Information: Elizabeth Kulas at 413-443-5348

In cooperation with The City of Pittsfield Parks Commission, Department of Community Development/Long Range Park Planning and Springside Park Conservancy, Inc.

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Pittsfield Tree Watch

Pittsfield Tree Watch meets the 2nd Thursday of every month at the Pittsfield Senior Center, 330 North Street, from 4-5:30 pm. Please come and learn more about what is happening to increase the number of trees in Pittsfield!

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Berkshire Conservation District Meeting

The Berkshire Conservation District holds open public meetings every third Tuesday of the month at 4pm at 78 Center Street, Room 206, Conte Federal Building in Pittsfield.
In cooperation with the USDA Natural Resource Conservation Service, the district provides technical assistance to landowners in the conservation and management of natural resources throughout the county. The district is a sponsor of the state-wide Massachusetts Envirothon and provides scholarships to Berkshire Community College and UMASS students. The district is governed by seven supervisors who serve for three year terms. The current slate of supervisors are: Robert Lear, Chairman Tony Boyer, Vice-Chair Kevin Zimmer, Treasurer Dave Jurczak, Dennis Mareb Ned Kirchner, Bill Florek The public are welcome to attend monthly meetings. For more information please call the office at (413) 443-1776 or visit the website: www.berkshireconservation.org

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Green Drinks Hudson

Please join us for our inaugural Green Drinks!Green Drinks is a monthly international event for people interested in conservation, sustainability and meeting new people who share a common interest.Columbia Land Conservancy will be hosting this fun event on the third Tuesday of the month at Helsinki Hudson.  Please pass along to anyone who might be interested! Every third Tuesday of the month 

Time: 5:30 PM

Where: Helsinki Hudson, 405 Columbia Street, Hudson, NY

For more information: email Heidi at heidi@clctrust.org or go to www.clctrust.org or www.Greendrinks.org

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Green Drinks-Great Barrington

*new location* The Prairie Whale, 178 Main Street in GB

As usual, there will be free copies of the current issue of Orion available for your enjoyment.
GreenDrinks GB happens every first Thursday of the month.
What exactly is Green Drinks? It’s a monthly social event hosted by the folks who create Orion magazine for people like you and I interested in everything from environmental education to local agriculture, the arts, green business & design, and the ways all of these intersect. We usually have up to 50 folks from around the area stop by.
So grab a friend or two and bring them down to share what you’re working on (green or not) and meet others active in the community.And please forward this on to your friends & contacts…the more the merrier.

*new location* The Prairie Whale, 178 Main Street in GB: this is across the street from Orion‘s office, and also across from Rite Aid, if you know these landmarks (renovations at our usual location, Route 7 Grill, are continuing this month). The Prairie Whale is a great new spot in town that offers a great full bar and a wide ranging menu that often features local produce.

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GREEN NIGHT

Don’t miss our monthly Green Night information and networking event on the first Wednesday of the Month in the Clarion Hotel, Northampton.

 

 

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Springfield, MA Green Drinks

Theodores’ Blues Booze & BBQ in Springfield, Massachusetts

Who We Are Green Drinks Springfield is the local Springfield, MA meetup for citzens, professionals, and public servants interested in sustainability, renewable energy, all things “green,” the environment, and the new Green Movement. Whether a seasoned professional in a green business or just curious to find out what the buzz is about you are welcome! Green Drinks is an agenda-less, non-dues-paying open social event. Come and find out more!

Where You Can Find Us Online:

www.greendrinks.info

www.facebook.com/GreenDrinksSpringfield

www.linkedin.com/groups/Green-Drinks-Springfield-MA

Occurs the 1st Thursday of every Month, 5:30-7:30 at Theodores’ Blues Booze & BBQ in Springfield, Massachusetts

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Pittsfield Green Drinks

– a gathering of people interested in conservation and environmental issues – all welcome – every 3rd Tuesday of the month – graciously hosted by J Allens Clubhouse Grill 41 North St, Pittsfield, MA 01201

Tuesday July 21st
starting at 5:15 pm
sponsored by Berkshire Environmental Action Team (BEAT)

Hosted by: J Allens Clubhouse Grill, 41 North St, Pittsfield, MA 01201

Please join us starting at 5:15 pm for networking and lively conversation on all things “green”. June’s presenter is BEAT’s very own Elia Del Molino. Elia will talk about his alter-ego’s life as the Trails Coordinator of Greenagers. 

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

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

For more information about Pittsfield Green Drinks, contact Elia Del Molino at BEAT (elia@thebeatnews.org or 413-230-7321).

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Athol Bird & Nature Club Field Trips & Meetings 2014

www.atholbirdclub.org

Unless otherwise noted, programs meet at the Millers River Environmental Center, 100 Main Street, Athol.If weather is questionable on a field trip day, please call the trip leader at least an hour before the scheduled meeting time.
Expanded Center hours: Tuesdays 9:30 to 1:30 and 4:30 to 7:30,  Wednesdays 9:30 to 1:30 and Thursdays 4:30 to 7:30Welcome to our new members and thanks to the over 212 supporters who have already joined or renewed their memberships. If you haven’t already renewed your membership you may use the  Online ABNC membership Form or the printable membership form and make check payable to ABNC and mail to us at 100 Main Street Athol Ma 01331

Dating back to the turn of the century, when some progressive bird lovers suggested counting live birds instead of shooting them as part of a Christmas tradition, National Audubon Society’s Christmas Bird Counts take place all over our hemisphere. Participants identify and count all birds seen, and data is collected at a wrap-up pot-luck at the end of the day.

Helpers at all levels of experience welcome! Contact hubbardstonnatureclub@yahoo.com if you would like to take part on foot, by car, or by counting birds at your birdfeeder.

11 French Drive Boylston, MA http://www.towerhillbg.org

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Berkshire Museum Adventures

About the exhibition

About the Berkshire Museum

Located in downtown Pittsfield, Massachusetts, at 39 South St., the Berkshire Museum, a Smithsonian Affiliate, is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday, and noon to 5 p.m. on Sunday. Admission is $13 adult, $6 child; Museum members and children age 3 and under enjoy free admission. For more information, visitwww.berkshiremuseum.org or call 413.443.7171.

In association with the Smithsonian since 2013, Berkshire Museum is part of a select group of museums, cultural, educational, and arts organizations that share the Smithsonian’s resources with the nation.

Established by Zenas Crane in 1903, Berkshire Museum integrates art, history, and natural science in a wide range of programs and exhibitions that inspire educational connections between the disciplines. Festival of Trees 2014: On Safariis on view through January 4, 2015. Objectify: A Look into the Permanent Collection is currently on view. Little Cinema is open year-round. Spark!Lab, Feigenbaum Hall of Innovation, Worlds in Miniature, Aquarium, and other exhibits are ongoing.

Fridays, 11 a.m. Explore the aquarium plus three more galleries! Each week will feature a different experience: songs, stories, scavenger hunts, play time, and more. Program geared towards children 18 months to 3 years. Older and younger siblings are always welcome! Free with Museum admission.
Chow Time

Saturdays, 12:30 p.m. Join our staff in the aquarium for an interactive look at what it takes to feed some of Berkshire Museum’s most interesting residents. With your help we’ll prepare some heaping salads for some of our largest reptiles as we discuss what the aquarium animals eat here in the Museum and what they would find in the wild. Free with Museum admission.

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350 Berkshire Node: Monthly Meeting


Please join 350Mass Berkshire Node for our monthly meeting on Wednesday, July 15, 2015, at the UU Church, 175 Wendell Ave. in Pittsfield. Potluck refreshments at 5:30pm, meeting from 6-8pm.  At the meeting, you will participate in a legislative action around the fact that the MA Dept. of Public Utilities has denied citizen groups and their legal representatives intervenor status in regard to the proposed Northeast Energy Direct Pipeline. Denying citizens and their lawyers the opportunity to seek documents and submit testimonies on our behalf infringes on our rights and reduces our likelihood of stopping the pipeline. Learn more here. We will also hear an update on the pipeline opposition campaign. Every month our meetings offer an opportunity for Berkshire residents to get involved with the growing climate change movement.

For additional information, please visit our website: http://350ma-berkshires.org.

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BNRC Hikes

Go On Your Own!
Not everyone likes hiking with a group. If you want to go on your own, visit South Yokun Ridge!

For more information, click on the name of the hike, go to BNRC.net/events, or email mleavitt@bnrc.net.

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