Check this page for information on the latest news, seasonal happenings, and events at the Massachusetts Division of Fisheries and Wildlife (MassWildlife).
FREE FISHING WEEKEND JUNE 1 & 2
Go fishing for free in Massachusetts on lakes, ponds, rivers, streams or the ocean during the statewide Free Fishing Weekend of June 1 & 2, 2013. No licenses or permits are required on these dates. Fishing offers family and friends a great way to spend time together and create fun memories that will last a lifetime. Don't know how to fish? Consider attending fishing festivals or other free fishing-related events sponsored by MassWildlife's Angler Education Program this month and into the summer!
NEW FALCON CAM GOES LIVE AT UMASS/AMHERST
A new and improved Falcon Cam (HD resolution) has been installed by UMass Facilities Planning at the W. E. B. Du Bois Library on the University's flagship campus. The camera offers a "birds-eye" view of a pair of nesting falcons in a nest box perched on the 26-story building. It's a great opportunity to watch the nesting cycle. Enjoy the show!
ONLINE GAME CHECK AVAILABLE DURING SPRING TURKEY SEASON
Wild turkey hunting season opened in Massachusetts on April 29, concluding on May 25, 2013. The 2013 spring turkey season marks the first time game can be checked in online instead of at a physical game check station! More information about checking your turkey online can be found in the 2013 Guide to Hunting, Fishing and Trapping on pages 8-11 or at the e-regulations web link.
Turkey hunters will still have the option of bringing their bird to
a traditional game check station. Updated
list of game check stations.
PLEASE DON'T FEED THE BEARS!
If you feed birds and live in northern Middlesex County, Worcester County, or western Massachusetts or other areas where bears have been spotted, it's time to remove bird feeders as black bears are beginning to emerge from hibernation. Warm temperatures and longer day length are already encouraging adult male bears to leave their winter dens and seek food. In many cases, bears will ignore natural foods such as skunk cabbage and instead head to the nearest birdfeeder for a good meal. To avoid this problem, the Division of Fisheries and Wildlife (DFW) is asking that property owners be proactive by removing bird feeders and other potential foods promptly and taking other preventative measures. "If food such as bird seed, pet food, unsecured trash or dumpsters are easy for bears to find, conflicts can occur that pose hazards to both bears and people." says Laura Conlee, DFW Wildlife Biologist. Removing bird feeders will not create a problem for birds as feeding stations are a supplement to the natural foods available throughout the winter. Tips on Preventing Bear Problems
MASSWILDLIFE'S FIELD HEADQUARTERS MOVED TO A TEMPORARY HOME IN WEST BOYLSTON
As of September 10, 2012, the Division of Fisheries & Wildlife Field Headquarters staff located to temporary office space for approximately two years at 100 Hartwell Street, Suite 230, West Boylston, MA, 01583 while a new Field Headquarters building is constructed at the existing site. Contact phone numbers and emails for Field Headquarters staff have not changed.
Hunters, hikers, and other users of the Westborough Wildlife Management Area cannot access the WMA from the old Field HQ hill as it is an active construction site. The parking lot located off Milk Street (Rte. 135) has been enlarged and improved for access. Access is also still available from the Fisherman's Access off Oak Street and the access point at Little Chauncy Pond on Lyman Street, both in Westborough.