Slideshow Featured Content

  • Hen Turkey

    Help Count Turkeys

    Got turkey families in the neighborhood? Help us count turkey groups containing hens and their young poults (broods) this summer (June – August)

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    Massachusetts Wildlife magazine

    Massachusetts Wildlife magazine features award-winning photos and articles on the environment, conservation, fishing, hunting, natural history, and more.

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  • Turtle Xing Harvard

    Turtle Crossing

    It’s egg laying time and turtles are found crossing roads and in backyards. Check out our turtle tips to help these ancient creatures survive now and into the future. 

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  • Fawn curl

    If you care, leave them there!

    Remember this if you come across young wildlife this spring.

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  • bear feeder

    Please Don’t Feed Bears!

    It’s time to take birdfeeders down. Eliminating food is the first step in preventing conflicts with bears and other wildlife.

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Seasonal Highlights

  • 2014-15 Migratory Game Bird Regulations Available Now pdf format of 2014-15 Waterfowl ABS
– Bag limits and hunting seasions for migratory game birds (woodcock, ducks, geese, snipe, coot, and rails), plus waterfowl hunting zones.

  • Antlerless Deer Permit Instant Award Period begins August 1st – Log into the MassFishHunt system to try to win a permit. This is NOT a first-come first-served system; hunters can try to win a permit any time between August 1st and December 31st. View detailed Antlerless Deer Permit instructions and 2014 Permit allocations and chances of winning pdf format of 2014 ADP Allocations and Chances of Winning
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  • Sharks, Moths, and Arches, Oh My! –White shark research, moth identification and survey techniques, and historic arched stone railroad bridges on a state wildlife management area are featured in the #2 issue of Massachusetts Wildlife magazine . To subscribe, email mass.wildlife@state.ma.us, provide your name, mailing address, and subscription desired ($10/2 years, $6/1 year). We will bill you and send you this particular issue!

  • Report Summer Fish Kills! – With the onset of summer weather, lakes and ponds are warming up and in some bodies of water, you may discover a number of dead and dying fish. This can be a distressing event and can trigger concerns about pollution.  In many cases, the situation could be a “natural” cause of low oxygen, but to be sure, tell us what you found as soon as possible!  For information on who to contact when you discover a number of dead fish, visit When You Find a Fish Kill web page.