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February 2016

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February 4 & 9: Basic Freshwater Fly Tying Course, Westborough – This course is in cooperation with the Charlton Conservation Department at the MassWildlife Field Headquarters (1 Rabbit Hill Road, Westborough) from 7:00 P.M. – 9:00 P.M. This is a free, two-session course for beginning fly tyers only. Participation is mandatory for both sessions. All tools and tying materials provided. *Open to the public, minimum age is 15. Pre-registration is mandatory. Please contact Jim Lagacy to pre-register at 508-389-6309 or jim.lagacy@state.ma.us

February 6: Buffumville Lake Ice Fishing Festival, Charlton CANCELLED DUE TO POOR ICE CONDITIONS– This festival is in cooperation with the US Army Corps of Engineers Buffumville Lake and the Charlton Conservation Department from 10:00 A.M. to 2:00 P.M. at the north cove picnic area off of Oxford Road in Charlton. This is a free, non-competitive, family friendly, learn to ice fish event. Bring your ice fishing equipment, or borrow ours- limited equipment and bait will be provided. *PLEASE NOTE: This event will only be held if there are 6 inches or more of safe ice. If the forecast is for rain or snow, the event will be cancelled. Please contact Jim Lagacy or Todd Girard at the phone numbers listed below by Thursday, February 4th for event go/no go information. *Open to the public- contact Todd Girard at 508-248-2247 or todd.girard@townofcharlton.net, or Jim Lagacy at 508-389-6309 or jim.lagacy@state.ma.us, or the USACE Buffumville Lake at 978-318-8411.

February 11: Natural Heritage and Endangered Species Advisory Committee Meeting, Westborough – The meeting will take place at the Division of Fisheries and Wildlife Field Headquarters Office located at 1 Rabbit Hill Road in Westborough from 1:30- 4:30 P.M. in the Southwest Meeting Room, Room #103. Please note: If you have a disability or medical condition and would like to request special accommodations, please contact Susan Sacco at 508-389-6342.

February 15: Entry Deadline for Junior Duck Stamp Contest – The JDS program links the study of wetlands and waterfowl conservation with the creation of original artwork. Students in grades K-12 learn about the habitat requirements of various kinds of ducks and geese and then express their knowledge of the beauty, diversity, and interdependence of these species artistically, by creating a drawing or painting and submitting it to the JDS art contest. The art is judged in four age group categories in a statewide competition; the entry judged Best of Show moves on to represent Massachusetts in the national JDS competition. Art teachers, science teachers, and parents who home-school can visit our website for an information packet and entry information.

February 18: Wildlife Journey in Time: The History of Wildlife in Massachusetts, Westborough  – Join us on a time travel trip that will focus on the history of wildlife in Massachusetts starting from early settlement through the present. MassWildlife’s Marion Larson will explain how changes in the landscape changed wildlife populations and people from the colonial era through the present. You’ll learn why the Division of Fisheries and Wildlife was created and how the agency’s role in fish and wildlife conservation has changed with the times. Speculate on the future of fish and wildlife and how you can play a part in it. The talk begins at 7:00 P.M. at the new energy efficient MassWildlife Field Headquarters building at 1 Rabbit Hill Road in Westborough. The talk is free and open to the public. Call 508-389-6300 for more information. This event is part of the Conservation Connections: MassWildlife150 Speaker Series. The speaker series is part of MassWildlife's 150th Anniversary events in 2016.

February 19 - 21: Angler Education Program and MassWildlife Display at the Springfield Sportsmen’s Show, Springfield – Join us at the Springfield Sportsmen’s Show at the Big “E” Fairgrounds in West Springfield. *Open to the public. Please contact Jim Lagacy for more information at 508-389-6309 or jim.lagacy@state.ma.us

February 23: Timber Rattlesnake Meeting, Orange – The Division of Fisheries and Wildlife invites the public to an informational meeting about our plan to establish a small population of endangered rattlesnakes at the Quabbin Reservoir. The meeting will be held on Tuesday, February 23, 2016, at 7:00 P.M. at the R.C. Mahar Regional High School, 507 South Main Street (Rte 122) in Orange.
The Timber Rattlesnake is listed as an Endangered Species in Massachusetts and has experienced the greatest modern decline of any native reptile. As part of an overall conservation strategy, MassWildlife is planning to establish a small number of rattlesnakes on Mount Zion, a large island closed to the public at the Quabbin Reservoir in central Massachusetts. Click here to learn more about the Plan.

February 25: Fisheries and Wildlife Board Meeting, Westborough – The February meeting of the Fisheries and Wildlife Board will be held on Thursday, February 25, 2016, at 1:00 P.M., at the Division of Fisheries and Wildlife’s Field Headquarters, Richard Cronin Building, 1 Rabbit Hill Road, off North Drive, Westborough, Massachusetts. Please note: If you have a disability or medical condition and would like to request special accommodations, please contact Susan Sacco at 508-389-6342

February 25 & March 1: Basic Freshwater Fly Tying Course, Charlton – This course is in cooperation with the Charlton Conservation Department at the Fay Mountain Farm (12 Cemetery Road, Charlton) from 7:00 P.M. – 9:00 P.M. This is a free, two-session course for beginning fly tyers only. Participation is mandatory for both sessions. All tools and tying materials provided. *Open to the public, minimum age is 15. Pre-registration is mandatory. Please contact Todd Girard to pre-register at 508-248-2247 or todd.girard@townofcharlton.net  


March 2016

February 25 & March 1: Basic Freshwater Fly Tying Course, Charlton – This course is in cooperation with the Charlton Conservation Department at the Fay Mountain Farm (12 Cemetery Road, Charlton) from 7:00 P.M. – 9:00 P.M. This is a free, two-session course for beginning fly tyers only. Participation is mandatory for both sessions. All tools and tying materials provided. *Open to the public, minimum age is 15. Pre-registration is mandatory. Please contact Todd Girard to pre-register at 508-248-2247 or todd.girard@townofcharlton.net  

March 1: Amphibian and Vernal Pool Conservation Needs You, Westborough – Come the first warm, rainy nights in spring, large numbers of salamanders emerge from their underground burrows and migrate to vernal pools to breed. The elusive Eastern Spadefoot might emerge, if weather and groundwater conditions are just right. Learn about vernal pool ecology and about ongoing amphibian conservation projects from Matthew Burne of the Vernal Pool Association and Jacob Kubel of MassWildlife. This is the perfect introduction for those who want to get involved and contribute to monitoring projects this spring and summer. The talk begins at 7:00 P.M. at the new MassWildlife Field Headquarters building, 1 Rabbit Hill Road in Westborough. Talks are free and open to the public. This event is part of the Conservation Connections: MassWildlife150 Speaker Series. The speaker series is part of MassWildlife's 150th Anniversary events in 2016.

March 9: Growing Up WILD Professional Development Workshop, Needham – Pre-school educators are invited to this fun, hands-on, 6-hour workshop that focuses on early childhood education. The Growing Up WILD Activity Guide builds on a children's sense of wonder about nature and invites them to explore wildlife and the world around them. Through a wide range of activities and experiences, it provides a foundation for developing positive impressions about nature while also building lifelong social and cognitive skills. Carter Center for Children, 800 Highland Ave,. Needham. Please click here for more information about this workshop. Please contact Lauren Alves at office@cartercenterforchildren.com or (781) 449-4771. Registration deadline is March 2, 2016.

March 10: Natural Heritage and Endangered Species Advisory Committee Meeting, Westborough – The meeting will take place at the Division of Fisheries and Wildlife Field Headquarters Office located at 1 Rabbit Hill Road in Westborough from 1:30 - 4:30 P.M. in the Southwest Meeting Room, Room #103. Please note: If you have a disability or medical condition and would like to request special accommodations, please contact Susan Sacco at 508-389-6342.

March 11: Growing Up WILD Professional Development Workshop, Bedford – Pre-school educators are invited to this fun, hands-on, 6-hour workshop that focuses on early childhood education. The Growing Up WILD Activity Guide builds on a children's sense of wonder about nature and invites them to explore wildlife and the world around them. Through a wide range of activities and experiences, it provides a foundation for developing positive impressions about nature while also building lifelong social and cognitive skills. EDCO Collaborative, 36 Middlesex Turnpike, Bedford. Click here for more information about this workshop. Please contact Dana Mullaley at dmullaley@edcollab.org. Registration deadline is February 26, 2016.

March 12: Pioneer Valley Ecological Management and Research Symposium, Easthampton – This symposium will feature presentations about research and ecological management that is occurring in the Pioneer Valley. MassWildlife Habitat Biologist Brian Hawthorne will be giving a presentation entitled, "Habitat and species results after 17 years of ecological management in inland pitch pine-oak sandplain communities" and discuss the pitch pine/ scrub oak habitat restoration at the Montague Plains Wildlife Management Area. The symposium is located at the Arcardia Wildlife Sanctuary in Easthampton from 9AM- 2PM. This event is open to the public, but space is limited so please register in advance. Click here for more information and to register.

March 12: Project WILD: Mammals in Winter Professional Development Workshop, Northfield – Receive training in this award winning, interdisciplinary nationally recognized program! It is one of the most widely-used conservation and environmental education programs among educators of students in kindergarten through high school. This workshop will emphasize activities that teach about a variety of Massachusetts mammals and winter ecology. Through the use of balanced curriculum materials and professional training workshops, Project WILD accomplishes its goal of developing awareness, knowledge, skills and commitment. Workshop participants will receive a copy of the guide and a certificate of completion. This hands-on workshop has applications for school teachers, scout leaders, camp counselors, nature center staff, home educators, after care teachers, etc. Click here for more information about this workshop. To register please contact Kim Noyes at kim.noyes@gdfsuezna.com or (413) 659-4462. Registration deadline is March 4, 2016.

March 16 - 20: MassWildlife Display at the Boston Flower and Garden Show, Boston – Learn from MassWildlife staff about the wildlife in your backyard and hear what MassWildlife is doing to protect and conserve wildlife habitat in the state. MassWildlife staff will be available to answer your fish and wildlife questions and provide information about outdoor recreation opportunities in Massachusetts. The Boston Flower and Garden Show is at the Seaport World Trade Center in Boston. For more information, please click here.

March 17 & 22: Basic Freshwater Fly Tying Course, Charlton – This course is in cooperation with the Charlton Conservation Department at the Fay Mountain Farm (12 Cemetery Road, Charlton) from 7:00 P.M. – 9:00 P.M. This is a free, two-session course for beginning fly tyers only. Participation is mandatory for both sessions. All tools and tying materials provided. *Open to the public, minimum age is 15. Pre-registration is mandatory. Please contact Todd Girard to pre-register at 508-248-2247 or todd.girard@townofcharlton.net  

March 19: Growing Up WILD Professional Development Workshop, Boylston – Pre-school educators are invited to this fun, hands-on, 6-hour workshop that focuses on early childhood education. The Growing Up WILD Activity Guide builds on a children's sense of wonder about nature and invites them to explore wildlife and the world around them. Through a wide range of activities and experiences, it provides a foundation for developing positive impressions about nature while also building lifelong social and cognitive skills. Summer Star Wildlife Sanctuary, 690 Linden Street, Boylston. Click here for more information about this workshop. Please contact Pam Landry at pam.landry@state.ma.us or (508) 389-6310. Registration deadline is March 5, 2016.

March 21: Angler Education Program Display at the Western Massachusetts Fly Fishermen’s Spring Exposition, Ludlow – Join us at the Western Massachusetts Fly Fishermen’s Spring Expo! This event is in cooperation with the Ludlow Elks from 6:00 P.M. - 9:00 P.M. *Open to the public. Please contact Bill Rose for more information at 413-737-0281.

March 23: "Moose in Massachusetts" Talk, Amherst  – Join MassWildlife Connecticut Valley District Manager, Ralph Taylor, for a presentation about moose in Massachusetts. You may have heard about the challenges facing moose populations in northern New England - warming winters, brain worm, winter tick... We have all these challenges here, also, but they don't seem to be impacting our local moose in the same ways. Hear from Ralph as he describes the current moose situation in Massachusetts. This event will take place at the Hitchcock Center from 7PM-8:30PM on 525 South Pleasant Street in Amherst. This event is open to the public, but donations and registration are appreciated. Click here to learn more.


April 2016

April 2: Growing Up WILD Professional Development Workshop, Huntington – Pre-school educators are invited to this fun, hands-on, 6-hour workshop that focuses on early childhood education. The Growing Up WILD Activity Guide builds on a children's sense of wonder about nature and invites them to explore wildlife and the world around them. Through a wide range of activities and experiences, it provides a foundation for developing positive impressions about nature while also building lifelong social and cognitive skills. The Big Backyard Pre-School, 94 County Road, Huntington. Click here for more information about this workshop. Please contact Kathleen Mahoney at kmbass@comcast.net or (413) 667-0232. Registration deadline is March 25, 2016.

April 14: Linking Landscapes for Massachusetts Wildlife: Citizen Science and Road Ecology can Benefit Wildlife and Motorists – How can reporting roadkill help turtles and other wildlife, and keep motorists safe? MassWildlife’s David Paulson and DOT’s Tim Dexter will tell you as they discuss the mission of the Linking Landscapes program, a long-term and multifaceted effort to minimize the impact of existing roads on wildlife, while improving highway safety. Also learn the basics of turtle identification and how to conduct and submit your own surveys. The talk begins at 7:00 P.M. at the new MassWildlife Field Headquarters building, 1 Rabbit Hill Road in Westborough. Talks are free and open to the public. This event is part of the Conservation Connections: MassWildlife150 Speaker Series. The speaker series is part of MassWildlife's 150th Anniversary events in 2016.

April 14: Natural Heritage and Endangered Species Advisory Committee Meeting, Westborough – The meeting will take place at the Division of Fisheries and Wildlife Field Headquarters Office located at 1 Rabbit Hill Road in Westborough from 1:30 - 4:30 P.M. in the Southwest Meeting Room, Room #103. Please note: If you have a disability or medical condition and would like to request special accommodations, please contact Susan Sacco at 508-389-6342.


May 2016

May 1: Brookline Reservoir Family Fishing Festival, Brookline – This event is in cooperation with the Brookline Recreation Department at the Brookline Reservoir (located along Rte. 9 between Lee and Warren Streets in Brookline), 9:00 A.M. – 12:00 P.M. This a free, non-competitive, family friendly, learn to fish event. Bring your fishing equipment, or borrow ours- limited equipment and bait will be provided. *Open to the public. Please contact Stephanie Springer at sspringer@brooklinema.gov or Jim Lagacy at jim.lagacy@state.ma.us or 508-389-6309 for more information.

May 7: Needham Recreation Family Fishing Festival, Needham – This event is in cooperation with the Needham Park and Recreation Commission at the Needham Reservoir (470 Dedham Avenue in Needham) from 9:00 A.M. – 12:00 P.M. This a free, non-competitive, family friendly, learn to fish event. Bring your  fishing equipment, or borrow ours- limited equipment and bait will be provided. *Open to the public. Please contact the Needham Park and Recreation Commission at 781-455-7550 for more information.

May 7: Snows Pond Family Fishing Festival, Charlton – This event is in cooperation with the Charlton Conservation Department at the Fay Mountain Farm (12 Cemetery Road, Charlton) from 10:00 A.M. – 2:00 P.M. This a free, non-competitive, family friendly, learn to fish event. Bring your fishing equipment, or borrow ours- limited equipment and bait will be provided. *Open to the public. Please contact Todd Girard for more information at 508-248-2247 or todd.girard@townofcharlton.net  

May 7: Aquatic WILD, Sharon – Receive training in this award winning, interdisciplinary nationally recognized program! It is one of the most widely-used conservation and environmental education programs among educators of students in kindergarten through high school. This workshop will emphasize aquatic wildlife because of their intrinsic, ecological value, as well as their role in teaching how ecosystems function. Through the use of balanced curriculum materials and professional training workshops, Project WILD accomplishes its goal of developing awareness, knowledge, skills and commitment. The Aquatic guide includes field investigation activities, in Step with STEM activity extensions, ‘working for wildlife’, WILD work career components, activities in fish conservation and angling, outdoor components, and much more! Workshop participants will receive a copy of the guide and a certificate of completion. This hands-on workshop has applications for school teachers, scout leaders, camp counselors, nature center staff, home educators, after care teachers, etc. Click here for more information about this workshop. To register please contact moosehill@massaudubon.org or (781) 784-5691. Registration deadline April 23, 2016.

May 12: Natural Heritage and Endangered Species Advisory Committee Meeting, Westborough – The meeting will take place at the Division of Fisheries and Wildlife Field Headquarters Office located at 1 Rabbit Hill Road in Westborough from 1:30 - 4:30 P.M. in the Southwest Meeting Room, Room #103. Please note: If you have a disability or medical condition and would like to request special accommodations, please contact Susan Sacco at 508-389-6342.

May 15: Whitman’s Pond Family Fishing Festival, Weymouth – This event is in cooperation with the Whitman’s Pond Association in Whitman’s Pond in Weymouth (boat launch area off of Middle St.) from 10:00 A.M. – 1:00 P.M. This a free, non-competitive, family friendly, learn to fish event. Bring your own fishing equipment, or borrow ours- limited equipment and bait will be provided. *Open to the public. Please contact Jim Lagacy at jim.lagacy@state.ma.us or 508-389-6309 for more information.

May 19     Bird Conservation at MassWildlife, Westborough Andrew Vitz, MassWildlife’s State Ornithologist, will discuss the many ways MassWildlife is promoting bird conservation across the Commonwealth. Topics will include the return of Bald Eagles and Peregrine Falcons, Piping Plover and Roseate Tern conservation, grassland and shrubland bird management, and what is being done to support nesting Common Loons and American Kestrels. Also learn how to contribute to bird conservation through a number of citizen science activities. The talk begins at 7:00 P.M. at the new MassWildlife Field Headquarters building, 1 Rabbit Hill Road in Westborough. Talks are free and open to the public. This event is part of the Conservation Connections: MassWildlife150 Speaker Series. The speaker series is part of MassWildlife's 150th Anniversary events in 2016.

May 21: Disabled American Veterans Fishing Festival, Marlborough – This event is in cooperation with the Marlboro Fish and Game Club at the Marlboro Fish and Game Club (1 Muddy Lane, Marlborough) from 10:00 A.M. – 2:00 P.M. *This fishing event is open to disabled veterans only. Please contact Jim Lagacy at jim.lagacy@state.ma.us or 508-389-6309 for more information.

May 21     Birding walk, Bolton Flats Wildlife Management Area, Bolton/Lancaster – Join MassWildilfe’s State Ornithologist, Andrew Vitz, for a walk through the grassland, wetland, and forested habitats of Bolton Flats that are home to a variety of birds including the state-listed Grasshopper Sparrow and Vesper Sparrow. During spring migration you can also expect to see or hear many other forest songbirds, grassland birds, and wetland birds. Check the Mass.gov/dfw/Conservation-Connections for meeting time and location. 


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