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August 2016

 Read the August MassWildlife Monthly Newsletter

2016 Fishing, Hunting, & Tapping Season Dates
 

August 1-12: The Art and Science of Creating a Junior Duck Stamp Design, Westborough – This is a series of six classes (Monday/Wednesday/Friday) to prepare students in grades 4-6 to enter the 2017 Junior Duck Stamp Competition. This series will explore the fascinating world of waterfowl by combining art, research, conservation, science, and writing. To learn more about JDS, please click here. For more information about this course and to pre-register, please click here.

August 4: Prescribed Fire: Maintaining and Restoring Wildlife Habitat throughout Massachusetts, Westborough – Did you know that many rare plants and animals in Massachusetts rely on periodic fire to thrive? Join Caren Caljouw, member of MassWildlife’s prescribed fire team, to learn how these special fire-adapted communities are being restored on public lands like Inland Barrens in central Massachusetts and Sandplain Grasslands on the Cape. Also, find out how members of the public are helping catalogue these fire-adapted habitats. 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.

August 13: Billerica Dog Days Family Fishing Day, Billerica – This event is in cooperation with the Billerica Recreation Department at Nuttings Lake in Billerica, 9:00 A.M. – 12:00 P.M. This is 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. For more information, contact Sandra Libby at (978) 671-0921 or slibby@town.billerica.ma.us

August 13: Fishing Clinic, Goshen – This event is in cooperation with the Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation at Upper Highland Lake in  DAR State Forest (78 Cape Street, Goshen, MA 01032) from 9:00 A.M. – 12:00 P.M. This is 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. For more information, contact Jim Lagacy at jim.lagacy@state.ma.us or (508) 389-6309.

August 13: Family Fishing Derby, Carver – This event is in cooperation with Our Lady of Lourdes (OLOL) Parish at Sampson's Pond in Carver on Lakeview Drive from 7:00 A.M. – 11:00 A.M. The Angler Education Program is providing fishing education handouts and equipment. This is a free, family friendly, fishing event for kids ages 4-10. Bring your fishing equipment, as limited equipment and bait will be provided. *Open to the public. Pre-registration is required. To register, call the OLOL office at (508) 866-4000 by August 1. 

August 19–28: MassWildlife at the Marshfield Fair – Visit the MassWildlife exhibit while you enjoy the Marshfield Fair. Learn about some of the common wildlife living in your neighborhood and get your wildlife and outdoor recreation questions answered by MassWildlife staff. Click here for more information about the Marshfield Fair.

August 22: Explore Youth Archery, Gardner – As part of Youth Outdoors Week, young people and families are invited to join MassWildlife staff and try their skills with bows and arrows at Dunn Pond State Park (289 Pearl Street, Gardner). This free event will run from 2 – 4PM. All equipment will be provided and is designed for kids 10 years old and up. MassWildlife staff will provide instruction. For more information, contact Astrid Huseby at astrid.huseby@state.ma.us.

August 23: Take a Youth Fishing, Pittsfield – In celebrating Youth Outdoors Week, MassWildlife is hosting a free, family-friendly, learn to fish event for anglers with little or no experience at Burbank Park Fishing Pier on Lake Onotoa from 12:00 P.M. – 2:00 P.M. Bring your fishing equipment, or borrow ours - equipment and bait will be provided. Bait a hook, cast a line and maybe you’ll catch a fish! MassWildlife staff will be on hand to provide instruction. For more information, contact Jim Lagacy at jim.lagacy@state.ma.us

August 23: Fisheries and Wildlife Board Meeting, Westborough – The August meeting of the Fisheries and Wildlife Board will be held on Tuesday, August 23, 2016, at 11:00 A.M., at the Massachusetts Division of Fisheries and Wildlife Field Headquarters (1 Rabbit Hill Road, Westborough). 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.


September 2016

September 7 & 14: Adult “Learn To Fish” Class, Longmeadow – These classes are in cooperation with the Longmeadow Recreation Department at 231 Maple Road, Longmeadow from 5:30 P.M. to 7:30 P.M. This is a two session adult only “learn to fish” course designed for beginners. *This event is open to the public, minimum age is 18, and pre-registration is required – contact Bari Jarvis at bjarvis@longmeadow.org or (413) 565-4160.

September 8: 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.

September 8 & 15: Adult “Learn To Fish” Class, Billerica – This class is in cooperation with the Billerica Recreation at Billerica Recreation - 248 Boston Rd. Billerica from 5:30 P.M. to 7:30 P.M. This is a two session adult only “learn to fish” course designed for beginners. *This event is open to the public, minimum age is 18, and pre-registration is required – contact Donna Hansen at dhansen@town.billerica.ma.us or call 978-671-0921.

September 10: Harold Parker State Forest Family Fishing Festival, Andover – This festival is at Sudden Pond in the Harold Parker State Forest in Andover, 10:00 A.M. – 2:00 P.M. This is 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. For more information, contact the Harold Parker State Forest at (978) 686-3391.

September 10: Family Fishing Festival for "Hooked on Scouting," Russell – This event is at Camp MOSES in Russell with the Boy Scouts of America – Western MA Council from 10:00 A.M. to 2:00 P.M., located on Russell Pond in Camp Moses, Birch Hill Rd. in Russell. This is a free, family friendly, learn to fish event. Bring your fishing equipment, or borrow ours - limited equipment and bait will be provided. *Open to the public. For more information, contact Steve Roberts at Steven.Roberts@Scouting.org

September 18: Sandwich Fish Hatchery Tour, Sandwich  –  Did you know that the Sandwich fish hatchery annually produces about 75,000 trout that are stocked into Massachusetts water bodies? The Sandwich facility is the oldest of MassWildlife’s five fish hatcheries. Join us from 10:00 A.M. - 2:00 P.M. for a self-guided tour of the rearing facilities and raceways and see Brook, Rainbow, Brown, and Tiger Trout in different stages of growth. The “Hatch House” and other areas usually closed to the public will be open during this time. Visitors can view a display of hatchery-related historical artifacts along with information on the current MassWildlife hatchery operations. MassWildlife staff will be on hand to talk about the facility and to answer questions. The hatchery is located at 164 Rte. 6A in Sandwich.

September 22: MassWildlife Hatchery History, Westborough –  Shortly after its founding 150 years ago, MassWildlife began rearing and stocking fish.  In fact, Massachusetts was the first state in the country to initiate a fish culture program. Today more than 500,000 trout are produced by the Division’s five fish hatcheries for anglers across the Commonwealth to enjoy. Join Ken Simmons, MassWildlife’s Chief of Hatcheries, for a fascinating look at the history of the agency’s longest running program. Also, historical photos and other artifacts from the hatchery and stocking program will be on display. 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.

September 24: Friends Of Myles Standish State Forest "Take Me Fishin'!" Event, Plymouth – This event is at Fearing Pond in Myles Standish State Forest in Plymouth, 10:00 A.M. – 2:00 P.M. This is a free, family friendly, learn to fish event. Bring your fishing equipment, or borrow ours - limited equipment and bait will be provided *Open to the public.  For more information, contact Rose Mellino at rosemellino@gmail.com

September 25: Massachusetts Outdoor Expo "The Big MOE", Sturbridge – Experience the Massachusetts Outdoor Expo (“The Big MOE”) at the Hamilton Rod and Gun Club grounds in Sturbridge, MA from 9:00 A.M. to 4:00 P.M. This FREE, family-oriented event celebrates outdoor skills, nature, art, and wildlife. Stations include: shotgun, rifle, and airgun shooting; mountain biking; fishing; archery; bird house building; and more! For more information, please click here. Individuals or groups who are interested in volunteering or hosting a station are encouraged to contact Gary Zima at (508) 389-6314 or gary.zima@state.ma.us 


October 2016

October 1: Outdoor Workshop for High School Teachers: Hands-on Science in Massachusetts Ecosystems, Westborough – Do you know how to calculate how many board feet of lumber that can be produced from a mature tree? Ever thought of finally mastering identifying trees in winter? Have you ever used an aerial photo to help analyze surrounding ecosystems for resources for wildlife or for determining potential water pollution sources? On the off chance that you don’t have a back hoe to dig your own soil pit, maybe you’d like a chance to measure soil horizons with Dr. Dirt himself?  All this and more at Mass Envirothon’s workshop for coaches on Saturday October 1 from 8:30 A.M. 3:00 P.M. at MassWildlife's Wayne F. MacCallum Wildlife Management Area (1 Rabbit Hill Road, Westborough). Spend the day outside with natural resource professionals learning how to apply knowledge and work with new and experienced coaches to plan how to share this knowledge with your team. This workshop includes background, skills, and approaches for introducing high school students to natural resource conservation and management, with connections to Next Generation Science Standards. In-depth sessions led by experienced natural resource managers will include forest, water, soil and wildlife conservation. This event is sponsored by the Massachusetts Envirothon and provides a great opportunity to get all your questions answered about how to start an Envirothon team at your school. There is no charge for high school educators or community resource partners; morning coffee and lunch will be provided. For more information, contact massenvirothon@gmail.com or visit Envirothon's website at massenvirothon.org 

October 13: 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.

October 15: 2016 Northeast Wildlife Trackers Conference, Westborough – Join others with a passion for wildlife tracking at the 8th Annual Northeast Wildlife Trackers Conference from 8:30 A.M. 4:30 P.M. at the MassWildlife Field Headquarters (1 Rabbit Hill Road, Westborough, MA 01581). New this year will be optional off-site field sessions on Sunday, October 16 so conference attendees can immediately carry their newly acquired skills and knowledge into the field (Separate pre-registration required). Please click here for conference details and to register.   

October 18 & 20: Basic Freshwater Fly Tying Course, Northborough – This course is in cooperation with the Charlton Conservation Department from 7:00 P.M. – 9:00 P.M. at the Northborough Free Library (34 Main Street, Northborough). This is a free, two session course for beginner fly tyers only. Participation is encouraged for both sessions. All tools and tying materials provided. *Open to the public- minimum age is 18. Pre-registration is mandatory. To register, contact Deborah Hersh at adults@northboroughlibrary.org

October 25: 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. Please click here for more information about this workshop. pdf format of GUW Edco 2016
Please contact Dana Mullaley at dmullaley@edcollab.org. Registration deadline is October 18, 2016.

October 29: Fall Fly Fishing Fair - "Tie a Fly, Cast a Fly Learning Day", Westborough – This event is in cooperation with the International Federation of Fly Fishers at the MassWildlife Field Headquarters (1 Rabbit Hill Road, Westborough) from 10:00 A.M. – 3:00 P.M. This is a free, family friendly, fly fishing event. *Open to the public. For more information, contact Jim Lagacy at jim.lagacy@state.ma.us


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