Looking for a wildlife related workshop, talk, walk or demonstration? Need to find out what seasons are open or closed? When and where is the next Fisheries and Wildlife Board meeting? Events of all types can be found in this area. If your organization, club or association is hosting a speaker or a workshop designed by MassWildlife, we can help publicize your event.
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- December 2 – Shotgun Season for Deer Opens Statewide. This season ends on December 14.
- December 12 – Natural Heritage & Endangered Species Advisory Committee Meeting, West Boylston – The Natural Heritage and Endangered Species Advisory Committee will be meeting on Thursday, December 12, 2013, at the DFW Field Headquarters Office located at 100 Hartwell Street, Suite 230, West Boylston from 1:30- 4:30 P.M. in Conference Room A. Call MassWildlife at (508) 389-6360 for more information. The meeting is handicapped accessible and open to the public.
- December 16 – Primitive Firearms Season For Deer Opens Statewide. This season ends on December 31.
- December 17 – Fisheries and Wildlife Board Meeting, West Boylston – The Fisheries & Wildlife Board will meet at 11:00 A.M. at the Division of Fisheries and Wildlife Field Headquarters, 100 Hartwell Street, Suite 230, West Boylston. The meeting is open to the public and the building is handicapped accessible. Call (508) 389-6342 for more information.
- December 17 – Public Hearing, West Boylston – A public hearing will take place at 1:00 P.M. at the DFW Field Headquarters Office, 100 Hartwell Street, Suite 230, West Boylston, to establish rules and regulations relative to the Taking of Certain Fish; Taking of Carp and Suckers for Purposes of Sale; Taking of Commercial Eels from Inland Waters; Propagation, Culture, Maintenance, and Sale of Protected Freshwater Fish ; and Hunting, Fishing, Trapping, and Taking of Reptiles and Amphibians in all Counties of the Commonwealth . Click here for more information on these topics. The hearing is open to the public, and interested persons may comment either orally or in writing. Call (508) 389-6342 for more information.
- January 1--Happy New Year! We hope you enjoy and use this calendar for your recreation and educational needs.
- White-tailed deer are shedding their antlers--shedding begins around mid-December and runs through February. Rodents often chew on the "sheds" which provides them with calcium.
- Breeding begins for several furbearers in this chilly month, including coyote, beaver, opossum and raccoon.
- February 2 -- GROUNDHOG DAY Here in New England, what some people call groundhogs are actually woodchucks. Fact sheet on woodchucks!
- Housing for Wood Ducks-With safe ice throughout the state, district and Westboro biologists are replacing old wood duck boxes or installing new ones in wet (frozen) areas throughout the state. Contact the MassWildlife District office closest to you for wood duck box plans or check our website !
- Peregrine falcons return to establish their territories. Peregrines can migrate as far away as South America, but the falcons which nest here in Massachusetts probably don't go very far south.
- Memorial Day Weekend marks the end of MassWildlife's trout stocking activities. Enjoy the fishing for our warmwater fish over the summer and take a friend of family member fishing!
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