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January 2017

2017 Fishing, Hunting, and Trapping Season Dates pdf format of Seasons Summary 2017
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Read the January MassWildlife Monthly Newsletter

January 11: Fisheries and Wildlife Board Meeting, Westborough – The January  meeting of the Fisheries and Wildlife Board will be held on Wednesday, January 11, 2017, at 10:00 A.M., at the MassWildlife Field Headquarters at 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.  

January 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.

January 20: Southeastern Massachusetts Pine Barrens Alliance’s Pine Barrens Regional Conservation, Barnstable – Expand collaborative efforts, share tools, and create a shared vision for the future. Strengthen our web of vital, resilient local communities in Southeastern Massachusetts. Over 200 federal, state, and municipal agencies, tribes, land trusts, and conservation organizations are already working within the Southeastern Atlantic Pine Barrens ecoregion conserving, restoring and protecting our shared natural resources, marine ecosystems and wildlife. Focusing our efforts, large and small, on the 524,000 acres, 48 Natural Communities, and 182 state and federally listed rare plants and animals in our backyards will serve to remind us of the urgency of both acting and organizing locally. The Forum is free and open to the public. Click here to learn more and to register.

January 25 and February 1: Basic Freshwater Fly Tying Class, Belchertown – Learn the basic skills of tying your own flies during this free, hands-on, two-session course offered at MassWildlife’s Connecticut Valley District Office, 341 East Street, Belchertown from 6:30 P.M. 8:30 P.M. All tools and tying materials provided. Participation is mandatory for both sessions. *Open to the public, for beginning fly tyers only, 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

January 26: Conserving the Wood Turtle at multiple scales: the Nashua River Watershed. Massachusetts, and the Northeastern US, Groton – MassWildlife’s State Herpetologist, Michael Jones’ talk will begin at 7:00 P.M. at the Nashua River Watershed Association, 592 Main Street (Rt. 119) in Groton. The lecture is free and open to the public.
Description: The North American wood turtle was probably one of the most common freshwater turtle species in eastern Massachusetts in the mid-1800s. In fact, some of the earliest scientific observations of wood turtle biology and abundance were made in the Nashua and Assabet Rivers by Louis Agassiz and Henry David Thoreau. By the 1970s, most populations in this area had been severely compromised by habitat fragmentation, collection of adults, and pollution. Remaining wood turtle populations tend to be very small, isolated, and declining, but a network of partners is working to conserve them at multiple scales, from the Nashua River watershed to the full extent of the range from Nova Scotia to Virginia, through land conservation, habitat management, and public outreach.

January 29: Reptiles and Amphibians of the Connecticut River Valley, Belchertown – MassWildlife’s State Herpetologist, Michael Jones, will discuss the southern Connecticut River Valley – a hotspot for reptile and amphibian biodiversity. The talk begins at 2:00 P.M. at the Quabbin Visitor Center, 485 Ware Road in Belchertown. The talk is free and open to the public.


February 2017

January 25 and February 1: Basic Freshwater Fly Tying Class, Belchertown – Learn the basic skills of tying your own flies during this free, hands-on, two-session course offered at MassWildlife’s Connecticut Valley District Office, 341 East Street, Belchertown from 6:30 P.M. 8:30 P.M. All tools and tying materials provided. Participation is mandatory for both sessions. *Open to the public, for beginning fly tyers only, 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 4: Family Ice Fishing Festival, Charlton – This is a free, non-competitive, family friendly, learn to fish event at Buffumville Lake in Charlton from 10:00 A.M. – 2:00 P.M. Bring your ice fishing equipment, or borrow ours; limited equipment and bait will be provided. This event is in cooperation with the US Army Corps of Engineers Buffumville Lake, and the Charlton Conservation Department. *Open to the public. For more information, contact Nicole Giles @ Buffumville Lake (978) 318-8411 and Nicole.C.Giles@usace.army.mil or Jim Lagacy 508-389-6309 and jim.lagacy@state.ma.us or Todd Girard 508-248-2247 and todd.girard@townofcharlton.net, *PLEASE NOTE - THIS EVENT WILL ONLY BE HELD IF THERE IS 6 INCHES OR MORE OF SAFE ICE. IF THE FORECAST IS FOR RAIN, OR SNOW THE EVENT WILL BE CANCELLED

February 8 and 15: Basic Freshwater Fly Tying Class, Westborough Learn the basic skills of tying your own flies during this free, hands-on, two-session course offered at the MassWildlife Field Headquarters, 1 Rabbit Hill Road, Westborough, from 7:00 P.M. 9:00 P.M. All tools and tying materials provided. Participation is mandatory for both sessions. *Open to the public, for beginning fly tyers only, 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 11: Project WILD Professional Development Workshop for Elementary Educators, Westborough– 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. 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. pdf format of Project Wild Workshop February 2017 Westborough
To register please contact Pam Landry, MassWildlife at pam.landry@state.ma.us or Barbara Shumaker, shumakerb@westboroughk12.org. Registration deadline is February 1, 2017.

February 12: Family Ice Fishing Festival, Georgetown – This is a free, non-competitive, family friendly, learn to fish event at Pentucket Pond in Georgetown from 10:00 A.M. 1:00 P.M. Bring your fishing equipment, or borrow ours; limited equipment and bait will be provided. This event is in cooperation with the Georgetown Fish and Game Association. *Open to the public. For more information, contact John Holt at jhnholt2@gmail.com

February 12: Macgyver “Ed” Peary Ice Fishing Derby, Billerica – This is a family friendly, learn to fish event at Nuttings Lake in Billerica from 7:00 A.M. – 2:00 P.M. Bring your ice fishing equipment, or borrow ours; limited equipment and bait will be provided. This event is in cooperation with the Billerica Recreation Department. *Open to the public, registration is on site the day of the event, registration fee is a gift for a child (so that every child goes home with something) but please RSVP 978-987-3487 to let them know you intend on coming and to check if there is safe ice. Parking will be available at Micozzi Beach in Billerica – enter lake through Turnpike Market parking lot. If you have extra ice traps (tip-ups) please bring them to share. Bait will be available onsite for a minimum charge – bring a bait bucket. For more detailed information call the Billerica Recreation Department @ 978-671-0921. *PLEASE NOTE - THIS EVENT WILL ONLY BE HELD IF THERE IS 6 INCHES OR MORE OF SAFE ICE. IF THE FORECAST IS FOR RAIN, OR SNOW THE EVENT WILL BE CANCELLED.

February 21 and 23: Basic Freshwater Fly Tying Class, Charlton – Learn the basic skills of tying your own flies during this free, hands-on, two-session course offered at the Charlton Senior Center, 37 Main Street, Charlton  from 7:00 P.M. – 9:00 P.M. All tools and tying materials provided. Participation is mandatory for both sessions. *Open to the public, for beginning fly tiers only, 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 2017

March 4: Boyscout Ice Fishing Festival, Williamsburg –  This is both an ice fishing education program and derby open to all scouts and their families at Chesterfield Scout Reservation in Williamsburg from 9:00 A.M. – 3:00 P.M. Bring your ice fishing equipment, or borrow ours; limited equipment will be available. This event is in cooperation with the Western Massachusetts Council. There will be a charge of $5 per person payable in person to the Western MA Council. For more information contact Tim Vogel at tim@tekoamountainoutdoors.com or Jim Lagacy at jim.lagacy@state.ma.us. *PLEASE NOTE - THIS EVENT WILL ONLY BE HELD IF THERE IS 6 INCHES OR MORE OF SAFE ICE. IF THE FORECAST IS FOR RAIN, OR SNOW THE EVENT WILL BE CANCELLED.

March 18: Aquatic WILD, Sandwich – 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. pdf format of AquaticWild_Thorton_March2017
To register, please contact mary.beers@thorntonburgess.org or (508) 888-6870 x 13. Registration deadline is February 13, 2017.


April 2017

April 29: Cops And Bobbers Family Fishing Festival, Springfield This is a free, family friendly, learn to fish event at Forest Park in Springfield from 8:00 A.M. 1:00 P.M. Bring your fishing equipment, or borrow ours; limited equipment and bait will be provided. This event is in cooperation with the US Fish and Wildlife Service and the Springfield Parks Department. *Open to the public. Contact Jim Lagacy at 508-389-6309 or jim.lagacy@state.ma.us


May 2017

May 7: Brookline Reservoir Family Fishing Festival, Brookline  This is a non-competitive, family friendly, learn to fish event at Brookline Reservoir (located along Route 9 between Lee and Warren Streets in Brookline) from 9:00 A.M. 12:00 P.M. Bring your fishing equipment, or borrow ours; limited equipment and bait will be provided. This event is in cooperation with the Brookline Recreation Department; there will be a charge of $7 per family for this event which is payable online, by phone, or in person the day of the event to the Brookline Recreation Department. *Open to the Public. For more information, contact Stephanie Springer at sspringer@brooklinema.gov or Jim Lagacy at 508-389-6309, jim.lagacy@state.ma.us.


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