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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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OCTOBER 2014

  Click here to view a summary of fishing, hunting, and trapping season dates. pdf format of Seasons Summary 2014

  • October 1 – October 29 – Quack, Quack! Junior Duck Stamp Traveling Art Exhibit, North Easton—Celebrating 20 Years of the Junior Duck Stamp Program in Massachusetts! Interested in making a connection with nature by submitting artwork to the 2015 Massachusetts Junior Duck Stamp Contest?  Take inspiration from the traveling exhibit featuring top youth entries from the 2014 Massachusetts Junior Duck Stamp (JDS) Contest. The Traveling JDS Art Exhibit will be at Borderland State Park, 259 Massapoag Road, North Easton.  The Junior Duck Stamp Program was launched in 1991 by the US Fish & Wildlife Service with the aim of increasing young people's awareness of the importance of preserving wetland habitats and the delights of wildlife. This dynamic conservation and design program is designed to teach wetland habitat and waterfowl conservation to students in kindergarten through high school. Using scientific and wildlife observation principles, the program helps students communicate visually what they have learned by creating an entry for the Junior Duck Stamp Program art contest.  Teachers should check out the conservation curriculum available. More information about the JDS contest.
  • October 1 – October 29 – Quack, Quack! Junior Duck Stamp Traveling Art Exhibit, Athol—Interested in making a connection with nature by submitting artwork to the 2015 Massachusetts Junior Duck Stamp Contest?  Take inspiration from the traveling exhibit featuring top youth entries from the 2014 Massachusetts Junior Duck Stamp (JDS) Contest. The Traveling JDS Art Exhibit will be at the Millers River Environmental Center, 100 Main Street, Athol.   Celebrating 20 Years of the Junior Duck Stamp Program in Massachusetts, the Junior Duck Stamp Program was launched in 1991 by the US Fish & Wildlife Service with the aim of increasing young people's awareness of the importance of preserving wetland habitats and the delights of wildlife. This dynamic conservation and design program is designed to teach wetland habitat and waterfowl conservation to students in kindergarten through high school. Using scientific and wildlife observation principles, the program helps students communicate visually what they have learned by creating an entry for the Junior Duck Stamp Program art contest.  Teachers should check out the conservation curriculum available. More information about the JDS contest.
  • October 2 – Snakes in Massachusetts, Lancaster – Join the Friends of Oxbow National Wildlife Refuge for a special presentation by Peter Mirick, DFW Wildlife Biologist, at the Lancaster Community Center at 7:00 P.M.  Learn about snakes, take home a Reptile Guide to Massachusetts, and admire live snakes from our own area. Snakes are good neighbors of whom we don’t need to be afraid, at least not in our region. This free program is sponsored by the Friends of the Oxbow National Wildlife Refuge and the Lancaster Community Center and open to the public. For more information, call Rona Balco at (978)779-2259
  • October 3 - 12 – Topsfield Fair, Topsfield – Take the family to the fair and stop by the MassWildlife booth to see furbearer pelts, pick up agency literature, or ask questions about local wildlife
  • October 7, 2014: The September meeting of the Fisheries and Wildlife Board, Westborough. The meeting will be held on Tuesday, October 7, 2014, at 1:00 P.M., at DFW Field Headquarters, 1 Rabbit Hill Road (off North Drive), Westborough, MA.
  • October 6 – Living with Black Bears, Lincoln – Learn about black bears in Massachusetts from Laura Conlee, DFW Furbearer and Black Bear Project Leader. 7:00 P.M. at Bemis Hall, 15 Bedford Road in Lincoln.
  • October 9, 2014: Natural Heritage and Endangered Species Advisory Committee Meeting, Westborough. The meeting will be held on Thursday, October 9, 2014, at DFW Field Headquarters, 1 Rabbit Hill Road, Westborough, MA from 1:30- 4:30 P.M. in the Southwest Meeting Room, Room #103.
  • October 9 & 10 – NASP at Topsfield Fair, Topsfield – MassWildlife staff will talk about the National Archery in the Schools Program and students participating in NASP will demonstrate archery techniques from 9:00 - 10:30 A.M in the fair arena.
  • October 18 – Hunting Season Begins for Pheasant, Quail, and Ruffed Grouse
  • October 20 – Fall Wild Turkey Season Begins
  • October 20 – Archery Deer Season Begins
  • October 30 – Biodiversity and Land Conservation through Identification and Protection of Rare Species and Natural Communities at the Massachusetts Natural Heritage & Endangered Species Program, Medford – Patricia Swain, Natural Community Ecologist for DFW’s NHESP will present to the Tufts University Lunch and Learn Program.

NOVEMBER 2014

  Click here to view a summary of fishing, hunting, and trapping season dates. pdf format of Seasons Summary 2014

  • November 1 – Fall Wild Turkey Season Ends
  • November 3 – Late Black Bear Hunting Season Begins
  • November 6 – December 18 -- Quack, Quack! Junior Duck Stamp Traveling Art Exhibit, Holden—Interested in making a connection with nature by submitting artwork to the 2015 Massachusetts Junior Duck Stamp Contest?  Take inspiration from the traveling exhibit featuring top youth entries from the 2014 Massachusetts Junior Duck Stamp (JDS) Contest. The Traveling JDS Art Exhibit will be at Wachusett Regional High School’s Bowes Gallery, 1401 Main Street (Rte 122) in Holden. Celebrating 20 Years of the Junior Duck Stamp Program in Massachusetts, the Junior Duck Stamp Program was launched in 1991 by the US Fish & Wildlife Service with the aim of increasing young people's awareness of the importance of preserving wetland habitats and the delights of wildlife. This dynamic conservation and design program is designed to teach wetland habitat and waterfowl conservation to students in kindergarten through high school. Using scientific and wildlife observation principles, the program helps students communicate visually what they have learned by creating an entry for the Junior Duck Stamp Program art contest.  Teachers should check out the conservation curriculum available. More information about the JDS contest
  • November 7 – Moose in Massachusetts, Easthampton – Come to MassAudubon’s  Arcadia Wildlife Sanctuary, 127 Combs Road in Easthampton at 7PM to learn about Massachusetts' largest land mammal! Once rarely seen in the 1970s , moose are now found in most parts of western Massachusetts. Ralph Taylor, Mass Wildlifes Connecticut River Valley district manager, will talk about this large member of the deer family and what has been learned about them through research.  Registration is required. Call 413-584-3009 or register online at http://www.massaudubon.org/get-outdoors/program-catalog#program:sanctuary=14:keywords=moose:program_code=33706.
  • November 12 – Living With Black Bears, Athol – Black bears are relatively common in the region and many people have questions about bears, what to do if one is in the yard, in downtown or encountered in the woods. The Athol Bird and Nature Club is hosting this free presentation to be given by Ralph Taylor, MassWildlife District Manager who will talk about the lives of bears, habitat and how to be a good neigh-BEAR.  This presentation is part of the monthly members meeting and is open to the interested public. The talk begins at 7PM at the Athol Town Hall, 584 Main Street (Rte 2A) in downtown Athol.  No registration is required. For more information, contact the ABNC at the Millers River Environmental Center or call 978-248-9491.
  • November 18 - The Return of Bald Eagles to Massachusetts, Sudbury -- Come hear this presentation from MassWildlife’s Andrew Vitz, State Ornithologist, on the success of restoring Bald Eagles to our state. The presentation is sponsored by the Sudbury Valley Trustees and will be given at 7 PM at the SVT’s Wolbach Farm.  After being extirpated from Massachusetts in the early 1900s, Bald Eagles were reintroduced to the state in 1982. This reintroduction involved “hacking” juvenile birds from artificial nests along the shores of the Quabbin Reservoir. This effort was successful, and the first nesting eagles were documented in 1989. Today eagle populations continue to grow and have expanded their range to include nearly the entire state of Massachusetts. Registration is required, the program is free for SVT members and $10 for non-members. To register go to: http://www.sudburyvalleytrustees.org/events-registration?id=4128.
  • November 22 – Living With Black Bears, Pittsfield – Black bears are common in the Berkshires but many people have questions about bears, what to do if one is in the yard, in downtown or encountered in the woods.  Others need to know what actions to take to prevent problems with bears. The Berkshire Science Museum is hosting this bear presentation to be given by Ralph Taylor, MassWildlife District Manager who will talk about the lives of bears, habitat and how to be a good neigh-BEAR.  This presentation is part of the monthly members meeting and is open to the interested public. The talk begins at 11 am at the Berkshire Museum on 39 South Street (Rte 7) in Pittsfield.  For more information, contact the Berkshire Museum or call 413-443-7171. This venue is handicapped accessible.
  • November 22 – Late Black Bear Hunting Season
  • November 29 – Archery Deer Season Ends
  • November 29 – Hunting Season Ends for Pheasant, Quail, and Ruffed Grouse

 


DECEMBER 2014

  Click here to view a summary of fishing, hunting, and trapping season dates. pdf format of Seasons Summary 2014

  • December 1- January 31, 2015 -- Quack, Quack! Junior Duck Stamp Traveling Art Exhibit, Turners Falls (Montague)— Interested in making a connection with nature by submitting artwork to the 2015 Massachusetts Junior Duck Stamp Contest?  Take inspiration from the traveling exhibit featuring top youth entries from the 2014 Massachusetts Junior Duck Stamp (JDS) Contest. The Traveling JDS Art Exhibit will be at the Great Falls Discovery Center, 2 Avenue A, Turners Falls. Celebrating 20 Years of the Junior Duck Stamp Program in Massachusetts, the Junior Duck Stamp Program was launched in 1991 by the US Fish & Wildlife Service with the aim of increasing young people's awareness of the importance of preserving wetland habitats and the delights of wildlife. This dynamic conservation and design program is designed to teach wetland habitat and waterfowl conservation to students in kindergarten through high school. Using scientific and wildlife observation principles, the program helps students communicate visually what they have learned by creating an entry for the Junior Duck Stamp Program art contest.  Teachers should check out the conservation curriculum available. More information about the JDS contest.

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