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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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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 4, 2014 – Growing Up WILD Professional Development Workshop, Danvers – 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. The workshop takes place at Endicott Park, 57 Forest Street, Danvers (www.endicottpark.com). Click here to for more information about this workshop pdf format of GUW Endicott Park
. Please contact Christine Dean at cdean@mail.danvers-ma.org or on line at www.endicottpark.com  for registration details. Registration deadline is October 31, 2014.
  • 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 6 – The Return of Bald Eagles and Peregrine Falcons to Massachusetts, Northfield Mountain –Andrew Vitz, DFW State Ornithologist, will talk about the history of Bald Eagles and Peregrine Falcons at the Northfield Mountain Recreation and Environmental Center from 7:00 - 8:30 P.M. This free program will include information on historical abundance, extirpation, reintroduction, and current status in the Commonwealth. This program is co-sponsored with the Athol Bird and Nature Club. Please call 1-800-859-2960 to pre-register. Northfield Mountain Recreation and Environmental Center (99 Millers Falls Road, Northfield) is located on Route 63, two miles north of Route 2 in Northfield, Massachusetts. The building is handicapped accessible.
  • November 6 – Black Bears in Massachusetts, Westford – Patricia Huckery, MassWildlife Northeast District Supervisor, will give a presentation about black bears and will answer questions from the public. The talk is located at the Police Station Training Room, 53 Main Street in Westford at 7:00 P.M. If you have a question and are not able to attend, please email animalcontrol@westfordma.gov. This event is free and open to the public.
  • 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 15, 2014 – Growing Up WILD Professional Development Workshop, Athol – 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. The workshop takes place at Athol Bird and Nature Club, Millers River Education Center, Athol (www.atholbirdclub.org).  Click here to for more information about this workshop pdf format of GUW Miller River
. Please contact Pam Landry at pam.landry@state.ma.us or (508) 389-6310 for registration details. Registration deadline is November 1, 2014.
  • November 15, 2014 – Growing Up WILD Professional Development Workshop, Plymouth – 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. The workshop takes place at the Southeastern Mass Pine Barrens Alliance (SEMPBA) Office, Plymouth.  Click here to for more information about this workshop pdf format of Southeastern Pine Barrens
. Please contact Karen Kurkoski at kkurkoski@yahoo.com  or (508) 747-0526 for registration details.

  • 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.
  • December 6, 2014 – Growing Up WILD Professional Development Workshop, Westborough – 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. The workshop takes place at MassWildlife Field Headquarters, 1 Rabbit Hill Road, Westborough.  Click here to for more information about this workshop pdf format of GUW Field HQ
. Please contact Pam Landry at pam.landry@state.ma.us or (508) 389-6310 for registration details. Registration deadline is November 20, 2014.


March 2015

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

  • March 7, 2015 – Growing Up WILD Professional Development Workshop, Lenox – 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. MA Audubon’s Pleasant Valley Sanctuary, 472 West Mountain Road, Lenox.  Click here to for more information about this workshop pdf format of GUW Audubon Pleasant Valley
. Please contact Pam Landry at pam.landry@state.ma.us or (508) 389-6310 for registration details. Registration deadline is February 20, 2015.

  • March 21, 2015 – 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. EDCO Collaborative, 36 Middlesex Turnpike, Bedford (www.edcollab.org).  Click here to for more information about this workshop pdf format of GUW EDCO
. Please contact Dana Mullaley at dmullaley@edcollab.org for registration details. Registration deadline is February 21, 2015.

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