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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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JULY 2014

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

 

Help MassWildlife Count Turkey Families! Sportsmen and -women, birders, landowners, and other wildlife enthusiasts are encouraged to assist the Division of Fisheries and Wildlife (DFW) count turkey flocks only containing hens and their young poults (broods) this summer. DFW conducts an annual wild turkey brood survey from June through August. A turkey brood survey form has been posted on the agency website. Information needed includes date, town, number of hens seen, and number of poults and the poults' relative size compared to the hens. Multiple sightings of the same brood can also be noted. Completed forms should to be mailed to: Brood Survey, DFW Field Headquarters, 100 Hartwell Street, Suite 230, West Boylston, MA 01583.

  • July 10-- Natural Heritage and Endangered Species Advisory Committee Meeting, West Boylston. The Natural Heritage and Endangered Species Advisory Committee will be meeting on Thursday, July 10, 2014, 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. Directions or call MassWildlife at (508) 389-6360.
  • July 12 – MassWildlife at Brewster Conservation Day, Brewster – This conservation festival sponsored by the Brewster Conservation Trust is filled with activities for all ages.  MassWildlife will be represented at a table where you can learn about local wildlife and handle some interesting wildlife artifacts. Take advantage of the fishing skills opportunity with volunteer Mark Cerulli.  Other entities representing Water, Land, Energy, and Education will be present with speakers, games, puppet shows and a raffle.  This year the Brewster Historical Society will be partnering in this fun-filled day.  For more information, go to the Brewster Conservation Trust website or call Hal Minis at (774) 323-0292 or Ryan Burch at (508) 896-4546.
  • June 17 – August 17 -- Quack, Quack! Junior Duck Stamp Traveling Art Exhibit, Newburyport—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. From now until August 17, the Traveling JDS Art Exhibit will be at the Custom House Maritime Museum, 25 Water Street in Newburyport.   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.

  • July 19 – Women in the Outdoors Event, Auburn -- This event to be held at the Auburn Sportsmen’s Club is sponsored by the Central Mass. Chapter of the National Wild Turkey Federation (NWTF) with assistance from MassWildlife’s Becoming an Outdoorswoman Program.  Open for women 13 years and older, the 3rd Annual Women in the Outdoors event will be taking place on Saturday, July 19 with an optional overnight campout. This fun-filled day is packed with many outdoor related activities including archery, beekeeping, game processing, shooting sports safety, fly fishing, canoeing/kayaking, self-defense, and orienteering.  Visit the vehicle maintenance demonstration station, check out the alpacas or listen to a talk on wolves. Registration fee includes instruction in 4 skill sessions, a light breakfast, snacks and a hearty lunch, plus a membership to the NWTF.  Participants who camp overnight will be treated to a campfire and meals! Registration materials are posted on the Central Mass. NWTF web site.  For more details, contact Kelly Dalbec, WITO Coordinator, at mkdalbec@gmail.com, or call her at (978) 870-4830. 
  • July 22-- Fisheries and Wildlife Board Meeting, Greenfield. The July meeting of the Fisheries and Wildlife Board will be held on Tuesday, July 22, 2014, at 12:00 P.M., at the Greenfield Community College, downtown Greenfield campus, 270 Main Street, Greenfield, Massachusetts.  Directions and agenda.
  • July 23 --Living With Black Bears in Worcester and Middlesex Counties, Leominster – Black bears are being reported in many places in the region, prompting excitement, curiosity, and sometimes concern.  The Division of Fisheries and Wildlife (MassWildlife) in cooperation with the Leominster Board of Health, Shirley Animal Control and Sterling Police Department, is offering a free evening program on Wednesday, July 23, 2014 at 7PM at the Leominster City Hall Auditorium located at 25 West Street on black bears in Worcester County. Laura Conlee, MassWildlife Black Bear Biologist, will talk about why bears are becoming more common, provide advice to municipalities, homeowners, businesses, sporting / outdoor enthusiasts, and farmers on the best actions to take when a bear is sighted and offer tips for everyone on how to prevent bears from becoming accustomed to people.
  • July 25-28 MassWildlife at the Nantucket Biodiversity Initiative, Nantucket – MassWildlife Restoration Ecologist Tim Simmons leading a beach ecology session at this biennial event.  For more information on attending  this weekend event go to: http://www.nantucketbiodiversityinitiative.org/
  • July 26 – MassWildlife at Falmouth Rod & Gun Club Family Day, Falmouth – The Falmouth Rod & Gun Club at 203 Carriage Shop Road in East Falmouth is hosting a  free Youth/Family Day for interested members of the public.  Activities to try include flytying, flyfishing, archery, firearms shooting instruction.  Visit the MassWildlife table for information about outdoor recreation and wildlife in your neighborhood.  See the Falmouth Rod and Gun club website  for more information or call (508)540-6652. 

  • July 26-27-- Becoming an Outdoors Family Camping Workshop, Carver -- This family friendly event at the Myles Standish State Forest is designed specifically for families who are new to camping and want to give it a try. This is a wonderful opportunity to spend time together in the great outdoors on a fun-filled overnight camping experience. Activities include campsite set up, building and putting out campfires, open fire cooking, archery, and fishing for beginners. A traditional evening campfire, story teller, and a live animal program are also planned.
  • July 31 – Cape Cod’s Natural Biodiversity, Brewster – The Cape Cod Museum of Natural History’s Nature Knowledge series will feature Patricia Swain, MassWildlife’s NHESP Community Ecologist. The presentation begins at 11:30 and is oriented to people of all ages. Pat will share how the Natural Heritage and Endangered Species Program identifies, tracks and manages rare and endangered wildlife.  A walk to show some examples of interesting natural communities on the grounds will follow, weather permitting. For more information go to: http://www.ccmnh.org/

The Outdoor Family Camping Workshop is a joint effort between the Division’s Becoming an Outdoorswoman Program and the Department of Conservation and Recreation’s Learn To Camp Program. Click here for registration materials or call (617) 626-4962.


AUGUST 2014

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

Help MassWildlife Count Turkey Families! Sportsmen and -women, birders, landowners, and other wildlife enthusiasts are encouraged to assist the Division of Fisheries and Wildlife (DFW) count turkey flocks only containing hens and their young poults (broods) this summer. DFW conducts an annual wild turkey brood survey from June through August. A turkey brood survey form has been posted on the agency website. Information needed includes date, town, number of hens seen, and number of poults and the poults' relative size compared to the hens. Multiple sightings of the same brood can also be noted. Completed forms should to be mailed to: Brood Survey, DFW Field Headquarters, 100 Hartwell Street, Suite 230, West Boylston, MA 01583.

  • August 2-3—Becoming an Outdoors Family Camping Workshop, Andover- This family friendly event to be held at Harold Parker State Forest is designed specifically for families who are new to camping and want to give it a try. This is a wonderful opportunity to spend time together in the great outdoors on a fun-filled overnight camping experience. Activities include campsite set up, building and putting out campfires, open fire cooking, archery, and fishing for beginners. A traditional evening campfire, story teller, and a live animal program are also planned. The Outdoor Family Camping Workshop is a joint effort between the Division’s Becoming an Outdoorswoman Program and the Department of Conservation and Recreation’s Learn To Camp Program. Click here for registration materials or call (617) 626-4962.

 


SEPTEMBER 2014

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

  • September 8 – 18 -- Quack, Quack! Junior Duck Stamp Traveling Art Exhibit, Shelburne Falls—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 Franklin Land Trust, 5 Mechanic Street, Shelburne Falls (Buckland) for 10 days.  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
  • Sept 20 – October 27 -- Quack, Quack! Junior Duck Stamp Traveling Art Exhibit, Easthampton—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 MassAudubon Arcadia Wildlife Sanctuary, 127 Combs Road in Easthampton.  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..

  •  September 28 – Massachusetts Outdoor ExpoThe Big Moe”, Sturbridge – Join us for this annual family event at the Hamilton Rod & Gun Club, 24 Hamilton Road in Sturbridge from 9:00 A.M – 4:00 P.M. This is a free, non-competitive, family friendly event. Limited equipment and bait will be provided at the fishing station. Contact Gary Zima at (508) 389-6314 or gary.zima@state.ma.us for more on this public event.

OCTOBER 2014

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  • 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.

NOVEMBER 2014

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

 

 


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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