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March 2017

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

March 4—MassWildlife at Mass. Conservation Commission Conference, Worcester – The Massachusetts Association of Conservation Commissions will be holding its annual conference at the College of the Holy Cross in Worcester. MassWildlife staff will be presenting sessions on Protecting Cold Water Fisheries and Deer Impacts in Municipalities.  Stop by the MassWildlife exhibit table and chat with staff, pick up some free publications and a publications order form.  Conference Registration information.

March 4: Boy Scout Ice Fishing Festival, Williamsburg – CANCELLED DUE TO UNSAFE ICE

March 9: 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.

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.

March 18: Basic Rod Building Class, Westborough – Learn how to build your very own fishing rod at MassWildlife Field Headquarters, 1 Rabbit Hill Road, Westborough from 9:00 A.M. – 3:00 P.M. Master rod builder Ray Cote from Cote’s fly Shop will lead the class. There is a $140 fee payable to Cote’s fly shop for all associated materials and rod building bench which you need to order prior to the class. This class is for fly or spinning rods. Pre-Registration is Mandatory – please contact Jim Lagacy to pre-register at 508-389-6309 and jim.lagacy@state.ma.us or Todd Girard at 508-248-2247 and todd.girard@townofcharlton.net.

March 19: MassWildlife at Birder’s Meeting, Boston – MassAudubon is hosting its 25th Annual Birders Meeting at UMass Boston 8:00 A.M. – 4:00 P.M. The theme of the 25th Annual Birders Meeting is Warblers: From Soundscapes to Landscapes. Warblers—colorful, animated, and diverse creatures that they are—have much to teach us about the avian world. The 2017 Birders Meeting will feature various aspects of warbler natural history, from ecology and taxonomy to song and conservation. State Ornithologist Andrew Vitz will be staffing a table at the MassAudubon’s Birder’s Meeting at UMass/Boston.  For More information go to: www.massaudubon.org/get-outdoors/birds-birding/birders-meeting

March 22: Fisheries and Wildlife Board Meeting, Westborough – The March meeting of the Fisheries and Wildlife Board will be held on Wednesday, March 22, 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.

March 22: Fisheries and Wildlife Board’s Rattlesnake Review Working Group meeting, Ware – This meeting will be held at 6:30 P.M., at the Knights of Columbus Hall, 126 West Main Street, Ware, Massachusetts. The purpose of the Rattlesnake Review Working Group is to review and discuss statewide rattlesnake conservation needs and strategies. This is the third of four planned meetings of the working group. When the Rattlesnake Review Working Group completes its work, it will make a recommendation to the Fisheries and Wildlife Board.  The public is welcome to comment to the Working Group by submitting an on-line comment form at mass.gov/dfw/rattlesnake-survey or by obtaining a hard copy of the form from one of the Rattlesnake Working Group members or MassWildlife offices and then submitting the form by postal mail (mailing address is located on the form). Comments can address issues and concerns that may not have been covered in previous public meetings, or which identify scientific information on rattlesnakes that may not have been previously considered.

March 22 – 26: MassWildlife Display at the Boston Flower and Garden Show, Boston – Learn from MassWildlife staff about the wildlife in your backyard and hear what MassWildlife is doing to protect and conserve wildlife habitat in the state. MassWildlife staff will be available to answer your fish and wildlife questions and provide information about outdoor recreation opportunities in Massachusetts. The Boston Flower and Garden Show is at the Seaport World Trade Center in Boston. For more information, please click here.

March 25, MassWildlife at Land Trust Conference, Worcester – The Massachusetts Land Trust Coalition’s annual conference will be held at Worcester Technical High School. Renowned biologist, author and researcher E. O. Wilson will be the Plenary Speaker. Stop by the MassWildlife exhibit table and chat with staff, pick up some free publications and a publication order form. Information on the agency’s lands and new trails policy will also be available.  Conference Registration information.

March 25 – MassWildlife at Westfield River Symposium, Westfield – WRWA's 23rd annual River Symposium will be held in the Scanlon Banquet Hall on the campus of Westfield State University. The theme of this year's program is "Ups and Downs of a River: Floods and Droughts on the Westfield". MassWildlife staff will be at an exhibitor table for this event.  For more information go to www.westfieldriver.org/symposia/symposium23.html


April 2017

April 1, 2017: Growing Up WILD: Exploring Nature with Young Children Professional Development Workshop, Mattapan – Early childhood educators are invited to this fun, hands-on, 6-hour workshop. 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. Through a wide range of activities and experiences, it provides a foundation for developing positive impressions about nature while also building lifelong social and cognitive skills. Mass Audubon’s Boston Nature Center, 500 Walk Hill Street, Mattapan.  Click here for more information about this workshop. pdf format of growing up wild mattapan 2017
Please contact Chelsea Gutierrez at cgutierrez@massaudubon.org or (617) 983-8500. Registration deadline is March 21, 2017.

April 13: 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.

April 23: Angler Education Program Display & Casting Program, Springfield – come learn to cast and have fun at the Springfield Science Museum Earth Day Festival,  21 Edwards Street in Springfield, 11:00 A.M. – 4:00 P.M. *Open to the Public. For more information, contact the Springfield Science Museum at 413-263-6800 x325

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

April 29, 2017: Growing Up WILD: Exploring Nature with Young Children Professional Development Workshop, Wareham – Early childhood educators are invited to this fun, hands-on, 6-hour workshop. 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. Through a wide range of activities and experiences, it provides a foundation for developing positive impressions about nature while also building lifelong social and cognitive skills. YMCA Southcoast, 33 Charge Pond Road, Wareham. Click here for more information about this workshop pdf format of growing up wild mattapan 2017
. Please contact Nicole Miles, Southeast Education Professionals Partnership at n.miles@outlook.com or (781) 870-7009. Registration deadline is April 13, 2017.


May 2017

May 6: Snows Pond Family Fishing Festival, Charlton This is a free, non-competitive, family friendly, learn to fish event. Bring your fishing equipment, or borrow ours - limited equipment and bait will be provided at Fay Mountain Farm, 12 Cemetary Rd in Charlton, 10:00 A.M. – 2:00 P.M. This event is in cooperation with the Charlton Conservation Department. *Open to the public. For more information, contact Todd Girard at 508-248-2247 or todd.girard@townofcharlton.net

May 6: Needham Recreation Family Fishing Festival, Needham This is a family friendly, learn to fish event. Bring your fishing equipment, or borrow ours - limited equipment and bait will be provided at Needham Reservoir, 470 Dedham Ave. from 9:00 A.M. – 12:00 P.M. This event is in cooperation with Needham Park and Recreation Commission. *Open to the public. For more information, contact the Needham Park and Recreation Commission at 781-455-7550

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.

May 10: Adult “Learn to Fish” Clinic, Belchertown This is an adult only “learn to fish” clinic designed for beginners at the MassWildlife Connecticut Valley Field Office, 341 East Street in Belchertown, from 5:00 P.M. – 8:00 P.M. *Open to the public, minimum age is 18, and pre-registration is required. For more information and to register, contact Jim Lagacy at 508-389-6309 or jim.lagacy@state.ma.us

May 11: 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.

May 13: Coes Pond Family Fishing Derby, Worcester – This is both a derby and a fishing education event sponsored by the Worcester Fish and Game Association at Coes Pond in Worcester (Mill Street beach area) from 8:00 A.M. – 11:00 A.M.  *Open to the public. For more information, contact Jim Lagacy at 508-389-6309 or jim.lagacy@state.ma.us

May 20: Family Fishing Festival, Burlington –  This is non-competitive, family friendly, learn to fish event at Mill Pond Reservoir (Park and walk in from the Water Treatment Plant on Winter Street) in Burlington 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 Burlington Recreation Department. There will be a charge of $25 per family for this event (which includes food and one raffle ticket for each member of the family) payable prior to the event online, www.burlingtonrecreation.org or in person at the Burlington Recreation Department. *Open to the public. Pre-registration required. For more information contact the Burlington Rec. Dept. at www.burlingtonrecreation.org., or 781-270-1695

May 20: Disabled American Veterans Fishing Festival, Marlboro – This is a family friendly fishing event open to disabled veterans and their families. This event is cosponsored by and located at the Marlboro Fish and Game Club, 1 Muddy Lane, Marlboro, from 10:00 A.M. – 2:00 P.M. For more information, contact Jim Lagacy at 508-389-6309 or jim.lagacy@state.ma.us

May 20: Spec Pond Family Fishing Derby, Wilbraham  – This is a free, family friendly, learn to fish event at Spec Pond, 2540 Boston Rd (Rt. 20), Wilbraham from 9:00 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 Wilbraham Parks and Recreation Department. *Open to the Public. For more information, contact Jim Lagacy at 508-389-6309 or jim.lagacy@state.ma.us

May 21: Whitman’s Pond Family Fishing Festival, Weymouth  –  This is a free, family friendly, learn to fish event. Bring your fishing equipment, or borrow ours; limited equipment and bait will be provided at Whitman’s Pond in Weymouth (boat launch area off of Middle St.) from 10:00 A.M. – 1:00 P.M. *Open to the Public. For more information contact Jim Lagacy at 508-389-6309 or jim.lagacy@state.ma.us

May 23: Adult Only Fishing Clinic, Harwich –This is an adult only “learn to fish” clinic designed for beginners at Long Pond in Harwich from 10:00 A.M. – 12:00 P.M. This event is in cooperation with the Harwich Recreation Department. *Open to the public, minimum age is 18, and pre-registration is required. For more information and to register, contact Sue Fraser at 508-430-7553 or sfraser@town.harwich.ma.us 


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