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April 2017

2017 Fishing, Hunting, Trapping Season Dates

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April 1: 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 19: Fisheries and Wildlife Board Meeting, Westborough – The April meeting of the Fisheries and Wildlife Board will be held on Wednesday, April 19, 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.

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 7:30 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 Springfield Elks, 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: 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.

April 30: Middleton Stream Team Earth Day Festival, Middleton – This is a free, family friendly, Earth Day event featuring a learn to fish program at Creighton Pond Camp (Essex St.) in Middleton from 12:00 P.M. – 3:00 P.M. This event is in cooperation with the Middleton Stream Team and is open to the public. For more information, contact mstmiddletonma@gmail.com


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 6: Westboro Civic Club Family Fishing Festival, Westborough  – This is a free, non-competitive, family friendly, learn to fish event at Sandra Pond (Upton Road) in Westborough 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 Westboro Civic Club. *Open to the public. For more information, contact Gerry Knall at dacoach50@verizon.net

May 6:  US Fish and Wildlife Service Family Fishing Festival, Hadley – This is a family friendly, learn to fish event at the Regional office, 300 Westgate Center Dr., Hadley, from 10:00 A.M. – 2:00 P.M.  Bring your fishing equipment, or borrow ours; limited equipment and bait will be provided. The Angler Education Program is assisting with equipment . *Open to the public. For more information, contact Ron Essig at ron_essig@fws.gov

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 (John Binienda 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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