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September 2017

MassWildlife Monthly September 2017


2017 Fishing, Hunting, Trapping Season Dates

September 1–30: Quack, Quack, Junior Duck Stamp Traveling Art Exhibit, Athol A combination of the top 25 pieces of JDS art created by young people will be on exhibit at the Millers River Environmental Center in Athol. Teachers and their students are invited to participate in the Massachusetts Junior Duck Stamp (JDS) Program. JDS is designed to stimulate awareness and personal involvement in waterfowl & wetland conservation for students in grades K–12 through a student art project. The program helps students communicate visually what they have learned by creating an entry for the Junior Duck Stamp Program art contest. The art is judged in four age group categories in a statewide competition, and the entry judged Best of Show moves on to represent Massachusetts in the national JDS competition.  For more details on the Athol exhibit, contact Dave Small at dave@dhsmall.net or www.atholbirdclub.org.   

September 5: Statewide Early Canada Goose Season Opens Statewide NEW THIS YEAR—Hunting hours are ½ hour before sunset to ½ hour after sunset. These hours apply only to the Early Canada Goose Season which is open through September 22. Daily bag limit is 7 birds. All other migratory game bird regulations links to PDF fileapply.

September 7–10: Franklin County Fair, Greenfield Visit the MassWildlife exhibit while you enjoy the Franklin County Fair. Learn about some of the common wildlife living in your neighborhood and get your wildlife and outdoor recreation questions answered by MassWildlife staff. Click here for more information about the Franklin County Fair.

September 9: MassWildlife at Berkshire Natural Resources 50th Birthday Celebration, Dalton – Celebrate 50 years of landkeeping with Berkshire Natural Resources Council at the Holiday Farm, 100 Holiday Cottage Rd in Dalton from 10 a.m.–4 p.m.  This free, family-friendly day includes hay rides, guided walks, birds of prey, and musicians.  MassWildlife will be providing fishing and archery instruction for beginners in the morning and a fishing derby will take place all day.  Local food and beverage vendors will also be on site. While registration is not required, please consider letting BNRC know if you’ll attend by reserving a free “ticket” here.

 September 9: “Hooked On Scouting” Family Fishing Festival, Russell – This is a free, non-competitive, family friendly, learn to fish event at Russell Pond in Camp Moses, Birch Hill Road in Russell from 10 a.m.2 p.m. No fishing license required. Bring your fishing equipment, or borrow ours; limited equipment and bait will be provided. This event is in cooperation with the Boy Scouts of America Western MA Council. For more information, contact Tim Vogel at tim@tekoamountainoutdoors.com.  

September 9: Harold Parker State Forest Family Fishing Festival, Andover – This is a free, non-competitive, family friendly, learn to fish event at Sudden Pond in the Harold Parker State Forest in Andover from 10 a.m.2 p.m. No fishing license required. Bring your fishing equipment, or borrow ours; limited equipment and bait will be provided. This event is in cooperation with the Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR). For more information, contact Jim Lagacy at jim.lagacy@state.ma.us or (508) 389-6309.  

September 14: 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.

September 16 --- Pollinators in Decline, Westborough -- The public is invited to attend a free educational event to be held at MassWildlife’s Field Headquarters, 1 Rabbit Hill Road, Westboro on pollinators. The event which goes from 10 AM - Noon is being organized by the MA Beekeepers Association, Friends of the Earth and other groups.  Speakers from the Worcester County Beekeepers Association, MassWildlife, MassAudubon, New England Wildflower Society, and Worcester Polytechnic Institute. Representative Carolyn Dykema and Senator Jamie Eldridge are also speaking. RSVPs are appreciated but not required by clicking here.  For more information call (202) 222-0715 or email beeaction@foe.org.

September 17: MassWildlife at the Big MOE, Sturbridge – The Massachusetts Outdoor Expo, also known as The Big MOE is a free, family-friendly event designed to introduce young and old outdoor novices to outdoor skills, wildlife, and nature. MassWildlife, one of the main sponsors of this event, will host the fishing station, a habitat game station and a wildlife management station. Held at the Hamilton Rod and Gun Club in Sturbridge from 9 a.m.– 4 p.m., the Big MOE features over 45 skills stations, craft tables, and other exhibits relating to wildlife and the outdoors. This is a great opportunity to try new outdoor skills and activities such as fishing, archery, kayaking, shooting, building a bird box, geocaching, mountain biking, nature arts and crafts. Visit a New England Pioneer encampment, take a peek at live birds of prey and native reptiles, be part of a tree stand safety demonstration, get up close and personal at the 4-H petting exhibit. Food and drink is available for purchase. Service animals only are allowed. Please leave your pets at home. Local sportsmen’s clubs, outdoor businesses, conservation organizations sponsor most of the activity stations. Parking for the Big MOE is off-site (and free) at the Sturbridge Business Park, 660 Main Street, Sturbridge. Shuttle buses run throughout the day to the Big MOE. The Big MOE goes on rain-or-shine so bring appropriate clothing for the weather! 

September 18: Legislative Hearing, Westborough – A legislative hearing held by the Joint Committee on Environment, Natural Resources and Agriculture will take place on September 18 at 11 a.m. at MassWildlife’s Field Headquarters, 1 Rabbit Hill Road, Westborough MA 01581. The hearing is open to the public and will focus on hunting and fishing bills.

September 19Fisheries and Wildlife Board Meeting, Pepperell – The September meeting of the Fisheries and Wildlife Board will be held on Tuesday, September 19, 2017, at 11 a.m., at the Lawrence Library, 15 Main Street, Pepperell, MA. 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.

September 20 – October 20: Quack, Quack, Junior Duck Stamp Traveling Art Exhibit, Easthampton A combination of the top 25 pieces of JDS art created by young people will be on exhibit at the MassAudubon’s Arcadia Sanctuary in Easthampton. Teachers and their students are invited to participate in the Massachusetts Junior Duck Stamp (JDS) Program. JDS is designed to stimulate awareness and personal involvement in waterfowl & wetland conservation for students in grades K12 through a student art project. The program helps students communicate visually what they have learned by creating an entry for the Junior Duck Stamp Program art contest. The art is judged in four age group categories in a statewide competition, and the entry judged Best of Show moves on to represent Massachusetts in the national JDS competition. For more details on the Easthampton exhibit, contact Patti Steinmann at (413) 584-3009 x14.

September 30: Friends of Fearing Pond Family Fishing Festival, Plymouth This is a free, family friendly, learn to fish event at Fearing Pond in the Myles Standish State Forest, Plymouth, 9 a.m.–1 p.m. No fishing license required. Bring your fishing equipment, or borrow ours - limited equipment and bait will be provided. This event is in cooperation with the Friends of Myles Standish State Forest and the Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR). Contact Bill Vickstrom at wrvick@comcast.net for more information.

 


October 2017

2017 Fishing, Hunting, Trapping Season Dates

October 1–31: Quack, Quack, Junior Duck Stamp Traveling Art Exhibit, Athol –  A combination of the top 25 pieces of JDS art created by young people will be on exhibit at the Athol Public Library  in Athol. Teachers and their students are invited to participate in the Massachusetts Junior Duck Stamp (JDS) Program. JDS is designed to stimulate awareness and personal involvement in waterfowl & wetland conservation for students in grades K-12 through a student art project. The program helps students communicate visually what they have learned by creating an entry for the Junior Duck Stamp Program art contest. The art is judged in four age group categories in a statewide competition, and the entry judged Best of Show moves on to represent Massachusetts in the national JDS competition.  For more details on the Athol exhibit, contact Dave Small at dave@dhsmall.net or www.atholbirdclub.org.   

October 1–29: Quack, Quack, Junior Duck Stamp Traveling Art Exhibit, North Easton – A combination of the top 25 pieces of JDS art created by young people will be on exhibit at the Borderland State Park in North Easton. Teachers and their students are invited to participate in the Massachusetts Junior Duck Stamp (JDS) Program. JDS is designed to stimulate awareness and personal involvement in waterfowl & wetland conservation for students in grades K-12 through a student art project. The program helps students communicate visually what they have learned by creating an entry for the Junior Duck Stamp Program art contest. The art is judged in four age group categories in a statewide competition, and the entry judged Best of Show moves on to represent Massachusetts in the national JDS competition.  For more details on the North Easton exhibit, contact Ellenor Simmons at 508-238-6566.  

October 5--Public Habitat Site Walk, Birch Hill Wildlife Management Area, Winchendon. The public is invited to join MassWildlife Habitat Biologists and Restoration Ecologists from 4:00-6:00 pm on a walk through two portions of the Birch Hill WMA. Learn about the habitat management activities that will be occurring in the next year which will benefit many kinds of wildlife and wildlife related recreation. Visit a barrens restoration site on the east side of Priest Brook and a young forest site on the west side of Priest Brook. This walk will focus explaining the management practices that will occur at each site over the next year or so and the positive effects this will have on area wildlife. Meet in the parking area of the Winchendon Rod & Gun Club at 169 Winchendon Road in Royalston. Wear sturdy boots and be prepared for a moderately strenuous walk.

October 12--Public Habitat Site Walk, Montague Plains Wildlife Management Area, Montague 4:00-6:00 pm. Join MassWildlife Habitat Biologists and Restoration Ecologists on a walk through portions of the Montague Plains WMA that have been the focus of pitch pine/scrub oak barrens restoration for the past 20 years. Visit previous timber harvest areas from 2006 and 2015, a recently completed harvest area, and a 30-acre reserve area. Learn about the restoration and management history of the site, the positive effects of these activities for common and uncommon local wildlife and what activities will be occurring in the near future to provide viable habitat for a number of state-listed and dwindling species. Meet at the MassWildlife parking area off Lake Pleasant Road across from Beach Road (https://goo.gl/maps/64sqfikHiQy). Wear sturdy boots and be prepared for a moderately strenuous walk.

October 15 – November 15: Quack, Quack, Junior Duck Stamp Traveling Art Exhibit, Lawrence – A combination of the top 25 pieces of JDS art created by young people will be on exhibit at the Lawrence Heritage State Park  in Lawrence. Teachers and their students are invited to participate in the Massachusetts Junior Duck Stamp (JDS) Program. JDS is designed to stimulate awareness and personal involvement in waterfowl & wetland conservation for students in grades K-12 through a student art project. The program helps students communicate visually what they have learned by creating an entry for the Junior Duck Stamp Program art contest. The art is judged in four age group categories in a statewide competition, and the entry judged Best of Show moves on to represent Massachusetts in the national JDS competition.  For more details on the Lawrence exhibit, contact Jim Beauchesne at 978-794-1665.

October 21: Project WILD and Aquatic WILD: Professional Development Workshop for K–12 Educators, West Boylston – 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. The program emphasizes terrestrial and aquatic wildlife because of their intrinsic, ecological value, as well as their role in teaching how ecosystems function. Workshop participants will receive a copy of the guides 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 to learn more about this workshop. pdf format of Project WILD and Aquatic WILD, W. Boylston 2017 To register, please contact Jim Lafley at jim.lafley@state.ma.us or (508) 792-7423 x 231. Registration deadline is October 13, 2017.  

October 21–22: Northeast Wildlife Trackers Conference – The Northeast Wildlife Trackers will hold their 9th annual conference at the Massachusetts Division of Fisheries & Wildlife Field Headquarters, 1 Rabbit Hill Road in Westborough. There will be something for everyone from beginner to advanced, including speakers and presenters. The keynote speaker will be world-renowned bear expert, Ben Kilham who has been studying the behavior of black bears and rescuing orphaned cubs for over 20 years. The second day of field programs is optional, with a separate registration and fee. Registration opens in August at www.northeastwildlifetrackers.org. Check the website and Facebook for updates at www.facebook.com/northeasttrackersconference/.


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