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July 2016

Read the July MassWildlife Monthly Newsletter

2016 Fishing, Hunting, & Tapping Season Dates
 

July 12: Public Meeting on Proposed 2016 Blue Hills Controlled Deer Management Hunt, Milton – The Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR) and the Massachusetts Division of Fisheries and Wildlife (MassWildlife) will provide an overview of outcomes from the 2015 Deer Management Program and provide information on the proposed Deer Management Plan for 2016. The meeting is from 6:30 P.M. – 8:00 P.M. at the Milton High School Auditorium, 25 Gile Road in Milton.

July 12 & 19: Adult “Learn To Fish” Class, Bridgewater – This class is in cooperation with the Bridgewater Public Library at the Bridgewater Public Library - 15 South Street Bridgewater, from 6:00 P.M. to 8:00 P.M. This is a two session adult only “learn to fish” course designed for beginners. *This event is open to the public, minimum age is 18, and pre-registration is required – contact Rose Mamakos at the Bridgewater Public Library (508) 697-3331 or RMAMAKOS@bridgewaterma.org

July 13: Massachusetts Black Bears, Belchertown – From the 1970s to today, the black bear population in Massachusetts has grown from about 100 to over 4,000. This makes it very possible to catch a glimpse of a bear while walking down a local trail or maybe even spot one in your own yard. There's no need to fear, though, as black bears are not naturally fierce. Learn all about this and more with Ralph Taylor, MassWildlife Connecticut Valley District Manager, as he describes the history of the American Black Bear in Massachusetts; their common behaviors; when humans and bears have been known to clash; and how to co-exist with these woodland animals. The talk will take place in the Belchertown High School auditorium (142 Springfield Road) at 7:00 P.M. and is open to the public.

July 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.

July 14: “Ladies Night Out” Fishing Clinic, Billerica – This clinic is in cooperation with the Billerica Parks and Recreation Department at Nuttings Lake in Billerica, 6:00 P.M. – 8:00 P.M. This is a free, non-competitive, learn to fish event. Bring your fishing equipment, or borrow ours - limited equipment and bait will be provided. *Open to the public. For more information, please contact Sandra Libby at (978) 671-0921 or slibby@town.billerica.ma.us

July 16: Return of the Bald Eagle and Peregrine Falcon and Capture Myopathy in Avian Rehabilitation Lecture, Boylston – Summer Star Wildlife Sanctuary's Mark Pokras Lecture Series presents a free environmental education series, featuring Dr. Tom French of MassWildlife, who will discuss Bald Eagle and Peregrine Falcon restoration, and Dr. Stephany Lewis of the Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine, who will discuss the incidence and treatment of capture myopathy. Please RSVP to Summer Star Wildlife Sanctuary at (508) 869-3434 or info@SummerStarWildlife.org This free lecture will be at 11AM at the Sanctuary (690 Linden St., Boylston) and refreshments will be served. Click here for more information.

July 24: The Taunton River Watershed Alliance Family Fishing Day, Berkley – This event is cosponsored by the MassWildlife Angler Education Program, the Department of Conservation and Recreation, and the Taunton River Watershed Alliance at Dighton Rock State Park – Bay View Ave., Berkley, 12:00 P.M. to 3:00 P.M.  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. *Open to the public. For more information, contact Jim Lagacy at jim.lagacy@state.ma.us

July 21: Into the Night: Exploring Moths and Other Nocturnal Insects, Westborough – Discover a world of beautiful colors and patterns and extraordinary diversity when you learn simple techniques to observe moths from MassWildlife’s Invertebrate Zoologist Michael Nelson. From luring techniques and rearing methods to identification tips, novice and experienced naturalists alike will learn something new. After the lecture, attendees will have a chance to view live moths at a luring station (light and sheet) outside the building. *The talk begins at 8:00 P.M. at the new MassWildlife Field Headquarters building, 1 Rabbit Hill Road in Westborough. Talks are free and open to the public.

July 27: Fisheries and Wildlife Board Meeting, Newburyport – The July meeting of the Fisheries and Wildlife Board will be held on Wednesday, July 27, 2016, at 11:00 A.M., at the Parker River National Wildlife Refuge Visitor’s Center (6 Plum Island Turnpike, Newburyport). 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.

July 30: Houghton’s Pond Family Fishing Festival, Milton – This event is in cooperation  with the Department of Conservation and Recreation (Blue Hills Reservation), at Houghtons Pond – Picnic Area #5 (Blue Hill River Road, Milton) from 10:00 A.M. – 1:00 P.M. 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. *Open to the public. For more information, contact Ray Mckinnon at the Blue Hills Reservation at ray.mckinnon@state.ma.us or Jim Lagacy of MassWildlife at jim.lagacy@state.ma.us

July 30: Women in the Outdoors Event (WITO), Auburn – Organized by the National Wild Turkey Federation Central Massachusetts Chapter and sponsored in part by MassWildlife's Becoming an Outdoors Woman Program, WITO is dedicated to providing interactive educational outdoor opportunities for women aged 13 and up and includes both hunting and non-hunting activities. WITO will feature over 30 instructional classes, seminars, and activities, perfect for beginners. Space is limited and registration is required. For a full list of classes and to register, please click here.


August 2016

August 1-12: The Art and Science of Creating a Junior Duck Stamp Design, Westborough – This is a series of six classes (Monday/Wednesday/Friday) to prepare students in grades 4-6 to enter the 2017 Junior Duck Stamp Competition. This series will explore the fascinating world of waterfowl by combining art, research, conservation, science, and writing. To learn more about JDS, please click here. For more information about this course and to pre-register, please click here.

August 4: Prescribed Fire: Maintaining and Restoring Wildlife Habitat throughout Massachusetts, Westborough – Did you know that many rare plants and animals in Massachusetts rely on periodic fire to thrive? Join Caren Caljouw, member of MassWildlife’s prescribed fire team, to learn how these special fire-adapted communities are being restored on public lands like Inland Barrens in central Massachusetts and Sandplain Grasslands on the Cape. Also, find out how members of the public are helping catalogue these fire-adapted habitats. The talk begins at 7:00 P.M. at the new MassWildlife Field Headquarters building, 1 Rabbit Hill Road in Westborough. Talks are free and open to the public.

August 13: Billerica Dog Days Family Fishing Day, Billerica – This event is in cooperation with the Billerica Recreation Department at Nuttings Lake in Billerica, 9:00 A.M. – 12:00 P.M. 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. *Open to the public. For more information, contact Sandra Libby at (978) 671-0921 or slibby@town.billerica.ma.us


September 2016

September 7 & 14: Adult “Learn To Fish” Class, Longmeadow – These classes are in cooperation with the Longmeadow Recreation Department at 231 Maple Road, Longmeadow from 5:30 P.M. to 7:30 P.M. This is a two session adult only “learn to fish” course designed for beginners. *This event is open to the public, minimum age is 18, and pre-registration is required – contact Bari Jarvis at bjarvis@longmeadow.org or (413) 565-4160.

September 8: 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 8 & 15: Adult “Learn To Fish” Class, Billerica – This class is in cooperation with the Billerica Recreation at Billerica Recreation - 248 Boston Rd. Billerica from 5:30 P.M. to 7:30 P.M. This is a two session adult only “learn to fish” course designed for beginners. *This event is open to the public, minimum age is 18, and pre-registration is required – contact Sandra Libby at (978) 671-0921 or slibby@town.billerica.ma.us

September 10: Harold Parker State Forest Family Fishing Festival, Andover – This festival is at Sudden Pond in the Harold Parker State Forest in Andover, 10:00 A.M. – 2:00 P.M. 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. *Open to the public. For more information, contact the Harold Parker State Forest at (978) 686-3391.

September 18: Sandwich Fish Hatchery Tour, Sandwich  –  Did you know that the Sandwich fish hatchery annually produces about 75,000 trout that are stocked into Massachusetts water bodies? The Sandwich facility is the oldest of MassWildlife’s five fish hatcheries. Join us for a tour of the rearing facilities and raceways and see Brook, Rainbow, Brown, and Tiger Trout in different stages of growth. Tour times to be announced, check Mass.gov/dfw/conservation-connections for tour times and details.

September 22: MassWildlife Hatchery History, Westborough –  Shortly after its founding 150 years ago, MassWildlife began rearing and stocking fish.  In fact, Massachusetts was the first state in the country to initiate a fish culture program. Today more than 500,000 trout are produced by the Division’s five fish hatcheries for anglers across the Commonwealth to enjoy. Join Ken Simmons, MassWildlife’s Chief of Hatcheries, for a fascinating look at the history of the agency’s longest running program. Also, historical photos and other artifacts from the hatchery and stocking program will be on display.

September 24: Friends Of Myles Standish State Forest "Take Me Fishin'!" Event, Plymouth – This event is at Fearing Pond in Myles Standish State Forest in Plymouth, 10:00 A.M. – 2:00 P.M. This is a free, family friendly, learn to fish event. Bring your fishing equipment, or borrow ours - limited equipment and bait will be provided *Open to the public.  For more information, contact Rose Mellino at rosemellino@gmail.com

September 25: Massachusetts Outdoor Expo "The Big MOE", Sturbridge – Experience the Massachusetts Outdoor Expo (“The Big MOE”) at the Hamilton Rod and Gun Club grounds in Sturbridge, MA from 9:00 A.M. to 4:00 P.M. This FREE, family-oriented event celebrates outdoor skills, nature, art, and wildlife. Stations include: shotgun, rifle, and airgun shooting; mountain biking; fishing; archery; bird house building; and more! For more information, please click here. Individuals or groups who are interested in volunteering or hosting a station are encouraged to contact Gary Zima at (508) 389-6314 or gary.zima@state.ma.us 


October 2016

October 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.

October 25: 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. 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. EDCO Collaborative, 36 Middlesex Turnpike, Bedford. Please click here for more information about this workshop. pdf format of GUW Edco 2016
Please contact Dana Mullaley at dmullaley@edcollab.org. Registration deadline is October 18, 2016.


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