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June 2016

Read the June MassWildlife Monthly Newsletter

2016 Season Summaries pdf format of Seasons Summary 2016

June 4: MassWildlife's 150th Anniversary Celebration – 2016 marks the 150th anniversary of the Massachusetts Division of Fisheries and Wildlife. Join us at our Field Headquarters at 1 Rabbit Hill Road, Westborough to celebrate this important milestone from 10AM - 3PM. This event is perfect for families and will feature live animals, guided nature walks, interactive fish and wildlife displays, crafts, and hands-on activities like archery, casting, and simulated target shooting. Please click here for a flier pdf format of June 4 MassWildlife Open House Save the Date
. Please visit www.mass.gov/masswildlife150 to see all anniversary events and information.

June 4 & 5: Free Fishing Weekend – Take a friend or family member fishing - you won't need a fishing license to fish any public fresh-water lake, pond, reservoir, river or stream statewide from 12:00 A.M. Saturday June 4th until 11:59 P.M. Sunday June 5th. While you can fish for free on June 4th and 5th, a license is required at all other times for those 15 years of age or older. At all other times, youths ages 15 to 17 must obtain and carry a fishing license; however, licenses are free for that age group. Funds from fishing license sales support MassWildlife’s fisheries research, fish stocking programs, and angler education programs. For saltwater anglers, free saltwater fishing weekend is June 18-19. 

June 4: Disabled American Veterans Fishing Festival, Hudson – This event is in cooperation with the Riverside Rod And Gun Club at 16 Wilkins Street (Rt. 62) in Hudson from 10:00 A.M. – 2:00 P.M. *This event is open to disabled veterans only. For more information, please contact Jim Lagacy at 508-389-6309 or jim.lagacy@state.ma.us

June 4: Billerica 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

June 4: Great Falls Discovery Center Family Fishing Day, Turners Falls – This event is in cooperation with the Department of Conservation and Recreation at the Great Falls Discovery Center in Turners Falls (2 Avenue A), 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, please contact Jim Lagacy at 508-389-6309 or jim.lagacy@state.ma.us

June 4: Aquatic WILD: Adaptations for Survival Professional Development Workshop, 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 highlight animals and plants inhabiting local wetland areas and their physical and behavioral adaptations for survival. Through the use of balanced curriculum materials and professional training workshops, Aquatic WILD accomplishes its goal of developing awareness, knowledge, skills and commitment. Workshop participants will receive a copy of the guide and a certificate of completion. This hands-on activity based 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 Aquatic WILD Sandwich 2016: Adaptations
To register please contact Mary Beers at mary.beers@thorntonburgess.org or (508) 888-6870. Registration deadline is May 24, 2016.

June 4: Get Up and Get Outdoors at Buffumville Lake, Charlton – This event is at the Buffumville Lake in cooperation with the US Army Corps of Engineers Buffumville Lake, the Charlton Conservation Department, and the MassWildlife Angler Education Program from 10:00 A.M. – 1:00 P.M. at the North Cove Picnic Area off of Oxford Road in 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. *Open to the public. For more information, contact Nicole Giles at (508) 248-5697 or Nicole.C.Giles@usace.army.mil

June 5: Horn Pond Family Fishing Festival, Woburn – This festival is in cooperation with the Woburn Elks from 9:00 A.M. to 1:00 P.M. at Horn Pond in Woburn (Located on the south end of the pond near the boat ramp area off of Pond Street.) 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. Please contact Jim Lagacy at 508-389-6309 or Jim.Lagacy@State.Ma.Us for more information.

June 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.

June 11: Spot Pond Family Fishing Festival, Stoneham – This festival is in cooperation with the Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR) and the Stoneham Police at Spot Pond in Stoneham (located at the Straw Point area on the north end of Spot Pond off of New South Street) from 9:00 A.M. to 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 Jim Lagacy at 508-389-6309 or jim.lagacy@state.ma.us

June 11: Hooked On Scouting” Family Fishing Festival, Russell – This event is in cooperation with The Boy Scouts of America Western MA Council at Russell Pond in Camp Moses (Birch Hill Road, Russell) from 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 Steve Roberts at Steven.Roberts@Scouting.org

June 11: Fly Fishing Clinic, Clinton – This event is in cooperation with the Department of Conservation and Recreation at Lancaster Mill Pond in Clinton from 9:00 A.M. to 11:00 A.M. Discover the fun of fly fishing! We will teach casting techniques and discuss gear, fly types, and some of the fish species in and around the Wachusett Reservoir. If you have your own gear you are welcome to bring it, but we will have some rods available to use. Previous experience and a license are not necessary! Meet at Lancaster Mill Pond at the end of Grove Street (Clinton). *Open to the public - minimum age is 12 and pre-registration is required. Contact Jim Lafley at Jim.Lafley@state.ma.us or 508-792-7423 x 231 to register.

June 18: Endicott Park Family Fishing Festival, Danvers – This festival is cosponsored by the MassWildlife Angler Education Program and Danvers Recreation at Endicott Park on 57 Forest Street, Danvers from 10:00 A.M. to 1:00 P.M. This is a non-competitive, family friendly, learn to fish event. Bring your fishing equipment, or borrow ours - limited equipment and bait will be provided. This is a FREE event; however, all visitors are subject to a $1 resident vehicle or $3 non-resident vehicle user fee. *Open to the public. For more information, please contact Christine Dean at (978) 774-6518 or Jim Lagacy at (508) 389-6309 or jim.lagacy@state.ma.us.

June 18: Great Meadows Family Fishing Festival, Sudbury – This festival is in cooperation with the US Fish & Wildlife Service at the USFWS Eastern Massachusetts National Wildlife Refuge Complex (Great Meadows) at 73 Weir Hill Road, Sudbury from 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 – please contact Kizette Ortizvangar at (978) 562-3527 Ext.117 or Kizette_Ortizvanger@Fws.Gov

June 19: "Catch" a Cure for Lung Cancer, Bourne – MassWildlife's Southeast District will be participating in the 2nd Annual Catch a Cure for Lung Cancer Event. This "fisherman's flea market" is a fun filled day of food, friends, music, and entertainment to raise donations for Lung Cancer Research at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute. The event takes place at the outside field of the Gallo Ice Arena, 231 Sandwich Road, Bourne, MA, 7:30 AM. - 4 P.M. 

June 21: Fisheries and Wildlife Board Meeting and Public Hearing, East Wareham – The June meeting of the Fisheries and Wildlife Board will be held on Tuesday, June 21, 2016, at 1:00 P.M., at the UMass Cranberry Station, 1 State Bog Road, East Wareham, Massachusetts. At 3:00 P.M. in the same location, there will be a public hearing to amend the Division of Fisheries and Wildlife’s rules and regulations at 321 CMR 2.0, 3.0, 4.0, and 11.0 governing Miscellaneous Regulations Relating to Fisheries and Wildlife, Hunting, Fishing, and Nature Preserves; and to rescind the Division of Fisheries and Wildlife’s regulations at 321 CMR 6.0, the Dog Restraining Order, and at 321 CMR 8.0, which is a placeholder regulation that specifies the location of the State List of Endangered Wildlife and Wild Plants at 321 CMR 10.0. 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.

June 22 & 29: Adult “Learn To Fish” Class, Westborough – This event is in cooperation with Westborough Recreation at the MassWildlife Field Headquarters in Westborough at 1 Rabbit Hill Rd. from 6:00 P.M. to 8:30 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 Alan Grady at 508-366-3066 or agrady@town.westborough.ma.us

June 24: Western Massachusetts Woodlands for Wildlife: Managing your Land for Wildlife Habitat, Conway – This easy field walk and discussion will highlight programs available to landowners who want to improve bird and wildlife habitat on their land. The event takes place from 9:30 – 11:30 A.M. and is free and open to the public. To register and get directions email Melissa Patterson at melissa@masswoodlands.org or call (413) 625 9151.
More details: Landowner Tony Borton will take participants on a tour through grasslands and forests that provide critical food and shelter for birds and other wildlife. Experts from Mass Wildlife and MA DCR Service Forestry will be on hand to talk about wildlife species that are in decline as well as management programs designed to enhance wildlife habitat. Participants will review a Forest Stewardship Plan and see firsthand how plan recommendations can benefit wildlife while working to meet landowner wishes.
The Western Mass Woodlands for Wildlife program is a regional partnership between MA Department of Conservation and Recreation, Massachusetts Audubon, the Massachusetts Woodlands Institute, the Massachusetts Forest Alliance, and USDA’s Natural Resource Conservation Service. Together, these organizations are providing expertise, assistance and cost share funds to help you to manage your woodlands for wildlife.

June 25: MassWildlife at Falmouth Rod & Gun Club Youth/ Family Day, East Falmouth – MassWildlife Southeast District staff will be participating in the Youth/Family Day, which offers free firearms and archery instruction, fly tying and flyfishing instruction, and other family-friendly wildlife and outdoor related activities and information. The Youth Day is from 10AM-2PM, Falmouth Rod and Gun Club, 203 Carriage Shop Road, East Falmouth, MA.


July 2016

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 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 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 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 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 & 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 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

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 25, 2016 – 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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