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February 2017

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

January 25 and February 1: Basic Freshwater Fly Tying Class, Belchertown – Learn the basic skills of tying your own flies during this free, hands-on, two-session course offered at MassWildlife’s Connecticut Valley District Office, 341 East Street, Belchertown from 6:30 P.M. 8:30 P.M. All tools and tying materials provided. Participation is mandatory for both sessions. *Open to the public, for beginning fly tyers only, minimum age is 15. Pre-registration is mandatory. Please contact Jim Lagacy to pre-register at 508-389-6309 or jim.lagacy@state.ma.us

February 4: Family Ice Fishing Festival, CharltonCANCELLED DUE TO UNSAFE ICE

February 8 and 15: Basic Freshwater Fly Tying Class, Westborough Learn the basic skills of tying your own flies during this free, hands-on, two-session course offered at the MassWildlife Field Headquarters, 1 Rabbit Hill Road, Westborough, from 7:00 P.M. 9:00 P.M. All tools and tying materials provided. Participation is mandatory for both sessions. *Open to the public, for beginning fly tyers only, minimum age is 15. Pre-registration is mandatory. Please contact Jim Lagacy to pre-register at 508-389-6309 or jim.lagacy@state.ma.us

February 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.

February 11 & 12: 38th Annual Southeastern MA Sportsman’s Show, East Bridgewater – Sponsored by the Standish Sportsman’s Association. Stop by the MassWildlife booth where you can purchase or renew your license (credit card only), chat with MassWildlife staff, and pick up information about hunting and fishing regulations, and more! Show hours are Saturday, February 11th 9 A.M. to 5 P.M. and Sunday, February 12th 9 A.M. to 2 P.M. For more information go to: standishsportsmans.com.

February 11: Project WILD Professional Development Workshop for Elementary Educators, Westborough– 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. Through the use of balanced curriculum materials and professional training workshops, Project 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 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 Project Wild Workshop February 2017 Westborough
To register please contact Pam Landry, MassWildlife at pam.landry@state.ma.us or Barbara Shumaker, shumakerb@westboroughk12.org. Registration deadline is February 1, 2017.

February 12: Family Ice Fishing Festival, Georgetown – CANCELLED DUE TO UNSAFE ICE

February 12: Macgyver “Ed” Peary Ice Fishing Derby, Billerica CANCELLED DUE TO UNSAFE ICE

February 21 and 23: Basic Freshwater Fly Tying Class, Charlton – Learn the basic skills of tying your own flies during this free, hands-on, two-session course offered at the Charlton Senior Center, 37 Main Street, Charlton  from 7:00 P.M. – 9:00 P.M. All tools and tying materials provided. Participation is mandatory for both sessions. *Open to the public, for beginning fly tiers only, minimum age is 15. Pre-registration is mandatory. Please contact Todd Girard to pre-register at 508-248-2247 or todd.girard@townofcharlton.net

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

February 24-26: Springfield Sportsmen's Show – Stop by MassWildlife's booth at the Springfield Sportsmen's Show at the Big "E" Fairgrounds in West Springfield to purchase your hunting and fishing licenses and ask staff your fish and wildlife questions. 

February 26: Sterling Area Birds and Where To Find Them, Sterling There are some pretty special birds in and around Sterling: bluebirds, woodcocks, and kestrels; wood ducks, osprey and herons and even our national symbol, the bald eagle. Where can you find these winged neighbors? It helps to know where to look for them. Learn more from Andrew (Drew) Vitz, MassWildlife Ornithologist at the Sterling Land Trust’s Annual Meeting and Speaker Program on Sunday, February 25 at 1:30 P.M. in the Sterling Senior Center located at 36 Muddy Pond Road in Sterling.  Find out where these birds are located, why some birds in town need special conservation assistance, which birds are already being helped, and what actions you can take to help birds in the area!   For more information, contact Marion Larson, Sterling Land Trust by email at marion46@verizon.net or call 978-422-5162.

February 28: Rattlesnake Review Working Group Meeting, Belchertown The Review Group will hold its second meeting at 6:30 P.M. at Lawrence Memorial Hall (Belchertown Town Hall, 2 Jabish Street). The public is invited to observe the proceedings. Learn more about this group.


March 2017

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 –  This is both an ice fishing education program and derby open to all scouts and their families at Chesterfield Scout Reservation in Williamsburg from 9:00 A.M. – 3:00 P.M. Bring your ice fishing equipment, or borrow ours; limited equipment will be available. This event is in cooperation with the Western Massachusetts Council. There will be a charge of $5 per person payable in person to the Western MA Council. For more information contact Tim Vogel at tim@tekoamountainoutdoors.com or Jim Lagacy at jim.lagacy@state.ma.us. *PLEASE NOTE - THIS EVENT WILL ONLY BE HELD IF THERE IS 6 INCHES OR MORE OF SAFE ICE. IF THE FORECAST IS FOR RAIN, OR SNOW THE EVENT WILL BE CANCELLED.

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 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.


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 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 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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