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April 2015

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2015 Hunting, Fishing, Trapping Season Summary pdf format of Seasons Summary 2015

April 1: Fire as a Management Tool in Land Restoration, Concord – Tim Simmons, MassWildlife Restoration Ecologist will present in the Theater Building at Middlesex School, 1400 Lowell Road in Concord at 7:30 P.M. This talk is part of a series of lectures sponsored by the Conservation Consortium, a cooperative venture of Concord’s three high schools. This event is free and open to the public.

April 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.

April 10: Spring Eagle Count, Statewide – MassWildlife is preparing for its Spring Eagle Count, scheduled for April 10. In the case of bad weather, the backup survey date is April 17. The goal for the survey is to document active eagle nests and identify any banded birds throughout the state. This will be done by checking nests that have been used in previous years and searching for new nests in areas where recent eagle activity has been reported or where the habitat seems especially good for breeding eagles.  When eagles are observed, remember to look for any bands on the legs.  Banded eagles will have a coded color-band (states use different colors) that is often readable either using binoculars or high resolution photography. If you would like to participate in this count, please contact Andrew Vitz at (508) 389- 6394 or Andrew.vitz@state.ma.us

April 11: Westfield River Symposium, Westfield – “Outdoor Fun in Your Watershed” will be the focus of the Westfield River Watershed Association’s 21st Annual Westfield River Symposium. MassWildlife Fisheries Biologist Leanda Fontaine will be making a presentation entitled, “Westfield River Watershed: Fishing a Gem of the West” at 9:45AM and MassWildlife will also have an exhibit at the symposium. This event is free and open to the public and will be located at Westfield State University’s Scanlon Banquet Hall. Please click here for more information and the schedule.

April 15: Bald Eagle Restoration, Concord – Drew Vitz, MassWildlife State Ornithologist will give a presentation in the Ransome Room at Concord Academy, 166 Main Street in Concord at 7:30 P.M. This talk is part of a series of lectures sponsored by the Conservation Consortium, a cooperative venture of Concord’s three high schools. This event is free and open to the public.

April 25: Fisheries and Wildlife Board Meeting, Westborough – The April meeting of the Fisheries and Wildlife Board will be held on Saturday, April 25, 2015, at 10:00 A.M., at the Division of Fisheries and Wildlife’s Field Headquarters, Richard Cronin Building, 1 Rabbit Hill Road, off North Drive, Westborough, Massachusetts. 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 29: Linking Landscapes Presentation, Groton – Groton Turtle Conservation and NRWA are co-sponsoring a Linking Landscapes presentation by MassWildlife Endangered Species Review Biologist David Paulson. Turtles have existed for millions of years, but roadways are threatening the survival of local populations. Turtles in Massachusetts often cross roadways late spring to early fall and are vulnerable to car collisions. Ambitious citizen scientists, turtle enthusiasts, and conservation organizations are encouraged to join state wildlife and transportation personnel in collecting data for the Turtle Roadway Mortality Monitoring Program. Linking Landscapes for Massachusetts Wildlife, a recent partnership between the Division of Fisheries and Wildlife (DFW), Department of Transportation (DOT) Highway Division and UMass-Amherst, trained volunteers to collect data and is expanding its volunteer program by offering citizen scientist information and training sessions. These sessions are designed to train new volunteers, acknowledge current volunteer efforts, and share results from the first year of data collection. The information and training session is free, open to the public, and will take place from 7:00- 9:00 PM at the NRWA River Resource Center at 592 Main Street (Rt. 119) in Groton. Pre-registration is not required, but appreciated for planning purposes. To pre-register, please contact Pam Gilfillan, NRWA Development Associate, at (978) 448-0299 or  PamG@NashuaRiverWatershed.org. Learn more about the Linking Landscapes program and Groton Turtle Conservation


May 2015

2015 Hunting, Fishing, Trapping Season Summary pdf format of Seasons Summary 2015

May 2: Snow Pond Family Fishing Festival, Charlton – This event is in cooperation with the Charlton Conservation Department at Snow Pond in Charlton (12 Cemetery Road) 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 – Contact Todd Girard at 508-248-2247 or todd.girard@townofcharlton.net for more information.

May 2: Needham Recreation Family Fishing Derby, Needham – This event is in cooperation with the Needham Park and Recreation Commission at the Needham Reservoir, 9:00 A.M. – 12:00 P.M., 470 Dedham Ave, Needham. This a family friendly, learn to fish event. Bring your own fishing equipment, or borrow ours- limited equipment and bait will be provided. *Open to the public – Contact Karen Peirce at 781-455-7521.

May 3: Brookline Reservoir Family Fishing Festival, Brookline – This event is in cooperation with the Brookline Recreation Department at the Brookline Reservoir (located along Rte. 9 between Lee and Warren Streets in Brookline), 9:00 A.M. – 12:00 P.M. This a family friendly, learn to fish event. Bring your own fishing equipment, or borrow ours- limited equipment and bait will be provided. *Open to the public – Contact Stephanie Springer at sspringer@brooklinema.gov or Jim Lagacy at jim.lagacy@state.ma.us or 508-389-6309 for more information.

May 6: Linking Landscapes Presentation, Lenox – Join MassWildlife Endangered Species Review Biologist David Paulson for a Linking Landscapes presentation. Turtles have existed for millions of years, but roadways are threatening the survival of local populations. Turtles in Massachusetts often cross roadways late spring to early fall and are vulnerable to car collisions. Ambitious citizen scientists, turtle enthusiasts, and conservation organizations are encouraged to join state wildlife and transportation personnel in collecting data for the Turtle Roadway Mortality Monitoring Program. Linking Landscapes for Massachusetts Wildlife, a recent partnership between the Division of Fisheries and Wildlife (DFW), Department of Transportation (DOT) Highway Division and UMass-Amherst, trained volunteers to collect data and is expanding its volunteer program by offering citizen scientist information and training sessions. These sessions are designed to train new volunteers, acknowledge current volunteer efforts, and share results from the first year of data collection. The information and training session will be held on Wednesday, May 6th, 2015 at the United Methodist Church, 6 Holmes Road in Lenox starting at 6:00 PM. The event will be cosponsored with the Berkshire Environmental Action Team (BEAT) and Project Native. The sessions are free, but pre-registration is encouraged. Interested volunteers can register with Dave Paulson at David.Paulson@state.ma.us or (508) 389-6366. Light refreshments will be provided.

May 9: Spec Pond Family Fishing Festival, Wilbraham – This event is in Cooperation with the Wilbraham Parks and Recreation Department at Spec Pond - 2540 Boston Rd (Rt. 20), in Wilbraham, 10:00am – 2:00pm. 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 – Contact Jim Lagacy (MassWildlife) at 508-389-6309 or jim.lagacy@state.ma.us

May 9: Coes Pond Kids Fishing Derby, Worcester – This event is sponsored by the Worcester Fish and Game Association at Coes Pond in Worcester (Mill Street beach area) from 8:00 A.M. – 11:00 A.M. *Open to the public – Contact Jim Lagacy at 508-389-6309 or jim.lagacy@state.ma.us

May 12: 75 Years of Wildlife and Wildlife Management in Worcester County, Sterling – The Sterling Historical Society is hosting a free wildlife history program on May 12, 2015 at the Hiram O. Taylor American Legion Post 189 located on 32 School Street in Sterling beginning at 7 PM.  Marion Larson, of the Division of Fisheries and Wildlife and Sterling resident will be the guest speaker.  Learn about the history of Massachusetts wildlife and wildlife management over the past 75 years. How is it moose and bear are now seen in Sterling and the surrounding region?  Where have the whip-poor-wills gone? How did turkeys come to be so numerous? Find out why and how the types of wildlife you see in Worcester County has changed over the years. Discover the role science, sportsmen, and other conservationists have played in restoring many kinds of the wildlife you see today and the challenges ahead for the future. For more information, contact Al Long, Sterling Historical Society, at 978-422-6224 or email him at ajlong32@comcast.net.

May 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.

May 16: Disabled American Veterans Fishing Festival, Marlboro – This event is in cooperation with the Marlboro Fish and Game Club at the Marlboro Fish and Game Club, 1 Muddy Lane, Marlboro, 10:00 A.M. – 2:00 P.M. *This fishing event is open to disabled veterans only – Contact Jim Lagacy at 508-389-6309 or jim.lagacy@state.ma.us for more information.

May 17: Whitman’s Pond Family Fishing Festival, Weymouth – This event is in cooperation with the Whitman’s Pond Association in 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 – Contact Jim Lagacy at 508-389-6309 or jim.lagacy@state.ma.us

May 23: Otter River State Forest Family Fishing Festival, Baldwinville – This event is in cooperation with the Department of Conservation and Recreation at Beaman Pond (86 Winchendon Rd., Baldwinville) 10:00 A.M. – 2:00 P.M. Come celebrate the 100th Anniversary of Massachusetts first State Forest - Otter River State Forest - by participating in this family fun event. This is a free, learn to fish event. Bring your fishing equipment, or borrow ours - limited equipment and bait will be provided.*Open to the public – Contact Jim Lagacy by phone at 508-389-6309 or email at jim.lagacy@state.ma.us or Michael Travaglini by phone at 978-939-8962 or by email at michael.travaglini@state.ma.us


June 2015

2015 Hunting, Fishing, Trapping Season Summary pdf format of Seasons Summary 2015

June 6 & 7: 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 6th until 11:59 P.M. Sunday June 7th. While you can fish for free this weekend, all other times you will need a fishing licenses if you are 15 years of age or older. A fishing license is a wonderful investment in your state, as the fees support fisheries research, fish stocking programs, angler education programs and many other services provided by MassWildlife.  Youths’ ages 15 to 17 will not be charged for a fishing license, while they still need to obtain one, it is free of charge – visit for details.

June 6: Great Falls Discovery Center Family Fishing Day, Turners Falls – This event is in cooperation with the US Fish and Wildlife Service 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 pubic –Contact Laurel Carpenter at 413-863-3221 or laurelcarpenter@fws.gov

June 6: Spot Pond Family Fishing Festival, Stoneham – This event is in cooperation with the Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR), and the Stoneham Police at Spot Pond in Stoneham, 9:00 A.M. – 1:00 P.M. - located at the Straw Point area on the north end of Spot Pond off of New South 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 – Contact Jim Lagacy at 508-389-6309 or jim.lagacy@state.ma.us

June 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.

June 13: Carbuncle Pond Family Fishing Festival, Oxford – This event is cosponsored by the MassWildlife Angler Education Program and the Town of Oxford Conservation Department. This non-competitive, family friendly, learn-to-fish event will be held at Carbuncle Pond in Oxford (beach area off Main St.) from 10:00 A.M. – 2:00 P.M. Bring your fishing equipment, or borrow ours- limited equipment and bait will be provided. *Open to the public – Contact Judy Lochner at 508-987-6044 or jlochner@town.oxford.ma.us or Jim Lagacy at 508-389-6309 or jim.lagacy@state.ma.us

June 13: Growing Up WILD Professional Development Workshop, Cambridge – 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. This workshop is located at Maynard Ecology Center at Fresh Pond Reservation, 650 Concord Ave., Cambridge, MA. Click here for more information about this workshop. pdf format of GUW Fresh Pond
Please contact Jean Rogers at jrogers@cambridgema.gov or (508) 562-7506 for registration details. Registration deadline June 1, 2015.

June 14: Project WILD Professional Development Workshop, Lincoln – 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. 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 Lincoln June 14 2015
. To register please contact Pam Landry at pam.landry@state.ma.us or (508) 389-6310. Registration deadline is June 1, 2015.

June 14: Endicott Park Family Fishing Festival, Danvers – This event is cosponsored by the MassWildlife Education Program and Danvers Recreation. This festival will be held at Endicott Park at 57 Forest Street in Danvers from 10 A.M. – 1 P.M. This is a non-competitive, family friendly, learn-to-fish event. Bring your own 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 Contact Christine Dean at 978-774-6518 or cdean@mail.danvers-ma.org or Jim Lagacy at 508-389-6309 or jim.lagacy@state.ma.us

June 20: Great Meadows Family Fishing Day, Sudbury – This free, non-competitive, family friendly, learn-to-fish event will take place at the US Fish & Wildlife Service Eastern Massachusetts National Wildlife Refuge Complex (Great Meadows) at 73 Weir Hill Road in Sudbury from 10:00 A.M. – 2:00 P.M. *Open to the public - Contact Kizette Ortiz Vangar at 978-562-3527 ext. 117 or kizette_ortizvangar@fws.gov


July 2015

2015 Hunting, Fishing, Trapping Season Summary pdf format of Seasons Summary 2015

July 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.

July 19: The Taunton River Watershed Alliance Family Fishing Day, Berkley – This event is cosponsored by the MassWildlife Angler Education Program 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 – Contact Jim Lagacy at jim.lagacy@state.ma.us                                  


August 2015

2015 Hunting, Fishing, Trapping Season Summary pdf format of Seasons Summary 2015

 

 


September 2015

2015 Hunting, Fishing, Trapping Season Summary pdf format of Seasons Summary 2015

September 10: 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 12: Harold Parker State Forest Family Fishing Festival, Andover – This free, non-competitive, family friendly, learn-to-fish event will take place at Sudden Pond in the Harold Parker State Forest from 9:00 A.M. – 2:00 P.M. Bring your own fishing equipment, or borrow ours- limited equipment and bait will be provided. *Open to the public Contact the Harold Parker State Forest at 978-686-3391.

September 20: Massachusetts Outdoor Expo “The Big MOE”, Sturbridge – This event is cooperation with the Hamilton Rod & Gun Club in Sturbridge (24 Hamilton Rd.), 9:00 A.M. – 4:00 P.M. This is a free, non-competitive, family friendly event. There will be equipment and bait provided at the fishing station. *Open to the public – Contact Gary Zima at gary.zima@state.ma.us

September 26: Friends of Myles Standish State Forest 8th Annual “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, 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 – Contact Rose Mellino at rosemellino@gmail.com


October 2015

2015 Hunting, Fishing, Trapping Season Summary pdf format of Seasons Summary 2015

October 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.


November 2015

2015 Hunting, Fishing, Trapping Season Summary pdf format of Seasons Summary 2015

November 12: 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.


December 2015

2015 Hunting, Fishing, Trapping Season Summary pdf format of Seasons Summary 2015

December 10: 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.


 

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