Looking for a wildlife related workshop, talk, walk or demonstration? Need to find out what seasons are open or closed? When and where is the next Fisheries and Wildlife Board meeting? Events of all types can be found in this area. If your organization, club or association is hosting a speaker or a workshop designed by MassWildlife, we can help publicize your event.
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- March 1-31 -- Junior Duck Stamp Art Exhibit, Worcester -- A combination of the top 100 pieces of Junior Duck Stamp Artwork will be on display at the Flagg Gallery at Notre Dame Academy, 425 Salisbury Street, Worcester. Contact Mary Zywar at (508) 757-6200 x 253 for more information on the Flagg Gallery exhibit. Learn more about the Junior Duck Stamp Art contest by visiting our website or by contacting the JDS coordinator, Pam Landry at (508) 389-6310 or by email at Pam.Landry@state.ma.us.
- March 1 – Massachusetts Association of Conservation Commission's Annual Environmental Conference, Worcester – Topics and DFW presenters at the conference include:
Protecting Rare Species through Regulatory Review
Forest Harvesting Practices for Meeting Conservation Goals
Wetlands in Peril: The Increasingly Important Role of Active Management for Maintaining Wetland Biodiversity
Plan Review and Site Visit Procedures
- March 8 – MassWildlife at the 22nd Annual Birder’s Meeting, Bentley University, Waltham – This year’s theme is Extinction is Forever: What Have We Learned? with sessions will focusing on the extinction phenomenon from a variety of perspectives. MassWildlife will be staffing a display focusing on the Heath Hen using rare film and photo images of these now extinct birds. Co-hosted by Mass Audubon, the Museum of Comparative Zoology, and the Harvard Museum of Natural History. Registration and session information can be found at: http://www.massaudubon.org/get-outdoors/birds-birding/birders-meeting.
- March 9 – Black Bears of Massachusetts, Belchertown -- Since the 1970s, the black bear population in Massachusetts has grown from about 100 to about 3,000 in 2005. Come learn about these fascinating animals with Ralph Taylor, Connecticut Valley District Manager for MassWildlife. This event located at the Quabbin Visitor’s Center, which is handicapped accessible. The talk is from 2:00 – 3:00 P.M. and is open to the public.
- March 12 – Bat-astrophe: The Unexpected and Sudden Decline of Massachusetts Bats, Hyannis – Dr. Tom French, Assistant Director of DFW for the Natural Heritage and Endangered Species Program, will discuss White-Nose Syndrome, the fungal infection affecting bats in MA and throughout the Northeast. The talk is sponsored by the Cape Wildlife Center. This talk is part of the “Wildlife on Tap” Lecture Series held at Cape Cod Beer, 1336 Phinney’s Lane, and runs from 6:00 – 8:00 P.M. An admission charge of $10 includes popcorn, and other goodies (proceeds support Cape Cod Wildlife Center). All lectures are expected to sell out in advance – get tickets at www.capecodbeer.com or in person at Cape Cod Beer or at the Cape Cod Wildlife Center, 4011 Main St, Barnstable.
- March 13 – Natural Heritage and Endangered Species Advisory Committee Meeting, West Boylston. The Natural Heritage and Endangered Species Advisory Committee will meet on Thursday, March 13, 2014, at the DFW Field Headquarters Office located at 100 Hartwell Street, Suite 230, West Boylston from 1:30- 4:30 P.M. in Conference Room A. Click here for Directions or call MassWildlife at (508) 389-6360 for more information.
- Vernal Pool Amphibians - Breeding season begins for vernal-pool amphibians such as Jefferson Salamander, Blue-spotted Salamander, Spotted Salamander, and Wood Frog. Coinciding with warm, wet conditions during mid-March through mid-April, these amphibians emerge from their underground retreats in the forest and migrate en masse to vernal pools, swamps, and marshes to lay their eggs. Please be careful driving at night in the rain, as these slow-moving critters will likely be crossing your path!
- March 15 – Basic Fresh Water Fly Tying Course, Worcester – This course will be held at the Lower Forty Fly Shop in Worcester (134 Madison St., Worcester) from 9:00 A.M. to 1:00 P.M. This is a beginner’s fly tying course with the focus on simple trout fishing patterns. Todd Girard will be the lead instructor, and all materials and equipment will be provided. The course is limited to six people and pre-registration is required. Contact Jim Bender at (508) 752-4004.
- March 22 – Growing Up WILD Professional Development Workshop, Sandwich – 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. The workshop takes place at the Thornton Burgess Society, Green Briar Nature Center, 6 Discovery Hill Road, E. Sandwich from 9:00 A.M.to 3:30 P.M. Click here to for more information about this workshop . Please contact Mary at firstname.lastname@example.org or (508) 888-6870 for registration details. The registration deadline is March 15, 2014.
- March 22 – MassWildlife at MA Land Conservation Conference, Worcester – Hear from MassWildlife staff and others at this annual conference. Topics covered by MassWildlife staff include:Funding for Woodland & Wildlife Stewardship, and The Value of Farms to Birds & the Value of Birds to Farms. Click here to find out more about the Massachusetts Land Trust Coalition and their 24th annual conference.
- March 29 – The Bobcat in Massachusetts, Dudley – DFW Wildlife Technician, Susan Ingalls, will discuss bobcat biology, behavior, natural history, and management efforts. Ms. Ingalls’ talk is sponsored by the Dudley Conservation Land Trust and will take place at the Black Tavern, 138 Center Road in Dudley, at 2:00 P.M.
- Peregrine falcons return to establish their territories. Peregrines can migrate as far away as South America, but the falcons which nest here in Massachusetts probably don't go very far south.
- March 30 – Bats of Massachusetts, Belchertown – Dr. Tom French, Assistant Director of DFW for the Natural Heritage and Endangered Species Program, will talk about the biology and current condition of bats in the Commonwealth. The program will include a discussion of White-Nose Syndrome, the fungal infection affecting bats in MA and throughout the Northeast. This event located at the Quabbin Visitor’s Center, which is handicapped accessible. The talk is from 2:00 – 3:00 P.M. and is open to the public.
- March 31 – Fisheries and Wildlife Board Meeting, West Boylston – The March meeting of the Fisheries and Wildlife Board will be held on Monday, March 31, 2014, at 12:00 noon, at the Division of Fisheries & Wildlife Field Headquarters, 100 Hartwell Street, Suite 230, West Boylston. Click here for Directions or call MassWildlife at (508) 389-6342 for more information.
- May 3 – Needham Recreation Family Fishing Derby, Needham – Sponsored by MassWildlife and the Needham Park and Recreation Commission, this event will take place at the Needham Reservoir from 9:00 A.M. – 12:00 P.M. The event is open to the public, contact Karen Peirce at (781) 455-7521 for more information.
- May 10 – Coes Pond Kids Fishing Derby, Worcester – Sponsored by MassWildlife and the Worcester Fish and Game Association, this event will take place at Coes Pond in Worcester (Mill Street beach area) from 8:00– 11:00 A.M. The event is open to the public, contact Jim Lagacy at (508) 389-6309 or email@example.com for more information.
- May 17 – Growing Up WILD Professional Development Workshop, Medford – 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. The workshop takes place at Graceworks Child Care Program, Grace Episcopal Church, 160 High Street in Medford from 9:00 A.M.to 3:30 P.M. Click here to for more information about this workshop . Please contact Pam Landry at firstname.lastname@example.org or (508) 389-6310 for registration details. Registration deadline is May 2.
- May 18 – Whitman’s Pond Family Fishing Festival, Weymouth – The Whitman’s Pond Association and Weymouth Youth and Family Services are sponsoring the event. Meet at Whitman’s Pond in Weymouth at the boat launch area off of Middle St. This public festival is from 10:00 A.M. to 1:00 P.M. Contact Marie Feely at (781) 340-6976 or Jim Lagacy at (508) 389-6309 or email@example.com.
- Memorial Day Weekend marks the end of MassWildlife's trout stocking activities. Enjoy the fishing for our warmwater fish over the summer and take a friend of family member fishing!
- June 14 – Great Falls Discovery Center Family Fishing Day, Turners Falls – Join the fun at Great Falls Discovery Center, 2 Avenue A in Turners Falls, from 10:00A.M.– 2:00 P.M. This is a free, non-competitive, family friendly, learn-to-fish event that is open to the public. Bring your fishing equipment, or borrow ours; limited equipment and bait will be provided. Contact Laurel Carpenter at 413-863-3221 or firstname.lastname@example.org for more information about this public event.
- June 21 – Great Meadows Family Fishing Day, Sudbury – Join the fun at the Great Meadows National Wildlife Refuge, 73 Weir Hill Road in 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. Contact Kizette OrtizVangar at (978) 562-3527 ext.117 or Kizette_ortizvanger@fws.gov for more information about this public event.
- June 24 – Growing Up WILD Professional Development Workshop, Wales – 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. The workshop takes place at Norcross Wildlife Sanctuary, 30 Peck Road in Wales, from 9:00 A.M.to 3:30 P.M. Click here to for more information about this workshop . Please contact Pam Landry at email@example.com or (508) 389-6310 for registration details. Registration deadline is June 10.
- September 28 – Massachusetts Outdoor Expo “The Big Moe”, Sturbridge – Join us for this annual family event at the Hamilton Rod & Gun Club, 24 Hamilton Road in Sturbridge from 9:00 A.M – 4:00 P.M. This is a free, non-competitive, family friendly event. Limited equipment and bait will be provided at the fishing station. Contact Gary Zima at (508) 389-6314 or firstname.lastname@example.org for more on this public event.
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