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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- April 2 – Public Information Meeting on Southwick Wildlife Management Area, Southwick Town Hall – The interested public is invited to join MassWildlife staff, Environmental Police, and local officials and police in a discussion about ongoing habitat management efforts on Southwick WMA, which have been hampered by illegal off-highway vehicle use. This activity has resulted in habitat degradation, nesting disturbance of rare grassland birds, and disruption of outdoor user’s experience at the WMA. The meeting will be held at 7:00 P.M. at the Southwick Town Hall Auditorium, 454 College Highway, Southwick.
- April 4 – Citizen Scientists: Help MassWildlife Count Eagles -- Eagle and other wildlife enthusiasts are reminded that the statewide Spring Bald Eagle Survey will take place on April 4, 2014 (inclement weather date is April 11). This effort will include a survey of the major rivers, lakes, and reservoirs across Massachusetts. The survey will be conducted by MassWildlife staff and volunteers. Reports of any eagles during this time of year, particularly if birds are seen carrying sticks, are welcome and helpful. Submit eagle sightings this spring and throughout the year using one of the following options: by mobile phone or computer utilizing the Vernal Pool & Rare Species Information System (mass.gov/dfw/nhesp/vprs), by email to email@example.com, or by postal service to “Eagle Survey,” MassWildlife, Natural Heritage & Endangered Species Program, 100 Hartwell Street, Suite 230, West Boylston, MA 01583. For more information, contact Andrew Vitz at (508) 389-6394.
- This is the second annual Spring Bald Eagle Survey, replacing MassWildlife’s long-standing Midwinter Bald Eagle Survey. Click here for a fact sheet about Bald Eagles in Massachusetts
- April 5 – Trout and Coldwater Streams in the Westfield River Watershed, Westfield – Leanda Fontaine Gagnon, DFW Fisheries Biologist, will give this presentation at the Westfield River Watershed Association Symposium. This year’s theme is The Health of Our Watershed: Forests, Wildlife, Water. MassWildlife will also have a booth at the Symposium, which is being held at Scanlon Banquet Hall at Westfield State University. The event is open to the public.
- April 7-9 –Plant Hybridization and Invasive plants, Springfield – DFW State Botanist, Bryan Connolly, will give a talk on plant hybridization, and will lead a walk to view invasive plants at the Northeast Natural History Conference. Registration is required to attend this conference.
- April 10, 2014 – Natural Heritage and Endangered Species Advisory Committee Meeting, West Boylston – The Natural Heritage and Endangered Species Advisory Committee will be meeting on Thursday, April 10, 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.
- April 12 – Beyond Becoming an Outdoorswoman Turkey Hunting Seminar, Shirley -- This is the first part of a 2-part workshop designed for adults who are new to turkey hunting and want to learn more about it. Part A on April 12 is a turkey hunting seminar for both adult women and men (18+) to be held on Saturday, in Shirley. Learn about the lives and habits of the official state game bird. Though the focus will be on gun handling, turkey calling, and hunting strategies, photographers, birders, and wildlife enthusiasts will gain valuable information about turkeys. Part B is a guided turkey hunt on May 5, 2014 at the Devens South Post Military area for adult women only. New women participants may sign up for Part A or Part A and B. Men may only sign up for Part A. First-time hunt participants must attend the seminar. Returning women participants are strongly encouraged to sign up for Part A and B. Registration preference will be given to new participants. Turkey Hunt participants must possess a 2014 MA hunting or sporting license, valid MA gun license, turkey permit, and shotgun with appropriate ammunition. Registration materials for this event will be posted on the Outdoorswoman web page the week of March 17, 2014 or call 508-389-6329.
- April 12 – Hopping Down the Bunny Trail: New England Cottontail Rabbits, Mashpee -- As the arrival of the Easter Bunny approaches, come learn about New England Cottontails and efforts to improve habitat for this rare rabbit! Join Marianne Piché, DFW Habitat Management Biologist, and Trustees of Reservations staff for a walk from 1:00 to 3:00 P.M. The program will begin on Old Barnstable Rd. off Route 28 in Mashpee. The program is free to Trustees of Reservations members and $5 for nonmembers. Call (508) 636-4693 x103 for details or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
- April 15 – The Big Picture: How Landscape Scale Patterns And Processes Affect Brook Trout Populations Within Whole Watersheds, Groton – DFW Fish Biologist, Jason Stolarski, will address the Nashua River Watershed Association. The meeting will take place at 7:00 P.M at 592 Main Street. The meeting is open to the public and the building is handicapped accessible.
- April 22 – Peregrine Falcon Adoption Reception, Lowell – A new nest box fitted with video cameras has been installed on the top of Fox Hall on the UMass Lowell campus to house and film a pair of Peregrine Falcons that has taken up residence there. The reception to officially “adopt” the pair will be oheld at the Hawk’s Nest restaurant from 3:00-4:00 P.M. The University Chancellor and MassWildlife staff along with the River Hawk Party Band will be on hand to commemorate the birds’ new home. The public is invited.
- April 24 – 25 -- Becoming an Outdoors Family Camping Workshop, Brewster – This family friendly event is a joint effort between the Division’s Becoming an Outdoorswoman Program and the Department of Conservation and Recreation’s Learn To Camp Program. The workshop will be held during April school vacation week on Thursday, April 24 and Friday, April 25 at Nickerson State Park in Brewster. The workshop is designed specifically for families who haven’t been camping and would like to give it a try. This is a wonderful opportunity for families to spend time in the great outdoors together on a fun-filled overnight camping experience. Activities include camp site set up, building and putting out campfires, open fire cooking, fishing for beginners and a guided bike ride. A traditional evening campfire, story teller, and a live animal program are also planned. Find registration materials and more information at http://www.mass.gov/eea/agencies/dcr/massparks/programs-and-events/ or call 617-626-4962.
- April 26 – Montague Prescribed Burn Area Tour – Tim Simmons, DFW Natural Heritage and Endangered Species Program Ecologist, will lead a field trip at the Society for Ecological Restoration’s Regional Conference. Simmons will lead the tour to a site with a history of 14 years of prescribed fire. The tour will show how the site and the more than 20 conservation species of concern have responded to the fire treatment. 9 A.M. – 2 P.M. Registration is required to attend the conference and the field trip.
- April 26 – Habitat Walk, Wales – Do you own woodland and have questions about managing for wildlife habitat? Join Marianne Piché, DFW Habitat Management Biologist, and Norcross Wildlife Sanctuary staff at 30 Peck Road in Wales for a walk from 9:30 A.M. to noon. Participants will get a first-hand look at habitat management projects at Norcross Wildlife Sanctuary, along with a chance to talk with other landowners, foresters, and natural resource professionals about forestry concepts designed to benefit wildlife. Please RSVP to (413) 267-9654 or email@example.com
- April 29 – Fisheries and Wildlife Board Meeting, Ludlow – The April meeting of the Fisheries and Wildlife Board will be held on Tuesday, April 29, 2014, at 1:00 P.M., at the Ludlow Elks Lodge (69 Chapin Street, Ludlow; http://www.ludlow-elks.org/directions.htm). Call MassWildlife at (508) 389-6342 for more information.
- May 1 – Growing Up WILD Professional Development Workshop, Worcester – 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 atBroad Meadow Brook Wildlife Sanctuary, 414 Massasoit Road, Worcester 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 April 26.
- 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 3– Westboro Spring Fishing Challenge, Westboro – The event will take place at Sandra Pond/Minuteman Park, 123 Upton Road, from 9:00 A.M. – 1:00 P.M. This is a 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 for more information at (508) 389-6309 or email@example.com.
- 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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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 email@example.com 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
- 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 1 – Horn Pond Family Fishing Festival, Woburn – Sponsored by the Woburn Elks, this event, located on the south end of the pond near the boat ramp area off Pond Street, takes place from 9:00A.M. – 1:00P.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 @ 508-389-6309 or email@example.com
- June 7 – Spot Pond Family Fishing Festival, Stoneham – This event, sponsored by DCR and the Stoneham Police, will take place at Straw Point on the north end of Spot Pond accessed from New South Street from 9:00 A.M. – 1:00P.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 @ 508-389-6309 or firstname.lastname@example.org
- June 7 & 8 – Free Fishing Weekend! Take a friend or family member fishing – you won't need a fishing license to fish any public freshwater lake, pond, reservoir, river or stream statewide from 12:00 A.M. Saturday June 7th until 11:59 P.M. Sunday June 8th! Come and enjoy this free fishing weekend, then consider purchasing a fishing license. A fishing licenses is a wonderful investment in your state, the fees support fisheries research, fish stocking programs, angler education, and many other services provided by MassWildlife. Youth ages 15 to 17 will not be charged for a fishing license, while they still need to obtain one, it is free of charge – go to http://www.mass.gov/eea/agencies/dfg/licensing/who-needs-a-license.html for details.
- 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 email@example.com for more information about this public event.
- June 15 – Endicott Park Family Fishing Festival, Danvers – Join the fun at this non-competitive, family-friendly, Learn-To-Fish event, cosponsored by the MassWildlife Angler Education Program and Danvers Recreation. The event takes place at Endicott Park, 57 Forest Street, in Danvers from 10:00 A.M. to 2:00 P.M. 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. Contact Christine Dean at (978) 561-1359 or Jim Lagacy at (508) 389-6309 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
- 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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