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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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DECEMBER 2014

  Click here to view a summary of fishing, hunting, and trapping season dates. pdf format of Seasons Summary 2014

December 1 – 2015 Licenses go on sale

December 1 – 13 – Shotgun Deer Season– All deer harvested during these two weeks must be brought to a checkstation.

December 1- January 31, 2015 -- Quack, Quack! Junior Duck Stamp Traveling Art Exhibit, Turners Falls (Montague)— Interested in making a connection with nature by submitting artwork to the 2015 Massachusetts Junior Duck Stamp Contest?  Take inspiration from the traveling exhibit featuring top youth entries from the 2014 Massachusetts Junior Duck Stamp (JDS) Contest. The Traveling JDS Art Exhibit will be at the Great Falls Discovery Center, 2 Avenue A, Turners Falls. Celebrating 20 Years of the Junior Duck Stamp Program in Massachusetts, the Junior Duck Stamp Program was launched in 1991 by the US Fish & Wildlife Service with the aim of increasing young people's awareness of the importance of preserving wetland habitats and the delights of wildlife. This dynamic conservation and design program is designed to teach wetland habitat and waterfowl conservation to students in kindergarten through high school. Using scientific and wildlife observation principles, the program helps students communicate visually what they have learned by creating an entry for the Junior Duck Stamp Program art contest.  Teachers should check out the conservation curriculum available. More information about the JDS contest.

December 6 – Growing Up WILD Professional Development Workshop, Westborough – 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 MassWildlife Field Headquarters, 1 Rabbit Hill Road, Westborough. Click here to for more information about this workshop pdf format of GUW Field HQ. Please contact Pam Landry at pam.landry@state.ma.us or (508) 389-6310 for registration details. Registration deadline is November 20, 2014.

December 11 – Natural Heritage and Endangered Species Advisory Committee Meeting, Westborough – The meeting will be held on Thursday, December 11, 2014, at the DFW Field Headquarters, Richard Cronin Building, 1 Rabbit Hill Road, off North Drive in Westborough from 1:30- 4:30 P.M.

December 15 – Public Habitat Site Walk at the Farmington River WMA – Otis & Becket
10:00 A.M. - 11:30 A.M., Monday, December 15, 2014
: Join DFW Biologists for a walk through portions of a 59-acre New England cottontail habitat management project area that is scheduled for work this winter. Learn about work that DFW and other agencies and organizations are doing to create young forest habitat with high stem densities to conserve the New England cottontail, which has been in steep population decline for decades and is currently a candidate for listing under the federal Endangered Species Act. This project will benefit cottontail, as well as declining songbirds and gamebirds like American woodcock and ruffed grouse.
Directions:
Meet at the intersection of Becket Road and Lee-Westfield Road. Please wear sturdy boots and dress for cold weather.

December 15 – 31 – Primitive Firearms Deer Season

December 18 –Fisheries and Wildlife Board Meeting, Westborough – The meeting will be held on Thursday, December 18, 2014, at 11:00 A.M., at the DFW Field Headquarters, Richard Cronin Building, 1 Rabbit Hill Road, off North Drive in Westborough. A public hearing at 1:00 P.M. will follow the meeting to amend the rules and regulations relative to the hunting of black bear in Massachusetts. The public hearing notice and related draft regulations can be found here.

December 18 – Public Habitat Site Walks at the Frances Crane WMA and the Quashnet Woods SR/WMA – Falmouth & Mashpee
10:00 A.M. - 2:00 P.M., Thursday, December 18, 2014
: Join DFW Biologists and Natural Heritage Restoration Ecologists to walk through portions of three project areas in close proximity to one another that are scheduled for habitat work this winter.
Projects included in the day’s walk include:

  1. A 120-acre pitch pine/scrub oak barrens restoration site in the portion of the Frances Crane WMA in Falmouth north of Rte. 151 that will benefit both state-listed rare species as well as game birds such as American Woodcock and Ruffed Grouse.
  2. A portion of the Frances Crane WMA south of Rte. 151 to walk through portions of a 180-acre scrub oak restoration site that has seen previous tree clearing, mowing, invasive plant control, and prescribed burning where you learn about how state-listed species and game species have responded to previous management.
  3. The third stop will be at the Quashnet Woods State Reservation/WMA in Mashpee to walk portions of an 80-acre New England cottontail habitat management project area. Learn about the work that DFW, DCR, and other agencies and organizations are doing to create young forest habitat with high stem densities to conserve the New England cottontail, which has been in steep population decline for decades and is currently a candidate for listing under the federal Endangered Species Act. This project will benefit cottontail, as well as declining songbirds and gamebirds like American woodcock and ruffed grouse.

Directions: Meet at the DFW Field Trial Parking Area at the Frances Crane WMA on the north side of Rte. 151 (between Hamilton Tree and the town softball field) at 10:00 A.M. Please wear sturdy boots and dress for cold weather.

 

December 19 -- Cronin Building Grand Opening, Westborough -- The public is invited to join DFG  Commissioner Mary Griffin, MassWildlife Director Wayne MacCallum, Fishing and Boating Access Director John Sheppard and other officials at the new Richard Cronin Building on 1 Rabbit Hill Road in Westborough at 11:30 AM, Friday, December 19. The building houses the Division of Fisheries and Wildlife Field Headquarters staff and Office of Fishing and Boating Access staff formerly located in Brighton.  The building is the first Commonwealth of Massachusetts office building designed to meet a zero net energy standard, producing as much energy on site as it uses. 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 19 – Public Habitat Site Walk at the Montague Plains WMA – Montague
2:30 P.M. - 4:00 P.M., Friday, December 19, 2014:
Join DFW Biologists and Restoration Ecologists for a walk through portions of a 200-acre pitch pine/scrub oak restoration project area that is scheduled for work this winter, and see portions of the project area that were treated during the winter of 2013/2014. Learn about work that the DFW Biodiversity Initiative is doing through the new Key Sites effort to enhance habitat for multiple rare species in fire-adapted ecosystems like Montague Plains. The Key Sites effort seeks to protect the Commonwealth’s existing investment in land acquisition by improving habitat for the species these lands were originally purchased to conserve, and at Montague Plains this involves partial tree clearing and mowing to reduce fuel loads, as well as establishment of fuel breaks to facilitate prescribed burning. In addition to benefiting rare species of moths, butterflies, and plants, this project also benefits declining songbirds like the Eastern towhee and brown thrasher, and gamebirds like American woodcock and ruffed grouse.
Directions: Meet on Old Northfield Road between Turners Falls Road and Lake Pleasant Road beneath the large powerline that crosses Old Northfield Road. (Click here for a map) Please wear sturdy boots and dress for cold weather.


January 2015

 


February 2015

February 7—Merrimack River Eagle Festival, Newburyport - Come to Newburyport for a full day of activities celebrating the restoration of bald eagles! Visit Eagle Hot Spots, go on a guided tour, see live raptors, make an eagle mask, or dissect an owl pellet. Coordinated by MassAudubon’s Joppa Flats Education Center and the US Fish and Wildlife Service Parker River National Wildlife Refuge, this annual winter event is a great opportunity to learn about eagles in the area. While there, visit MassWildlife biologist Pat Huckery who will be stationed with a spotting scope at one the Eagle Hot Spots at Deer Island near the chain bridge (accessible only from Newburyport). Dress for the outdoors and wear sturdy, water proof boots.


March 2015

  • March 7, 2015 – Growing Up WILD Professional Development Workshop, Lenox – 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. MA Audubon’s Pleasant Valley Sanctuary, 472 West Mountain Road, Lenox.  Click here to for more information about this workshop pdf format of GUW Audubon Pleasant Valley
. Please contact Pam Landry at pam.landry@state.ma.us or (508) 389-6310 for registration details. Registration deadline is February 20, 2015.
  • March 21, 2015 – 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. EDCO Collaborative, 36 Middlesex Turnpike, Bedford (www.edcollab.org).  Click here to for more information about this workshop pdf format of GUW EDCO
. Please contact Dana Mullaley at dmullaley@edcollab.org for registration details. Registration deadline is February 21, 2015.

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