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May 2017

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2017 Fishing, Hunting, Trapping Season Dates

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 6: Westboro Civic Club Family Fishing Festival, Westborough  – This is a free, non-competitive, family friendly, learn to fish event at Sandra Pond (Upton Road) in Westborough from 9:00 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 Westboro Civic Club. *Open to the public. For more information, contact Gerry Knall at dacoach50@verizon.net

May 6:  US Fish and Wildlife Service Family Fishing Festival, Hadley – This is a family friendly, learn to fish event at the Regional office, 300 Westgate Center Dr., Hadley, from 10:00 A.M. – 2:00 P.M.  Bring your fishing equipment, or borrow ours; limited equipment and bait will be provided. The Angler Education Program is assisting with equipment . *Open to the public. For more information, contact Ron Essig at ron_essig@fws.gov

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 13: Coes Pond Family Fishing Derby, Worcester – This is both a derby and a fishing education event sponsored by the Worcester Fish and Game Association at Coes Pond in Worcester (John Binienda beach area) from 8:00 A.M. – 11:00 A.M.  *Open to the public. For more information, contact Jim Lagacy at 508-389-6309 or jim.lagacy@state.ma.us

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 20: Disabled American Veterans Fishing Festival, Marlboro – This is a family friendly fishing event open to disabled veterans and their families. This event is cosponsored by and located at the Marlboro Fish and Game Club, 1 Muddy Lane, Marlboro, from 10:00 A.M. – 2:00 P.M. For more information, contact Jim Lagacy at 508-389-6309 or jim.lagacy@state.ma.us

May 20: Spec Pond Family Fishing Derby, Wilbraham – This is a free, family friendly, learn to fish event at Spec Pond, 2540 Boston Rd (Rt. 20), Wilbraham from 9:00 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 Wilbraham Parks and Recreation Department. *Open to the public. For more information, contact Jim Lagacy at 508-389-6309 or jim.lagacy@state.ma.us

May 21: Whitman’s Pond Family Fishing Festival, Weymouth – This is a free, family friendly, learn to fish event. Bring your fishing equipment, or borrow ours; limited equipment and bait will be provided at 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. For more information contact Jim Lagacy at 508-389-6309 or jim.lagacy@state.ma.us

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

May 24: Return of the Falcon, Acton -- The Acton Memorial Library (486 Main Street in Acton) is hosting a 7PM presentation on the return of Peregrine Falcons to Massachusetts. The Peregrine Falcon is known for being the fastest animal on the planet, for being the bird of choice for falconry, and for being one of the best known victims of DDT.  Its dramatic decline in the 1940s through 1960s left the entire eastern U.S. without a single nesting pair. MassWildlife Assistant Director Dr. Tom French will give a program that covers the restoration efforts that have led to the remarkable recovery of this amazing bird to Massachusetts, and show how it has adapted to the modern urban environment.

May 26: Endangered Red-bellied Cooter Release Join MassWildlife at Burrage Pond Wildlife Management Area (10 Hawkes Ave in Hanson) at 10 A.M. to release headstarted Endangered Red-bellied Cooters back into the wild. All are invited to attend. Please dress appropriately, the turtles will be released rain or shine. Organizations have partnered with MassWildlife in a restoration effort to raise wild-caught hatchling turtles from October through May; a process called headstarting. By the time the turtles are ready for release, they are much larger than a wild turtle of the same age and are less likely to be eaten by predators and more likely to make it to adulthood. Click here to learn more about Red-bellied Cooters and the Headstarting Program.

May 28: Dragonflies at South Athol Conservation Area, Athol Join MassWildlife’s Natural Heritage Habitat Protection Specialist Lynn Harper and Athol Bird and Nature Club’s Dave Small for a look at early dragonflies at the South Athol Conservation Area on 3800 S. Athol Rd. Bring dragonfly net, shoes or boots to get wet, water, snacks, and a sense of adventure. Meet 10 :00 amat the Conservation area. To find the South Athol Conservation area entrance: travel south on South Athol Road from Athol center and the entrance will be on the right 1.1 miles south of the Route 2 overpass, between the intersections of Riceville Road and Conant Road. (GPS - 3800 South Athol Road) A Conservation Area sign at the driveway will point you down the dirt roadway to a small parking area on the right before the gate (private residence).

May 30: Fisheries and Wildlife Board Meeting, Westborough – The May meeting of the Fisheries and Wildlife Board will be held on Tuesday, May 30, 2017, at 1:00 P.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.


June 2017

2017 Fishing, Hunting, Trapping Season Dates

June 3 & 4: 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 3rd until 11:59 P.M. Sunday June 4th. While you can fish for free on June 3rd and 4th, a license is required at all other times for those 15 years of age or older. At all other times, youths ages 15 to 17 must obtain and carry a fishing license; however, licenses are free for that age group. Funds from fishing license sales support MassWildlife’s fisheries research, fish stocking programs, and angler education programs. 

June 3: Great Falls Discovery Center Family Fishing Festival, Turners Falls – 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 the Great Falls Discovery Center in Turners Falls (2 Avenue A) from 10:00 A.M. – 2:00 P.M. This event is in cooperation with the Department of Conservation and Recreation. *Open to the pubic – for more information, contact Jim Lagacy at 508-389-6309 or jim.lagacy@state.ma.us

June 3: Disabled American Veterans Fishing Festival, Hudson --In cooperation with the Riverside Rod And Gun Club - 16 Wilkins St (Rt. 62) In Hudson, 10:00am – 2:00pm *This event is open to disabled veterans only - Contact Jim Lagacy @ 508-389-6309 or jim.lagacy@state.ma.us

June 4: Endicott Park Family Fishing Festival, Danvers – This is a non-competitive, family-friendly, learn to fish event at Endicott Park, 57 Forest Street, Danvers 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 Danvers Recreation. 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. For more information, contact Christine Dean at 978-774-6518 or Jim Lagacy at 508-389-6309 or jim.lagacy@state.ma.us

June 6: Deer Ecology in the Suburbs, Sudbury -- The Sudbury Valley Trustees is hosting a program on deer management by MassWildlife Biologist Susan McCarthy at 7PM at SVT’s Wolbach Farm. The focus of the talk will be on deer management in suburban eastern Massachusetts, how high deer densities impact forest ecosystems and our natural resources, as well as options for realistic, effective deer management strategies suggested by MassWildlife biologists.  The program is free for SVT members, $10 for non-members. Seating is limited. Calendar and Registration link.

June 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.

June 10: MassWildlife Open House, Westborough – Join MassWildlife for an Open House at its Field Headquarters (1 Rabbit Hill Road, Westborough) on Saturday, June 10 from 10:00 AM to 3:00 PM. Admission and all activities are free at this family-friendly event. Try your hand at outdoor skills like archery, target shooting, and fly or spin casting. Get an up close look at live animals including owls, hawks, turtles, snakes, and fish. Learn about endangered species research, find out where trout are stocked, and get tips on how to attract birds to your yard. Enjoy a free BBQ lunch and win prizes! All Open House visitors will have the chance to win a 10' Ascend kayak, life vest, and paddle, generously donated by Bass Pro Shops. This event is in cooperation with the Town of Westborough's 300th Anniversary. Rain date: Sunday, June 11. Click here for more MassWildlife Open House information.

June 10: Family Fishing Festival, Westborough – In conjunction with MassWildlife's Open House and the Town of Westborough's 300th Anniversary Celebration, families are welcome at the Westborough Reservoir (Sandra Pond) to learn how to fish from 10:00 A.M. to 3:00 P.M. MassWildlife staff will provide instruction, equipment, and bait. No fishing license required. Click here for more MassWildlife Open House information.  

June 10: “Hooked On Scouting” Family Fishing Festival, Russell – This is a free, non-competitive, family friendly, learn to fish event at Russell Pond in Camp Moses, Birch Hill Road in Russell from 10:00 A.M. – 2:00 P.M.  Bring your fishing equipment, or borrow ours; limited equipment and bait will be provided. This event is in cooperation with the Boy Scouts of America Western MA Council. *Open to the public. For more information, contact Steve Roberts at steven.roberts@scouting.org

June 10: Horn Pond Family Fishing Festival, Woburn – This is a free, non-competitive, family friendly, learn to fish event at Horn Pond in Woburn (south end of the pond near the boat ramp area off of Pond Street) from 9:00 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 Town of Woburn. *Open to the Public. For more information, contact Jim Lagacy at 508-389-6309 or jim.lagacy@state.ma.us

June 11: Family Fishing Festival, Georgetown – This is a free, non-competitive, family friendly, learn to fish event in cooperation with the Georgetown Fish and Game Association. Bring your fishing equipment, or borrow ours; limited equipment and bait will be provided at Indian Hill Reservoir, Moulton St., Byfield, from 9:00 A.M. –  1:00 P.M. *Open to the public. For more information, contact John Holt at jhnholt2@gmail.com          

June 12 & 13: Adult “Learn To Fish” Class, Newton – This is an adult only “learn to fish” course designed for beginners at the Cove Picnic area, 0 West Pine Street, Auburndale from  6:00 P.M. to 8:00 P.M. This event is in cooperation with the Newton Recreation Department. *Open to the public, minimum age is 18, and pre-registration is required. There is a $10 per person fee payable to the Newton Recreation Department. Go to Newton Parks and Recreation at www.newtonma.gov/gov/parks/default.asp to sign up. For more information, contact Judy Dore at 617-938-4664 and jdore@newtonma.gov

June 14: Adult “Learn to Fish” Clinic, Westborough – This is an adult only “learn to fish” clinic designed for beginners at Minuteman Park on Westborough Reservoir (Sandra Pond), Upton Road, from 6:00 P.M. – 8:00 P.M. This event is in cooperation with Westborough Recreation. *Open to the public, minimum age is 18, and pre-registration is required. For more information and to register, contact Alan Grady at 508-366-3066 or agrady@town.westborough.ma.us

June 17: Great Meadows Family Fishing Festival, Sudbury – 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 Great Meadows, 73 Weir Hill Rd., Sudbury, from 10:00 A.M. – 2:00 P.M. This event is in cooperation with the US Fish and Wildlife Service Eastern Massachusetts National Wildlife Refuge Complex. *Open to the public. For more information, contact Sue Russo at susan_j_russo@fws.gov

June 24: Spot Pond Family Fishing Festival, Stoneham – 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 Spot Pond in Stoneham (located at the Straw Point area on the north end of Spot Pond off of New South Street) from 9:00 A.M. –  1:00 P.M. This event is in cooperation with the Department of Conservation and Recreation DCR and the Stoneham Police. *Open to the Public. For more information, contact Jim Lagacy at 508-389-6309 or jim.lagacy@state.ma.us


July 2017

2017 Fishing, Hunting, Trapping Season Dates

July 16:  Taunton River Watershed Association Family Fishing Festival, Berkeley This is a free, non-competitive, family friendly, learn to fish event at Dighton Rock State Park, Bay View Ave, Berkeley from 12:00 P.M. 3:00 P.M. No fishing license required.  Bring your fishing equipment, or borrow ours; limited equipment and bait will be provided. This event is in cooperation with the Department of Conservation and Recreation. For more information, contact Jim Lagacy at jim.lagacy@state.ma.us for more information.

July 19: Family Fishing Clinic, Billerica - This is a free, non-competitive, learn to fish event. No fishing license required.  Bring your fishing equipment, or borrow ours - limited equipment and bait will be provided at Nuttings Lake in Billerica from 6:00 to 8:00pm. This event is in cooperation with the Billerica Recreation Department.  Contact Donna Hansen at 978-671-0921 or dhansen@town.billerica.ma.us for more information.

July 29: Houghtons Pond Family Fishing Festival, Milton – This is a free, non-competitive, family friendly, learn to fish event at Blue Hills Reservation, Picnic Area #5, Blue Hill River Rd, Milton from 10:00 A.M 1:00 P.M. No fishing license required.  Bring your fishing equipment, or borrow ours; limited equipment and bait will be provided. This event is in cooperation with the Department of Conservation and Recreation. For more information, contact the Blue Hills Reservation, Maggie Brown at maggie.brown@state.ma.us or Jim Lagacy at jim.lagacy@state.ma.us for more information.


September 2017

2017 Fishing, Hunting, Trapping Season Dates

September 9:  “Hooked On Scouting” Family Fishing Festival, Russell – This is a free, non-competitive, family friendly, learn to fish event at Russell Pond in Camp Moses, Birch Hill Road in Russell from 10:00 A.M. 2:00 P.M.  No fishing license required.  Bring your fishing equipment, or borrow ours; limited equipment and bait will be provided. This event is in cooperation with the Boy Scouts of America Western MA Council. For more information, contact Tim Vogel at tim@tekoamountainoutdoors.com for more information.  

Sept. 30: Friends of Fearing Pond Family Fishing Festival, Plymouth - This is a free, family friendly, learn to fish event. No fishing license required.   Bring your fishing equipment, or borrow ours - limited equipment and bait will be provided. In cooperation with the Friends Of Myles Standish State Forest and the Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR) at Fearing Pond in the Myles Standish State Forest, Plymouth, 9:00am – 1:00pm.  Contact Bill Vickstrom @ wrvick@comcast.net for more information.


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