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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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SEPTEMBER 2014

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

  • September 1- Rail and Snipe Hunting Season Opens. See all migratory bird season dates.
  • September 2 – Black Bear Hunting Season in Wildlife Management Zones 1-9
  • September 2 – Early Canada goose hunting season opens statewide. See all migratory bird season dates.
  • September 4-7 – MassWildlife at the Franklin County Fair, Greenfield – Stop by and see MassWildlife staff and displays at the 166th Annual Franklin County Fair.
  • September 6 –  World Shorebirds Day, Plymouth – Shorebird enthusiasts from around the world are celebrating the first annual World Shorebirds Day to raise awareness about global shorebird research and conservation efforts. In Massachusetts, the Manomet Center for Conservation Sciences is hosting two morning shorebird trips and an afternoon reception at their headquarters in Plymouth. The afternoon reception will feature a keynote presentation by Department of Fish and Game Commissioner Mary Griffin, along with talks from Mass Audubon Important Bird Area Coordinator Wayne Peterson, and Manomet’s Brad Winn, Brian Harrington, and Meredith G. Morehouse.
    Both events are free to attend, but registration is required:
    Registration for Afternoon Reception 
    Registration for Shorebird Trips
  • September 6 - Harold Parker State Forest Family Fishing Festival @ Sudden Pond in the Harold Parker State Forest, Andover – 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 the Harold Parker State Forest at 978-686-3391
  • September 8 –Gray Squirrel Hunting Season opens in Wildlife Management Zones 1-9
  • September 13 – Massachusetts Tree Farm Field Day, Phillipston – The Massachusetts Tree Farm program will hold the 2014 Tree Farm Field Day at the Ellingwood – O’Brien Tree Farm on Lincoln Road in Phillipston. Join Marianne Piche, DFW's Habitat Management Biologist and others for this event, which will include a morning tour of the 320 acres of managed woodlands, workshops on forest health, forest cutting practices and other landowner topics, the Tree Farm picnic, and equipment demonstrations.  The 2014 Tree Farmer of the Year award will also be presented. Registration is due by September 10th. Read more.
  • September 13 – The Berkshire Natural Resource Council Family Fishing Festival in Cooperation with Berkshire Community College and MassWildlife @ Burbank Park in Pittsfield (off of Valentine Road on Onota Lake), 10:00am – 2:00pm.  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 Mike Leavitt @ MLeavitt@bnrc.netor Jim Lagacy @ 508-389-6309 or jim.lagacy@state.ma.us.
  • September 20 – October 27 – Quack, Quack! Junior Duck Stamp Traveling Art Exhibit, Easthampton – 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 MassAudubon Arcadia Wildlife Sanctuary, 127 Combs Road in Easthampton. 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.
  • September 20 – Black bear September hunting season closes.
  • September 25 – Early Canada Goose season closes.
  • September 27 - Friends Of Myles Standish State Forest 8th Annual “Take Me Fishin’!” Event at Fearing Pond in Myles Standish State Forest, 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.
  • September 28 – Massachusetts Outdoor ExpoThe 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 gary.zima@state.ma.us for more on this public event.

OCTOBER 2014

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

  • October 1 – October 29 -- Quack, Quack! Junior Duck Stamp Traveling Art Exhibit, North Easton—Celebrating 20 Years of the Junior Duck Stamp Program in Massachusetts! 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 Borderland State Park, 259 Massapoag Road, North Easton.  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.
  • October 1 – October 29 -- Quack, Quack! Junior Duck Stamp Traveling Art Exhibit, Athol—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 Millers River Environmental Center, 100 Main Street, Athol.   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.

NOVEMBER 2014

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

  • November 6 – December 18 -- Quack, Quack! Junior Duck Stamp Traveling Art Exhibit, Holden—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 Wachusett Regional High School’s Bowes Gallery, 1401 Main Street (Rte 122) in Holden. 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 2014

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

  • 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.


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