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September 2016

Read the September MassWildlife Monthly Newsletter

2016 Fishing, Hunting, & Tapping Season Dates
 

September 6: Fisheries and Wildlife Board Meeting, Sunderland – The September meeting of the Fisheries and Wildlife Board will be held on Tuesday, September 6, 2016, at 1:00 P.M., at the Sunderland Town Hall, 12 School Street, Second Floor, Sunderland, MA. 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.

September 7 & 14: Adult “Learn To Fish” Class, Longmeadow – These classes are in cooperation with the Longmeadow Recreation Department at 231 Maple Road, Longmeadow from 5:30 P.M. to 7:30 P.M. This is a two session adult only “learn to fish” course designed for beginners. *This event is open to the public, minimum age is 18, and pre-registration is required – contact Bari Jarvis at bjarvis@longmeadow.org or (413) 565-4160.

September 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.

September 8 & 15: Adult “Learn To Fish” Class, Billerica – This class is in cooperation with the Billerica Recreation at Billerica Recreation - 248 Boston Rd. Billerica from 5:30 P.M. to 7:30 P.M. This is a two session adult only “learn to fish” course designed for beginners. *This event is open to the public, minimum age is 18, and pre-registration is required – contact Donna Hansen at dhansen@town.billerica.ma.us or call 978-671-0921.

September 10: Harold Parker State Forest Family Fishing Festival, Andover – This festival is at Sudden Pond in the Harold Parker State Forest in 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. For more information, contact the Harold Parker State Forest at (978) 686-3391.

September 10: Family Fishing Festival for "Hooked on Scouting," Russell – This event is at Camp MOSES in Russell with the Boy Scouts of America – Western MA Council from 10:00 A.M. to 2:00 P.M., located on Russell Pond in Camp Moses, Birch Hill Rd. in Russell. This is a free, family friendly, learn to fish event. Bring your fishing equipment, or borrow ours - limited equipment and bait will be provided. *Open to the public. For more information, contact Steve Roberts at Steven.Roberts@Scouting.org

September 18: Sandwich Fish Hatchery Tour, Sandwich  –  Did you know that the Sandwich fish hatchery annually produces about 75,000 trout that are stocked into Massachusetts water bodies? The Sandwich facility is the oldest of MassWildlife’s five fish hatcheries. Join us from 10:00 A.M. - 2:00 P.M. for a self-guided tour of the rearing facilities and raceways and see Brook, Rainbow, Brown, and Tiger Trout in different stages of growth. The “Hatch House” and other areas usually closed to the public will be open during this time. Visitors can view a display of hatchery-related historical artifacts along with information on the current MassWildlife hatchery operations. MassWildlife staff will be on hand to talk about the facility and to answer questions. The hatchery is located at 164 Rte. 6A in Sandwich.

September 22: MassWildlife Hatchery History, Westborough –  Shortly after its founding 150 years ago, MassWildlife began rearing and stocking fish.  In fact, Massachusetts was the first state in the country to initiate a fish culture program. Today more than 500,000 trout are produced by the Division’s five fish hatcheries for anglers across the Commonwealth to enjoy. Join Ken Simmons, MassWildlife’s Chief of Hatcheries, for a fascinating look at the history of the agency’s longest running program. Also, historical photos and other artifacts from the hatchery and stocking program will be on display. The talk begins at 7:00 P.M. at the new MassWildlife Field Headquarters building, 1 Rabbit Hill Road in Westborough. Talks are free and open to the public.

September 22: Southwick Wildlife Management Area Public Habitat Site Walk, Southwick – MassWildlife Ecologists and Foresters will lead a site walk to highlight active habitat management projects in recent years. Meet at 3:00 P.M. at the MassWildlife parking area on South Longyard Road in Southwick. This site walk will highlight fifty acres of grassland habitat expansion completed in 2015;  an additional 13 acres of grassland restoration done in 2016; vernal pool enhancement for Eastern Spadefoot conservation; and portions of a 50-acre timber sale recently completed adjacent to the grasslands to provide a gradual edge transition from grassland to young forest habitat as opposed to abrupt edge habitat from grassland to closed-canopy forest. Dress for the weather; plan on all events occurring rain or shine. Consider bringing insect repellant, binoculars, camera, sunscreen, and wearing sturdy boots. The walks are listed and described below.
Directions: From Route 202 in Southwick, turn east onto Depot Street, follow Depot Street for one-quarter mile, then bear right onto South Longyard Road, follow South Longyard Road for about 3/4 miles, then turn right into the MassWildlife parking area on the south side of South Longyard Road just east of the intersection with Liquori Drive in Southwick.

September 22: Burrage Pond Wildlife Management Area Public Habitat Site Walk, Halifax and Hanson –  MassWildlife Ecologists and Foresters will lead a site walk to highlight active habitat management projects in recent years. Meet at 3:00 P.M. at the MassWildlife parking area on Hawks Ave. off Pleasant St. in Hanson. This site walk will highlight a range of habitat management projects supported by a North American Wetlands Conservation Act (NAWCA) Grant including invasive plant control, water management to create/enhance emergent wetlands, pit-and-mound grading and seeding of former bog units to further enhance wetland habitats, prescribed fire, cooter releases and research. Dress for the weather; plan on all events occurring rain or shine. Consider bringing insect repellant, binoculars, camera, sunscreen, and wearing sturdy boots. The walks are listed and described below.
Directions: From Route 27 (Main St.) in Hanson, turn south onto Pleasant Street, follow Pleasant St. for 1/2 mile (proceed straight through the intersection with Reed St. & South St.), and turn right onto Hawks Avenue.

September 24: Friends Of Myles Standish State Forest "Take Me Fishin'!" Event, Plymouth – This event is at Fearing Pond in Myles Standish State Forest in Plymouth, 9:00 A.M. – 1:30 P.M. This is a free, family friendly, learn to fish event. Bring your fishing equipment, or borrow ours - limited equipment and bait will be provided *Open to the public. For more information, contact Bill Vickstrom at wrvick@comcast.net

September 25: Massachusetts Outdoor Expo "The Big MOE", Sturbridge CANCELED  

September 29: Montague Plains Wildlife Management Area Public Habitat Site Walk, Montague – MassWildlife Ecologists and Foresters will lead a site walk to highlight active habitat management projects in recent years. Meet at 3:00 P.M. at the power line parking area on Old Turners Fall Road in Montague. This site walk is co-hosted with the DCR Bureau of Forestry and will highlight portions of 400 acres of habitat restoration for pitch pine/scrub oak barrens, including stops at an area harvested in winter 2015-2016, and other areas harvested 2-10 years prior. 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)

September 29: Montague Plains Wildlife Management Area Talk, Montague – Talk begins at 7:00 P.M. at the Great Falls Discovery Center in Turners Falls. This presentation is co-hosted with DCR and Town of Montague and will highlight the history of habitat management at Montague Plains. Directions: See Great Falls Discovery Center parking and directions information.


October 2016

October 1: Outdoor Workshop for High School Teachers: Hands-on Science in Massachusetts Ecosystems, Westborough – Do you know how to calculate how many board feet of lumber that can be produced from a mature tree? Ever thought of finally mastering identifying trees in winter? Have you ever used an aerial photo to help analyze surrounding ecosystems for resources for wildlife or for determining potential water pollution sources? On the off chance that you don’t have a back hoe to dig your own soil pit, maybe you’d like a chance to measure soil horizons with Dr. Dirt himself?  All this and more at Mass Envirothon’s workshop for coaches on Saturday October 1 from 8:30 A.M. 3:00 P.M. at MassWildlife's Wayne F. MacCallum Wildlife Management Area (1 Rabbit Hill Road, Westborough). Spend the day outside with natural resource professionals learning how to apply knowledge and work with new and experienced coaches to plan how to share this knowledge with your team. This workshop includes background, skills, and approaches for introducing high school students to natural resource conservation and management, with connections to Next Generation Science Standards. In-depth sessions led by experienced natural resource managers will include forest, water, soil and wildlife conservation. This event is sponsored by the Massachusetts Envirothon and provides a great opportunity to get all your questions answered about how to start an Envirothon team at your school. There is no charge for high school educators or community resource partners; morning coffee and lunch will be provided. For more information, contact massenvirothon@gmail.com or visit Envirothon's website at massenvirothon.org 

October 6: Muddy Brook Wildlife Management Area Public Habitat Site Walk, Hardwick – MassWildlife Ecologists and Foresters will lead a site walk to highlight active habitat management projects in recent years. Meet at 3:00 P.M. at the MassWildlife parking area on Patrill Hollow Road in Hardwick on the west side of Muddy Brook. This site walk will highlight: the west side of the Patrill Hollow where pitch pine/scrub oak restoration, which includes tree clearing and prescribed burning, is on-going; extensive forestlands growing on abandoned agricultural areas; the importance of open sandplain communities to rare and declining animals and insects. Dress for the weather; plan on all events occurring rain or shine. Consider bringing insect repellant, binoculars, camera, sunscreen, and wearing sturdy boots. The walks are listed and described below.
Directions: From Rote 32A in Hardwick Center, turn west on Greenwich Road for a quarter mile, then turn left on Patrill Hollow Road. Continut on Patrill Hollow Road for a quarter mile, then bear right to stay on Patrill Hollow Road. Continue on Patrill Hollow Road for 1.2 miles, passing a MassWildlife parking area on your right, then crossing the bridge over Muddy Brook, then turn right up into the MassWildlife parking area on the west side of Muddy Brook.

October 13: 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.

October 13: Frances Crane Wildlife Management Area Public Habitat Site Walk, Falmouth – MassWildlife Ecologists and Foresters will lead a site walk to highlight active habitat management projects in recent years. Meet at 3:00 P.M. at the MassWildlife field trial parking area on the north side of Rte. 151 near Hamilton Tree. This site walk will highlight grassland expansion and adjacent pitch pine/oak woodlands thinning. Dress for the weather; plan on all events occurring rain or shine. Consider bringing insect repellant, binoculars, camera, sunscreen, and wearing sturdy boots. The walks are listed and described below.
Directions: click here for a map

October 13: Quashnet Woods State Reservation/Wildlife Management Area Public Habitat Site Walk, Mashpee – MassWildlife Ecologists and Foresters will lead a site walk to highlight active habitat management projects in recent years. Meet at 1:00 P.M. at the powerline parking area on Turner Road in Mashpee. This site walk is co-hosted with DCR Bureau of Forestry and Mashpee Conservation Commission and will highlight an eighty-acre New England Cottontail habitat site favoring retained pitch pine and to stimulate a shrub understory of blueberry and scrub oak completed in 2016. Dress for the weather; plan on all events occurring rain or shine. Consider bringing insect repellant, binoculars, camera, sunscreen, and wearing sturdy boots. The walks are listed and described below.
Directions: From Rte. 151 in Mashpee, turn south on Old Barnstable Road, proceed south on Old Barnstable Road for a quarter mile (passing Lakeside Estates), then turn left on Turner Road. Follow Turner Road for 0.1 miles to the parking area beneath the powerline.

October 15: 2016 Northeast Wildlife Trackers Conference, Westborough – Join others with a passion for wildlife tracking at the 8th Annual Northeast Wildlife Trackers Conference from 8:30 A.M. 4:30 P.M. at the MassWildlife Field Headquarters (1 Rabbit Hill Road, Westborough, MA 01581). New this year will be optional off-site field sessions on Sunday, October 16 so conference attendees can immediately carry their newly acquired skills and knowledge into the field (Separate pre-registration required). Please click here for conference details and to register.   

October 18 & 20: Basic Freshwater Fly Tying Course, Northborough – This course is in cooperation with the Charlton Conservation Department from 7:00 P.M. – 9:00 P.M. at the Northborough Free Library (34 Main Street, Northborough). This is a free, two session course for beginner fly tyers only. Participation is encouraged for both sessions. All tools and tying materials provided. *Open to the public- minimum age is 18. Pre-registration is mandatory. To register, contact Deborah Hersh at adults@northboroughlibrary.org

October 25: 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. Through a wide range of activities and experiences, it provides a foundation for developing positive impressions about nature while also building lifelong social and cognitive skills. EDCO Collaborative, 36 Middlesex Turnpike, Bedford. Please click here for more information about this workshop. pdf format of GUW Edco 2016
Please contact Dana Mullaley at dmullaley@edcollab.org. Registration deadline is October 18, 2016.

October 29: Fall Fly Fishing Fair - "Tie a Fly, Cast a Fly Learning Day", Westborough – This event is in cooperation with the International Federation of Fly Fishers at the MassWildlife Field Headquarters (1 Rabbit Hill Road, Westborough) from 10:00 A.M. – 3:00 P.M. This is a free, family friendly, fly fishing event. *Open to the public. For more information, contact Jim Lagacy at jim.lagacy@state.ma.us


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