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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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Help MassWildlife Count Turkey Families! Sportsmen and -women, birders, landowners, and other wildlife enthusiasts are encouraged to assist the Division of Fisheries and Wildlife (DFW) count turkey flocks only containing hens and their young poults (broods) this summer. DFW conducts an annual wild turkey brood survey from June through August. A turkey brood survey form has been posted on the agency website. Information needed includes date, town, number of hens seen, and number of poults and the poults' relative size compared to the hens. Multiple sightings of the same brood can also be noted. Completed forms should to be mailed to: Brood Survey, DFW Field Headquarters, 100 Hartwell Street, Suite 230, West Boylston, MA 01583.

  • August 1 - 17 -- Quack, Quack! Junior Duck Stamp Traveling Art Exhibit, Newburyport—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 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. From now until August 17, the Traveling JDS Art Exhibit will be at the Custom House Maritime Museum, 25 Water Street in Newburyport.  More information about the JDS contest can be found at: www.mass.gov/dfw/jds.
  • August 2-3 – Becoming an Outdoors Family Camping Workshop, Andover – This family friendly event to be held at Harold Parker State Forest is designed specifically for families who are new to camping and want to give it a try. This is a wonderful opportunity to spend time together in the great outdoors on a fun-filled overnight camping experience. Activities include campsite set up, building and putting out campfires, open fire cooking, archery, and fishing for beginners. A traditional evening campfire, story teller, and a live animal program are also planned. The Outdoor Family Camping Workshop is a joint effort between the Division’s Becoming an Outdoorswoman Program and the Department of Conservation and Recreation’s Learn To Camp Program. Click here for registration materials or call (617) 626-4962.
  • August 9  - DAR State Forest Fishing Clinic w/the Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR) @ Upper Highland Lake in DAR State Forest in Goshen, 9:00am – 12:00pm 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 Jim Lagacy @ jim.lagacy@state.ma.us or 508-389-6309
  • August 12 – Fisheries and Wildlife Board Meeting, Newburyport – The August meeting of the Fisheries and Wildlife Board will be held on August 12, 2014, at 1:00 P.M., at the Parker River National Wildlife Refuge Visitors' Center, 6 Plum Island Turnpike, Newburyport. Click here for directions to the Parker River National Wildlife Refuge Visitors' Center. Please note that there is no entrance fee for visiting the headquarters and visitors’ center; a fee is charged only for access to the refuge itself. For more information call 508-389-6342.
  • August 12 – Public Hearing, Newburyport –  321 CMR 3.02(2). In accordance with the Massachusetts General Laws, Chapter 131, Sections 5 and 63, and Chapter 30A, Section 2, NOTICE is hereby given of a public hearing to be held on Tuesday, August 12, 2014, at 3:00 P.M., at the Parker River National Wildlife Refuge Visitors’ Center, 6 Plum Island Turnpike, Newburyport, to establish rules and regulations relative to the 2014-2015 migratory game bird seasons and method of take. Click here for directions to the Parker River National Wildlife Refuge Visitors' Center. Please note that there is no entrance fee for visiting the headquarters and visitors’ center; a fee is charged only for access to the refuge itself.
  • August 15-24 – MassWildlife at the Marshfield Fair, Marshfield --Visit the DFW exhibit while you enjoy the fair. Learn about some of the common wildlife living in your neighborhood or community. Ask your wildlife and outdoor recreation questions of the DFW staff at the exhibit. More information about the Marshfield Fair.
  • August 15 – Vernal Pool Amphibians – Breeding season begins for the Marbled Salamander – the only mole salamander in Massachusetts that mates and lays its eggs in the summer/fall.  Adults of this chunky, black-and-white-banded salamander emerge from their underground retreats and migrate to dried vernal pools during warm, wet nights in late summer (mid-August through mid-September).  The female lays her eggs in a dry but moist depression beneath a log or a under a mat of litter (leaves, grasses, twigs) at the base of a log, shrub, or tussock.  The female remains with the eggs until rains fill the vernal pool with water, she is disturbed by a large predator, or freezing temperatures force her to retreat to safe quarters (whichever happens sooner).  Eggs hatch shortly after being inundated by water, whereupon the aquatic larvae reside in the pool until late spring.

 

  • September 6 - Harold Parker State Forest Family Fishing Festival @ Sudden Pond in the Harold Parker State Forest in Andover, 10:00 – 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 the Harold Parker State Forest @ 978-686-3391

  • September 8 – 18 -- Quack, Quack! Junior Duck Stamp Traveling Art Exhibit, Shelburne Falls—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 Franklin Land Trust, 5 Mechanic Street, Shelburne Falls (Buckland) for 10 days.  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
  • Sept 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 27 - Friends Of Myles Standish State Forest 8th Annual "Take Me Fishin'!" Event @ Fearing Pond in Myles Standish State Forest in Plymouth, 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 Rose Mellino @ 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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