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Invasive snakehead caught in Canton 

9/02/2021 Division of Fisheries and Wildlife

This invasive fish was most likely illegally released by a pet owner. This is only the fifth confirmed snakehead recorded in the Commonwealth since 2002.

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Advisory: Report Dead Birds and Remove Feeders 

8/30/2021 Division of Fisheries and Wildlife

Bird feeder recommendation updated. Public asked to consider alternatives to safeguard wildlife health and safety.

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Public hearing scheduled for proposed pheasant and quail hunting regulation changes 

8/30/2021 Division of Fisheries and Wildlife

MassWildlife is holding a public hearing on September 28. Proposed regulations would establish a pheasant/quail permit, eliminate seasonal bag limits, remove rooster-only restrictions, and eliminate registration for pheasant hunting at Martin Burns WMA.

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Fall trout stocking begins in September 

8/27/2021 Division of Fisheries and Wildlife

Fall trout stocking begins around mid-September. Over 61,000 rainbow trout that are 12 inches or longer and about 4,000 brown trout over 9 inches long will be stocked across Massachusetts this fall.

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Tully Trail agreement celebrated 

8/26/2021 Division of Fisheries and Wildlife

On August 26, MassWildlife and North Quabbin Trails Association celebrated an agreement to maintain Tully Trail segments on MassWildlife lands.

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Soaring towards success: 2021 peregrine falcon conservation in Massachusetts 

8/24/2021 Division of Fisheries and Wildlife

Peregrine falcon restoration began in the late 1970s and MassWildlife continues to monitor nesting success of this resilient and fascinating species in Massachusetts.

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September marks the start of fall hunting 

8/23/2021 Division of Fisheries and Wildlife

Hunting is a safe activity. Equipped with the right information, non-hunters can feel comfortable using the woods at any time of year.

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Buy Surplus Antlerless Deer Permits in September 

8/23/2021 Division of Fisheries and Wildlife

Surplus permits become available in late September.

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Eaglet dies from rodenticide poisoning 

8/11/2021 Division of Fisheries and Wildlife

​​​​​​​Officials from MassWildlife and wildlife veterinarians from Tufts Wildlife Clinic confirmed that in late July, a young bald eagle succumbed to second-generation anticoagulant rodenticide poisoning.

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A new view of prescribed fire 

7/29/2021 Division of Fisheries and Wildlife

MassWildlife safely conducted 17 prescribed fires this spring to improve wildlife habitat. New this year, MassWildlife is using Unmanned Aircraft Systems (aka UAS or drone technology) to monitor habitat conditions before, during, and after fires.

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Youth Pheasant Hunt Program offers workshops and mentored hunts this fall 

7/29/2021 Division of Fisheries and Wildlife

Hunter Education graduates can sign up to participate at locations throughout Massachusetts. Clubs will have smaller class sizes this year so spots may fill quickly.

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15th Edition Natural Heritage Atlas released August 1 

7/27/2021 MassWildlife's Natural Heritage & Endangered Species Program

Maps contained in the atlas help protect animals and plants listed under the Massachusetts Endangered Species Act

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Spadefoot success at Southwick WMA 

7/20/2021 Division of Fisheries and Wildlife

Six years ago, MassWildlife launched an effort to establish a secure population of the state-threatened eastern spadefoot at Southwick WMA. MassWildlife confirmed this population successfully bred for the first time in July 2021.

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Grant funding available to landowners for habitat management  

7/16/2021 Division of Fisheries and Wildlife

Private and municipal landowners of conserved lands can apply for grant funding to support active habitat management projects that benefit wildlife and enhance outdoor recreation opportunities.

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In search of the black racer snake 

6/30/2021 Division of Fisheries and Wildlife

Little is known about the abundance and distribution of northern black racers in Massachusetts. An upcoming Massachusetts Wildlife magazine article follows a group on Martha’s Vineyard as they research these snakes.

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