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October 2017

2017 Fishing, Hunting, and Trapping Season Dates
MassWildlife Monthly News: October 2017

October 1–31: Quack, Quack, Junior Duck Stamp Traveling Art Exhibit, Athol –  A combination of the top 25 pieces of JDS art created by young people will be on exhibit at the Athol Public Library  in Athol. Teachers and their students are invited to participate in the Massachusetts Junior Duck Stamp (JDS) Program. JDS is designed to stimulate awareness and personal involvement in waterfowl & wetland conservation for students in grades K-12 through a student art project. The program helps students communicate visually what they have learned by creating an entry for the Junior Duck Stamp Program art contest. The art is judged in four age group categories in a statewide competition, and the entry judged Best of Show moves on to represent Massachusetts in the national JDS competition.  For more details on the Athol exhibit, contact Dave Small at dave@dhsmall.net or www.atholbirdclub.org.   

October 1–29: Quack, Quack, Junior Duck Stamp Traveling Art Exhibit, North Easton – A combination of the top 25 pieces of JDS art created by young people will be on exhibit at the Borderland State Park in North Easton. Teachers and their students are invited to participate in the Massachusetts Junior Duck Stamp (JDS) Program. JDS is designed to stimulate awareness and personal involvement in waterfowl & wetland conservation for students in grades K-12 through a student art project. The program helps students communicate visually what they have learned by creating an entry for the Junior Duck Stamp Program art contest. The art is judged in four age group categories in a statewide competition, and the entry judged Best of Show moves on to represent Massachusetts in the national JDS competition.  For more details on the North Easton exhibit, contact Ellenor Simmons at 508-238-6566.  

October 5: Public Habitat Site Walk, Birch Hill Wildlife Management Area, Winchendon – The public is invited to join MassWildlife Habitat Biologists and Restoration Ecologists from 4:00-6:00 pm on a walk through two portions of the Birch Hill WMA. Learn about the habitat management activities that will be occurring over the next year which will benefit many kinds of wildlife and improve wildlife-related recreation. Visit a barrens restoration site on the east side of Priest Brook and a young forest site on the west side of Priest Brook. Meet in the parking area of the Winchendon Rod & Gun Club at 169 Winchendon Road in Royalston. Wear sturdy boots and be prepared for a moderately strenuous walk.

October 5: MassWildlife at MA Green Careers Conference, Westborough Delve into clean energy, sustainability, and career development for a day. Enjoy cross-sector dialogues with stakeholders from government, business, education, and nonprofits, and career-ready candidates. The conference will be held at Mass Wildlife’s Field HQ in Westborough. Limited to ~100 participants. MassWildlife and EEA staff will be presenting sessions on the following topics—Endangered Species-Related Careers, Land Conservation Employers in Massachusetts and State Energy and Environmental Agency Employment Opportunities. GreenCareers Conference Registration Information.

October 12: Public Habitat Site Walk, Montague Plains Wildlife Management Area, Montague – The public is invited to join MassWildlife Habitat Biologists and Restoration Ecologists from 4:00-6:00 pm on a walk through portions of the Montague Plains WMA that have been the focus of pitch pine/scrub oak barrens restoration for the past 20 years. Visit previous timber harvest areas from 2006 and 2015, a recently completed harvest area, and a 30-acre reserve area. Learn about the restoration and management history of the site and the positive effects of these activities for common and uncommon local wildlife. Hear from experts about the management that will be occurring in the near future to provide valuable habitat for a number of state-listed and dwindling species. Meet at the MassWildlife parking area off Lake Pleasant Road across from Beach Road (https://goo.gl/maps/64sqfikHiQy). Wear sturdy boots and be prepared for a moderately strenuous walk. 

October 12: 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 14: MassWildlife at Berkshire Natural History Conference, Pittsfield  The 3rd Annual Berkshire Natural History Conference will feature presentations by local and regional naturalists, as well as acclaimed authors at the Berkshire Community College from 9 a.m.–4 p.m. MassWildlife will have a table set up at the event, and retired MassWildlife Biologist Jim Cardoza will present on wild turkey conservation. Click here for more information and ticket information.

October 15 – November 15: Quack, Quack, Junior Duck Stamp Traveling Art Exhibit, Lawrence – A combination of the top 25 pieces of JDS art created by young people will be on exhibit at the Lawrence Heritage State Park  in Lawrence. Teachers and their students are invited to participate in the Massachusetts Junior Duck Stamp (JDS) Program. JDS is designed to stimulate awareness and personal involvement in waterfowl & wetland conservation for students in grades K-12 through a student art project. The program helps students communicate visually what they have learned by creating an entry for the Junior Duck Stamp Program art contest. The art is judged in four age group categories in a statewide competition, and the entry judged Best of Show moves on to represent Massachusetts in the national JDS competition.  For more details on the Lawrence exhibit, contact Jim Beauchesne at (978) 794-1665.

October 21: Project WILD and Aquatic WILD: Professional Development Workshop for K–12 Educators, West Boylston – Receive training in this award winning, interdisciplinary nationally recognized program! It is one of the most widely-used conservation and environmental education programs among educators of students in kindergarten through high school. The program emphasizes terrestrial and aquatic wildlife because of their intrinsic, ecological value, as well as their role in teaching how ecosystems function. Workshop participants will receive a copy of the guides and a certificate of completion. This hands-on workshop has applications for school teachers, scout leaders, camp counselors, nature center staff, home educators, after care teachers, etc. Click here to learn more about this workshop. To register, please contact Jim Lafley at jim.lafley@state.ma.us or (508) 792-7423 x 231. Registration deadline is October 13, 2017.

October 21: Growing Up WILD: Exploring Nature with Young Children, Sandwich GUW is an early childhood education activity guide that builds on 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. Workshop participants will receive a copy of the guide and a certification of completion. Click here to learn about this workshop. To register contact Mary Beers mary.beers@thorntonburgess.org or (508) 888-6870. Registration deadline is October 11, 2017.

October 21–22: Northeast Wildlife Trackers Conference  The Northeast Wildlife Trackers will hold their 9th annual conference at the Massachusetts Division of Fisheries & Wildlife Field Headquarters, 1 Rabbit Hill Road in Westborough. There will be something for everyone from beginner to advanced, including speakers and presenters. The keynote speaker will be world-renowned bear expert, Ben Kilham who has been studying the behavior of black bears and rescuing orphaned cubs for over 20 years. The second day of field programs is optional, with a separate registration and fee. Registration opens in August at www.northeastwildlifetrackers.org. Check the website and Facebook for updates at www.facebook.com/northeasttrackersconference/.

October 24Fisheries and Wildlife Board Meeting, Royalston – The October meeting of the Fisheries and Wildlife Board will be held on Tuesday, October 24, 2017, at 11 a.m., at the Royalson Fish and Game Club (55 Baldwinville Road, Royalston). 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 24: New England Chapter of the Wildlife Society Annual Fall Workshop, Princeton – The New England Chapter of the Wildlife Society is holding their Annual Fall Workshop at Norco Sportsman's Club (91 Houghton Road, Princeton) from 9:30 a.m.–4 p.m. The theme is raptor conservation and biology, and there will be a live raptor demonstration at the summit in the afternoon. This workshop is open to all Chapter members and those interested in becoming members ($10 for regular one-year membership, $5 for student one-year membership; cash or checks, no cards). Click here to learn more about the Wildlife Society.

October 26: Bats are Not Just Halloween Mascots, Gardner – MassWildlife's Assistant Director of Natural Heritage & Endangered Species, Thomas French, will give a presentation on bats in Massachusetts and discuss the unexpected and sudden decline of our native bat populations. This talk is at Gardner Museum (26 Pearl St., Gardner) from 6:30–8:00 p.m. Click here for more information.

October 28: Growing Up WILD: Exploring Nature with Young Children and Project Learning Tree’s Environmental Experiences for Early Childhood, Northfield – Growing Up WILD: Exploring Nature with Young Children and Project Learning Tree’s Environmental Experiences for Early Childhood build on children's sense of wonder about nature and invite them to explore wildlife and the world around them. Through a wide range of activities and experiences, these curriculums provide an early foundation for developing positive impressions about the natural world and lifelong social and academic skills. Educators taking this professional development workshop will receive both multi-award winning curriculum guides for educators of children ages 3-6 that feature over 150 experiences that engage children in outdoor play and exploration. Click here to learn more about this workshop. To register, please contact Arcadia Wildlife Sanctuary (413) 584-3009. Registration deadline is October 20, 2017.

November 2017

2017 Fishing, Hunting, and Trapping Season Dates

November 5: MassWildlife at Northeast GIS Meeting, Newport, Rhode Island -- MassWildlife’s Fisheries GIS Coordinator Dave Szczebak will be presenting his pond map project “Creating New Bathymetric Maps for Massachusetts Lakes and Ponds” at the 2017 Fall NEARC Conference. Organized by the Northeast ARC Users Group, the conference focuses on GIS practitioners but is designed for anyone who wants to see the value GIS technology brings to their own environment and the world. The sessions are valuable for new users as well as those who have been using GIS for many years. Registration and Conference Information.

November 9: 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.

November 10: Growing Up WILD: Exploring Nature with Young Children, Plymouth – GUW is an early childhood education activity guide that builds on 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. Workshop participants will receive a copy of the guide and a certification of completion. Click here to learn more about this workshop. To register, please contact Carol Godfrey at cgodfrey@hhcc.org or (508) 436-6061. Registration deadline November 3, 2017.

November 27: Growing Up WILD: Exploring Nature with Young Children, Natick GUW is an early childhood education activity guide that builds on 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. Workshop participants will receive a copy of the guide and a certification of completion. Click here to learn more about this workshop. To register, please register on-line through The Education Cooperative at https://teccoop.wufoo.com/forms/growing-up-wild-exploring-nature-with-young-child/. Registration deadline is November 6, 2017.

December 2017

2017 Fishing, Hunting, and Trapping Season Dates

December 9: Growing Up WILD: Exploring Nature with Young Children, Indian Orchard (Springfield) –  GUW is an early childhood education activity guide that builds on 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. Workshop participants will receive a copy of the guide and a certification of completion. Click here to learn more about this workshop. To register, please contact Pam Landry, MassWildlife, pam.landry@state.ma.us or (508) 389-6310. Registration deadline is November 30, 2017.

December 14: 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.

 

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