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November 2017

2017 Fishing, Hunting, and Trapping Season Dates
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November 2: Blanding’s Turtle Conservation, Westford  The Westford Conservation Trust is holding its annual meeting at 7PM at the Parish Center for the Arts on 10 Lincoln Street in Westford. MassWildlife State Herpetologist Mike Jones will be the guest speaker talking about Blanding’s Turtles—an endangered turtle that is found in the Westford area. Mike will talk about the ecology, habitat and behavior of Blanding’s Turtles, its close relatives and our efforts to stabilize populations in NE Massachusetts. Mike will also discuss freshwater turtle conservation and related topics. The program is free, refreshments will be served.

November 2: Forest Wildlife Habitat Program and Field Trip, Plainfield – Come join the Massachusetts Forest Trust and the Ruffed Grouse Society for a day of learning, discussion, and walking. Hear from some of the region’s foremost experts on forest habitat and bird conservation. MassWildlife foresters and biologists are among the presenters. This is an opportunity to hear and discuss what can be done to improve the outlook for wildlife in decline. Visit two sites where habitat work has occurred and see how they have changed over time to assist the wildlife discussed earlier. This is a free program for interested landowners, conservationists, foresters and others with an interest in managing habitat for wildlife. The Program is full.

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 9Fisheries and Wildlife Board Meeting, Westborough – The November meeting of the Fisheries and Wildlife Board will be held on Thursday, November 9, 2017, at 1:30 p.m., at the MassWildlife Field Headquarters (1 Rabbit Hill Road, Westborough, MA 01581). 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 16: Black Bears, An Introduction to Your Neighbors, Chicopee The Tiger Athletic Club at 14 Montgomery Street in Chicopee is hosting a free program at 6 PM with Ralph Taylor, MassWildlife Connecticut Valley District Supervisor, who will talk about the history and status of the American black bear in Massachusetts. It’s now quite possible that you may see a black bear in the woods or in your neighborhood while they forage for food. He’ll discuss behavioral changes of bears, current research, human/bear conflicts, and tips on coexisting with black bears. Space is limited and an RSVP is needed. Contact Bill King at 413-686-2971.

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.

November 30: Massachusetts Ecosystem Climate Adaptation Network Conference, Westborough Natural resource managers involved with or planning to engage in climate adaptation are invited to join the Massachusetts Ecosystem Climate Adaptation Network for a one-day conference launching this new network and shape adaptation action in Massachusetts. The conference will be held at MassWildlife’s Field Headquarters on 1 Rabbit Hill Road in Westborough from 9-4. Meet new colleagues and mingle with existing partners, learn about adaptation work in Massachusetts, develop outreach messages during the climate adaptation communications training, contribute to the state climate adaptation and hazard mitigation plan, and showcase your adaptation projects. For more information and to register, click here. (https://www.massecan.org/new-events)

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 9: Project WILD: Professional Development Workshop, Sudbury – 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. Through the use of balanced curriculum materials and professional training workshops, Project WILD accomplishes its goal of developing awareness, knowledge, skills and commitment. Workshop participants will receive a copy of the guide 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 for more information about this workshop. To register please contact Pam Landry, MassWildlife at pam.landry@state.ma.us . 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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