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July 2018

July 2018 MassWildlife Monthly newsletter

2018 fishing and hunting season summary

July 1: Reptiles and Amphibians, New Salem—MassWildlife’s State Herpetologist, Michael Jones, will give a presentation from 1 – 2 p.m. at the Prescott Church, 40 Elm Street in New Salem. The event is sponsored by the Swift River Valley Historical Society. The program is free; donations gladly accepted.

July 12: Natural Heritage and Endangered Species Advisory Committee Meeting, Westborough – The meeting will take place at the MassWildlife Field Headquarters (1 Rabbit Hill Road in Westborough) from 1:30 to 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.

July 13: Wildlife Information at Westminster Farmer’s Market, Westminster – Stop by the MassWildlife table during your trip to the market to learn about backyard wildlife and ask questions. The market is from 3-6 p.m. at Academy Hill in Westminster.

July 14: Bear Awareness Program, Lanesborough – Join  MassWildlife Biologist Nate Buckhout for an informative slide show talk on black bears  and bear awareness. This discussion will focus on bear safety, habitat, population distribution, and will debunk a few myths about this large misunderstood omnivore. Following the presentation there will be a brief question and answer segment for participants to pick Nate’s expert brain on specific bear concerns or issues relating to camping, hiking, and general outdoor recreation. This free program will be held at the Mt. Greylock State Reservation Visitor Center (30 Rockwell Road in Lanesborough) from 2 - 3 p.m.

July 14: Brewster Conservation Day, Brewster  Brewster Conservation Trust and the Town of Brewster is hosting the 7th Annual Brewster Conservation Day at Drummer Boy Park. MassWildlife will be among the 40+ conservation and educational exhibits present. There will be tons of fun educational activities for kids of all ages, including the puppet shows, the fish weir, and a hands-on shell fishing experience! The event is from 9:30 a.m.–2 p.m. Get more details.

July 14: Family Fishing Clinic, Dorchester This is a free learn to cast clinic with the Neponset River Festival at the DCR Neponset II Park (corner of Granite Ave. & Hilltop St. in Dorchester, MA) 10 a.m.–1 p.m. This event is in cooperation with the Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR).  

July 15: Taunton River Watershed Association Family Fishing Festival, Berkeley This is a free, non-competitive, family friendly, learn to fish event at Dighton Rock State Park (Bay View Ave., Berkeley) 12–3 p.m. Bring your fishing equipment, or borrow ours; limited equipment and bait will be provided. This event is in cooperation with the Department of Conservation and Recreation. *Open to the public, contact Jim Lagacy at jim.lagacy@state.ma.us for more information.

July 17: Family Fishing Clinic, Bedford  This is a family friendly, learn to fish clinic on the Concord River in Bedford (304 Carlisle Rd.) 6–8 p.m. This event is in cooperation with the Bedford Recreation Department. *Open to the public. Pre-registration required; contact the Bedford Recreation Department at www.bedfordma.gov/recreation or (781) 275-1392 for more information.

July 17Fisheries and Wildlife Board Meeting, Newburyport – The July meeting of the Fisheries and Wildlife Board will be held on Tuesday, July 17 at 1 p.m. at the Parker River National Wildlife Refuge Visitor’s Center (6 Plum Island Turnpike, Newburyport, Massachusetts). If you have a disability or medical condition and would like to request special accommodations, please contact Susan Sacco at (508) 389-6342. Anyone wishing to be placed on the agenda to speak must notify the Board 2 weeks prior to the Board meeting; for more detailed information, contact Susan Sacco at (508) 389-6342.

July 18: Family Fishing Clinic, Billerica This is a family friendly, learn to fish clinic at Nuttings Lake in Billerica (Micozzi Beach - 586 Middlesex Turnpike, Billerica), 6–8 p.m. This event is in cooperation with the Billerica Recreation Department. *Open to the public. Pre-registration required; contact the Billerica Recreation department at http://recreation.town.billerica.ma.us/wbwsc/webtrac.wsc/wbsplash.html?wbp=1 or (978) 671-0921 for more information.

July 25: Family Fishing Clinic, Westborough This is a family friendly, learn to fish clinic at Sandra Pond (Westborough Reservoir – Upton Rd.), 1–3 p.m. This event is in cooperation with the Westborough Recreation Department. *Open to the public. Pre-registration required, contact Westborough Recreation at www.westbororec.com/info/default.aspx or (508) 366-3066 for more information.

July 26: Family Fishing Clinic, Worcester  This is a free, family friendly, learn to fish clinic at Greenhill Park Pond in Worcester (180 Greenhill Parkway), 5–7 p.m. This event is in cooperation with the Worcester Parks and Recreation Department. *Open to the public. Pre-registration required; please contact the Worcester Parks and Recreation office at parks@worcesterma.gov or (508) 799-1190 for more information.

July 28: Houghtons Pond Family Fishing Festival, Milton This is a free, non-competitive, family friendly, learn to fish event at Blue Hills Reservation (Picnic Area #5, Blue Hill River Rd, Milton), 10 a.m.–1 p.m. Bring your fishing equipment, or borrow ours; limited equipment and bait will be provided. This event is in cooperation with the Department of Conservation and Recreation. *Open to the public. For more information, contact the Blue Hills Reservation, Maggie Brown at maggie.brown@state.ma.us or Jim Lagacy at jim.lagacy@state.ma.us.

July 28: Women in the Outdoors (WITO) Event, Princeton – Join the National Wild Turkey Federation at the award-winning WITO event at Norco Sportsman's Club (91 Houghton Road, Princeton). WITO is dedicated to providing interactive educational outdoor opportunities for women ages 13 and older. 2018 WITO will feature over 30 instructional classes, seminars, and activities designed with the beginner in mind. Space is limited. Click here to view a full class list and to register.

August 2018

2018 fishing and hunting season summary

August 6: Family Fishing Clinic, Stoneham This is a family friendly, learn to fish clinic at Spot Pond in Stoneham (Straw Point Parking area at the corner of South St. and Main St.) 6–8 p.m. This event is in cooperation with the Stoneham Recreation Department. *Open to the public. Pre-registration required; contact the Stoneham Recreation Department at www.stonehamrec.com or (781) 279-2609 for more information.

August 15: Family Fishing Clinic, Mashpee This is a family friendly, learn to fish clinic at Johns Pond in Mashpee (Johns Pond Park on Back Rd.) 10 a.m.–12 p.m. This event is in cooperation with the Mashpee Recreation Department. *Open to the public. Pre-registration required; contact the Mashpee Recreation Department at www.mashpeerec.com/info/activities/program_details.aspx?ProgramID=29714 or (508) 539-1416 for more information.

August 20: Family Fishing Clinic, Concord – This is a family friendly, learn to fish clinic at Walden Pond in Concord 3–5 p.m. with the Concord Recreation Department. Open to the public. For more information, contact the Concord Recreation Department at www.concordrec.com or (978) 287-1050.

August 22: Family Fishing Clinic, Andover This is a family friendly, learn to fish clinic at Pomps Pond in Andover (147 Abbot St.) 10 a.m.–12 p.m. This event is in cooperation with the Andover Recreation Department. *Open to the public. Pre-registration required; contact the Andover Recreation Department at http://andoverrec.com/landing/index or (978) 623-8340 for more information. 

September 2018

2018 fishing and hunting season summary

September 8: Harold Parker State Forest Family Fishing Festival, Andover 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. This event is in cooperation with the Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR) at Sudden Pond in the Harold Parker State Forest in Andover 10 a.m.–2 p.m. *Open to the public. For more information, contact Jim Lagacy at jim.lagacy@state.ma.us or (508) 389-6309.

September 13: Natural Heritage and Endangered Species Advisory Committee Meeting, Westborough – The meeting will take place at the MassWildlife Field Headquarters (1 Rabbit Hill Road in Westborough) from 1:30 to 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 16: The Massachusetts Outdoor Expo “The Big Moe”, Sturbridge This is a free, non-competitive, family friendly event. There will be equipment and bait provided at the fishing station. In cooperation with the Hamilton Rod & Gun Club in Sturbridge (24 Hamilton Rd.), 9 a.m.–4 p.m. *Open to the public. Please contact Jim Lagacy at jim.lagacy@state.ma.us or (508) 389-6309 for more information.

September 29: Fearing Pond Family Fishing Festival, Plymouth This is a free, family friendly, learn to fish event at Fearing Pond in the Myles Standish State Forest, Plymouth, 9 a.m.–1 p.m. Bring your fishing equipment, or borrow ours; limited equipment and bait will be provided. This event is in cooperation with the Friends of Myles Standish State Forest and the Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR) *Open to the public. Please contact Bill Vickstrom at wrvick@comcast.net for more information.

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