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January 2021

January 7: Learn about Moose, Bears, Roads, and Land Protection -- This lunchtime webinar series, Nature Connects, (Noon - 1p.m.)  is hosted by The Nature Conservancy in Massachusetts and will feature MassWildlife's Furbearer Biologist Dr. Dave Wattles. Dave will talk about moose and bear research in the state and how roads and climate change may impact these large animals. TNC's forest ecologist,  Andy Finton will discuss how TNC is making efforts to protect large, unfragmented landscapes that help conserve wildlife.

January 7: Wildlife Success Stories: Wood Duck -- One of a series of online learning sessions titled Massachusetts Wildlife Success Stories hosted by MassAudubon, this evening session (7-8PM) will be given by MassWildlife Information and Education Chief Marion Larson and focus on one of the earliest wildlife restoration success stories in Massachusetts, the wood duck. Discover how wildlife agencies, conservation organizations, and enthusiastic citizens worked together to restore this colorful bird through a "housing" effort that resulted in the abundant populations breeding in the Bay State today.

January 13: Virtual Ice Fishing Clinic, 5-6 p.m. – Ice fishing is a great way to get outdoors in winter. MassWildlife’s Angler Education Program will host a one-hour virtual ice fishing clinic to give you the confidence to give hard water fishing a try. Participants will learn how to tell if the ice is safe, how to properly dress for the experience, what gear to bring, and lots more tips to get started. 

January 14: Wildlife Success Stories: Black Bear -- One of a series of online learning sessions titled Massachusetts Wildlife Success Stories hosted by MassAudubon, this evening session (7-8PM) will be given by MassWildlife Dave Wattles, Black Bear and Furbearer Project Leader. The regrowth of Massachusetts’ forests following historic farm abandonment and the regulation of hunting seasons has allowed for the growth and expansion of the Commonwealth’s bear population. Learn the life history of black bears, research that Mass Wildlife has been conducting, and how to avoid conflicts to keep both people and bears safe. Registration is required with small fee and includes a follow up resource packet. Consider registering for the entire Massachusetts Wildlife Success Stories.

January 25: Virtual Ice Fishing Clinic, 5-6 p.m. – Ice fishing is a great way to get outdoors in winter. MassWildlife’s Angler Education Program will host a one-hour virtual ice fishing clinic to give you the confidence to give hard water fishing a try. Participants will learn how to tell if the ice is safe, how to properly dress for the experience, what gear to bring, and lots more tips to get started. Registration is required, sign up here.

February 2021

February 10: Virtual Ice Fishing Clinic, 5-6 p.m. – Ice fishing is a great way to get outdoors in winter. MassWildlife’s Angler Education Program will host a one-hour virtual ice fishing clinic to give you the confidence to give hard water fishing a try. Participants will learn how to tell if the ice is safe, how to properly dress for the experience, what gear to bring, and lots more tips to get started. Registration is required, sign up here.

February 18: Wildlife Success Stories: Peregrine Falcon & American Kestrel -- One of a series of online learning sessions titled Massachusetts Wildlife Success Stories hosted by MassAudubon, this evening session (7-8PM) will be given by MassWildlife's Dave Paulson, Senior Endangered Species Review Biologist.  With the help of a collaborative restoration effort, these birds are now nesting in cities as well as more rural places throughout the Commonwealth. In contrast, the American Kestrel, our smallest and most colorful falcon, is experiencing a decline in population throughout most of North America. Learn about research and nest box efforts for both the kestrel and peregrine and how you can help to ensure the well-being of these amazing birds of prey. Registration is required with small fee and includes a follow up resource packet. Consider registering for the entire Massachusetts Wildlife Success Stories.

February 22: Virtual Ice Fishing Clinic, 5-6 p.m. – Ice fishing is a great way to get outdoors in winter. MassWildlife’s Angler Education Program will host a one-hour virtual ice fishing clinic to give you the confidence to give hard water fishing a try. Participants will learn how to tell if the ice is safe, how to properly dress for the experience, what gear to bring, and lots more tips to get started. Registration is required, sign up here.

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