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Monthly Archives: December 2009

Help us count bald eagles Posted on Dec 28

Help us count bald eagles

Marion Larson Outreach Coordinator, MassWildlife View Marion's Bio Every year, MassWildlife participates in a midwinter eagle survey that occurs nationwide. This year, the Midwinter Bald Eagle survey period begins on December 30, 2009 and ends on January 13, 2010. I encourage everyone who is outdoors   …Continue Reading Help us count bald eagles

12 Days of Xmas don’t come cheap Posted on Dec 23

12 Days of Xmas don’t come cheap

Commissioner Scott Soares Commissioner, Department of Agriculture Resources (DAR) View Commissioner Soares' Bio Ever wonder how much it would cost your true love to procure seven swans a-swimming, six geese a-laying or five golden rings? With prompting last week from Sean Cole (reporting for NPR's   …Continue Reading 12 Days of Xmas don’t come cheap

No gym membership needed Posted on Dec 22

No gym membership needed

Wendy Fox Press Secretary, Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR)View Wendy’s Bio Face it. We’re all going to have to work off the extra holiday food we’ve been eating these days. Before you head to the gym, though, or just sit there feeling guilty, what   …Continue Reading No gym membership needed

Winter rec vehicle safety Posted on Dec 21

Winter rec vehicle safety

Colonel Aaron Gross Director, Massachusetts Environmental PoliceView Aaron’s Bio Winter is a wonderful time to be outdoors with an abundance of activities to choose from. Whether it be hunting, fishing, all-terrain vehicle (ATV) riding, snowmobiling or just taking in the scenery, it can be a   …Continue Reading Winter rec vehicle safety

Giving greens (fees) Posted on Dec 18

Giving greens (fees)

Wendy Fox Press Secretary, Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR)View Wendy’s Bio Holiday hassle got you down? Still looking for the perfect gift for the outdoor enthusiast on your list? How about a $35 DCR ParksPass? The pass provides unlimited day-use parking at the more   …Continue Reading Giving greens (fees)

Tracking in a winter wonderland Posted on Dec 16

Tracking in a winter wonderland

Marion Larson Outreach Coordinator, MassWildlife View Marion's Bio The snow that fell over much of the state last week was a reminder that winter is here. Snowfall creates a terrific opportunity to see wildlife tracks in your backyard, neighborhood, local parks or conservation areas. Tracks can   …Continue Reading Tracking in a winter wonderland

Snowshoeing, owl calling on the wild & scenic side Posted on Dec 14

Snowshoeing, owl calling on the wild & scenic side

Tim Purinton Acting Director, Department of Fish and Game’s Division of Ecological Restoration View Tim's Bio What’s more wild and scenic than a clear, cascading river slipping over ice-glazed rocks as the early snows of winter fall? Not much in my estimation. The Westfield River   …Continue Reading Snowshoeing, owl calling on the wild & scenic side

Christmas Bird Count – Make it Your Holiday Outdoor Tradition Posted on Dec 11

Christmas Bird Count – Make it Your Holiday Outdoor Tradition

Marion Larson Outreach Coordinator, MassWildlife View Marion's Bio From December 14, 2009 through January 5, 2010, bird lovers in Massachusetts can participate in the nation’s longest running wildlife survey, the Christmas Bird Count. Each year families, friends, birders, and scientists – armed with binoculars and   …Continue Reading Christmas Bird Count – Make it Your Holiday Outdoor Tradition

Get outside, track river flow Posted on Dec 10

Get outside, track river flow

Tim Purinton Acting Director, Department of Fish and Game’s Division of Ecological Restoration View Tim's Bio Every Tuesday at 6:00 am Shep Evans of Stockbridge dons his winter cap and woolen mittens and heads out to Larrywaug Brook in the Berkshires to read a stream   …Continue Reading Get outside, track river flow

Scrumptiously local outdoor holiday shopping Posted on Dec 9

Scrumptiously local outdoor holiday shopping

Anna Waclawiczek Chief of Staff, Department of Agricultural Resources (DAR) View Anna's Bio An e-postcard from David Webber, our farmers’ market program coordinator, brings me to one of my favorite topics: food! David’s tip for the month? A holiday market at Downtown Crossing in Boston   …Continue Reading Scrumptiously local outdoor holiday shopping