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Yearly Archives: 2009

FIELD REPORT: Outdoor women on the hunt Posted on Dec 8

FIELD REPORT: Outdoor women on the hunt

Ellie Horwitz Chief of Information & Education, MassWildlife View Ellie's Bio Ellie reported from the MassWildlife-sponsored Becoming an Outdoors Woman deer hunting seminar held on Sunday, December 6, 2009 in Danvers. Click here for more information about the Becoming an Outdoors Woman program. At 5   …Continue Reading FIELD REPORT: Outdoor women on the hunt

Beetle hunters Posted on Dec 4

Beetle hunters

Anna Waclawiczek Chief of Staff, Department of Agricultural Resources (DAR) View Anna's Bio I just got an e-postcard from Dr. Jennifer Forman-Orth, our state plant pest survey coordinator (or beetle hunter if you will). Jennifer's avid quest for invasive species makes me wish I had   …Continue Reading Beetle hunters

Deer data Posted on Dec 3

Deer data

Marion Larson Outreach Coordinator, MassWildlife View Marion's Bio During this first week of shotgun hunting season for deer, MassWildlife biologists and technicians and Department of Fish and Game Commissioner Mary Griffin are peering into jaws, measuring antlers, and checking weights of deer checked in by hunters. This   …Continue Reading Deer data

Chaos in the parks Posted on Dec 2

Chaos in the parks

Wendy Fox Press Secretary, Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR) View Wendy’s Bio Boston resident Joe Antonino and his dog Chaos visited all 76 parks in the DCR’s Park Passport program over the summer, a feat worth sharing. Joe and Chaos – a half boxer,   …Continue Reading Chaos in the parks

Christmas tree cutting Posted on Nov 30

Christmas tree cutting

Commissioner Scott Soares Commissioner, Department of Agriculture Resources (DAR) View Commissioner Soares’ Bio Last week, I joined Pierce Tree Farm co-owners Russ and Dan Pierce (father and son) at an annual tree cutting ceremony at their farm in Lunenberg to kick off the holiday season.   …Continue Reading Christmas tree cutting

Vineyard outing Posted on Nov 25

Vineyard outing

Anna Waclawiczek Chief of Staff, Department of Agricultural Resources (DAR) View Anna’s Bio Did you know that Massachusetts is home to a growing number of wineries? Today, there are 29 Bay State wineries that bottle over 235,690 gallons of wine, compared to 170,550 gallons just   …Continue Reading Vineyard outing

Fabulous fall, be safe Posted on Nov 24

Fabulous fall, be safe

Marion Larson Outreach Coordinator, MassWildlifeView Marion’s Bio Fall is a fabulous time to be outdoors with its dazzling colors, crisp air and increased wildlife activity. Whenever I’m hiking, birding or hunting, I try to be sure I’m properly prepared. Weather changes in the fall can   …Continue Reading Fabulous fall, be safe

A Family Thanksgiving Tip Posted on Nov 20

A Family Thanksgiving Tip

Anna Waclawiczek Chief of Staff, Department of Agricultural Resources (DAR) View Anna's Complete Bio Rick LeBlanc, who’s in charge of the DAR’s MassGrown and Fresher program, just emailed me with a really great tip for a Thanksgiving festivity that must be shared! Each year, the   …Continue Reading A Family Thanksgiving Tip

Dog sledding, walkabout anyone? Posted on Nov 20

Dog sledding, walkabout anyone?

Commissioner Rick Sullivan Commissioner, Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR) View Commissioner Sullivan's Bio Autumn is one of the best seasons to be outdoors (but then so are winter, spring, and summer), and the 450,000 acres of DCR properties are great outdoor places to be.   …Continue Reading Dog sledding, walkabout anyone?

Big broody salmon lurking Posted on Nov 19

Big broody salmon lurking

Marion Larson Outreach Coordinator, MassWildlife View Marion’s Bio For avid anglers out there, I recently got some great news from our Chief of Hatcheries, Ken Simmons. Over 450 broodstock salmon were stocked in selected lakes and ponds across the state in late October. These big,   …Continue Reading Big broody salmon lurking