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Monthly Archives: May 2010

Bay State agricultural fairs kick off this weekend Posted on May 28

Bay State agricultural fairs kick off this weekend

Commissioner Scott Soares Commissioner, Department of Agriculture Resources (DAR) View Commissioner Soares' Bio This Memorial Day Weekend, I’m excited to be partaking in one of my favorite New England spring-through-fall pastimes – going to Agricultural State Fairs! I’ll be headed to the Sheep and Woolcraft   …Continue Reading Bay State agricultural fairs kick off this weekend

Go Fish! Posted on May 27

Go Fish!

Marion Larson Outreach Coordinator, MassWildlife View Marion's Bio Looking for a way to spend some quality time with family or friends in the great outdoors and learn a new skill or brush up on your technique? Go fish…at a free fishing clinic or fishing festival   …Continue Reading Go Fish!

Moving on to greener pastures Posted on May 27

Moving on to greener pastures

Erin Burke Protected Species Specialist, Division of Marine Fisheries (DMF)View Erin’s Bio The right whale season in Cape Cod Bay is officially over! Around this time each year, as food in the Bay dwindles, right whales begin exploring nearby habitats for a better meal. Aerial   …Continue Reading Moving on to greener pastures

Stop invasive zebra mussels this boating season Posted on May 26

Stop invasive zebra mussels this boating season

Bill Hinkley Program Director, Massachusetts Environmental Trust (MET) View Bill’s Bio Boating and fishing are great activities for the whole family. With the discovery of highly invasive zebra mussels in Laurel Lake last summer, boaters need to be especially careful when transporting boats between lakes   …Continue Reading Stop invasive zebra mussels this boating season

FIELD REPORT: Women’s turkey hunt Posted on May 21

FIELD REPORT: Women’s turkey hunt

Mary Griffin Commissioner, Department of Fish and Game (DFG) View Commissioner Griffin's Bio At 4:30 a.m. on May 3, I joined nine women and six guides for a turkey hunt in Devens sponsored by MassWildlife’s Becoming an Outdoorswoman (BOW) program. Fueled by coffee and a   …Continue Reading FIELD REPORT: Women’s turkey hunt

Try bird watching this spring Posted on May 20

Try bird watching this spring

Bob Greco Chief of Staff, Department of Fish & Game (DFG) View Bob's Bio May is a great month for bird watching in Massachusetts, featuring the northern migration of colorful wood warblers, the return of many other native birds, and active courting and nesting of   …Continue Reading Try bird watching this spring

Get outside and take farm photos, submit to annual contest Posted on May 20

Get outside and take farm photos, submit to annual contest

Anna Waclawiczek Chief of Staff, Department of Agricultural Resources (DAR) View Anna's Bio If you’re an amateur photographer who enjoys capturing images of the Bay State’s farms and farm products, grab your camera and get outside to take pictures of farm happenings for our annual   …Continue Reading Get outside and take farm photos, submit to annual contest

Going saltwater fishing? Don’t forget to register. Posted on May 17

Going saltwater fishing? Don’t forget to register.

Mary Griffin Commissioner, Department of Fish and Game (DFG) View Commissioner Griffin's Bio With spring upon us, Massachusetts’ recreational saltwater anglers should know that, under new federal law, they must register with the National Marine Fisheries Service this year before going fishing. The Federal Saltwater   …Continue Reading Going saltwater fishing? Don’t forget to register.

Celebrate Preservation Month at the parks Posted on May 14

Celebrate Preservation Month at the parks

Wendy Pearl Preservation Planner, Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR) View Wendy's Bio May is National Preservation Month, and DCR’s parks are a great place to see preservation in action. DCR’s mission is firmly rooted in the legacy of Charles Eliot and Frederick Law Olmsted,   …Continue Reading Celebrate Preservation Month at the parks

Got Trout?! Posted on May 13

Got Trout?!

Marion Larson Outreach Coordinator, MassWildlife View Marion’s Bio It’s the height of the trout stocking season in the Bay State! Truckloads of trout have been netted out of state hatcheries and transported to lakes, ponds, rivers and streams in all parts of the state. Whether   …Continue Reading Got Trout?!