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Monthly Archives: August 2010

Hilltopping with dragonflies Posted on Aug 31

Hilltopping with dragonflies

Marion Larson Outreach Coordinator, MassWildlife View Marion's Bio In early August, my husband and I were on our weekly hike up Mt. Wachusett in Princeton. It was a partly cloudy afternoon and when we reached the summit usual summit breeze was absent. As I looked   …Continue Reading Hilltopping with dragonflies

Late summer accessible canoeing, kayaking and horse backriding Posted on Aug 26

Late summer accessible canoeing, kayaking and horse backriding

Wendy Fox Press Secretary, Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR) View Wendy's Bio Whatever you do, do not let summer end without trying some of DCR’s accessible recreation opportunities. Tomorrow, for instance, August 27, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., DCR’s Universal Access Program (UAP)   …Continue Reading Late summer accessible canoeing, kayaking and horse backriding

Tour a farm, orchard or winery this summer Posted on Aug 26

Tour a farm, orchard or winery this summer

Commissioner Scott Soares Commissioner, Department of Agriculture Resources (DAR) View Commissioner Soares' Bio This summer I visited a number of farms that offer tours for the public. It is a fun and tasty way to spend a day with friends and family. We’ve launched a   …Continue Reading Tour a farm, orchard or winery this summer

Volunteer event to curb aquatic invasives threat to recreational waterways Posted on Aug 25

Volunteer event to curb aquatic invasives threat to recreational waterways

Bill Hinkley Program Director, Massachusetts Environmental Trust (MET) View Bill's Bio Aquatic invasive species are an increasingly important topic for people who enjoy the waters of Massachusetts. These invaders include the Asian carp threatening Lake Michigan and zebra mussels and didymo (rock snot) in the Northeast,   …Continue Reading Volunteer event to curb aquatic invasives threat to recreational waterways

Time for scup! Posted on Aug 20

Time for scup!

Bob Greco Chief of Staff, Department of Fish & Game (DFG) View Bob's Bio Fishing in the dog days of summer can be slow, particularly during daylight hours. But the waters of Cape Cod, the Islands, and southeastern Massachusetts offer an abundance of scup, which   …Continue Reading Time for scup!

Get ready for Farmers’ Market Week Posted on Aug 19

Get ready for Farmers’ Market Week

Anna Waclawiczek Chief of Staff, Department of Agricultural Resources (DAR) View Anna's Bio Next week is Massachusetts Farmers’ Market Week. It’s the height of the local growing season and markets are overflowing with a wide variety of vegetables and fruits. Nothing says local more than   …Continue Reading Get ready for Farmers’ Market Week

Scoop the poop – and don’t pollute Posted on Aug 17

Scoop the poop – and don’t pollute

Bill Hinkley Program Director, Massachusetts Environmental Trust (MET) View Bill's Bio Many posts on this blog focus on hiking, fishing, birding, and other great activities but I would guess that the most popular outdoor activity in Massachusetts is dog walking. One of the most significant   …Continue Reading Scoop the poop – and don’t pollute

Star gazing at Mt. Greylock August 13 Posted on Aug 13

Star gazing at Mt. Greylock August 13

Wendy Fox Press Secretary, Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR) View Wendy's Bio Ever been to the top of Mount Greylock? Well, avoid the crowds and consider going tomorrow night, from 9 p.m. to midnight. DCR and the Amherst Area Amateur Astronomers Association (5As) are   …Continue Reading Star gazing at Mt. Greylock August 13

Free Friday flicks Posted on Aug 12

Free Friday flicks

Commissioner Rick Sullivan Commissioner, Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR) View Commissioner Sullivan's Bio Wondering what to do on Friday night? Well, wonder no more! DCR and WBZ News Radio 1030 have teamed up to bring a free series of family-friendly movies to DCR’s Hatch   …Continue Reading Free Friday flicks

Five salt marsh plants to know and love, one it’s ok to hate Posted on Aug 12

Five salt marsh plants to know and love, one it’s ok to hate

Tim Purinton Acting Director, Department of Fish and Game’s Division of Ecological Restoration View Tim's Bio Late July is perfect for getting out and exploring our salt marshes – after the greenheads disappear in late July a tromp or paddle through the marsh can yield   …Continue Reading Five salt marsh plants to know and love, one it’s ok to hate