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Monthly Archives: October 2010

Seafood throwdown Posted on Oct 28

Seafood throwdown

Mary Griffin Commissioner, Department of Fish and Game (DFG) View Commissioner Griffin’s Bio On October 2, I celebrated locally-caught fish and the local fishing industry at the Boston Local Food Festival on the waterfront at Fort Point Channel in downtown Boston. I had the not-too-shabby   …Continue Reading Seafood throwdown

Beach cleanup, a treasure hunt for trash Posted on Oct 26

Beach cleanup, a treasure hunt for trash

Rachel Offerdahl Multimedia intern, Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs (EEA) View Rachel’s Bio Last year in Massachusetts, 2,200 volunteers picked up 23,000 pounds of marine debris along 110 miles of coastline during an annual statewide beach cleanup. The event, known as COASTSWEEP, kicked   …Continue Reading Beach cleanup, a treasure hunt for trash

Pumpkin picking Posted on Oct 21

Pumpkin picking

Anna Waclawiczek Chief of Staff, Department of Agricultural Resources (DAR) View Anna's Bio The harvest season may be drawing to an end, but that does not mean that there are not still great opportunities to sample the local flavors of Massachusetts. The pumpkin season is   …Continue Reading Pumpkin picking

White shark summer Posted on Oct 14

White shark summer

Greg Skomal Senior biologist, Division of Marine Fisheries (DMF) View Greg’s Bio It was a fantastic summer! Our tagging team was able to tag eight white sharks off the coast of Monomoy Island in Chatham. We tagged most of the sharks in August when the   …Continue Reading White shark summer

Celebrating healthy local food outside Posted on Oct 13

Celebrating healthy local food outside

Commissioner Scott Soares Commissioner, Department of Agriculture Resources (DAR) View Commissioner Soares' Bio Along a park next to the Boston Children’s Museum earlier this month, I had the pleasure of attending the first Boston Local Food Festival. After days of steady rain, the clouds cleared   …Continue Reading Celebrating healthy local food outside

Autumn outdoor safety Posted on Oct 8

Autumn outdoor safety

Marion Larson Outreach Coordinator, MassWildlife View Marion's Bio Fall is a wonderful time to be outdoors with its dazzling colors, crisp air, and wildlife activity galore. Whether your passion is hiking, hunting, fishing, birding, or just taking in the scenery, a few common sense safety   …Continue Reading Autumn outdoor safety

Cranberry festival this weekend Posted on Oct 7

Cranberry festival this weekend

Anna Waclawiczek Chief of Staff, Department of Agricultural Resources (DAR) View Anna's Bio If you love the color ruby-red you're going to love watching the harvest of New England's bounciest crimson fruit – the cranberry! Do you know how the cranberry got its name? The   …Continue Reading Cranberry festival this weekend

Taste local, my farmers’ market adventure Posted on Oct 5

Taste local, my farmers’ market adventure

Rachel Offerdahl Multimedia intern, Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs (EEA) View Rachel's Bio The past two summers I stayed in Boston instead of going home to North Carolina and I excitedly anticipated the opening of the farmers’ markets as a reminder of home.   …Continue Reading Taste local, my farmers’ market adventure

Celebrating a canceled highway, Southwest Corridor Park Posted on Oct 1

Celebrating a canceled highway, Southwest Corridor Park

Rachel Offerdahl Multimedia intern, Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs (EEA) View Rachel's Bio As a North Carolina native and Boston transplant, I had no idea that in the 1950s and 1960s, plans were developed for a 12-lane highway between Route 128 and Boston   …Continue Reading Celebrating a canceled highway, Southwest Corridor Park

Family fun outdoors at the Big Moe Posted on Oct 1

Family fun outdoors at the Big Moe

Marion Larson Outreach Coordinator, MassWildlife View Marion's Bio This past weekend about 5,000 outdoor enthusiasts gathered in Sturbridge at the Hamilton Rod and Gun Club for the Facts About Wildlife and Nature Society’s (FAWNS) Massachusetts Outdoor Expo. At the expo, known as The Big MOE,   …Continue Reading Family fun outdoors at the Big Moe