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Monthly Archives: November 2010

Grackles, grackles and more grackles Posted on Nov 30

Grackles, grackles and more grackles

Marion Larson Outreach Coordinator, MassWildlife View Marion's Bio   Recently, I witnessed an amazing spectacle of bird movement and sound that could have been filmed by National Geographic! While driving by a cornfield, I saw a huge flock of birds flying across the skyline and   …Continue Reading Grackles, grackles and more grackles

Outdoor Events Update Posted on Nov 26

Outdoor Events Update

Rachel Offerdahl Multimedia intern, Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs (EEA) View Rachel's Bio Public ice rinks open this weekend. On Sunday, join a Turkey Trot Dance Class at Borderland State Park in Easton or take a guided winter walk in Moore State Park   …Continue Reading Outdoor Events Update

Tree stand safety Posted on Nov 22

Tree stand safety

Marion Larson Outreach Coordinator, MassWildlife View Marion's Bio During October and November, Bay State archers hunting deer are perched in treestands, waiting for a deer to walk by within range. During the shotgun and black powder deer season in December, some deer hunters will also   …Continue Reading Tree stand safety

Full moon hike, beach walk among upcoming Massachusetts outdoor events Posted on Nov 19

Full moon hike, beach walk among upcoming Massachusetts outdoor events

Rachel Offerdahl Multimedia intern, Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs (EEA) View Rachel's Bio On Saturday meet at Revere Beach for a beach walk, go for a hike at the Breakheart Reservation in Saugus on Saturday or learn about dog sledding at Houghton’s Pond   …Continue Reading Full moon hike, beach walk among upcoming Massachusetts outdoor events

A new land conservation planning tool for protecting the great outdoors Posted on Nov 18

A new land conservation planning tool for protecting the great outdoors

Mary Griffin Commissioner, Department of Fish and Game (DFG) View Commissioner Griffin's Bio This month, I’ve been thinking a lot about how land conservation planning is critical to the preservation of open space for wildlife and for outdoor recreation. Not only does conservation land protect   …Continue Reading A new land conservation planning tool for protecting the great outdoors

Buy local this winter Posted on Nov 16

Buy local this winter

Anna Waclawiczek Chief of Staff, Department of Agricultural Resources (DAR) View Anna's Bio Farmers’ markets aren’t just for summer anymore! Buying local gets easier this winter with approximately two dozen markets starting up over the next few weeks. From one-day holiday festivals to weekly markets,   …Continue Reading Buy local this winter

Paddling the Housatonic River Posted on Nov 11

Paddling the Housatonic River

Laurie Burt Commissioner, Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) View Laurie's Bio On Tuesday, October 19th, I joined DFG Commissioner Mary Griffin and other colleagues and friends to canoe nearly 5 miles of the Housatonic River, from Fred Garner Park to the Decker boat ramp. The   …Continue Reading Paddling the Housatonic River

Turkey Day with right whales? Posted on Nov 10

Turkey Day with right whales?

Erin Burke Protected Species Specialist, Division of Marine Fisheries (DMF) View Erin’s Bio #flickr_badge_source_txt {padding:0; font: 11px Arial, Helvetica, Sans serif; color:#666666;} #flickr_badge_icon {display:block !important; margin:0 !important; border: 1px solid rgb(0, 0, 0) !important;} #flickr_icon_td {padding:0 5px 0 0 !important;} .flickr_badge_image {text-align:center !important;} .flickr_badge_image img   …Continue Reading Turkey Day with right whales?

Avoid holiday decorating with invasive plants Posted on Nov 9

Avoid holiday decorating with invasive plants

Marion Larson Outreach Coordinator, MassWildlife View Marion’s Bio Anna Waclawiczek Chief of Staff, Department of Agricultural Resources (DAR) View Anna’s Bio It’s that time of year when many people are using plants to decorate their houses or businesses. Pumpkins, gourds and cornstalks are already “sprouting”   …Continue Reading Avoid holiday decorating with invasive plants