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Monthly Archives: March 2011

The whales are back in town Posted on Mar 30

The whales are back in town

Erin Burke Protected Species Specialist, Division of Marine Fisheries (DMF) View Erin's Bio The Right Whale Class of 2011 has officially arrived! On St. Patrick’s Day, the aerial survey team saw 49 right whales – most of them deep inside Cape Cod Bay. This endangered   …Continue Reading The whales are back in town

Charles River mooring lottery deadline April 29 Posted on Mar 29

Charles River mooring lottery deadline April 29

Wendy Fox Press Secretary, Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR) View Wendy's Bio This year, 60 mooring spots in the Charles River Basin are up for grabs. The Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR) began accepting applications on March 21 for a lottery to award   …Continue Reading Charles River mooring lottery deadline April 29

Weekly outdoor events Posted on Mar 28

Weekly outdoor events

Kate Samp Multimedia intern, Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs (EEA) View Kate's Bio This Saturday, trek to Belle Isle Marsh to spot spring migratory birds. Bring your own binoculars. If birding isn’t your thing, take a stroll on the Charles River Esplanade instead.   …Continue Reading Weekly outdoor events

Slope-side cider outing Posted on Mar 25

Slope-side cider outing

Anna Waclawiczek Chief of Staff, Department of Agricultural Resources (DAR) View Anna's Bio Earlier this month, Agricultural Resources Commissioner Scott Soares skied down a Wachusett Mountain slope to see the recently-refurbished Bullock Lodge Cider House located on the lower mountain and accessible by advanced and   …Continue Reading Slope-side cider outing

March 28 deadline for 2011 Energy and Environmental Education Awards Posted on Mar 24

March 28 deadline for 2011 Energy and Environmental Education Awards

Kate Samp Multimedia intern, Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs (EEA) View Kate's Bio Did you love that field trip your class took to a state park? Did you think it was cool when your teacher taught you how vernal pools are perfect habitats   …Continue Reading March 28 deadline for 2011 Energy and Environmental Education Awards

New off-highway vehicle rules Posted on Mar 24

New off-highway vehicle rules

Colonel Aaron Gross Director, Massachusetts Environmental Police View Aaron's Bio Spring is a wonderful time to be outdoors with an abundance of activities to choose from. Whether it be fishing, all-terrain vehicle (ATV) riding, or just taking in the scenery, it can be a fun   …Continue Reading New off-highway vehicle rules

Weekly outdoor events Posted on Mar 21

Weekly outdoor events

Kate Samp Multimedia intern, Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs (EEA) View Kate's Bio Have you gone maple sugaring yet? DCR’s Breakheart Reservation will host a weekend of maple sugaring on March 19 and 20. Pancakes and popcorn will be served around a campfire   …Continue Reading Weekly outdoor events

Snowshoe racing in the Berkshires Posted on Mar 17

Snowshoe racing in the Berkshires

Kate Samp Multimedia intern, Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs (EEA) View Kate's Bio Each winter, the Western Massachusetts Running Club hosts a snowshoe race series between December and March, mostly in Massachusetts State Parks. Connecticut resident Edward Alibozek started the series 16 years   …Continue Reading Snowshoe racing in the Berkshires

How-to ice fish Posted on Mar 16

How-to ice fish

Kate Samp Multimedia intern, Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs (EEA) View Kate's Bio In late February, I went out with MassWildlife’s Angler Education Program Coordinator Jim Lagacy to learn how to ice fish (see video below).  Lagacy and I went to Lake Cochituate   …Continue Reading How-to ice fish

Big fish weigh-in Posted on Mar 15

Big fish weigh-in

Marion Larson Outreach Coordinator, MassWildlife View Marion's Bio In early March, I noticed fisheries biologists crowded together out in the hallway. What was happening? Then I saw the fish weighing scale hanging from an office door jamb and a measuring board being brandished by one   …Continue Reading Big fish weigh-in