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Monthly Archives: May 2011

Urban birding Posted on May 31

Urban birding

Bob Greco Chief of Staff, Department of Fish & Game (DFG) View Bob's Bio It is certainly not a secret among avid bird watchers, but most people who live in and around Boston probably don’t realize how fantastic the bird watching opportunities are in the   …Continue Reading Urban birding

Weekly outdoor events Posted on May 30

Weekly outdoor events

Kate Samp Multimedia intern, Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs (EEA) View Kate's Bio Don’t have a fishing license? No problem! This weekend only, June 4 and 5, anyone can fish in Massachusetts without a license. On Sunday, MassWildlife hosts a family fishing festival   …Continue Reading Weekly outdoor events

Agricultural fair season begins this weekend Posted on May 27

Agricultural fair season begins this weekend

Anna Waclawiczek Chief of Staff, Department of Agricultural Resources (DAR) View Anna's Bio You won’t fall asleep counting these sheep! The annual Massachusetts Sheep and Woolcraft Fair in Cummington is taking place this holiday weekend, kicking off the 2011 Massachusetts Agricultural Fair Season. All Massachusetts   …Continue Reading Agricultural fair season begins this weekend

Turtle Hurdles! Posted on May 26

Turtle Hurdles!

Marion Larson Outreach Coordinator, MassWildlife View Marion's Bio For me, one of the sure signs of spring is a turtle basking on a log. These cold-blooded critters don’t move until temperatures are optimal, and this year it has taken quite a while to warm up!   …Continue Reading Turtle Hurdles!

Boating safe Posted on May 26

Boating safe

Kate Samp Multimedia intern, Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs (EEA) View Kate’s Bio With Memorial Day coming up this weekend, now is the perfect time to brush up on boating safety. In April, I visited with the Massachusetts Environmental Police to film a   …Continue Reading Boating safe

Get in to the Great Outdoors with Outdoorswomen! Posted on May 25

Get in to the Great Outdoors with Outdoorswomen!

Ellie Horwitz Chief of Information & Education, MassWildlife View Ellie's Bio On the first weekend in June, I invite any interested women to join me in Becket with other women who want to learn some great outdoor skills such as archery, bird watching, canoeing, Dutch-oven   …Continue Reading Get in to the Great Outdoors with Outdoorswomen!

Growing native? Posted on May 24

Growing native?

Kate Samp Multimedia intern, Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs (EEA) View Kate's Bio When I think of spring, images of brightly colored tulips and buttercups instantly come to mind. I love looking out my window every day and watching color return to the   …Continue Reading Growing native?

Weekly outdoor events Posted on May 23

Weekly outdoor events

Kate Samp Multimedia intern, Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs (EEA) View Kate's Bio This Saturday, May 28, explore Belle Isle Marsh by canoe with the Department of Conservation and Recreation! Dress in quick-drying clothing and bring binoculars if you have them. MassWildlife’s Angler   …Continue Reading Weekly outdoor events

Northampton farm becomes outdoor win, win win Posted on May 20

Northampton farm becomes outdoor win, win win

Commissioner Scott Soares Commissioner, Department of Agriculture Resources (DAR) View Commissioner Soares' Bio This Sunday, sun is in the forecast to shine the light on a win-win-win project for the town of Northampton. The Trust for Public Land (TPL) spearheaded a conservation initiative at the   …Continue Reading Northampton farm becomes outdoor win, win win

Rock climbing at Leominster State Forest Posted on May 19

Rock climbing at Leominster State Forest

Kate Samp Multimedia intern, Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs (EEA) View Kate's Bio On Sunday, April 25, I headed out with two climbers, students at MIT, to Crow Hill Ledges, a popular climbing and hiking destination in DCR’s Leominster State Forest. I have been   …Continue Reading Rock climbing at Leominster State Forest