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The Great White Shark or a Case of Mistaken Identity? Posted on Sep 4

The Great White Shark or a Case of Mistaken Identity?

There are few things that beachgoers fear more than that dark, triangular shape skimming the water’s surface. With movies like Jaws and the Discovery Channel’s Shark Week, sharks have smoothly glided into mainstream culture. Horror stories and newspaper articles of shark attacks abound, s0 it’s   …Continue Reading The Great White Shark or a Case of Mistaken Identity?

August is Tree Check Month Posted on Aug 13

August is Tree Check Month

Have you checked your trees for signs of invasive forest pests? Insects like the Asian Longhorned Beetle and the Emerald Ash Borer are a threat to trees across Massachusetts. This month, we’re asking everyone to take just 10 minutes to check the trees in their   …Continue Reading August is Tree Check Month

Sharing the Beach: Seals Posted on Jul 24

Sharing the Beach: Seals

When seals are mentioned, a fond picture usually comes to mind: big, lovable eyes, long, bristling whiskers on a twitching snout, and a fat, cuddly body. As adorable and welcoming as they look, for both your and the seals’ safety, they should be left to   …Continue Reading Sharing the Beach: Seals

Dam Safety 101 Posted on Jul 18

Dam Safety 101

Summer is here, which means your days are getting longer and hotter. With the warmest temperatures we’ve had in a while, large bodies of water are looking nicer and nicer. Be careful, though! Not all bodies of water are created equal. Dams, smaller, low-head dams   …Continue Reading Dam Safety 101

Weekly Outdoor Events: Let’s Get Physical! July 15 – 21 Posted on Jul 16

You know the song, you love the song, now it’s time to live the song. Thursday evenings, from July 11 – August 29 at 6 p.m., come to Martini Shell Park and Zumba! For 45 minutes, leap and sway to Latin rhythms and work off   …Continue Reading Weekly Outdoor Events: Let’s Get Physical! July 15 – 21

Shark Safety Tips Posted on Jun 18

Shark Safety Tips

When people think, “Massachusetts,” most people don’t think, “shark.”As the weather gets warmer, many sharks migrate to New England waters. Consequently, as the ocean doubles as our playground and their home, we at the Division of Marine Fisheries (DMF) have provided information and a few   …Continue Reading Shark Safety Tips

Reporting Roadkill: A Personal Story Posted on Jun 13

Reporting Roadkill: A Personal Story

I had just pulled out of Bolton Flats Wildlife Management Area in Bolton, when something on the side of the road caught my eye.  “A weasel on the road – let’s get it,” I exclaimed, excited by the prospect of scientific discovery.  Making my way   …Continue Reading Reporting Roadkill: A Personal Story

Weekly Outdoor Events: The Earth and Beyond – June 10-16 Posted on Jun 10

When was the last time you took time to stop and smell the roses? This week, reopen your eyes to the true beauty that makes up the world. On Wednesday, June 12 at 6 p.m., explore Myles Standish State Forest to catch a glimpse of   …Continue Reading Weekly Outdoor Events: The Earth and Beyond – June 10-16

Weekly Outdoor Events: Coexisting with Critters – June 3-9, 2013 Posted on Jun 2

Recess is one of the most important times in a child’s life, a time for exploration and hands-on education. My recesses were usually comprised of dirty hands, frogs, worms, and other many-legged living creatures. Unfortunately, as you get older, recess slowly starts to disappear, becoming   …Continue Reading Weekly Outdoor Events: Coexisting with Critters – June 3-9, 2013

Weekly Outdoor Events: WWTD (What Would Thoreau Do?) May 27 – June 2 Posted on May 26

One day doesn’t seem enough for a celebration of the brave men and women who serve and have served in the United States Armed Forces. Frequently filled with burgers, hot dogs, and s’mores, Memorial Day weekend has become, simultaneously, a weekend-long celebration of that service   …Continue Reading Weekly Outdoor Events: WWTD (What Would Thoreau Do?) May 27 – June 2