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Calling All Insect-Loving Volunteers! Posted on Jul 30

Calling All Insect-Loving Volunteers!

I always thought wasps were the bad guys growing up. But smokey-winged beetle bandit wasps (Cerceris fumipennis) are actually the good guys – used to kill off an invasive species. This specific type of wasp (that does not sting) catches Emerald Ash Borer (EAB), a   …Continue Reading Calling All Insect-Loving Volunteers!

2014 DAR Agricultural Photo Calendar: July Posted on Jul 1

2014 DAR Agricultural Photo Calendar: July

July’s Massachusetts Agriculture Calendar Photo Contest winner was Tamara Buckley-Leclerc, who photographed pickled green beans or dilly beans at  Carraig Farm in Ashby. Tamara says that dilly beans, seen in the July photo, are one of her husband’s favorites. She takes advantage of canning and freezing   …Continue Reading 2014 DAR Agricultural Photo Calendar: July

My Time at EEA Posted on Jan 6

The Massachusetts Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs is quite the mouthful to say every time someone asked where I would be interning for the fall semester of 2013. I could have said ‘EEA,’ but I would have ended up having to explain what   …Continue Reading My Time at EEA

A Last Gasp of Summer – Perfect For A COASTSWEEP Cleanup At Constitution Beach Posted on Oct 16

A Last Gasp of Summer – Perfect For A COASTSWEEP Cleanup At Constitution Beach

As the COASTSWEEP Intern, I’ve been involved in a lot of the behind-the-scenes work to get supplies, sponsors and spread the word about this event. On September 12, I finally had the opportunity to get to the beach and participate in my first-ever COASTSWEEP cleanup.   …Continue Reading A Last Gasp of Summer – Perfect For A COASTSWEEP Cleanup At Constitution Beach

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

The Guard Life: Do you have what it takes? Posted on May 12

The Guard Life: Do you have what it takes?

Katie McGuire Press & Social Media Intern, Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR) View Katie's Bio When you grow up a Long Island kid, it’s pretty much understood that you will take swim lessons and you will find a teenage career in aquatics. From the   …Continue Reading The Guard Life: Do you have what it takes?

Celebrate Massachusetts Rivers and Wetlands – May 11-12! Posted on May 9

Celebrate Massachusetts Rivers and Wetlands – May 11-12!

Tim Purinton Director, Department of Fish and Game’s Division of Ecological Restoration View Tim's Bio The Massachusetts Department of Fish and Game (DFG) recently put out an events calendar marking May and June as “Massachusetts Rivers and Wetlands Months” celebrating river- and wetland-related activities across   …Continue Reading Celebrate Massachusetts Rivers and Wetlands – May 11-12!

Weekend Outdoor Events – April 26-28. Celebrate Park Serve Day! Posted on Apr 26

Weekend Outdoor Events – April 26-28. Celebrate Park Serve Day!

Reginald Zimmerman Assistant Press Secretary, Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs (EEA) View Reginald's Bio Saturday, April 27, 2013 is Park Serve Day in Massachusetts. Park Serve Day is an initiative created by Governor Patrick to improve state recreational spaces throughout the Commonwealth by   …Continue Reading Weekend Outdoor Events – April 26-28. Celebrate Park Serve Day!

Weekly Outdoor Events – March 25-31: Easter Weekend Fun! Posted on Mar 25

Weekly Outdoor Events – March 25-31: Easter Weekend Fun!

Reginald Zimmerman Assistant Press Secretary, Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs (EEA) View Reginald's Bio   On Saturday, March 30, head over to the Blue Hills Reservation at 1:00 p.m. for Project Bluebird! Build and “adopt” a Blue Bird box for our feathered friends   …Continue Reading Weekly Outdoor Events – March 25-31: Easter Weekend Fun!

Animals Can Get Help This Tax Season Posted on Feb 1

Animals Can Get Help This Tax Season

Anna Waclawiczek Chief of Staff, Department of Agricultural Resources (DAR) View Anna's Bio There’s nothing that brings a smile to your face like watching a dog sprinting across a field to catch a flying Frisbee. Or glimpsing an adventurous cat prowling the garden for adventure.   …Continue Reading Animals Can Get Help This Tax Season