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COASTSWEEP 2011: Help keep our beaches clean! Posted on Sep 9

COASTSWEEP 2011: Help keep our beaches clean!

Secretary Richard K. Sullivan Jr. Secretary, Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs View Secretary Sullivan's Bio This September, I invite you to join thousands of volunteers across the state who will participate in COASTSWEEP 2011 – a   …Continue Reading COASTSWEEP 2011: Help keep our beaches clean!

Bringing clams back to Thompson’s Island Posted on Sep 1

Bringing clams back to Thompson’s Island

Mary Griffin Commissioner, Department of Fish and Game (DFG) View Commissioner Griffin's Bio Recently, I spent the day with local conservationists and volunteers getting a little muddy digging trenches and planting about 54,000 baby clams in the mud flats around Boston’s Thompson Island. This restoration effort   …Continue Reading Bringing clams back to Thompson’s Island

Happy Earth Day! Posted on Apr 22

Happy Earth Day!

Secretary Richard K. Sullivan Jr. Secretary, Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs View Secretary Sullivan's Bio Today, as we celebrate the 41st anniversary of the first Earth Day, it is a time for us to honor the   …Continue Reading Happy Earth Day!

Weekly outdoor events Posted on Apr 11

Weekly outdoor events

Kate Samp Multimedia intern, Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs (EEA) View Kate's Bio This Friday come out to the Department of Conservation and Recreation’s (DCR) Breakheart Reservation for a family movie and some hot cocoa. Get outside and help to keep our parks   …Continue Reading Weekly outdoor events

Accessible winter activities Posted on Jan 12

Accessible winter activities

Marcy Marchello Universal Access Program Coordinator, Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR) View Marcy's Bio DCR’s Universal Access Program (UAP) has put together a Winter 2011 schedule with many wonderful adaptive recreation opportunities for people with disabilities and their families and friends to enjoy indoors and out   …Continue Reading Accessible winter activities

Beach cleanup, a treasure hunt for trash Posted on Oct 26

Beach cleanup, a treasure hunt for trash

Rachel Offerdahl Multimedia intern, Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs (EEA) View Rachel’s Bio Last year in Massachusetts, 2,200 volunteers picked up 23,000 pounds of marine debris along 110 miles of coastline during an annual statewide beach cleanup. The event, known as COASTSWEEP, kicked   …Continue Reading Beach cleanup, a treasure hunt for trash

Family fun outdoors at the Big Moe Posted on Oct 1

Family fun outdoors at the Big Moe

Marion Larson Outreach Coordinator, MassWildlife View Marion's Bio This past weekend about 5,000 outdoor enthusiasts gathered in Sturbridge at the Hamilton Rod and Gun Club for the Facts About Wildlife and Nature Society’s (FAWNS) Massachusetts Outdoor Expo. At the expo, known as The Big MOE,   …Continue Reading Family fun outdoors at the Big Moe

Volunteer event to curb aquatic invasives threat to recreational waterways Posted on Aug 25

Volunteer event to curb aquatic invasives threat to recreational waterways

Bill Hinkley Program Director, Massachusetts Environmental Trust (MET) View Bill's Bio Aquatic invasive species are an increasingly important topic for people who enjoy the waters of Massachusetts. These invaders include the Asian carp threatening Lake Michigan and zebra mussels and didymo (rock snot) in the Northeast,   …Continue Reading Volunteer event to curb aquatic invasives threat to recreational waterways

Help biologists count turkeys Posted on Jun 29

Help biologists count turkeys

Marion Larson Outreach Coordinator, MassWildlife View Marion's Bio Report your turkey family sightings to biologists this summer! From June 1 through August 31, birders, hunters, and other outdoor enthusiasts are invited to participate in the annual wild turkey brood (family) survey. The survey data aids   …Continue Reading Help biologists count turkeys

Westfield River – A treasure trove of outdoor opportunities Posted on Jun 4

Westfield River – A treasure trove of outdoor opportunities

Tim Purinton Acting Director, Department of Fish and Game’s Division of Ecological Restoration View Tim's Bio June is National Rivers Month and Carrie Banks, our Westfield River Wild and Scenic River liaison, has tipped me off to activities and happenings along the Westfield River. The   …Continue Reading Westfield River – A treasure trove of outdoor opportunities