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2014 Envirothon: Engaging Youth On the Environment Posted on Jun 5

On Thursday, May 15, 250 high school students from over 30 Massachusetts communities from Boston to the Berkshires participated in the 27th annual Massachusetts Envirothon, hosted at Sholan Farms in Leominster. As part of this annual outdoor field competition, the Bay State teens focused on sustainable   …Continue Reading 2014 Envirothon: Engaging Youth On the Environment

May is Wetlands Month Posted on May 23

May is Wetlands Month

“For many of us, water simply flows from a faucet, and we think little about it beyond this point of contact. We have lost a sense of respect for the wild river, for the complex workings of a wetland, for the intricate web of life   …Continue Reading May is Wetlands Month

2014 DAR Agricultural Calendar: May Posted on May 12

2014 DAR Agricultural Calendar: May

May’s Massachusetts Agriculture Calendar Photo Contest winner was Shirley Burdick, who photographed a bumblebee visiting a dahlia in Massachusetts. May is an important month here in Massachusetts. Not only do we welcome the warmer, sunnier days that spring has to offer, we also begin to plant   …Continue Reading 2014 DAR Agricultural Calendar: May

Happy (Day After) Groundhog Day! Posted on Feb 3

Happy (Day After) Groundhog Day!

Cold weather inspiring you to hibernate? Ready for spring to come soon, preferably tomorrow? If you believe in superstition, Punxsutawney Phil, a groundhog from the town of Punxsutawney in Pennsylvania, has seen his shadow and revealed that we’re getting six more week of winter. But   …Continue Reading Happy (Day After) Groundhog Day!

The Scoop on Stink Bugs and Other Home Invaders Posted on Nov 4

The Scoop on Stink Bugs and Other Home Invaders

It’s that time of year again: temperatures outside are dropping, and to some insects, this is an open invitation to enter your home and hunker down for the winter. Here are three you may likely see around Massachusetts this fall:  1)    Western Conifer Seed Bug   …Continue Reading The Scoop on Stink Bugs and Other Home Invaders

How To Become An Environmental Police Officer Posted on Oct 10

How To Become An Environmental Police Officer

If you love the outdoors and have an interest in activities like hunting and fishing,  , there is a career option that may be perfect for you. A Massachusetts Environmental Police Officer enforces all general laws of the Commonwealth that pertaining to the protection of natural   …Continue Reading How To Become An Environmental Police Officer

Surviving Moosachusetts: Moose and Deer Safety Tips Posted on Sep 23

Surviving Moosachusetts: Moose and Deer Safety Tips

Autumn in New England brings plenty of activities to look forward to, whether it’s sipping apple cider, picking pumpkins or enjoying the famous foliage. While you are out and about enjoying your seasonal favorites, be alert to the presence of moose and deer. Many people   …Continue Reading Surviving Moosachusetts: Moose and Deer Safety Tips

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