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Category Archives: Wildlife

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

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