Here are some ideas for a wildlife-related gift for the outdoor or wildlife enthusiasts of all ages on your holiday gift list! For more information on these items or to order publications call our MassWildlife Field Office Headquarters at 508-389-6300 or stopping by the office in Westborough.
- A two-year subscription to Massachusetts Wildlife magazine ($10) delivers eight full-color issues of the Commonwealth's best wildlife publication.
- For the budding conservationist, try a copy of Critters of Massachusetts book ($5). Critters is a great gift for the curious youngster or the beginning adult naturalist with an interest in backyard wildlife and beyond.
- For the more advanced naturalist, the Field Guide to Dragonflies and Damselflies ($20) or A Field Guide to the Animals of Vernal Pools ($12) might be just the ticket. In-depth descriptions and detailed photographs help the reader identify and learn more about these creatures.
- For the budding herpetologist, there are a couple of options: The Field Guide to the Reptiles of Massachusetts features information on breeding, feeding habits, range, habitat, and conservation issues.
- The turtle enthusiast in your life may enjoy an Introduction to the Threatened Turtles of Massachusetts, a video available from DFW’s Natural Heritage and Endangered Species Program for $5. Threatened turtle information.
- For the sportsman and woman, the 2011 hunting/fishing licenses make great gifts. Licenses are available for sale online or through license vendors throughout the state by mid-December. License purchases support wildlife conservation, management and restoration of wildlife and wildlife habitat protection in Massachusetts and licenses. Licensing information.
- For women, purchase a gift certificate for one of the 2011 Becoming an Outdoors Woman workshops. Workshops on skills such as animal tracking, shooting, fishing, kayaking and photography are designed for women new to that particular skill. The 2011 schedule of one-day and the weekend workshops will be posted in January. Becoming an Outdoors Woman information.
- A wonderful outdoor experience for teen girls and boys, ages 13 – 17 years old is the Junior Conservation Camp, a two-week overnight camp session packed with outdoor skills learning such as shooting, fishing, canoeing and camping and taking field trips with biologists. The camp is located in Chesterfield and will be held in August. Camp information.
- For the person who has everything, make a donation in his or her name to support a wildlife or habitat conservation fund.
The Wildlands Fund is dedicated to acquiring important wildlife habitat open to wildlife-related recreation. Send a check made out to Comm. of MA – DFW Wildlands Fund and send it to DFW Wildlands Fund, DFW Field HQ, 1 Rabbit Hill Road, Westborough, MA 01581.
The Natural Heritage and Endangered Species Fund supports efforts to protect rare and endangered wildlife. Donations in the form of a check made out to Comm. of MA – NHESP should be sent to the DFW Field HQ, 1 Rabbit Hill Road, Westborough, MA 01581.
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