Assistant Press Secretary, Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs (EEA)
It’s Maple Sugar Days at the Blackstone River & Canal Heritage State Park this weekend! On Saturday & Sunday, March 2 and 3, 11:00am – 2:00pm, park staff and volunteers take you through the art and science of producing maple syrup. See trees being tapped, participate in gathering sap, and visit the steamy sugar house to watch syrup being made.
Tours include both indoor and outdoor elements. Please dress for the weather and wear appropriate footwear for a short walk. The program is free for all ages and open to the public. Reasonable accommodations are available upon request. To check on event status, please call River Bend Farm Visitor Center at 508-278-7604.
On March 2, as part of a series of Winter Talks offered by the Norcross Wildlife Sanctuary, MassWildlife’s Natural Communities Ecologist Pat Swain will talk about the natural (common and uncommon) communities in the Wales/Monson area. Find out what a natural community is, what types are in the area and some general information on the rare species that live in these community types. The free presentation will be at the Sanctuary at 1:30pm. Reservations are required as seats are limited. Please call 413-267-9654 or email Lduthie@norcrossws.org for reservations and information.
And on Sunday, March 3, 1:00pm – 2:30pm, join a DCR forester and a DCR naturalist for the Winter Greens Walk, a fun and frosty trek exploring our winter trees, shrubs, and groundcover! Take a hike through the forest and near wetlands to learn about Myles Standish State Forest’s winter greens. After the hike, warm up with a cup of hot chocolate and a snack!
This event is co-sponsored with the Friends of Myles Standish State Forest. Meet at the state forest’s headquarters parking lot at 194 Cranberry Road in South Carver. This event is best for adults. Dress for the weather and wear sturdy winter footwear. The walk is about 2 ½ miles; weather and ground conditions will determine route. Call (508) 866-2580 x164 for more information and for weather cancellation.
The View from Massachusetts posted on Sep 17
While Massachusetts can claim significant success in urban river revitalization, dam removal, cranberry bog naturalization and stream flow restoration, globally there are daunting challenges to restore highly impacted or vanishing ecosystems that will test the acumen of ecologists, engineers and politicians for years to come.
2014 DAR Agricultural Calendar: September posted on Sep 12
September’s photo contest winner was Gary Kamen, who photographed Mount Warner Vineyard in Hadley. Mount Warner Vineyards is a farm-winery located in Hadley, a small town in the beautiful Pioneer Valley. Operated by Gary and Bobbie Kamen, their philosophy is to recognize the unique characteristics of …Continue Reading 2014 DAR Agricultural Calendar: September
Calling All Shuckers! posted on Sep 3
Do you know where the oysters you ate at the raw bar last night were grown? Do you know how oysters are grown? Oysters naturally inhabited the eastern coast dating back to the 1700s, but due to over-harvesting, disease, and habitat loss, wild oysters have …Continue Reading Calling All Shuckers!