Assistant Press Secretary, Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs (EEA)
Join biologists and foresters from MassWildlife this Thursday, September 15, for a Wildlife Habitat Site Walk at the Frances A. Crane Wildlife Management Area (WMA) in Falmouth from 6:30 to 7:30 pm. Site walks provide an opportunity for interested conservation-minded citizens and landowners to observe habitat management operations that benefit different kinds of wildlife in special need of conservation.
Do you know places along your daily drive where you can expect to see a turtle crossing? Or spot turkeys and deer at the roadside? The Commonwealth of Massachusetts has created a new innovative program, Linking Landscapes for Wildlife, to involve citizens in both protecting wildlife and making transportation safer for everyone. On September 15, join the Nashua River Watershed Program in Groton to learn about this program from MassWildlife's Dave Paulson and Mass Department of Transportation's Tim Dexter.
On Sunday, September 18, head down to the New England Bantam Club's Annual Fall Bird & Small Animal Swap & Sell from 9 a.m. to noon at the Fairgrounds at Lancaster, Rt. 117 in Lancaster. Everybody is welcome to buy or sell chickens, bantams, ducks, geese, pigeons, pheasants, rabbits, and other stuff they raise, plus hatching eggs, cages, supplies, whatever! No advance registration – just show up with your stock! Rain or shine the event costs $5 to set up for members and $8 for non-members.
On Saturday, September 17, the Department of Conservation and Recreation is teaming up with REI, the Access Fund, and the AMC's Boston Chapter Mountaineering Committee for this year’s Adopt-A-Crag event on the South Shore. From 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. volunteers will gather at the Quincy Quarries to clean up quarries just in time for the fall rock climbing season.
If plants are your fancy and you’re looking for something T-accessible, DCR is hosting the program Plants of Belle Isle Marsh on Saturday, 10 a.m. to noon. Great for both teenagers and adults, this workshop will focus on identifying and learning fun facts about plants in the field.
Also taking place that Saturday afternoon, DCR Rangers will lead a tour of the Charles River Dam, 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. Come and learn about the structure and pumping facility that keeps Boston and Cambridge above water. Groups will meet at Paul Revere Park flagpoles located below the Charlestown Bridge in Boston.
For more Massachusetts Outdoor Events, visit The Great Outdoors interactive Google Calendar.
The Turtles are Coming posted on Aug 29
With a migration pattern that stretches thousands of miles, it is no surprise that Massachusetts is home to four types of turtles during the summer, all of them protected by local and international law. And while you probably know that sea turtles often frequent the Massachusetts beaches, can you identify them?
2014 DAR Agricultural Calendar: August posted on Aug 25
Augusts’ Massachusetts Agriculture Calendar Photo Contest winner was Cara Peterson, who photographed a high tunnel greenhouse at Flats Mentor Farm in Lancaster.
Not From Around Here: Green Crabs posted on Aug 22
As part of its work to assess salt marsh health, staff from the Massachusetts Office of Coastal Zone Management (CZM) have frequently observed abundant green crabs, often burrowing in the banks of marsh creeks. This summer, CZM is examining the potential impacts of green crabs in salt marsh habitats, including the impact of burrowing activity.