Outreach Coordinator, MassWildlife
The recent snowfall shouldn't keep you from thinking it's too early to start planning for landscaping season! There is still time to sign up for an intensive five-day seminar in January on Organic Land Care offered by the Northeast Organic Farmers Association. The course is designed for landscape professionals, horticulturalists, and conservation or park staff interested in managing land using organic practices. Taught by land care professionals and scientists, and natural resource specialists, this accredited course covers all aspects of organic landscaping including soil health, site analysis, rain gardens, soil amendments, composting, pest management, planting, wildlife management, wetlands, invasives, business management, and more.
The course will be held on January 13, 14, 15, 19, and 20, 2010, at the Parker River National Wildlife Refuge Visitor’s Center in Newburyport. Click here for registration information or contact coordinator Kathy Litchfield at (413) 773-3830 or Kathy@nofamass.org. I've taught the wildlife course for the past five years.
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.