Looking for a way to spend some quality time with family or friends in the great outdoors and learn a new skill or brush up on your technique? Go fish…at a free fishing clinic or fishing festival near you! The MassWildlife’s Angler Education Program offers fishing clinics and participates in festivals designed to introduce “newbies" to fishing. At these events, participants will be taught casting skills, safety tips, fish identification, and how to choose appropriate (and affordable) fishing equipment. They’ll also learn a little aquatic ecology.
When I see new anglers catching their first fish, I’ve noticed that no matter what their age, their smiles stretch from ear to ear! There are some great benefits to fishing–a survey conducted by the Recreational Boating and Fishing Foundation found that 35 percent of all Americans said fishing and boating are the best ways to spend quality time with their families. Eighty-seven percent of those surveyed think fishing and boating have a positive effect on family relationships and 90 percent of Americans said that fishing and boating help to reduce the stress in their lives.
The photo taken by myself at Walden Pond at one of our agency events shows one of our volunteer instructors, Mike Norman of Newton, in action teaching a woman who asked to try out some fishing!
Plan your own outing with friends and family at one of the many free fishing events available in the state this spring and summer by visiting the MassWildlife Fishing Events calendar.
On June 5 and 6, anglers over the age of 15 can take someone freshwater fishing for free as part of MassWildlife’s annual Free Fishing Weekend. Looking for a place to fish or want to find out where award winning trophy fish have been caught? Visit the MassWildlife fishing home page.
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.