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 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!