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.
2015 DAR Agricultural Calendar: March posted on Apr 23
Girard’s Sugarhouse in Simsbury, CT. The sugarhouse was built in 1887 and produces around 250-300 gallons of syrup annually. Photo by Michael Girard March’s contest winner was Michael Girard who photographed his family’s sugarhouse in Health. Michael Girard has been a sugarmaker since 1961 when he …Continue Reading 2015 DAR Agricultural Calendar: March
2015 DAR Agricultural Calendar: February posted on Feb 25
February’s contest winner was Amanda Bettle, who photographed sheep at The Natural Resources Trust of Easton. This photo features Dog, a former 4-H show animal and sole male sheep among the nine ewes in the Natural Resources Trust of Easton (NRT) flock. It is the mission …Continue Reading 2015 DAR Agricultural Calendar: February
2015 DAR Agricultural Calendar: January posted on Jan 26
January’s contest winner was Renee Finnegan, who photographed a pensive Highland cow at Oak Meadows Farm & Garden in Rutland. Glenn and Mary Kauppila have been farming 100 acres of land in Rutland for approximately 15 years. With the help of their three adult children, they …Continue Reading 2015 DAR Agricultural Calendar: January