Multimedia intern, Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs (EEA)
In late February, I went out with MassWildlife’s Angler Education Program Coordinator Jim Lagacy to learn how to ice fish (see video below). Lagacy and I went to Lake Cochituate located in the Department of Conservation and Recreation’s (DCR) Cochituate State Park in Natick. There, he showed me how to test for ice safety, set up a tip-up, and bait my own hook. I wasn’t too keen on putting a shiner, or small bait fish, onto a hook, so I had Lagacy do it for me.
Although it looks as if spring is fast approaching, there may still be places to ice fish. Check out the ponds and lakes map from MassWildlife for fishing spots, or contact the Angler Education Program for advice on fishing this late in the season.
Also, you can never be too careful when it comes to ice safety. MassWildlife put together a handy chart to determine ice safety.
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.