Acting Director, Department of Fish and Game’s Division of Ecological Restoration
There are over 190 marsh walks, river paddles and wetland hikes over the next two months. The Division of Ecological Restoration pulls this information together in one place so you can easily take advantage of these wet and wonderful offerings. We encourage you celebrate our rivers and wetlands, here’s a small sampling of events:
May 14 (Saturday) – WESTFIELD RIVER – Wild & Scenic Saturday Work Party at Chesterfield Gorge, 10:00 AM – 1:00 PM, co-sponsored by the Westfield River Wild & Scenic Advisory Committee and The Trustees of Reservations.
May 21 (Saturday) – MERRIMACK RIVER – Horseshoe Crabs by Kayak, 1:00 PM – 5:00 PM, sponsored by Mass. Audubon’s Joppa Flats Education Center and Wildlife Sanctuary and Plum Island Kayak.
May 30 (Monday) – HOUSATONIC RIVER – Memorial Day Canoe Trip at Bartholomew's Cobble, 9:00 AM – 12 Noon, sponsored by The Trustees of Reservations.
June 4 (Saturday) – CONNECTICUT RIVER – Moonlight paddle in Barton’s Cove, sponsored by the Berkshire Chapter of the Appalachian Mountain Club.
June 25 (Saturday) – MUDDY RIVER (CHARLES RIVER WATERSHED) – Back Bay Fens: Vision and Revision walk, 5:00 PM – 7:00 PM, co-sponsored by Frederick Law Olmsted National Historic Site and Common Boston.
Click here for the entire 2011 Massachusetts Rivers and Wetlands Months Calendar, covering river-and wetland-related events in Massachusetts taking place from Saturday, April 30th to Monday, July 4th.
Interested in learning more about our restoration projects and work last year? Check out our annual report on You Tube.
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.