Outreach Coordinator, MassWildlife
The snow that fell over much of the state last week was a reminder that winter is here. Snowfall creates a terrific opportunity to see wildlife tracks in your backyard, neighborhood, local parks or conservation areas. Tracks can tell some very interesting wildlife stories. One morning last week, I spotted tracks coming from the woods and into my yard. Hopping out of the car, I noted they were fox tracks that showed the animal had meandered around a few shrubs on a slope facing the house and doubled back—only this time in a few bounds. Perhaps a dog walker or a car had come by and frightened it back into the woods.
If you are new to wildlife tracking, there are individuals and groups in the state who offer workshops and recently the 2nd Annual Massachusetts Wildlife Trackers Conference was held in Leominster. Click here for information about how to contact the Massachusetts Wildlife Trackers.
Take your family or friends tracking this winter!
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