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!
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.
Plan a Day Trip – Right in Boston Harbor! posted on Aug 18
Looking for a fun day trip for you and possibly your family? Look no further, the Boston Harbor Islands are the place to be. Lots of events take place on these islands during the summer months, so enjoy these festivities while they are here! Spectacle …Continue Reading Plan a Day Trip – Right in Boston Harbor!
K-9 to the Rescue posted on Aug 13
At 5:35 p.m. on Thursday, July 24, Officer Art O’Connell got a call about two missing girls in Douglas State Park. Officer O’Connell, his partner Diesel and a back up state trooper had to search the 5,900-acre, nine square mile, park on foot, as the canopy of the trees was too thick to search via helicopter and the ground too uneven to search by vehicle.