Events

Apr
1
Sat
Lanesborough, MA–Volunteers Needed in the Berkshires for Water Quality Monitoring – Training Session @ Bill Laston Memorial Park
Apr 1 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

Help monitor the water quality of tributaries in the Housatonic and Hoosic watersheds this year. Berkshire Regional Planning Commission, with two watershed partners – the Hoosic River Watershed Association (HooRWA) and the Housatonic Valley Association (HVA) invite interested individuals to a training on Saturday, April 1 from 10 am – Noon at the Bill Laston Memorial Park, Rte 7, Lanesborough.

Once a month, trained volunteers will collect water samples at designated locations on the Green River in the Hoosic Watershed and Wahconah Falls Brook and the Southwest Branch of the Housatonic River in the Housatonic Watershed. The samples will be tested to determine bacteria levels. Currently, all three tributaries are partly or wholly listed as “impaired” by the state of Massachusetts due to high bacteria levels in testing conducted several years ago. This means that they are currently not designated as safe for recreational activities such as swimming. Since this original determination, however, significant changes in land use have occurred adjacent to each of these rivers.

Volunteers will need to be available for one morning, once a month, from April through October. The time commitment each sampling day is about half an hour and is usually scheduled before 9am. The day chosen for each sampling will be weather-dependent as the sample must be collected following a period of dry weather. Volunteers must have transportation to their water sampling site(s) and must be physically able to collect the sample(s). HVA and HooRWA will provide all the equipment needed for the sampling and will collect and deliver the samples to the Premier Laboratory, Lee, for analysis.

In the Hoosic watershed, there will be eight sampling sites along a 12.5 mile segment of the Green River, which were most recently tested in 2012. This most recent testing was very positive, showing that bacteria levels were significantly lower on this segment of the Green River. In the Housatonic watershed, on the Wahconah Falls Brook, samples will be collected at four sites from Wahconah Falls State Park to Center Pond and on the Southwest Branch from the Richmond Pond Dam to the confluence with the Housatonic River in Pittsfield (Clapp Park.). These sites are the same sites tested in 2002 – 2007.

For more information and to register for the training, please contact Dennis Regan, HVA Berkshire Program Director at (413) 298-7024 or dregan@hvatoday.org

For information about the sample sites along the Green River in the Hoosic River watershed, contact Steve McMahon, Executive Director of HooRWA at (413) 458-2742 or s.mcmahon@hoorwa.org

Pittsfield, MA–Be “River Smart” Presentation @ Berkshire Athenium
Apr 1 @ 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm

What can you do to protect our water quality and minimize your watershed footprint. Topics of discussion include water conservation, setting up your own composting system, prescription disposal and more. Enter free drawings for a composting bin and two, Pittsfield bulky waste stickers.

Funding provided by Pittsfield Cultural Council and Friends of the Berkshire Athenaeum. Free.. Call HVA at 413-298-7024 or email adixon@hvatoday.org.

Alison Dixon, Berkshire Outreach Manager, Housatonic Valley Association

Apr
5
Wed
Lenox, MA–Spring Birding @ Pleasant Valley Wildlife Sanctuary
Apr 5 @ 8:00 am – 10:00 am

Audience: Adult
Members & Nonmembers: Free

Join Pleasant Valley’s caretaker on a weekly bird walk past beaver wetlands and through woodlands as we look for warblers, tanagers, orioles, and more during the peak of the spring migration and nesting season. Bring binoculars or call ahead to reserve a pair; beginners welcome.

Dalton/Hinsdale–Hike the Old Mill Trail with Berkshire Natural Resources Council Staff
Apr 5 @ 10:00 am – 1:00 pm

Join us in the history of the mill site along the Housatonic River.

OLD MILL TRAIL

Pace: Easy

Terrain: Easy — universally accessible trail at the south end; solid trail at the north

Description:  Hike 3 miles through beautiful forest and alongside the rushing Housatonic River. Bring lunch, water and warm layers.

Directions: From the center of Dalton: take Route 8 south to the Hinsdale line. From the town line, continue 4/10 miles to a left on Old Dalton Road. The trailhead parking is the first, immediate left.

Email mleavitt@bnrc.org with any questions!

Pittsfield, MA–Woodcock’s Sky Dance @ Canoe Meadows Wildlife Sanctuary
Apr 5 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm

Instructors: Jonathan Pierce – Pleasant Valley Caretaker and Hoffman Bird Club Leader; Dale Abrams – Berkshire Sanctuaries Education Coordinator

Audience: All (suitable for children 6 – 18 years)
Members: Adult $5.00, Child free —Nonmembers: Adult $7.00, Child free

Love is in the air as the sun sets in early spring. Wet meadows and fields become the American woodcock’s “runway” for a beautiful aerial courtship display. We will visit the meadows at dusk and listen and watch for the woodcock’s performance on its breeding grounds, just before darkness envelops the sanctuary. With any luck, male woodcocks will be heard peenting from the tall grass before spiraling hundreds of feet into the night sky. Viewing the woodcock’s sky dance is a natural spectacle that shouldn’t be missed. Dale Abrams is a lifelong birder

Apr
7
Fri
Pittsfield, MA–Spring Birding at Canoe Meadows @ Canoe Meadows Wildlife Sanctuary
Apr 7 @ 8:00 am – 10:00 am

Instructor: Noreen Mole – Sanctuary Volunteer and Hoffmann Bird Club leader
Audience: Adult
Members & Nonmembers: Free

Spring is the best season to look for migrants of all kinds, especially the beautiful wood warblers, orioles, thrushes, and more. Walk past wetlands and through meadows and woodlands observing changes in bird species each week. Bring binoculars; beginners welcome.

Apr
12
Wed
Lenox, MA–Spring Birding at Pleasant Valley @ Pleasant Valley Wildlife Sanctuary
Apr 12 @ 8:00 am – 10:00 am

Audience: Adult
Members & Nonmembers: Free
Join Pleasant Valley’s caretaker on a weekly bird walk past beaver wetlands and through woodlands as we look for warblers, tanagers, orioles, and more during the peak of the spring migration and nesting season. Bring binoculars or call ahead to reserve a pair; beginners welcome

Pittsfield, MA–Woodcock’s Sky Dance @ Canoe Meadows Wildlife Sanctuary
Apr 12 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm

Audience: All (suitable for children 6 – 18 years)
Members: Adult $5.00, Child free —–Nonmembers: Adult $7.00, Child free

Love is in the air as the sun sets in early spring. Wet meadows and fields become the American woodcock’s “runway” for a beautiful aerial courtship display. We will visit the meadows at dusk and listen and watch for the woodcock’s performance on its breeding grounds, just before darkness envelops the sanctuary. With any luck, male woodcocks will be heard peenting from the tall grass before spiraling hundreds of feet into the night sky. Viewing the woodcock’s sky dance is a natural spectacle that shouldn’t be missed. Dale Abrams is a lifelong birder.

Apr
14
Fri
Pittsfield, MA–Spring Birding @ Canoe Meadows Wildlife Sanctuary
Apr 14 @ 8:00 am – 10:00 am

Instructor: Noreen Mole – Sanctuary Volunteer and Hoffmann Bird Club leader
Audience: Adult
Members & Nonmembers: Free

Spring is the best season to look for migrants of all kinds, especially the beautiful wood warblers, orioles, thrushes, and more. Walk past wetlands and through meadows and woodlands observing changes in bird species each week. Bring binoculars; beginners welcome.

Apr
19
Wed
Lenox, MA–Spring Birding @ Pleasant Valley Wildlife Sanctuary
Apr 19 @ 8:00 am – 10:00 am

Audience: Adult
Members & Nonmembers: Free

Join Pleasant Valley’s caretaker on a weekly bird walk past beaver wetlands and through woodlands as we look for warblers, tanagers, orioles, and more during the peak of the spring migration and nesting season. Bring binoculars or call ahead to reserve a pair; beginners welcome.

Lenox, MA–Spring Salamander Search @ Pleasant Valley Wildlife Sanctuary
Apr 19 @ 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm

Instructors: Gayle Tardif-Raser – Education Coordinator, Berkshire Wildlife Sanctuaries; Dale Abrams – Berkshire Sanctuaries Education Coordinator
Audience: All (suitable for children 5 – 18 years)
Members: Adult $6.00, Child $3.00

Nonmembers: Adult $8.00, Child $4.00
Nonmembers can join today during checkout and take immediate advantage of member prices.
Woodland salamanders spend their days under logs, stones, and other objects, venturing out only in the cool moist of evenings. Join us as we search the woods and wetlands of Pleasant Valley for these fascinating animals and learn about their interesting lives.

Apr
21
Fri
Pittsfield, MA–Spring Birding  @ Canoe Meadows Wildlife Sanctuary
Apr 21 @ 8:00 am – 10:00 am

Instructor: Noreen Mole – Sanctuary Volunteer and Hoffmann Bird Club leader
Audience: Adult
Members & Nonmembers: Free
Spring is the best season to look for migrants of all kinds, especially the beautiful wood warblers, orioles, thrushes, and more. Walk past wetlands and through meadows and woodlands observing changes in bird species each week. Bring binoculars; beginners welcome.

Apr
22
Sat
Lenox, MA–Pleasant Valley Volunteer Day @ Pleasant Valley Wildlife Sanctuary
Apr 22 @ 9:00 am – 1:00 pm

Instructor: Sanctuary Staff and Volunteers
Audience: All (suitable for children 10 – 18 years)
Members & Nonmembers: Free

Help us care for our beautiful native gardens, trails/boardwalks, and education spaces. Volunteers are needed for a wide variety of projects throughout the sanctuary. Tools, gloves, and refreshments will be provided.

Register online at www.massaudubon.org/get-outdoors

Cornwall, CT–Guided Earth Day Hike & Picnic Lunch
Apr 22 @ 11:30 am

On Earth Day, please join us for a walk and picnic lunch at the Welles Preserve Trail, on Town Street 4/10 mile from Route 128.

Bring your own lunch; beverages provided. The trail is easy going and passes a marsh and old stone dam, then up the smooth contours of Bloody Mountain past large boulders at the top, to be rewarded by stunning vistas of Mohawk Mountain and the Coltsfoot Valley. Information about building trails, geology and wildflowers will be shared. For updates please visit cornwallconservationtrust.org.

Welles Preserve – Hike up Bloody Mountain to spectacular views of Cornwall Village. Pack a picnic lunch to enjoy at the picnic table at the top of the mountain.

Parking – The parking area is located on Town Street, 4/10 of a mile from the intersection of Route 128.

Level of Difficulty – An easy ramble through the woods for 15 – 20 minutes with one very short uphill section.

 

Pittsfield, MA–Living with Wildlife: How to be Good Neighbors with Wildlife Presented and arranged by Dale Abrams of Massachusetts Audubon. @ Pittsfield Atheneum
Apr 22 @ 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm

This is a great opportunity for teens and adults to learn how to avoid wildlife problems and the many ways we can help ensure that animals in our local watersheds remain wild.

Dale Abrams is a life-long naturalist who has studied wildlife and ecosystems from California to the Rocky Mountains and throughout New England.

Apr
26
Wed
Lenox, MA–Spring Birding @ Pleasant Valley Wildlife Sanctuary
Apr 26 @ 8:00 am – 10:00 am

Audience: Adult
Members & Nonmembers: Free

Join Pleasant Valley’s caretaker on a weekly bird walk past beaver wetlands and through woodlands as we look for warblers, tanagers, orioles, and more during the peak of the spring migration and nesting season. Bring binoculars or call ahead to reserve a pair; beginners welcome.

Lenox, MA–Spring Salamander Search @ Pleasant Valley Wildlife Sanctuary
Apr 26 @ 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm

Instructors: Gayle Tardif-Raser – Education Coordinator, Berkshire Wildlife Sanctuaries; Dale Abrams – Berkshire Sanctuaries Education Coordinator
Audience: All (suitable for children 5 – 18 years)
Members: Adult $6.00, Child $3.00

Nonmembers: Adult $8.00, Child $4.00
Nonmembers can join today during checkout and take immediate advantage of member prices.
Woodland salamanders spend their days under logs, stones, and other objects, venturing out only in the cool moist of evenings. Join us as we search the woods and wetlands of Pleasant Valley for these fascinating animals and learn about their interesting lives.

Apr
28
Fri
Pittsfield, MA–Spring Birding  @ Canoe Meadows Wildlife Sanctuary
Apr 28 @ 8:00 am – 10:00 am

Instructor: Noreen Mole – Sanctuary Volunteer and Hoffmann Bird Club leader
Audience: Adult
Members & Nonmembers: Free
Spring is the best season to look for migrants of all kinds, especially the beautiful wood warblers, orioles, thrushes, and more. Walk past wetlands and through meadows and woodlands observing changes in bird species each week. Bring binoculars; beginners welcome.