Events

Sep
22
Fri
Pittsfield, MA–Fall Birding at Canoe Meadows with MA Audubon Staff @ Canoe Meadows Wildlife Sanctuary
Sep 22 @ 8:00 am – 10:00 am

Instructor: Noreen Mole – Sanctuary Volunteer and Hoffmann Bird Club leader
Audience: Adult Members & Nonmembers: Free
Spring and fall are the best seasons to look for migrants of all kinds, especially the beautiful wood-warblers, orioles, thrushes, and more. At Canoe Meadows Wildlife Sanctuary in Pittsfield, walk past wetlands and through meadows and woodlands, observing changes in bird species each week. Bring binoculars; beginners welcome. These programs are offered free of charge thanks to generous donor sponsorship. Registration not required.

Sep
23
Sat
2017 HOUSATONIC HERITAGE WALKS – 80 FREE EVENTS IN THE BERKSHIRES, MA & LITCHFIELD COUNTRY, CT
Sep 23 all-day
Sep
24
Sun
2017 HOUSATONIC HERITAGE WALKS – 80 FREE EVENTS IN THE BERKSHIRES, MA & LITCHFIELD COUNTRY, CT
Sep 24 all-day
Sep
27
Wed
Lenox, MA–Fall Birding at Pleasant Valley with MA Audubon Staff @ Pleasant Valley Wildlife Sanctuary
Sep 27 @ 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 looking for warblers, tanagers, orioles, and more during the peak of the spring and fall migrations. Bring binoculars; beginners welcome.

These programs are offered free of charge thanks to the Lenox Cultural Council and generous donor sponsorship.

Sep
29
Fri
Pittsfield, MA–Fall Birding at Canoe Meadows with MA Audubon Staff @ Canoe Meadows Wildlife Sanctuary
Sep 29 @ 8:00 am – 10:00 am

Instructor: Noreen Mole – Sanctuary Volunteer and Hoffmann Bird Club leader
Audience: Adult Members & Nonmembers: Free
Spring and fall are the best seasons to look for migrants of all kinds, especially the beautiful wood-warblers, orioles, thrushes, and more. At Canoe Meadows Wildlife Sanctuary in Pittsfield, walk past wetlands and through meadows and woodlands, observing changes in bird species each week. Bring binoculars; beginners welcome. These programs are offered free of charge thanks to generous donor sponsorship. Registration not required.

Sep
30
Sat
2017 HOUSATONIC HERITAGE WALKS – 80 FREE EVENTS IN THE BERKSHIRES, MA & LITCHFIELD COUNTRY, CT
Sep 30 all-day
Oct
1
Sun
2017 HOUSATONIC HERITAGE WALKS – 80 FREE EVENTS IN THE BERKSHIRES, MA & LITCHFIELD COUNTRY, CT
Oct 1 all-day
Oct
14
Sat
Pittsfield, MA–3rd Annual Berkshire Natural History Conference @ Berkshire Community College
Oct 14 @ 9:00 am – 4:00 pm

The conference will feature presentations by local and regional naturalists as well as acclaimed authors. The event will appeal to naturalists, Berkshire residents, as well as visitors. Students, of all ages and disciplines, are especially invited.

Speakers will include Jim Cardoza, who was responsible for the return of the wild turkey in Massachusetts, and Bob Leverett, who identified and helped conserve t he remaining old-growth forests in the Berkshires. In addition, local field biologists and naturalists will discuss topics ranging from Berkshire winter weather to rare plant communities, to a remarkable BCC student who has a design to fit the entire solar system within the confines of Berkshire County.

James E. Cardoza is a retired Wildlife Biologist for the Massachusetts Division of Fisheries and Wildlife where he worked with many game and rare species in the state, from black bear and deer to eagles and loons. He led the effort bring back the wild turkey, gone from New England by the mid 1850s. His efforts are among the best examples of conservation in the nation.

Bob Leverett is an avowed tree lover who has energized the region’s interest in native trees and forest ecology. A prolific writer, field trip leader, and organizer, Bob has directed attention to the tallest, oldest, and greatest trees of New England and especially Berkshire county. He has organized entire conferences on old-growth forests and produced volumes of information previously unknown.

Other programs on the agenda include:
The Astroshire County Project — Alexander Griffth
Berkshire Winters in Light of Climate Change — Dr. Joseph Kravitz
Fifty Years of Berkshire Conservation — George Wislocki, retired director of Berkshire Natural Resources
An Approach to Biodiversty — Julie Richburg, The Trustees of Reservations
The Legacy of the Jr. Naturalists’ Program — Thom Smith, author of Berkshires Hiking books
Orion Magazine: 35 years! — Chip Blake

The event will also include exhibits, a raffle, and local Natural History quiz.
Admission includes a barbecue lunch and access to all of the natural history presentations.

Co-Sponsors are–
Berkshire Community College
Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts
Green Berkshires, Inc.
Orion Magazine
Berkshire Environmental Action Team
Hoosic River Watershed Association
Williams College Center for Environmental Studies (CES)
Massachusetts Audubon Berkshire Sanctuaries
Hoffmann Bird Club

Oct
21
Sat
Lenox, MA–Birding the Berks – Fall Migrant Waterfowl
Oct 21 @ 7:00 am – 11:00 am

Location: Berkshire Lakes, Various Towns
Audience: Adult Members: $10.00 Nonmembers: $15.00

Spend the morning visiting several Berkshire Lakes in search of migrating waterfowl. Stop at Bartlett’s Apple Orchard for hot cider and donuts along the route. Travel by Mass Audubon van or carpool between sites. Minimal hiking involved. Bring a scope or binoculars, and snacks.
Registration is required. www.massaudubon.org/pleasantvalley