Events

Event Calendar for The Berkshires and Litchfield County

Feb
1
Sat
Lenox, MA–Mass Audubon – Lenox Mountain Summit Hike @ Pleasant Valley Wildlife Sanctuary
Feb 1 @ 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Instructor: Dale Abrams – Education Coordinator
Audience: Adult
Members: $10.00     Nonmembers: $15.00
Get active during this hike to the summit of Lenox Mountain (2,126 feet), and take in an expansive 50-mile view from the top. This moderately strenuous hike follows the Trail of the Ledges and/or Overbrook Trail three miles round-trip through northern hardwood and evergreen forests for an elevation gain of 840 ft. recommended. Register at www.massaudubon.org/pleasantvalleyprograms

Feb
5
Wed
Lenox, MA–Mass Audubon – Berkshire Residents Free Admission @ Pleasant Valley Wildlife Sanctuary
Feb 5 @ 10:00 am – 4:00 pm

Audience: All (suitable for children 0 & up)
Fee: Free Day
Berkshire County residents are invited to visit Pleasant Valley Wildlife Sanctuary for free! Explore seven miles of beautiful trails and learn about our nature education programs for all ages. Stop by our Gift Shop while you’re here! Free for Berkshire County Residents with valid license or ID. Registration not required.

Pittsfield, MA–Mass Audubon – Moonlight Owl and Wildlife Prowl @ Canoe Meadows Wildlife Sanctuary
Feb 5 @ 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm

Instructors: Dale Abrams – Education Coordinator; Zach Adams – Naturalist
Audience: All (suitable for children 7 & up)
Members: Adult $6.00, Child $3.00

Nonmembers: Adult $8.00, Child $4.00

Enjoy a moonlit evening listening and watching for owls and other nocturnal wildlife. We’ll explore fields, forests, and wetlands, learning about animal adaptations for night hunting. Afterward, we’ll warm back up with tea and hot cocoa. Register at www.massaudubon.org/pleasantvalleyprograms

Feb
8
Sat
Monterey, MA–Winter Tracking in Beartown State Forest with Berkshire Natural Resources Council @ Beartown State Forest
Feb 8 @ 9:00 am – 12:00 pm

Bad weather date: Sunday, February 9, Time TBD

Join us at Beartown State Forest for a FREE 3-hour guided exploration in search of signs of wildlife. Enjoy a mid-winter’s day exploring nearby woodlands, marshes and streams. See what local wildlife has been up to. Journey off-trail, less than 2-miles, at a leisurely pace with some rough terrain and likely stream crossings.

Join contributing naturalists and co- sponsoring organizations, Jim
Pelletier of Mass Appalachian Trail Management Committee, Mariah Auman of Berkshire Natural Resources Council, Christine Ward of Great Barrington Land Conservancy, and Alec Gillman of DCR State Parks.

If there’s enough snow bring your own snowshoes, or traction devices and hiking poles. Dress accordingly for the cold weather.   Bring drink and a snack.

Directions: Meet at the State Forest’s Benedict Pond day-use area, Benedict Pond Road, Monterey.

Pre-registration is required. To register email Mariah at mauman@bnrc.org or call 413-499-0596.

Feb
13
Thu
Pittsfield, MA–A Sunset Stroll at Fred Garner Park with Berkshire Natural Resources Council @ Fred Garner River Park
Feb 13 @ 4:00 pm – 5:30 pm

Look for animal tracks, identify floodplain trees, and explore conservation in the Berkshires!

Join the Berkshire Natural Resources Council for a sunset stroll along the floodplain forest at Fred Garner Park. Learn about conservation in the Berkshires, look for animal activity and identify trees along the river.

This event is free and open to the public and part of Pittsfield’s 10×10 Festival!

Hot beverages will be provided. Please dress in layers and wear appropriate footwear.

 

Feb
15
Sat
Lenox, MA–Mass Audubon – Wildlife CSI: Understanding Animal Tracks & Sign Mysteries @ Pleasant Valley Wildlife Sanctuary
Feb 15 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

Instructors: Dale Abrams – Education Coordinator; Zach Adams – Naturalist
Audience: All (suitable for children 8 & up)
Members: Adult $8.00, Child $4.00

Nonmembers: Adult $10.00, Child $6.00

Search for tracks, scat, and other signs of wildlife that stay active through winter. You’ll discover new “whodunit” mysteries that take place out in nature while we’re typically warm inside our homes. Register at www.massaudubon.org/pleasantvalleyprograms

Lenox, MA–Mass Audubon – Snowshoe Hike @ Pleasant Valley Wildlife Sanctuary
Feb 15 @ 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Instructor: Zach Adams – Naturalist
Audience: Adult
Members: $10.00 Nonmembers: $15.00

Strap on snowshoes (or microspikes, depending upon conditions) and embark on a winter wonderland hike around the sanctuary’s scenic lower trails with gentle rolling terrain. Watch for wildlife activity around ponds, streams, meadows, and woodlands. Register at www.massaudubon.org/pleasantvalleyprograms

Feb
22
Sat
Lenox, MA–Mass Audubon – Bluebird Nest Box Building Workshop @ Pleasant Valley Wildlife Sanctuary
Feb 22 @ 1:30 pm – 3:30 pm

Instructor: Zach Adams – Naturalist
Audience: All (suitable for children 5 & up)
Members: Adult $20.00, Child free
Nonmembers: Adult $25.00, Child free

Get crafty in our cozy red barn and build something that will help improve wildlife habitat in your neighborhood. These hands-on, family-friendly workshops will teach you where and how to place bluebird nest boxes in ideal habitats to attract inhabitants. Build the pre-cut kit together and take your box home in the end. No experience necessary. Children free with paying adult. Register online at www.massaudubon.org/pleasantvalleyprograms