Events

Event Calendar for The Berkshires and Litchfield County

Jan
23
Sat
Pittsfield, MA–Mass Audubon – Tracking Workshop: Cats and Canines @ Canoe Meadows Wildlife Sanctuary, Pittsfield
Jan 23 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

Instructor: Dale Abrams
Member fee: $15       Non Member fee: $20
Search for tracks, scat, and other signs of our elusive wild cats and dogs that roam the fields and forests at Canoe Meadows. Focusing on long-legged creatures, we will dig deep into how they stealthily walk, lope, and gallop across the landscape and what we can learn from clues they leave behind.

REGISTRATION REQUIRED. No “walk-in” participants may attend. All participants are asked to follow and maintain six feet of distance and wear a face covering unless unable to do so due to medical conditions. Dress for the weather and prepare for uneven terrain. Snowshoes or other traction assistance may be required depending on conditions.

Pre-Registration is required at www.massaudubon.org/pleasantvalley

West Stockbridge, MA–Mass Audubon – Winter Birds at TurnPark @ TurnPark Art Space, West Stockbridge, MA
Jan 23 @ 10:00 am – 11:30 am

Instructor: Zach Adams
TurnPark Art Space and Mass Audubon collaborate for an evening of birds and their lovely evening chorus. A Mass Audubon Guide will take you through the art space learning about the many birds that spend the chilly winter among the statues. Space is limited to 10 participants; registration is required with no ‘walk-in’ participants allowed. Each participant must bring a face covering to waear at all times during the program. Suggested donation of $15 on arrival.

Space is limited to 10 participants; registration is required with no ‘walk-in’ participants allowed. All participants are asked to follow and maintain six feet of distance and wear a face covering for the safety of all, unless unable to do so due to medical conditions. This event is free. Suggested donation of $15 on arrival.

Pre-Registration is required at www.massaudubon.org/pleasantvalley

Jan
26
Tue
West Stockbridge, MA–Mass Audubon – Wildlife Tracking by Moonlight at TurnPark @ TurnPark Art Space, West Stockbridge, MA
Jan 26 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm

Instructor: Dale Abrams
Enjoy a moonlit stroll at TurnPark with a Mass Audubon naturalist. On a short walk through the outdoor sculpture park, we’ll listen and watch with the lens of wildlife tracking, searching for clues of elusive wild mammals (e.g. mice, squirrels, rabbits, fox and bobcats), while taking in the taking in the surreal landscape and art at TurnPark. Dress warmly; traction assistive footwear recommended.

Space is limited to 10 participants; registration is required with no ‘walk-in’ participants allowed. Each participant must bring a face covering to wear at all times during the program. This event is free. Suggested donation of $15 on arrival.
Pre-Registration is required at www.massaudubon.org/pleasantvalley

Jan
30
Sat
Lenox, MA–Mass Audubon – Winter Ecology: Snow and Ice @ Pleasant Valley Wildlife Sanctuary, Lenox, MA
Jan 30 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

Instructor: Dale Abrams
Member fee: $15        Non-members: $20
Are all snowflakes truly unique? What happens to snow throughout the winter? How does snow transform and change from the moment it falls to earth to when it finally melts away? Together we’ll explore the beauty and physical properties of snow and ice, and how the plants and animals survive New England winters.

REGISTRATION REQUIRED. No “walk-in” participants may attend. All participants are asked to follow and maintain six feet of distance and wear a face covering unless unable to do so due to medical conditions. Dress for the weather and prepare for uneven terrain. Snowshoes or other traction assistance may be required depending on conditions.

Pre-Registration is required at www.massaudubon.org/pleasantvalley

Feb
6
Sat
Lenox, MA–Mass Audubon – Birding Workshop: How to Get Started Birding @ Pleasant Valley Wildlife Sanctuary, Lenox, MA
Feb 6 @ 9:00 am – 12:00 pm

Instructor: Zach Adams
Member fee: $22      Non-members: $28
Winter is a perfect time to start birdwatching. Birds often come close to our feeders and hardy winter birds can become familiar friends. We’ll explore how to use shape, size, color, and sounds to learn different groups and species of birds. These tools, combined with behavior and habitat clues, will help you get to know our beautiful avian neighbors in no time at all. We’ll spend time moving to different locations by car to see how and where different birds spend their winter.

REGISTRATION REQUIRED. No “walk-in” participants may attend. All participants are asked to follow and maintain six feet of distance and wear a face covering unless unable to do so due to medical conditions. Dress for the weather and prepare for uneven terrain. Bring your own binoculars and spotting scope. Snowshoes or other traction assistance may be required depending on conditions.

Pre-Registration is required at www.massaudubon.org/pleasantvalley

Feb
9
Tue
Lenox, MA–Mass Audubon – Full Moon Forest Walk @ Pleasant Valley Wildlife Sanctuary, Lenox, MA
Feb 9 @ 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm

Instructor: Zach Adams
Member fee: $10     Non-members: $12
Enjoy a moonlit evening, walking and listening to the sounds of the night. We will take a gentle walk learning about what goes on in the forest at night with just the light of the moon to guide us.

REGISTRATION REQUIRED. No “walk-in” participants may attend. All participants are asked to follow and maintain six feet of distance and wear a face covering unless unable to do so due to medical conditions. Dress for the weather and prepare for uneven terrain. Snowshoes or other traction
assistance may be required depending on conditions.

Pre-Registration is required at www.massaudubon.org/pleasantvalley
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Feb
12
Fri
Sheffield, MA–Mass Audubon – Starlight Owl and Wildlife Prowl @ Lime Kiln Farm Wildlife Sanctuary, Sheffield, MA
Feb 12 @ 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm

Instructor: Dale Abrams, Zach Adams
Member fee: $10      Nonmembers: $12
Enjoy a starlit evening listening and watching for owls and other nocturnal wildlife. We’ll explore fields, forests, and wetlands, learning about animal adaptations for night hunting. This program will enjoy a gentle walk over sometimes uneven terrain, but with plenty of stopping and listening.

REGISTRATION REQUIRED. No “walk-in” participants may attend. All participants are asked to follow and maintain six feet of distance and wear a face covering unless unable to do so due to medical conditions. Dress for the weather and prepare for uneven terrain. Snowshoes or other traction assistance may be required depending on conditions.

Pre-Registration is required at www.massaudubon.org/pleasantvalley

Feb
20
Sat
Sheffield, MA–Mass Audubon – Birding Workshop: Winter Raptors @ Lime Kiln Farm Wildlife Sanctuary, Sheffield, MA
Feb 20 @ 4:00 pm – 7:00 pm

Instructor: Zach Adams
Member fee: $22      Non-members: $28
Dive into the world of avian predators and how they spend the winter. From the daytime hawks perched on tree tops to the secretive evening owls, there are many birds of prey that winter in the Berkshires. We will learn about raptor movements, behavior, and where to find them. Beginning at Lime Kiln Farm, we will travel to multiple locations searching for diurnal raptors and continue on after dark when the owls begin to hunt. Dress for the weather and bring your own binoculars and spotting scope.

REGISTRATION REQUIRED. No “walk-in” participants may attend. All participants are asked to follow and maintain six feet of distance and wear a face covering unless unable to do so due to medical conditions. Dress for the weather and prepare for uneven terrain. Bring your own binoculars and spotting scope. Snowshoes or other traction assistance may be required depending on conditions.

Pre-Registration is required at www.massaudubon.org/pleasantvalley

Feb
23
Tue
Lenox, MA–Mass Audubon – Tracking Workshop: Weasels and Rodents @ Pleasant Valley Wildlife Sanctuary, Lenox, MA
Feb 23 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

Instructor: Dale Abrams
Member fee: $15     Nonmembers: $20
Hoppers and bounders, such as squirrels and weasels, leave behind fascinating tracking mysteries that reveal their secretive habits and survival strategies. Explore the trails at Pleasant Valley in search of tracks, scat, chews, and other evidence of rabbits, squirrels, mink, fisher, and weasels and we’ll unravel the mysteries we discover.

REGISTRATION REQUIRED. No “walk-in” participants may attend. All participants are asked to follow and maintain six feet of distance and wear a face covering unless unable to do so due to medical conditions. Dress for the weather and prepare for uneven terrain. Snowshoes or other traction assistance may be required depending on conditions.

Pre-Registration is required at www.massaudubon.org/pleasantvalley

Feb
27
Sat
Lenox, MA–Mass Audubon – Winter Ecology: Beavers and other Mammals @ Pleasant Valley Wildlife Sanctuary, Lenox, MA
Feb 27 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

Instructor: Zach Adams
Member fee: $15     Nonmembers: $20
Beavers are some of our hardiest mammals, remaining active under the ice all winter long. We will search for the signs of what these thick-furred creatures are doing in the coldest days of the year. Along the way we will search for signs of other active winter mammals of Pleasant Valley like porcupine, fisher, fox, and deer.
REGISTRATION REQUIRED. No “walk-in” participants may attend. All participants are asked to follow and maintain six feet of distance and wear a face covering unless unable to do so due to medical conditions. Dress for the weather and prepare for uneven terrain. Snowshoes or other traction assistance may be required depending on conditions.

Pre-Registration is required at www.massaudubon.org/pleasantvalley

Mar
12
Fri
Lenox, MA–Mass Audubon – Starlight Owl and Wildlife Prowl @ Post Farm Marsh, Lenox, MA
Mar 12 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm

Instructor: Dale Abrams, Zach Adams
Member fee: $10      Nonmembers: $12

Enjoy a starlit evening listening and watching for owls and other nocturnal wildlife. We’ll explore fields, forests, and wetlands, learning about animal adaptations for night hunting. This program will enjoy a gentle walk over sometimes uneven terrain, but with plenty of stopping and listening.

REGISTRATION REQUIRED. No “walk-in” participants may attend. All participants are asked to follow and maintain six feet of distance and wear a face covering unless unable to do so due to medical conditions. Dress for the weather and prepare for uneven terrain. Snowshoes or other traction assistance may be required depending on conditions.

Pre-Registration is required at www.massaudubon.org/pleasantvalley

Mar
17
Wed
Sheffield, MA–Mass Audubon – Sky Dance of the American Woodcock @ Lime Kiln Farm Wildlife Sanctuary, Sheffield
Mar 17 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Instructor: Zach Adams, Dale Abrams
Member fee: $7      Nonmembers: $10
When the sun sets in early spring, woodcock love is in the air. Wet meadows and fields are transformed into a “runway” for their beautiful aerial courtship display. Visit our meadows to listen and watch for the woodcock’s performance on their breeding grounds. Viewing the woodcock’s sky dance is a natural spectacle that should not be missed.

REGISTRATION REQUIRED. No “walk-in” participants may attend. All participants are asked to follow and maintain six feet of distance and wear a face covering unless unable to do so due to medical conditions. Directions provided upon registration. Dress for the weather. Bring binoculars if you have them. Subject to change based on weather.

Pre-Registration is required at www.massaudubon.org/pleasantvalley

Mar
19
Fri
Lenox, MA–Mass Audubon – Sky Dance of the American Woodcock @ Post Farm Marsh, Lenox, MA
Mar 19 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Instructor: Zach Adams, Dale Abrams
Member fee: $7      Nonmembers: $10
When the sun sets in early spring, woodcock love is in the air. Wet meadows and fields are transformed into a “runway” for their beautiful aerial courtship display. Visit our meadows to listen and watch for the woodcock’s performance on their breeding grounds. Viewing the woodcock’s sky dance is a natural spectacle that should not be missed.

REGISTRATION REQUIRED. No “walk-in” participants may attend. All participants are asked to follow and maintain six feet of distance and wear a face covering unless unable to do so due to medical conditions. Directions provided upon registration. Dress for the weather. Bring binoculars if you have them. Subject to change based on weather.

Pre-Registration is required at www.massaudubon.org/pleasantvalley

Mar
20
Sat
Pittsfield, MA–Mass Audubon – Birding Workshop: Winter Finches @ Canoe Meadows Wildlife Sanctuary
Mar 20 @ 9:00 am – 12:00 pm

Instructor: Zach Adams
Member fee: $22       Nonmembers: $28
Open your ears to the intricate and often tricky search for winter finches. The winter of 2021 may be the best opportunity to discover and experience the several beautiful finches that may only visit every few years. We will begin at Canoe Meadows and travel to multiple locations listening hard for the chip and songs of finches who are working hard to find enough seed to survive the winter.

REGISTRATION REQUIRED. No “walk-in” participants may attend. All participants are asked to follow and maintain six feet of distance and wear a face covering unless unable to do so due to medical conditions. Dress for the weather and prepare for uneven terrain. Bring your own binoculars and spotting scope. Snowshoes or other traction assistance may be required depending on conditions.

Pre-Registration is required at www.massaudubon.org/pleasantvalley

Mar
24
Wed
Pittsfield, MA–Mass Audubon – Sky Dance of the American Woodcock @ Canoe Meadows Wildlife Sanctuary
Mar 24 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Instructor: Dale Abrams, Zach Adams
Member fee: $7    Nonmembers: $10
When the sun sets in early spring, woodcock love is in the air. Wet meadows and fields are transformed into a “runway” for their beautiful aerial courtship display. Visit our meadows to listen and watch for the woodcock’s performance on their breeding grounds. Viewing the woodcock’s sky dance is a natural spectacle that should not be missed.
REGISTRATION REQUIRED. No “walk-in” participants may attend. All participants are asked to follow and maintain six feet of distance and wear a face covering unless uFnable to do so due to medical conditions. Directions provided upon registration. Dress for the weather. Bring binoculars if you have them. Subject to change based on weather.

Pre-Registration is required at www.massaudubon.org/pleasantvalley

Mar
27
Sat
Lenox, MA–Mass Audubon – Winter Ecology: Twigs, Buds, and Emerging Plants @ Pleasant Valley Wildlife Sanctuary
Mar 27 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

Instructor: Dale Abrams
Member fee: $15   Nonmembers: $20
No leaves? No problem! You can still learn to recognize oaks, maples, cherries, beech, birches, and other woodland trees in winter. We’ll look at tree samples, practice using field guides, and take a hike to test our observation and identification skills. Tree ID guides available for purchase at Visitor Center Gift Shop, BYO guide, or sample guides available for loan.

REGISTRATION REQUIRED. No “walk-in” participants may attend. All participants are asked to follow and maintain six feet of distance and wear a face covering unless unable to do so due to medical conditions. Dress for the weather and prepare for uneven terrain. Snowshoes or other traction assistance may be required depending on conditions.

Pre-Registration is required at www.massaudubon.org/pleasantvalley