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
SHEFFIELD, MA–Town Forest Event–Woods and Trails: A Pathway Forward @ Sheffield Town Park
Sep 23 @ 9:30 am – 4:00 pm

A family friendly Celebration of the Town of Sheffield–
for Berkshire County residents, Community Groups,
Natural Resource Professionals, and Environmental
Educators. This event aims to highlight and inspire
other communities of the values of sustainable
community forestry in Massachusetts.
Participants will have the opportunity to partake
in Guided Field Tours that will give an overview
of Sheffield Town Forests as well as visits to local
businesses that use wood products.

For Event Registration and Information:
Please contact Tom Ryan, DCR Service Forester: 413-784-1828 x 123 or email tom.ryan@state.ma.us

A conference for Municipalities, Community Groups, Natural Resource Professionals, and Environmental Educators

Field Tours will Highlight–
Sustainable Forest Management
Timber Harvesting
Wildlife Habitat Management
Invasive Plant Control
Trail Creation

Local Businesses Featuring–
Wood Heating
Raw Wood Materials
Specialty Wood Products
Demonstrations will include
portable sawmilling, wood working
and timber framing.

Hosted by the MA Dept. of Conservation & Recreation, Town of Sheffield, Sheffield Land Trust and MA Forest Alliance, with generous support from the MA Forest Stewardship Program and USDA Forest Service

 

 

 

Salisbury, CT– “Connecticut Civilian Conservation Corps Camps: Their Histories, Memories and Legacy” talk @ Scoville Library
Sep 23 @ 4:00 pm

Marty Podskoch, Author and historian, will talk about the Connecticut Civilian Conservation Corps

CONTACT: 860-435-2838   or   scovillelibrary.org
COST: Free

SALISBURY The Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) was formed in 1933 as part of President Roosevelt’s “New Deal” to alleviate poverty and unemployment during the Great Depression. Twenty-one camps were established in Connecticut towns and state parks. The workers built trails, roads, campsites, and dams. They stocked fish; built and maintained fire tower observer’s cabins and telephone lines, fought fires; and planted millions of trees. A decade later in 1942 the CCC disbanded as men were mobilized to fight in WW II. Author and historian Marty Podskoch discusses his book “Connecticut Civilian Conservation Corps Camps: Their Histories, Memories and Legacy”. Podskoch, has written eight books, three on fire towers including Fire Towers of the Catskills: Their History and Lore, and Adirondack Fire Towers: Their History and Lore. He also wrote two volumes of Adirondack Stories and his book, The Adirondack 102 Club: Your Passport & Guide to the North Country, is rated the “Best Selling Travel Book,” in the Adirondacks. His two books on the CCC are Adirondack Civilian Conservation Corps Camps and now Connecticut Civilian Conservation Corps Camps. Podskoch reveals fascinating stories of these camps, the men who inhabited them, and the conservation and construction work they undertook. The program is presented as a collaboration of the Salisbury Association Historical Society and the Scoville Memorial Library. It takes place at the Scoville Library at 4:00 pm Saturday September 24.

Stockbridge, MA–Speaker Series: Brendan Mathews, Author of “The World of Tomorrow”
Sep 23 @ 4:00 pm

Author Brendan Mathews will read from and sign copies of his debut novel, The World of Tomorrow.

Fleeing Ireland for New York City after stealing a small fortune from the IRA, three brothers immerse themselves in the cultural and political tensions of 1939, only to find their lives falling apart when they are tracked down by a hired assassin. In a starred review, Publishers Weekly called the book “a remarkably fast and exhilarating read, reminiscent of Michael Chabon’s The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay. This one grabs the reader from the beginning to its suspenseful climax….A masterful debut novel.”

 

Sep
24
Sun
2017 HOUSATONIC HERITAGE WALKS – 80 FREE EVENTS IN THE BERKSHIRES, MA & LITCHFIELD COUNTRY, CT
Sep 24 all-day
Lanesborough, MA–“A Virtual Tour of the Autumn New England Sky”, talk & slideshow @ Bascom Lodge-Atop Mount Greylock
Sep 24 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm

A Virtual Tour of the Autumn New England Sky–Kevin Collins presents a guide to understanding the stars up above and how to participate in local astronomy groups. If the sky is clear there will be a short observing session outside the lodge after dinner, dress warm.

THIS IS A “FREE” PUBLIC PROGRAMMING EVENT OFFERED FROM 6 – 7 PM… OFFERED IN COLLABORATION WITH THE UPPER HOUSATONIC VALLEY NATIONAL HERITAGE AREA.
THIS FREE EVENT IS FOLLOWED AT 7 PM, BY AN OPTIONAL PRIX FIXE DINNER MENU that CHANGES NIGHTLY. (ONE SEATING ONLY). RESERVATIONS REQUESTED.
THE KITCHEN AT BASCOM LODGE IS COMMITTED TO PROVIDING FRESH, HAND-MADE FOOD, CRAFTED FROM INGREDIENTS PURCHASED FROM LOCAL, FAMILY OWNED FARMS.

CALL: 413-743-1591, EMAIL US AT: MAIL@BASCOMLODGE.NET, OR CHECK OUR WEBSITE FOR EACH EVENING’S MENU

AT AN ELEVATION OF 3,491 FEET, BASCOM LODGE AT THE SUMMIT OF MOUNT GREYLOCK DOMINATES THE SURROUNDING LANDSCAPE; AFFORDING PARK VISTAS OF FOUR STATES AND FIVE MOUNTAIN RANGES.
BASCOM LODGE, LOCATED IN THE HEART OF BERKSHIRE COUNTY, IS A RUSTIC ARTS AND CRAFTS MOUNTAIN LODGE BUILT IN THE 1930’S BY VOLUNTEERS FROM THE CIVILIAN CONSERVATION CORPS. CONSTRUCTED OF LOCAL STONE AND OLD GROWTH RED SPRUCE TIMBERS, THE LODGE WAS DESIGNED IN AN ARCHITECTURAL STYLE THAT WOULD LATER BECOME THE BLUEPRINT FOR AMERICA’S NATIONAL PARKS. NESTLED ON THE SUMMIT OF MT. GREYLOCK, THE STATE’S HIGHEST MOUNTAIN, THE LODGE IS THE CENTERPIECE OF A 12,500 ACRE WILDERNESS PARK.
FROM RT 7, DRIVE TO LANESBOROUGH AND WATCH FOR THE MOUNT GREYLOCK RESERVATION AND VISITOR CENTER SIGNS (2 MILES NORTH OF LANESBORO TOWN LINE). TURN ONTO NORTH MAIN STREET, THEN BEAR RIGHT ONTO QUARRY ROAD, THEN BEAR LEFT ONTO ROCKWELL ROAD AND FOLLOW MOUNT GREYLOCK/BASCOM LODGE SIGNS FOR 9 MILES THROUGH THE FOREST
TO THE SUMMIT.

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
Lanesborough, MA–“History and Nature of the Mount Greylock Summit”, nature walk and talk around the summit @ Bascom Lodge-Atop Mount Greylock
Oct 1 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm

Join Mike Whalen from the Mass. Department of Conservation and Recreation and Peter Dudek from Bascom Lodge atop the most scenic, highest elevation (3491′) and oldest wilderness state park in Massachusetts. Discover the 1930’s period of great park building when government work programs like the Civilian Conservation Corps created special places for recreation. The rustic, yet elegant, “parkitecture” of Bascom Lodge became a distinctive style that defined America’s parks. This is an interpretive walk around the summit of Mount Greylock, with an emphasis on its unique ecology and historic structures as they comprise a fully realized historic landscape. Identify boreal plants unique to the mountain, consider how the summit has changed over time, recall noteworthy literary connections and take an insider’s tour of Bascom Lodge.

THIS IS A “FREE” PUBLIC PROGRAMMING EVENT OFFERED IN COLLABORATION WITH THE UPPER HOUSATONIC VALLEY NATIONAL HERITAGE AREA.

AT AN ELEVATION OF 3,491 FEET, BASCOM LODGE AT THE SUMMIT OF MOUNT GREYLOCK DOMINATES THE SURROUNDING LANDSCAPE; AFFORDING PARK VISTAS OF FOUR STATES AND FIVE MOUNTAIN RANGES.

BASCOM LODGE, LOCATED IN THE HEART OF BERKSHIRE COUNTY, IS A RUSTIC ARTS AND CRAFTS MOUNTAIN LODGE BUILT IN THE 1930’S BY VOLUNTEERS FROM THE CIVILIAN CONSERVATION CORPS. CONSTRUCTED OF LOCAL STONE AND OLD GROWTH RED SPRUCE TIMBERS, THE LODGE WAS DESIGNED IN AN ARCHITECTURAL STYLE THAT WOULD LATER BECOME THE BLUEPRINT FOR AMERICA’S NATIONAL PARKS. NESTLED ON THE SUMMIT OF MT. GREYLOCK, THE STATE’S HIGHEST MOUNTAIN, THE LODGE IS THE CENTERPIECE OF A 12,500 ACRE WILDERNESS PARK.
FROM RT 7, DRIVE TO LANESBOROUGH AND WATCH FOR THE MOUNT GREYLOCK RESERVATION AND VISITOR CENTER SIGNS (2 MILES NORTH OF LANESBORO TOWN LINE). TURN ONTO NORTH MAIN STREET, THEN BEAR RIGHT ONTO QUARRY ROAD, THEN BEAR LEFT ONTO ROCKWELL ROAD AND FOLLOW MOUNT GREYLOCK/BASCOM LODGE SIGNS FOR 9 MILES THROUGH THE FOREST
TO THE SUMMIT.

 

Lenox, MA–Discovering Historic Kennedy Park: Mass Audubon–HOUSATONIC HERITAGE WALK @ Pleasant Valley Wildlife Sanctuary
Oct 1 @ 1:30 pm – 3:00 pm

Audience: Adult Members & Nonmembers: Free

Join Jan Chague, Lenox Historical Society, and learn the secrets of Kennedy Park through a power point presentation given at the Pleasant Valley Wildlife Sanctuary’s well-known historic 18th century barn. You will explore the remnants of a by-gone era and learn about the people who traversed the land. You will also discover aspects of the Aspinwall Hotel once touted as “Hotel Beautiful”.
Registration is required. www.massaudubon.org/pleasantvalley

Lanesborough, MA–“Debra Bricker Balken & Barbara Takenaga”, a dialog about Barbara’s current exhibition at Williams College @ Bascom Lodge-Atop Mount Greylock
Oct 1 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm

Art Historian Debra Bricker Balken will have a conversation with Barbara Takenaga about her work and her exhibit this fall at the Williams College Museum of art.

Debra Bricker Balken is the author and/or curator of numerous books and exhibitions on John Marin, Phillip Guston, John Storrs, Arthur Dove and other artists.

Barbara Takenaga exhibits her work widely and teaches at Williams College.

THIS IS A “FREE” PUBLIC PROGRAMMING EVENT OFFERED FROM 6 – 7 PM… OFFERED IN COLLABORATION WITH THE UPPER HOUSATONIC VALLEY NATIONAL HERITAGE AREA.

THIS FREE EVENT IS FOLLOWED AT 7 PM, BY AN OPTIONAL PRIX FIXE DINNER MENU that CHANGES NIGHTLY. (ONE SEATING ONLY). RESERVATIONS REQUESTED.
THE KITCHEN AT BASCOM LODGE IS COMMITTED TO PROVIDING FRESH, HAND-MADE FOOD, CRAFTED FROM INGREDIENTS PURCHASED FROM LOCAL, FAMILY OWNED FARMS.

CALL: 413-743-1591, EMAIL US AT: MAIL@BASCOMLODGE.NET, OR CHECK OUR WEBSITE FOR EACH EVENING’S MENU

AT AN ELEVATION OF 3,491 FEET, BASCOM LODGE AT THE SUMMIT OF MOUNT GREYLOCK DOMINATES THE SURROUNDING LANDSCAPE; AFFORDING PARK VISTAS OF FOUR STATES AND FIVE MOUNTAIN RANGES.
BASCOM LODGE, LOCATED IN THE HEART OF BERKSHIRE COUNTY, IS A RUSTIC ARTS AND CRAFTS MOUNTAIN LODGE BUILT IN THE 1930’S BY VOLUNTEERS FROM THE CIVILIAN CONSERVATION CORPS. CONSTRUCTED OF LOCAL STONE AND OLD GROWTH RED SPRUCE TIMBERS, THE LODGE WAS DESIGNED IN AN ARCHITECTURAL STYLE THAT WOULD LATER BECOME THE BLUEPRINT FOR AMERICA’S NATIONAL PARKS. NESTLED ON THE SUMMIT OF MT. GREYLOCK, THE STATE’S HIGHEST MOUNTAIN, THE LODGE IS THE CENTERPIECE OF A 12,500 ACRE WILDERNESS PARK.
FROM RT 7, DRIVE TO LANESBOROUGH AND WATCH FOR THE MOUNT GREYLOCK RESERVATION AND VISITOR CENTER SIGNS (2 MILES NORTH OF LANESBORO TOWN LINE). TURN ONTO NORTH MAIN STREET, THEN BEAR RIGHT ONTO QUARRY ROAD, THEN BEAR LEFT ONTO ROCKWELL ROAD AND FOLLOW MOUNT GREYLOCK/BASCOM LODGE SIGNS FOR 9 MILES THROUGH THE FOREST
TO THE SUMMIT.

 

Oct
4
Wed
Lenox, MA–Evening at the Beaver Pond @ Pleasant Valley Wildlife Sanctuary
Oct 4 @ 5:30 pm – 7:00 pm

 

Audience: All (suitable for children 3 – 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.
Enjoy an evening searching for beavers and other wildlife attracted to the series of ponds that the beavers have created. Learn about the natural history of beavers and how they continue to shape the landscape more than 80 years after their reintroduction.

Oct
11
Wed
Lenox, MA–Evening at the Beaver Ponds
Oct 11 @ 5:00 pm – 6:30 pm

Location: Pleasant Valley Wildlife Sanctuary, Lenox
Audience: All (suitable for children 3 – 18 years)
Members: Adult $6.00, Child $3.00 Nonmembers: Adult $8.00, Child $4.00

Enjoy an evening searching for beavers and other wildlife attracted to the series of ponds that the beavers have created. Learn about the natural history of beavers and how they continue to shape the landscape more than 80 years after their reintroduction.
Registration is optional. www.massaudubon.org/pleasantvalley

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

Lenox, MA–Art in the Barn: Mass Audubon’s Statewide Photo Contest Exhibit
Oct 14 @ 10:00 am – 4:00 pm

Location: Pleasant Valley Wildlife Sanctuary, West Mountain Road, Lenox
Audience: All (suitable for children 0 – 18 years)
Members & Nonmembers: Free with a trail admission

View beautiful images of wildlife and nature from Mass Audubon’s Picture This: Your Great Outdoors photo contest. The winning images, selected from more than 4,000 entries received last year, will be displayed in the Barn at Pleasant Valley Wildlife Sanctuary.

Oct
18
Wed
Lenox, MA–Evening at the Beaver Ponds
Oct 18 @ 5:00 pm – 6:30 pm

Location: Pleasant Valley Wildlife Sanctuary, Lenox
Audience: All (suitable for children 3 – 18 years)
Members: Adult $6.00, Child $3.00 Nonmembers: Adult $8.00, Child $4.00

Enjoy an evening searching for beavers and other wildlife attracted to the series of ponds that the beavers have created. Learn about the natural history of beavers and how they continue to shape the landscape more than 80 years after their reintroduction.
Registration is optional. www.massaudubon.org/pleasantvalley

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

Lenox, MA–Art in the Barn: Mass Audubon’s Statewide Photo Contest Exhibit – Open House @ Pleasant Valley Wildlife Sanctuary
Oct 21 @ 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Audience: All (suitable for children 0 – 18 years)
Members & Nonmembers: Free
View beautiful images of wildlife and nature from Mass Audubon’s Picture This: Your Great Outdoors photo contest. The winning images, selected from more than 4,000 entries received last year, will be displayed in the Barn at Pleasant Valley Wildlife Sanctuary.