Events

Dec
15
Sat
Gt. Barrington, MA–Join the BEAT Wildlife Tracking Club
Dec 15 @ 9:00 am – 12:00 pm

We’ll be re-exploring the northern extent of the Myrin Preserve like we did late last winter when we trailed the momma bear and cubs and found the porcupine up in an ancient ash. Park on Monument Valley Rd immediately across from Blue Hill Rd. Be advised, there are no signs that say “Myrin Preserve” or “Hiking Area”, it’s just a nondiscript parking area on the side of the road. If anyone wants, we can carpool from the Monument Mountain HS by the tennis courts at 8:45am.

Here is is a link to directions from Pittsfield to the parking area.

Last time out we had the great fortune of tracking in some snow! Practically out of the parking lot we were bombarded by weasel tracks, scurrying hither and tither, trying to hunt down prey. (It has been estimated that a weasel must consume half of its body weight every day) We were surprised to find the evidence of porcupine nibbles on black cherry, pleased to find fresh bear claw marks climbing apple trees and an associated bear nest, and perplexed by a dense grassy nest unlike the leaf and stick dreys (squirrel nest) that we usually see in hardwood forests. Audrey Boraski, while doing some homework stumbled upon an article (to be included next email) that identified it as a red squirrel drey. We were also divided over a cone-like growth that Jim Pellitier sleuthed out to be a pine cone willow gall. We were not surprised to find a lot of ring necked pheasant spoor, as they stock the Moran Wildlife Management Area, but totally at a loss not to find any kill sites. The event wrapped up by by finding some porcupine nip twigs, its den, and the actual animal. Good stuff!

BEAT’s Wildlife Tracking group meets monthly and is open to the public. Our group includes amateurs and professionals alike – join us!

There is an annual membership fee of $15.00. One-time participants can attend an individual event for $5.00.

Locations vary around Berkshire county – contact Elia Del Molino for this month’s location: elia@thebeatnews.org.

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The objectives of this club are threefold:
1) to educate the public (and each other) on wildlife tracking and other naturalist skills (including birding and plant identification)
2) to collect data (such as wildlife movement) for organizations in a position to act (like BEAT, MassWildlife, or a land trust)
3) to establish a robust wildlife tracking community

Organizer–Berkshire Environmental Action Team
Phone: (413) 230-7321
Email: team@thebeatnews.org
Website: thebeatnews.org

Dec
16
Sun
Monterey, MA–History Talk Replay— The Supernatural World in the 1700s: Religion, Magic, Witchcraft and ‘Wonders’ by John Demos, Professor of History Emeritus at Yale University @ Monterey Community Center
Dec 16 @ 1:00 pm

The Bidwell House Museum, in collaboration with the Monterey Community Center, is excited to announce a new off-season program titled “History Talk Replay”.  Join friends and neighbors one afternoon a month at the Monterey Community Center to view a broadcast of one of our popular summer History Talks.

First up on Sunday December 16 at 1pm is a talk from the 2010 series The Lost World of Early America.  Listen to popular speaker John Demos present The Supernatural World in the 1700: Religion, Magic, Witchcraft and ‘Wonders’.  Coffee and cookies will be served.  The History Talk Replay series is free, but donations are welcome.

John Demos, Samuel Knight Professor of American History Emeritus at Yale University is an award-winning author and Tyringham resident.

For more information, please call 413-528-6888 or go to www.bidwellhousemuseum.org

Sep
7
Sat
2019 HOUSATONIC HERITAGE WALKS – 60+ FREE EVENTS IN THE BERKSHIRES, MA & LITCHFIELD COUNTY, CT
Sep 7 all-day

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Sep
8
Sun
2019 HOUSATONIC HERITAGE WALKS – 60+ FREE EVENTS IN THE BERKSHIRES, MA & LITCHFIELD COUNTY, CT
Sep 8 all-day

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Sep
14
Sat
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Sep 14 all-day

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Sep
15
Sun
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Sep 15 all-day

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Sep
21
Sat
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Sep 21 all-day

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Sep
22
Sun
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Sep 22 all-day

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Sep
28
Sat
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Sep 28 all-day

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Sep
29
Sun
2019 HOUSATONIC HERITAGE WALKS – 60+ FREE EVENTS IN THE BERKSHIRES, MA & LITCHFIELD COUNTY, CT
Sep 29 all-day

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