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Trail Mix listings for May 28, 2018


Monday, May 28, 2018

Editor’s Note: Listings in Trail Mix are free. Email: outdoor@recorder.com. The deadline is Tuesday by 8 a.m. Questions? Call 413-772-0261, ext. 276. Weather may cancel or force the rescheduling of some of these events. Additionally, space is often limited. Please contact organizers to ensure you can attend. This is particularly important if registration is required.

Northfield Mountain

Fish Printing: Noon to 2 p.m. (drop-in), June 2, at the Turners Falls Fishway, 15 1st St., Turners Falls. This free activity combines science and art through the traditional Japanese practice of Gyotaku, or fish printing. Discover the intricate beauty and important function of fish fins and scales. This event is part of the annual Family Fish Day. Families can bring along a picnic. If raining, the event will take place at the Great Falls Discovery Center. Appropriate for ages 5 and older. No registration is required.

“Tree ID Using Bark and Habitat Clues”: 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., Saturday, June 16. Join naturalist Nancy Goodman to take a close look at trees and other botanical wonders. Become familiar with the characteristic bark of different trees, as well as identification from leaves and other clues. Bring binoculars, water, a trail snack, sturdy walking shoes and the book “Bark: A Field Guide to Trees of the Northeast” by Michael Wojtech, if you have a copy. The free program will be held at Northfield’s Riverview Picnic Area. Meet in the parking area, 100 Ferry Road, at 10 a.m. Appropriate for ages 16 and older. Preregistration is required by calling 800-859-2960.

“Summer Solstice Paddle”: 6:30 to 8:45 p.m., Thursday, June 21. During this evening paddle at Barton Cove, explore some of the solstice celebrations from around the world, as well as the rich history and natural history of Barton Cove. Appropriate for both beginning and experienced paddlers, and for ages 16 and older. Tandem kayaks available. Please bring a snack or picnic supper. This event is free with your own kayak, $25 with kayak rental. Pre-registration is required by calling 800-859-2960.

Mount Grace Land Conservation Trust

Alderbrook Meadows Nature Sanctuary Opening Day: 8 a.m. to noon, Saturday, June 2. A celebration of the hard work put in by volunteers to create the first accessible trail in Northfield, near 835 Millers Falls Road (Route 63). If you would like to volunteer for opening day (guiding and helping any hikers or persons in wheelchairs, helping set up and passing out lunch), contact Jay Rasku at rasku@mountgrace.org or 978-248-2055, ext. 17.

Whitney Memorial Forest Invasive Pull: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Sunday, June 3. Remove invasive species, primarily honeysuckle, with local Boy Scouts. Free snacks available. Near the end of Benjamin Road, Winchendon. If you plan to attend, contact KimLynn Nguyen at 978-248-2055, ext. 14 or service_americorps@mountgrace.org.

Turtle Nesting Habitat Prep Work Day: 8 a.m. to noon, Saturday, June 9. 97 South St., Petersham. Trail clearing of a potential wood turtle nesting site. Learn from Bill Corey about his work managing potential wood turtle nesting sites. Lunch included. If you plan to attend, contact KimLynn Nguyen at 978-248-2055, ext. 14 or service_americorps@mountgrace.org.

Franklin Land Trust

“Wood, Warblers and Wildlife”: 10 a.m. to noon, Thursday, May 31. Tour of a newly created bird and wildlife habitat at a privately-owned woodland in Conway. Learned why certain birds need our help, how birds and other wildlife benefit from forest management practices, and how to look at recently logged woodlands from a new perspective. Featuring consulting forester May Wigmore, timber harvester Brian Gosling, Mass Audubon’s Jeff Ritterson and Department of Conservation and Recreation service forester Alison Wright-Hunter. Free. To register and get directions, email Linda Alvord at lalvord@franklinlandtrust.org or call 413-625-9151.

Mass Audubon

Eastern Meadowlark Survey: Mass Audubon launched a multi-year citizen science project to study Eastern Meadowlarks. The project aims to collect presence-absence data about the birds at randomly selected sites throughout Massachusetts until June 15. To learn more, visit bit.ly/2yg89ZY or email birdconservation@massaudubon.org.

Department of Conservation and Recreation

Kayaking: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Mondays, July 9, 16, 23 and 30 and Aug. 20; and 9:45 a.m. to 3:15 p.m. on Wednesdays, July 11, 18 and 25, and Aug. 1, 8, 15 and 22. Hour-long paddles at the Daughters of the American Revolution State Forest, 78 Cape St., Goshen. Registration is required by calling 413-259-0009 for Monday sessions, and 413-584-2052 for Wednesday sessions.

Adaptive Cycling: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Fridays, June 15, 22 and 29, July 6, 13 and 20, and Aug. 3, 10, 17, 24 and 31. Explore a wide variety of adaptive bikes for adults and children, including hand cycles, trikes, tandems and recumbent bikes. $3. Registration is required by calling 413-584-2052 or emailing info@alloutadventures.org.

Hiking: June 6 at Robinson State Park in Feeding Hills, and Oct. 4 at Mount Tom State Reservation. Assistive equipment, such as the Terra Trek mountain wheelchair, GRIT Freedom Chair and all-terrain walkers unite people of all abilities. Bring a lunch and enjoy activities like scavenger hunts, nature activities and letterboxing. $3 per person, $12 for families, $25 for groups. Registration is required by calling 413-259-0009.

Wantastiquet-Monadnock Trail Coalition

Trail Hike: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Saturday, June 2. This nine-mile hike zig-zags along wooded roads, ponds, stonewalls and graveyards, all with fantastic views. Moderate level of difficulty. Bring lunch, water, a walking stick (as needed) and sturdy shoes. Return transportation provided. Meet at the Kilburn Trailhead, Pisgah State Park, off Route 63, Chesterfield, N.H. Register in advance by emailing Lynne Borofsky at lborofsky@wsesu.org or calling Tom Duston at 603-256-6082.

Historic Deerfield

For more information, including complete schedules and registration, visit historic-deerfield.org or contact Julie Orvis, special events coordinator, at 413-775-7127 or jorvis@historic-deerfield.org.

“Deerfield Bicycle Tour: The River Rolls Through It”: June 24 to 29, and Aug. 12 to 17. Participants will travel the scenic byways and quiet back roads to some of the Connecticut River Valley's vibrant and charming communities while learning about the natural, historic and cultural distinctions of Massachusetts.

“The River, Drifting Continents, Dinosaurs and a Glacial Lake: Understanding the Stories Preserved in Our Rocks and Landscapes”: July 16 to 20. Participants will learn the stories of the Connecticut River Valley’s landscape and how its natural history impacted life in the region through a series of lectures and field trips to locations including the French King Bridge in Erving, the Great Falls Discovery Center in Turners Falls, Dinosaur Footprints in Holyoke and more.