Trail Mix, week of June 19

  • A fox in Gill. Courtesy Tom Gusan

Sunday, June 18, 2017

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.

Arcadia Wildlife Sanctuary

Introduction to Grasses at Arcadia: Wednesday from 9 a.m. to noon. Sponsored by Connecticut River Valley Sanctuaries. Take a close look at members of the grass family at Arcadia, 127 Combs Road in Easthampton. Members are $8, nonmembers are $12. Register is required by calling 413-584-3009. Bring a hand lens and field guide, if you have them. Long pants and close-toed shoes are recommended. Bring insect repellent for better tick prevention.

Great Falls Discovery Center

Bike Path BINGO will be held Sunday from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. Kids should grab their parents to go exploring. All ages are welcome as participants practice examining the natural world with field guides, binoculars and a fun game to see just how much you can see. Meet at the main entrance to the center on Avenue A in Turners Falls. Bring water, bug spray, sunscreen and wear sturdy shoes.

Mass Audubon

Mass Audubon is holding its annual statewide photo contest through Sept. 30. “Your Great Outdoors” attracts hundreds of photographers of all abilities, ages and backgrounds, encouraging them to record the natural beauty and biodiversity of the state. Looking for the most inspiring natural settings, eye-pleasing wildlife, and increasingly, children and adults as they forge personal connections with nature. Participants may compete in one of two age categories, 18 and older and younger than 18.

Subject areas include: people in nature, birds, mammals, other animals, landscapes and plants and fungi. Each entrant may submit up to 10 photographs, which must be taken in Massachusetts or at Mass Audubon’s Wildwood Camp in Rindge, N.H. Images may have been taken at any time prior to or during the contest. One grand-prize winner will be awarded a $250 gift card (to be redeemed at a Mass Audubon shop or a wildlife sanctuary), in addition to being featured in “Explore,” Mass Audubon’s member newsletter. Eleven winners will win $100 gift cards and at least six honorable mentions will win $50 gift cards. Additional honorable mentions may be awarded at the discretion of the judges. All submissions, regardless of original format, must be submitted online: massaudubon.org/picturethis.

Northfield Mountain

Bald Eagles and Barton Cove Paddle: Saturday, July 1, from 9:30 a.m. to noon. Join Northfield Mountain naturalist Kim Noyes for a morning paddle on the Connecticut River to explore scenic Barton Cove. Bald Eagles first built a nest on Barton Cove Island in 1989, and have nested on the island continuously since. During the past few breeding seasons, three eaglets have successfully fledged from this historic nesting location. You’ll delve into the success of the restoration program, their fascinating life history and hopefully catch a glimpse of these majestic birds. The program is appropriate for both beginning and experienced paddlers, and is co-sponsored with the Athol Bird and Nature Club. Single and tandem kayaks available. The event is appropriate for ages 12 and older. It is free with your own boat, and $25 with kayak rental. Registration is required by calling 800-859-2960.