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Trail Mix listings for May 5, 2018


Monday, May 07, 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

“Studies in Migration”: 7:30 p.m., Tuesday, May 8. Conservation biologist Jenny Smetzer and the Northfield Bird Club offer insights into migration and stopover behavior of songbirds, as well as foraging movements of breeding terns. Learn about tools for tracking migratory animals and a new collaborative research network to enhance understanding of wildlife movement. Free.

“Migrating Fish, Mills and More”: 1 to 2 p.m., Saturday, May 19. Join staff from the Turners Falls Fishway for a free guided walk. Learn about the journeys of migratory fish as they travel upriver during their spring spawning run. The walk will also focus on the fish ladders that help fish bypass the dam and the history of mills along the canal. Meet at the entrance to the Turners Falls Fishway along the canal-side bike path, 15 First St., Turners Falls. Total length of the walk is a half-mile along flat terrain. All ages welcome. No pre-registration required.

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.

Friends of Pisgah

Volunteer Work Day: 9:30 a.m., Saturday, May 12. Volunteers will be preparing the footings for two new bridges that are to be installed on the John Summers Trail, plus doing brushout work on the Kilburn Loop Trail. Bring a lunch, beverages and some hand tools, including an impact driver if you have one. Starts at the Kilburn Trailhead, Pisgah State Park, 520 Old Chesterfield Road, Winchester, N.H.

Mount Tom State Reservation

All programs are free and start at the Stone House Visitor Center. For more information, call 413-527-4805.

Hike to Goat Peak: 1 p.m., Saturday, May 19. One hour hike with moderate pace. Bring water and insect repellent.

“Birding for Beginners”: 10:30 to 11:30 a.m., Sunday, May 20. Use bird guides, lists and binoculars to learn the basics of birding.

Sunday Afternoon Family Program: 1 p.m., Sunday, May 20. Search for secretive amphibians while learning about their habits and characteristics.

Nature for Homeschoolers: 10:30 to 11:30 a.m., Monday, May 21. Homeschooled children ages 6 to 8 learn about nature through exploration, games and creative thought.

Advanced Hike for Seniors: 1 p.m., Monday, May 21. Seniors age 55 and up who want more of a challenging hike can join in on this one- to two-hour hike up one of the more strenuous trails. Bring water.

Senior Hike: 10:30 to 11:30 a.m., Tuesday, May 22. People age 55 and up can join in on this easy hike.

Homeschooler Hiking: 2 p.m., Tuesday, May 22. Homeschooled children ages 9 to 14 can learn about the basics of map reading, and different terrains and habitats through this one- to two-hour hiking program.

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.

Tully Lake Campground

For more information on either program, call 413-684-0148 or email acaluori@thetrustees.org.

Tully Adventure Packs: Offered every Saturday through May 26. Explore the habitat of the Royalston campground by looking for lake critters, identifying plant species and learning about water ecology. Each pack includes a variety of activities to inspire outdoor creativity. $5 to $10. Check in at the ranger station to get a pack.

Twilight Paddle: 5 to 7:30 p.m. every Sunday from May 6 through May 27. Paddle on Tully Lake and Tully River. $20 to $26 per family.