Trail Mix listings for May 14, 2018

Monday, May 14, 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

“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.

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. Pre-registration 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.

Greening Greenfield

Spring Ecology Walk at Satan’s Kingdom WMA: 8 a.m. to noon, Sunday, May 20. Join ecologist Pat Serrentino and naturalist Ted Watt with the Hitchcock Center for the Environment in Amherst for an exploration of the wildlife and plants that are found in the forests, ponds and vernal pools of Satan’s Kingdom Wildlife Management Area in Northfield. Look and listen for returning songbirds and waterfowl, and search for amphibians and invertebrates in their watery habitats.

Limited to 12 participants. Everyone ages 8 and up are welcome. Sturdy hiking shoes are recommended for this easy to moderate walk, and please be prepared for biting insects and ticks. Binoculars are recommended, but not required. Heavy rain cancels.

There will be a carpool from the Cherry Rum Plaza (north end) at 7:30 a.m., or join the group at the small parking area off Old Vernon Road in Northfield at 8 a.m. Directions and optional car pool information will be sent upon request. Register with Edie Heinemann at 773-465-1646 or ediesh82346@gmail.com.

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.

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 through May 27. Paddle on Tully Lake and Tully River. $20 to $26 per family.