Trail Mix listings for May 21, 2018

Monday, May 21, 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.

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.

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.

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.

Mount Tom State Reservation

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

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.