Sunday, December 03, 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.

Athol Bird and Nature Club

The 2018 Athol Bird and Nature Club calendar is now available. The calendar showcases photos taken by members from the North Quabbin region. Itt also features “nature notes,” with local information on bird migrations, wildflower blooms, meteor showers and other outdoor and wildlife information, nature trivia, fun facts and more. The calendar is available at: Trailhead, Quabbin Harvest and Mount Tully Kennels, all in Orange; Flowerland, Cornerstone Insurance, MacMannis Florist, North Quabbin Chamber of Commerce and North Quabbin Community Coalition, all in Athol; New Salem General Store in New Salem; Red Apple Farm in Phillipston; Petersham Craft Center and Harvard Forest, both in Petersham; Hardwick Farmers Co-op in Gilbertsville; Wendell Country Store in Wendell; Connecticut River Liquors in Turners Falls; and the Wine Rack in Greenfield. For more information and for online orders, visit: www.atholbirdclub.org

Monthly meeting on Dec. 13 from 7 to 9 p.m. Members’ Night. Come to share your experiences, trips and photographs. Plan for about 10 to 15 minutes each. ABNC, 100 Main St., Athol.

Great Falls Discovery Center

Great Hall Art Display: Junior Duck Stamp: Through Dec. 22. Connecting youth with nature through science and art. There are 49 Junior Duck Stamp waterfowl on display. How many of them can you identify correctly? For all ages. Stop by anytime during open hours to take the challenge. You may win an Audubon Bird.

It’s a Wonderful Night in Turners Falls … for the Birds!: Friday, Dec. 15, from 3 to 6 p.m., and Saturday, Dec. 16, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Meet in the Great Hall to craft bird feeders for our winter friends. Which birds will show up at yours? What do they eat? For all ages.

December Vacation Week investigation stations and exhibits: Dec. 23 through Jan. 1. Take a break from the holidays and stop by the center’s Investigation Stations and explore the habitat exhibits.

Living Like an Animal: Dec. 28 from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. What makes an animal “wild?” How does it survive, and how do we find evidence of what it’s been eating? Stories, activities, crafts, and exhibits will help us find answers. For children ages 4 to 8 and their grown-ups. Friends and siblings welcome.

What Makes a Bird a Bird?: Dec. 30 from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. This program will help young birders soar their way to a greater appreciation of our feathered friends. Stories, crafts and activities focusing on bird fundamentals. For ages 4 to 8 and their grown ups. Friends and siblings welcome.

First Day Hike: Canalside Rail Trail Stroll: Jan. 1 from 1 to 3 p.m. Enjoy a leisurely two-mile stroll down the Canalside Rail Trail and get the New Year started off on a Great Falls note. This family friendly hike follows a gentle route and provides an opportunity to discover the abundant natural, historical and cultural features that make the Great Falls Discovery Center and rail trail such an amazing state park. Be prepared for cold weather — dress in layers and wear winter boots. Dogs are welcome on leash. Afterward, enjoy a cup of hot chocolate in the Discovery Center’s Great Hall, sponsored by the Friends Group. Sign in at the Discovery Center’s Great Hall at 1 p.m. Hike will begin at 1:15 p.m.

Her Wild Roots

An intensive program for 2018: Meet with a small group of women one Saturday per month for 6 months to explore the world of nature and its mysteries. Awaken your senses and deepen your connection to nature and yourself. Space is limited to 10 women and takes place in Leverett and the surrounding area. For more information, visit: herwildroots.com. Sign up before December 15th to take advantage of the early bird discount.

Wildlife Rehabilitation Course

Dawndale Farm Wildlife in Bernardston: Two-day seminars on “Preparing to Become a Licensed Wildlife Rehabilitator” on Jan. 6 and 13 or Jan. 27 and Feb. 3 at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. If you would like to help ill, injured or orphaned wildlife in western Massachusetts, become a licensed wildlife rehabilitator. The intensive seminars will give you the information you need to understand what is involved and what to study for the state exam. Limited space. Information and registration forms are on the Dawndale Farm Wildlife Facebook page. You can also call Nancy at 413-834-5733 or Judy at 413-695-6854.

Northfield Mountain and Recreation

Nature-themed art activity: On Saturday, Dec. 9, from 11 to 12:30, Kim Noyes, education coordinator at Northfield Mountain Recreation and Environmental Center, will lead a nature-themed art activity at the Deerfield Valley Center for the Arts at 105 Main St. in Northfield during the town’s holiday celebration. Children ages 4 and older can create a “Birds and Birches” illustrated card using cardstock, crayons, stickers, construction paper, scissors and glue. All materials will be provided by Northfield Mountain. Hayrides, theater, caroling, Santa by the Fire, reindeer food, hot chocolate, ginger bread decorating, Celtic dancing, a bon fire and other activities to be announced will also be part of the celebration. For more information, call 413-659-4462.