Trail Mix, week of July 24

Sunday, July 23, 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.

Northfield Mountain Recreation and Environmental Center (August)

Paddle with a Purpose: Alien Invaders: On Thursday, Aug. 3, from 6 to 8:30 p.m. Help save the Connecticut River from an alien invader. This is a great opportunity to get on the water and have some fun — all for a good cause. Water chestnut is an invasive plant that has the potential to spread and get out of control. It is wreaking havoc on native species and interfering with recreation on our rivers. We will be hand-pulling the plants. Join staff from Northfield Mountain and the Connecticut River Conservancy in and around Barton Cove. Meet at the Barton Cove Canoe and Kayak Rental Office in Gill. A confirmation email with what to wear and bring will be shared with registered participants. Appropriate for anyone age 10 and older. Register by calling 800-859-2960.

Kids River Cruise: On Friday, Aug. 4, from 11 a.m. to noon. Northfield Mountain’s Heritage Riverboat. These cruises are the perfect length for children to get a taste of the river as we head downstream through the scenic French King Gorge. Travel beneath the French King Bridge, towering 140 feet above the boat, cruise alongside rocky cliffs and meet the Captain. This family cruise is perfect for all ages. $6 per person. Register by calling 800-859-2960 or online at: www.bookeo.com/northfield 

Pockumtuck Homelands Festival: Saturday, Aug. 5, from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Free. All-day celebration sponsored by the Nolumbeka Project. and Turners Falls RiverCulture. Craft your own binoculars and learn about all things bird and feathers. Drumming, dancing, storytelling and more. More details to follow next week.

Raptor identificaiton: On Tuesday, Aug. 15, at 5 p.m. Join the Northfield Bird Club and Northfield Mountain Recreation and Environmental Center for a free program on raptor identification. This video-based program by David Brown will acquaint you with field marks and other ways for identifying these raptors as they pass overhead. A dozen species of hawks and falcons inhabit our woodlands, but are so secretive that they are seldom seen. However, every fall, mostly in September and October, these birds rise above the treetops and migrate south for the winter. During this period, they can be observed, sometimes in spectacular numbers, from hawkwatch sites scattered around New England. Suitable for adults and teens. Northfield Mountain Recreation and Environmental Center, Route 63 in Northfield. Visit his website: www.dbwildlife.com.