Trail Mix, week of June 12

  • Matt Warnick took this photo of a barred owl on Mount Toby in Sunderland. Courtesy Matt Warnick

Sunday, June 11, 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.

North Quabbin Trails Association

“Attack the Ticks” will be held today at 6 p.m. in Orange Innovation Center, 131 West Main St. in Orange. An open forum will be led by Community Outreach Public Health Nurse Pam Jobst, who will educate attendees on the many facets of Lyme disease and prevention. Visit: www.nqta.org.

Athol Bird & Nature Club

Join ABNC president Dave Small and naturalist Lula Field on Saturday, June 17, from 9 p.m.  to late night for the          6th annual Moth Ball at Small’s home at 1542 Pleasant St. in Athol. You’ll search for Lunas, underwings, silmoths and other night-flying insects. Participants are invited to bring  tents and snacks to share and to bring favorite moth bait. For more information, call Dave Small at 978-413-1772 or email: dave@dhsmall.net

Arcadia Wildlife Sanctuary

Introduction to Grasses at Arcadia: Wednesday, June 21, from 9 a.m. to noon. Sponsored by Connecticut River Valley Sanctuaries. Take a close look at members of the grass family at Arcadia, 127 Combs Road in Easthampton. Members are $8, nonmembers are $12. Register is required by calling 413-584-3009. Bring  a hand lens and field guide, if you have them. Long pants and close-toed shoes are recommended. Bring insect repellent for better tick prevention.

Great Falls Discovery Center

Bike Path BINGO will be held Sunday, June 11, from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. Kids should grab their parents to go exploring.  All ages are welcome as participants practice examining the natural world with field guides, binoculars and a fun game to see just how much you can see.  Meet at the main entrance to the center on Avenue A in Turners Falls. Bring water, bug spray, sunscreen and wear sturdy shoes.

“Rock, Paper, Scissors” public art unveiling will be Saturday, June 17, from 1 to 5 p.m. Join state Department of Conservation and Recreation  staff on Third Street as part of a daylong event — Turners Falls River Culture’s unveiling of Tim DeChristopher’s new public art sculpture. There will be Russell Cutlery artifacts and information on display. Visit: www.turnersfallsriverculture.org.

Mass Audubon

Mass Audubon is holding its annual statewide photo contest through Sept. 30. “Your Great Outdoors” attracts hundreds of photographers of all abilities, ages and backgrounds, encouraging them to record the natural beauty and biodiversity of the state. Looking for the most inspiring natural settings, eye-pleasing wildlife, and increasingly, children and adults as they forge personal connections with nature.

Participants may compete in one of two age categories, 18 and older and younger than 18.

Subject areas include: people in nature, birds, mammals, other animals, landscapes and plants and fungi. Each entrant may submit up to 10 photographs, which must be taken in Massachusetts or at Mass Audubon’s Wildwood Camp in Rindge, N.H. Images may have been taken at any time prior to or during the contest. One grand-prize winner will be awarded a $250 gift card (to be redeemed at a Mass Audubon shop or a wildlife sanctuary), in addition to being featured in “Explore,” Mass Audubon’s member newsletter. Eleven winners will win $100 gift cards and at least six honorable mentions will win $50 gift cards. Additional honorable mentions may be awarded at the discretion of the judges. All submissions, regardless of original format, must be submitted online: massaudubon.org/picturethis

Deerfield River Watershed

Deerfield River Watershed Association and Catamount Hill Association will celebrate Flag Day with a hike to the place where an American Flag was first flown over a school house in May of 1812. On Saturday, June 17, at 9:30 a.m. hikers will find their way to the school house, have lunch at the Peter Shippee house next to a beaver pond and near a mill site and pass the cellar holes of the Farley and other Shippee families. It will be about a four-mile hike with not very much elevation gain. Hikers should bring water, a lunch and unscented bug repellant. Meet at the corner of Route 112 and the Charlemont Road (left going north), about one mile north of Route 2 in Shelburne Falls. Weather permitting. To register and for more information, call Muriel Russell at -413-624-3311. The hike is free and open to the public.


Eve Cowles Tree Farm will host a free public walk focusing on creating better bird habitat on Saturday, June 17, from 10 a.m. to noon in South Deerfield. Discussions will include   forest management, invasive plants and bird habitat. For more information, directions and to register, call 413-625-9151 or email Melissa Patterson at: mpatterson@franklinlandtrust.org.