Trail Mix, week of Nov. 27

Sunday, November 26, 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.

Quabbin Visitors Center

Joe Oliverio will present his program: “Strategizing for a Great Nature Photo” to the Quabbin Photo Group today at 7:30 p.m. at the Quabbin Visitors Center on Route 9 in Belchertown. In the digital age, it’s a lot easier and a lot less expensive to get good photos. But after the images start to pile up on your computer, most of people go out hoping for images that stand apart, even from most of their own photos. How can you improve the odds of getting the dramatic, well composed, well lit and sharp photos? Free and open to the public. 413-323-9212 or: www.quabbinphotogroup.org

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.

Athol Bird and Nature Club

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.

Allen Bird Club

Nature photographers share their favorite photos and behind-the-scene stories: Meeting Monday, Dec. 4. Open to the public. Meeting starts at 7:30 p.m. at the Springfield Science Center at the Quadrangle. Parking in Edwards Street lot, just off Chestnut Street — one block from State Street in Springfield. December is also the month for counting birds in our area. On Saturday, Dec. 16, the Springfield Area Christmas Count will be held — a local effort since 1956 to document this area’s bird populations. New counters are needed and welcome and can pair with more experienced birders, if necessary. There will be a compilation and pot luck dinner for participants at 6:30 p.m. On Saturday, Dec. 23, the Cobble Mountain (Westfield Area) Christmas Count, which has been conducted since 2000, will be held. Again, new counters areneeded and welcome. A compilation and pizza get-together will be at 4:30 p.m. For more details on how to help and leader contact information, go to the club website at: www.allenbirdclub.org