Trail Mix, week of Oct. 9

Sunday, October 08, 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.

Fall Foliage and Natural History Walk at the Quabbin: Greening Greenfield and Hitchcock Center for the Environment will take the walk on Sunday from 1 to 4 p.m. Join Ted Watt, naturalist with the Hitchcock Center, for a hike at the Quabbin Reservoir — a beautiful walk with a poignant ending; evidence of how the needs of a few were sacrificed for the needs of the many. Hike at a relaxed pace along an abandoned road that disappears under the waters of the Quabbin Reservoir. Mostly level road for a distance of about 2 miles from the gate to the old Dana Common — not reaching the reservoir itself. Along the way we’ll look at and identify trees and other aspects of nature. When we reach the Common, with only remnants of the village evident, we’ll explore some of the history that led to the deserted town center then backtrack to our cars. The walk is free, geared to adults and children over age 9. Limited to 15. Bring binoculars and wear comfortable hiking shoes. Heavy rain cancels. Register with Pat Serrentino at 413-325-6828 or email: pserr@crocker.com.

Curious about what goes on at The Fish Lab in Turners Falls? This is your chance to find out during the USGS Leetown Science Center Conte Anadromous Fish Research Laboratory Open House on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Free. Meet scientists and learn about the important fish passage research they do and how it helps natural resource managers protect and conserve and restore fish that are important to sport and commercial fishermen, as well as ecosystems. Showcases how scientists conduct research to address the challenges facing fish as they swim up and down rivers and streams, negotiate dams, move between freshwater and saltwater, face increasing water temperatures and tackle other barriers in the Connecticut River. Through interactive displays, videos and demonstrations, many facts about Connecticut River fishes, including sturgeon, salmon, shad, eels and lamprey, will be available. A special exhibit will also feature live salamanders, which will highlight the surprising amount of species that can be found in Massachusetts. The event will be held at 1 Migratory Way in Turners Falls. For more information, SO Conte Anadromous Fish Research Laboratory call 413-863-3802.

The Friends of Pisgah: Friends will meet at the Kilburn Trailhead off Route 63 in Hinsdale, N.H. on Saturday at 10 a.m. to work on the Town Forest trail. This unmarked trail is on the current state park map and runs from the northeast corner of Kilburn Loop to the junction of the Baker Pond trail and the Pisgah Ridge trail. It passes both the two bunkers remaining from the 1960-era explosives testing of the A.D. Little Co. and the mill site at the outlet of Baker Pond. Our goal is to clear the trail and hang new trail signs. Bring water and lunch. Bring your own tools or use ours.