Trail Mix listings for April 9, 2018

Monday, April 09, 2018

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.

Great Falls Discovery Center

Kidleidoscope Fridays: 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. Come learn about our wildlife neighbors who share our home in the Connecticut River Watershed. Upcoming topics include ducks on April 13, bobcats on April 20 and “Who Lives in a Tree?” on April 27. Kidleidoscope is a free kid-friendly, hands-on environmental experience for young children. Each topic includes a story, interactive activities and a craft to introduce you and your child to the natural world. Program recommended for ages 3 to 6 with a parent or guardian. For more information, call 413-863-3221.

Animals of Spring: 10:30 to 11:30 a.m., Saturday, April 14. Join Rae Griffiths of Teaching Creatures as she talks about what animals were doing all winter and what they are up to now that spring has arrived. Meet in the Great Hall, where Griffiths will bring amphibians, a reptile, and a mammal or two. Free. Come early as seating may be limited.

Earth Day Open House: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Sunday, April 22. Activities and games to help you make a difference in the Connecticut River Watershed. The exhibits ask “How have people helped or hurt the habitats in our watershed? What will you do to help?”

Park Serve Day: 10 a.m. to noon, Saturday, April 28. The Department of Conservation and Recreation invites you to the Great Falls Discovery Center to lend a hand during a day of volunteer service at state parks. To discuss accommodations, call 413-863-3221. To register, visit mass.gov/dcr.

Northfield Mountain

Warbler Madness: 5 to 5:45 p.m., Tuesday, April 10. Join David Brown, an interpretive naturalist and wildlife videographer, along with the Northfield Bird Club for a refresher on Massachusetts’ warblers before their return from southern wintering grounds. “Warbler Madness” contains video footage of migrant and resident wood warblers along with many of their songs. Suitable for teens and adults. Free.

Gnome and Fairy Fun: 1 to 3 p.m., Saturday, April 14. Read fairy stories, play games, make a flower gnome or fairy, and build woodland homes for the fairy folk while being immersed in the natural world near the mouth of the Millers and Connecticut rivers. Appropriate for ages 3 and up. Free. Pre-registration is required by calling 800-859-2960. Directions to the program will be sent to registered participants.

Reading the Forested Landscape: 1 to 5 p.m., Saturday, April 28. Learn from forest ecologist Tom Wessels how to use clues such as the shapes of trees, scars on their trunks, the pattern of decay in stumps, the construction of stone walls, and the lay of the land to unravel complex stories etched into the forested landscape. Begins indoors with a presentation and continues outside. Suitable for teens and adults. $27 for both the indoor and outdoor sessions, $10 for the indoor session only. Pre-registration is required by calling 800-859-2960.

Mount Grace Land Conservation Trust

Two Earth Day Work Bees: One on Friday, April 20, from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. at Skyfields Arboretum, located at 1461 Old Keene Road in Athol; the other on Saturday, April 21, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Gunnery Sergeant Jeffrey S. Ames Trail at Alderbrook Meadows Sanctuary, near 835 Millers Falls Road (Route 63) in Northfield. In Athol, volunteers will blaze and maintain trails, repair stonewalls, remove invasive plants, clear vegetation around blueberry bushes, plant native wildflowers in the greenhouse, organize the tool shed and build sign posts. In Northfield, volunteers will put the finishing touches on the new accessible trail and build a cantilevered viewing platform. Snacks and beverages will be provided. For more information or to RSVP, call 978-248-2055 ext. 14, or email service_americorps@mountgrace.org.

Ware River Nature Club

Our Aerial Insectivorous Birds: 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Saturday, April 28. This all-day conference at Harvard Forest in Petersham will address the ecology and current status of aerial insectivores; present theories regarding population decline; summarize recent research strategies and findings; and explore citizen science opportunities. Speakers include Kim Spiller and Hollie Sutherland of the UMass Department of Environmental Conservation, Jessie Knowlton of Wheaton College, Pam Hunt and Rebecca Suomala of New Hampshire Audubon, Mary Keleher of the Cape Cod Bird Club, Connecticut State Ornithologist Margaret Rubega, Marja Bakermans of the Worcester Polytechnic Institute, Massachusetts State Ornithologist Andrew Vitz and Mara Silver of Northeast Swallow Conservation. $35 to $45. Includes lunch. For more information, visit bit.ly/2E7joD6 or email warerivernatureclub@yahoo.com.

Tully Lake Campground

Tully Adventure Packs: Offered every Saturday from May 5 to May 26. Explore the habitat of the Royalston campground by looking for lake critters, identifying plant species and learning about water ecology. Each pack includes a variety of activities to inspire outdoor creativity. $5 to $10. Check in at the ranger station to get a pack. For more information, call 413-684-0148 or email acaluori@thetrustees.org.

Twilight Paddle: 5 to 7:30 p.m. every Sunday from May 6 through May 27. Paddle on Tully Lake and Tully River. $20 to $26 per family. For more information, call 413-684-0148 or email acaluori@thetrustees.org.

Westhampton Public Library

Tree Planting and Care: 7 to 8:30 p.m., Tuesday, April 24. With speaker Jim McSweeney of Hilltown Tree & Garden.

Annual Plant Sale: 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., Saturday, May 19. Buy perennials, edibles and permaculture plants. With speaker Jono Neiger, author of “The Permaculture Promise.”