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LAST MONTH TO COUNT TURKEYS!

Turkey observers are reminded to report any sightings of turkey broods (families) to the Division of Fisheries and Wildlife’s annual turkey brood survey. The last day of the survey is August 31. A brood survey form to report this information may be found on the MassWildlife website. Send completed forms to: Turkey Brood Count, MassWildlife Field Headquarters, 100 Hartwell Street, West Boylston, MA 01583.

 

REMEMBERING SCOTT MELVIN

Dr. Scott Melvin, Senior Zoologist for MassWildlife’s Natural Heritage and Endangered Species Program, passed away in July after a brief illness. Scott Melvin earned his bachelor’s degree in Wildlife Management at the University of Maine in 1975 and his master’s and doctoral degree from the University of Wisconsin studying the migration ecology of Sandhill Cranes. He worked for two state fish and wildlife agencies: the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife, where he was Assistant Leader of the Endangered and Nongame Wildlife Project, and the Massachusetts Division of Fisheries and Wildlife where he worked in the Natural Heritage and Endangered Species Program for almost 30 years. Scott Melvin oversaw research and conservation efforts for a variety of wildlife ranging from turtles to grassland birds, but he is best known for his work in the recovery of the Piping Plover. Through conservation partnerships forged under Scott Melvin’s tenure, the Piping Plover population has had a fourfold increase in numbers, with over 660 estimated nesting pairs in Massachusetts. Scott enjoyed teaching over the years at the University of Maine, Harvard University, and the University of Massachusetts/Amherst where he was an advisor to many graduate students.

 

18th ANNUAL OUTDOOR EXPO PROMISES FUN FOR ALL AGES

Mark your calendars! September 28th promises to be a day of learning and fun for those who attend the Massachusetts Outdoor Expo (Big MOE), to be held at the Hamilton Rod and Gun Club grounds in Sturbridge from 9:00 A.M. to 4:00 P.M. The Big MOE, sponsored by the Facts About Wildlife and Nature Society (FAWNS), is a free, family-oriented event celebrating outdoor skills, nature, art, and wildlife. The Big MOE presents a perfect opportunity to introduce young and old to a variety of outdoor skills and activities. Most of the same great stations from previous years will be at this year’s Expo, including fly tying, kayaking, trap shooting, a petting zoo, and many more.

New this year: State Ornithologist Drew Vitz has developed a station called Introduction to Birding in Massachusetts. Stop by this station to hear recorded bird songs and get tips for viewing and identifying birds in the forest and field. Also, don’t miss the new and improved Bears of Massachusetts station, which will now include a barrel trap used by biologists to trap and collar bears.

The Big Moe is free thanks to the following co-sponsors: Division of Fisheries and Wildlife, Hamilton Rod and Gun Club, The Weatherby Foundation, Whitetails Unlimited, and the Worcester County League of Sportsmen’s Clubs. The Big MOE is in need of enthusiastic, outdoor-oriented volunteers willing to assist or host skills stations. Clubs, conservation organizations, and outdoor-oriented businesses wishing to host a skill station, assist others at an existing station, or make a donation are welcome. For more information on volunteering or exhibiting, contact Gary Zima at (508) 389-6314 or gary.zima@state.ma.us.

 

 

 

UPCOMING PUBLIC MEETINGS AND HEARING

August 12 – Fisheries and Wildlife Board Meeting, Newburyport – The August meeting of the Fisheries and Wildlife Board will be held on August 12, 2014, at 1:00 P.M., at the Parker River National Wildlife Refuge Visitor Center, 6 Plum Island Turnpike, Newburyport. Click here for directions to the Parker River National Wildlife Refuge Visitor Center. Please note that there is no entrance fee for visiting the headquarters and visitor center; a fee is charged only for access to the refuge itself. For more information call 508-389-6342.

August 12 – Migratory Gamebird Public Hearing, Newburyport –  The Fisheries and Wildlife Board will hold a public hearing on Tuesday, August 12, 2014, at 3:00 P.M., at the Parker River National Wildlife Refuge Visitor Center, 6 Plum Island Turnpike, Newburyport, to establish rules and regulations relative to the 2014-2015 migratory gamebird seasons and method of take. A vote on these regulations will immediately follow the hearing. Click here for directions to the Parker River National Wildlife Refuge Visitor Center. Please note that there is no entrance fee for visiting the headquarters and visitor center; a fee is charged only for access to the refuge itself.

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CALENDAR OF EVENTS

August 1-17 – Quack, Quack! Junior Duck Stamp Traveling Art Exhibit, NewburyportCelebrating 20 Years of the Junior Duck Stamp Program in Massachusetts! From now until August 17, the Traveling JDS Art Exhibit will be at the Custom House Maritime Museum, 25 Water Street in Newburyport.  More information about the JDS contest can be found at: www.mass.gov/dfw/jds.

August 2-3 – Becoming an Outdoors Family Camping Workshop, AndoverThis family-friendly event to be held at Harold Parker State Forest is designed specifically for families who are new to camping and want to give it a try. The Outdoor Family Camping Workshop is a joint effort between the Division’s Becoming an Outdoorswoman Program and the Department of Conservation and Recreation’s Learn To Camp Program. Click here for registration materials or call (617) 626-4962.

August 15-24 – MassWildlife at the Marshfield Fair, Marshfield --Visit the DFW exhibit while you enjoy the fair. Learn about some of the common wildlife living in your neighborhood or community. Ask your wildlife and outdoor recreation questions of the DFW staff at the exhibit. Click here for more information about the Marshfield Fair.

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