MONTH TO COUNT
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
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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
August 1-17 –
Quack, Quack! Junior Duck Stamp Traveling Art Exhibit,
2-3 – Becoming an Outdoors Family Camping Workshop,
August 15-24 –
MassWildlife at the Marshfield Fair,