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Glasgow on the Hoosic: The Climate Crisis after COP26
08:45AM / Monday, January 10, 2022
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NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — A UN Climate panelist, a Pulitzer Prize-winning climate author and a zero carbon chair will discuss the fallout from the recent UN conference on the climate crisis, held in Glasgow, Scotland.   The Hoosic River Watershed Association (HooRWA) and the First Congregational Church, Williamstown, are co-sponsoring "Glasgow on the Hoosic: The Climate Crisis after COP26." This will be a virtual event hosted on Zoom on Saturday, Jan. 15, starting at 10:00am.   Register at least 24 hours in advance of this meeting at: https://us06web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZwucOGvpjkvHNASamf5fO0zbOclbvxsYZtm.   After registering, attendees will

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First Day Hike on the Mount Greylock Reservation
08:55AM / Friday, December 31, 2021
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LANESBOROUGH, Mass. — The Department of Conservation and recreation will host a First Day Hike on the Bradley Farm Trail, part of the Mount Greylock State Reservation.    "The Baker-Polito Administration is thrilled to continue the tradition of offering First Day hikes at state parks throughout the Commonwealth again this year," said Energy and Environmental Affairs Secretary Kathleen Theoharides. "There is nothing more invigorating than hiking through one of our beautiful parks with family and friends, and we're pleased to offer the opportunity kick off the New Year by getting outside and exploring the wonderful natural resources we have here in

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Berkshire County Pollinator and Native Plant Initiative
08:30AM / Wednesday, December 08, 2021
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PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The Berkshire Conservation District received grant funding to address the decline of native pollinators and their host plants across all landscapes.   The funding comes from the Massachusetts Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs, Commission for Conservation of Soil, Water and Related Resources and Berkshire Agricultural Ventures. The funds will help the district continue its commitment to conservation and sustainability in the community.     This funding will enable the district to launch a new program to support habitats, including pollinator plantings and to increase the number of Berkshire communities adopting

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Free Webinar on Oak Trees in New England Set Saturday
02:59PM / Tuesday, December 07, 2021
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ADAMS, Mass. — The Mohawk Trail Woodlands Partnership is hosting a free webinar with two local experts on oak trees and their place within the local ecology.    "Oaks in New England Forests: Keystone Trees for Biodiversity and Resiliency" will be held Saturday, Dec. 11, from 10 to 11:30 a.m. over the Zoom platform.  To register, email Lisa Hayden at lhayden@newenglandforestry.org to request the Zoom link and dial-in information.   Desiree L. Narango, a postdoctoral fellow and ecologist at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, will discuss her research on the importance of oaks to wildlife habitat, while Logan Johnson, Northeast Region coordinator of

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Williamstown's COOL Committee Pushes Fire District on Station Design Process
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
04:10AM / Thursday, November 18, 2021
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WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — Members of an environmental action group Wednesday pressed the fire district to incorporate the advocates into the early planning for a new fire station on Main Street.   Stephanie Boyd and Susan Abrams of the Carbon Dioxide Lowering (COOL) Committee addressed the Prudential Committee at its monthly meeting to ask how COOL Committee members best can engage with the district's Building Committee and its designers to make sure the planned station is in line with the Net-Zero Carbon Emissions pledge overwhelmingly passed at this year's annual town meeting.   "We're saying that we have knowledge or services that might help you with your

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December is the Start of Bird Feeding Season
04:14PM / Monday, November 15, 2021
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The Vermont Fish and Wildlife Department recommends that people wait to put up bird feeders until Dec. 1 to avoid attracting bears.    "This may be a particularly good winter for attracting winter birds arriving from Canada, including Evening Grosbeaks and Purple Finches," Doug Morin, Vermont Fish and Wildlife's bird project leader said. "Black oil sunflower is a good seed choice that will attract a variety of birds, and folks may want to try other seeds or suet to attract certain species.  Thistle, for example, attracts many of the finches.  Gardeners will find leaving late-blooming flowers uncut provides seeds which can also attract

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WRL Lecture Series
12:44PM / Wednesday, November 03, 2021
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WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — Williamstown Rural Lands (WRL) is launching TALKS on the HILL, a free monthly lecture series for the greater Berkshire community on a variety of environmental and land-use topics.    These talks draw on the expertise of residents of Western Massachusetts, The Berkshires as well as neighboring Vermont and New York. WRL aims to provide a space for regional thinkers: writers, scientists, historians, creative producers, and others to elucidate on diverse subjects.   The topics of the talks are diverse, yet each speaker will invite the audience to consider issues, conundrums, initiatives, queries, and findings from a particular point of view and then

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Williamstown Rural Lands Completes Berlin Pass Trail Work
01:12PM / Monday, November 01, 2021
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WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — Williamstown Rural Lands Foundation completed a reroute of the Berlin Pass Trail's lower section in early October.   Assistance was provided by the Student Conservation Association and funding made possible by the Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation's MassTrails Grant program, a state-level administration of the US Department of Transportation's Recreational Trails Program.    The new trail project includes the construction of approximately 1,000 feet of trail, 30 rock steps, 10 stepping stones, and a boardwalk at the trail's start.   The route is a scenic bypass of the trail's original lower section,

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House of Correction's Aquaponics Lab Feeding Needy, Imparting Skills
By Brittany Polito, iBerkshires Staff
06:44PM / Wednesday, October 27, 2021
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Sam Fleming, whose nonprofit organization 100 Gardens inspired the project, checks out the roots growing in the nutrient rich water.  PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The Berkshire County House of Correction has had something fishy going on for awhile now.    Community leaders and others got a chance on Wednesday to tour an inmate-run greenhouse that takes hydroponics — growing plants in a nutrient solution — to another level of sustainability by using fish waste as fertilizer. While producing both fish and produce, the facility also provides inmates with valuable skills that can be transferred to life outside of the jail.   Each of the 30 towns and both

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Invasive Spotted Lanternfly Found in Worcester County
04:03PM / Tuesday, September 28, 2021
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FITCHBURG, Mass. — The Massachusetts Department of Agricultural Resources (MDAR) announced Tuesday that a small population of the invasive spotted lanternfly has been found in the City of Fitchburg, close to where a lanternfly nymph was reported earlier this summer.    Agricultural inspectors are in the middle of performing surveys in the area, but currently the infestation is limited to a single cluster of three trees. While MDAR has not been able to determine the origin of the infestation, spotted lanternflies have been known to travel out of infested states on cars, trucks, and trains, during shipments of produce, sheds, and gazebos, trees and shrubs for landscaping, and

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