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Athol Bird & Nature Club

Field Trips & Meetings 2013

Unless otherwise noted, programs meet at

the Millers River Environmental Center, 100 Main Street, Athol.

If weather is questionable on a field trip day,

please call the trip leader at least an hour before the scheduled meeting time.

Scroll down for more special events around the region

February 13, 7 p.m. What’s the Stink?

One thing everyone knows about skunks is their method of defense – the release of a stinky spray from their anal glands.

For those who want to know more, the Athol Bird & Nature Club will explore the lives of these mammals on Wednesday, February 13 at 7 p.m. at the Millers River Environmental Center, 100 Main St., Athol. The program is free and open to the public.

The speaker will be Luanne Johnson, a wildlife biologist and director of BiodiversityWorks, a Martha's Vineyard non-profit ( Johnson has spent much of her 20-year field career working to recover endangered birds, such as the Atlantic coast piping plover and Palila, a finch-billed Hawaiian honeycreeper.

Her doctoral research, however, was on coastal striped skunks inhabiting piping plover nesting beaches. From[masked], she captured and radio-collared 50 striped skunks inhabiting beaches on Martha's Vineyard and followed them to learn about their foraging and denning habits. She will be sharing what she learned about these fascinating mammals in a “seasonally urban habitat,” the summer beach.

March 13, 7-8:30 p.m. Bark: Get to Know Your Trees

A tree’s leaves, twigs, and buds are often hard to see or seasonally absent. Join author Michael Wojtech for a visual and hands-on exploration of bark, a year-long trait. Learn how to distinguish species by their bark and why bark is so varied. Wojtech’s book, Bark: A Field Guide to Trees of the Northeast, will be available for purchase. For ages 12 and over and naturalists of all levels of experience. . Co-sponsored by ABNC and Northfield Mountain Recreation Center at Liberty Hall in the Athol Town Hall, 584 Main St.

March16, 9:30am-12:30pm Bark: Get to Know Your Trees

A tree’s leaves, twigs, and buds are often hard to see or seasonally absent. Join author Michael Wojtech outdoors on the trails of Northfield Mountain Recreation Center (99 Millers Falls Rd., Northfield) for an exploration of bark, a year-long trait. Learn how to distinguish species by their bark and why bark is so varied. Wojtech’s book, Bark: A Field Guide to Trees of the Northeast, will be available for purchase. For ages 12 and older and naturalists at all levels of experience. Info: . Fee: $10; free for ABNC members. Pre-registration required: [masked]. Co-sponsored by ABNC and Northfield Mountain.

poetryMRWC “River Verses Poetry Contest”: Get your creative verses flowing this winter and take part in our poetry contest. MRWC seeks submissions by February 28th and will hold a poetry night April 5th to hear the winning poems recited. Share in verse what makes the rivers and streams of our watershed a special joy and wonder. Details. You’re a poet and we know it!

Fly Tying at the Petersham Art Center


Bill Manser of Royalston, president of the Millers River Chapter of Trout Unlimited, will introduce the skills and  the art of fly tying at the Petersham Art Center.  The five-session program will be held on Thursday evenings, February 21 and 28, and March 7, 14, and 21, from 6:30 to 9PM.              .


The first goal of the class is for participants to enjoy themselves while they learn how to make functional fishing ties. Beginners and experienced fly tiers are welcome. The classes will be taught to complement the skill level and interests of all participants.


“It doesn’t matter if it’s a trout brook or the Millers River, everyone can learn to tie functional ties,” says Manser.  “The group will learn to tie a core selection of flies that catch fish in the North Quabbin and central Massachusetts regions.”


Fly tying requires putting together an effective combination of materials, using feathers, string, beads,  and other attractive pieces that will lure a variety of fish.  In addition to hands-on fly tying, Bill will also introduce an overview of fly fishing, how to use the lures, which kinds can be most effective for different varieties of fish, and useful techniques.


Bill, a retired educator, is also a nature and outdoor sport photographer, as well as an avid mountain climber and fisherman.  As president of Trout Unlimited, Bill promotes responsible ecology and preservation of the water resources so integral to the sport, especially of the local Miller’s River.


“Each of us can give back to our watershed and the next generation of fishermen,” says Manser. The art of fly tying and the sport of fly fishing enhances the use of environmental resources in a supportive and natural way.


The five sessions will be on Thursday evenings, at  a cost of $50 for members and $65 for nonmembers. There will be a $10 fee for materials. Tools will be provided. Men, women, and teens, age 14 and up,  are welcome.  The Petersham Art Center is located at 8 Common St, off Rt 32/North Main St, near Petersham Common. Call the Petersham Art Center at [masked] to register and for more information.


Caption for photo: Getting ready for spring---Bill Manser,  who enjoys fly fishing in all seasons, will teach fly tying classes at the Petersham Art Center

North Quabbin Food Forum Grows Great Skills and Strong Communities

Event Name: Fourth Annual North Quabbin Food Forum

Date and Time: Saturday March 2, 2013, 10am to 3.30PM (extreme snow date, Mar 3)

Location: Orange Innovation Center, 131 West Main Street, Orange MA 3rd Floor (elevator accessible)

Free: Priority to those who live or work in the North Quabbin region.  No pre-registration. Capacity limited to 60, first come basis. Attendees asked to stay the whole day.

Contact Info: Deb Habib, [address removed] [masked]


Seeds of Solidarity Education Center presents the Fourth Annual North Quabbin Food Forum, Saturday March 2, 10am-3.30PM at the Orange Innovation Center, 131 W. Main St, Orange. This day of workshops and conversation unites North Quabbin residents to gain practical skills and share ideas that nourish our lives, families, and communities. Food Forum workshop presenters- farmers, homesteaders and food enthusiasts- are all residents of North Quabbin towns, volunteering to share their rich knowledge and experience.

The event is free, with priority to those who live or work in the North Quabbin Region, and is geared towards adults and interested teens. All welcome, no previous experience necessary. There is no pre-registration and capacity is limited to 60, first come basis.  A full house is expected, so those interested are asked to arrive by 10am and to plan to stay until 3.30PM. Please bring a potluck dish or beverage to share for lunch, that doesn’t need to be heated and if possible includes a local ingredient.

Whether you are new to raising food or experienced, there is something for everyone! In the morning, participants will choose from an assortment of great workshops: learn about Feeding your Family with Lesser Known Cuts: Local Meat for Health and Economy with Jennifer Core and Olivier Flagollet from Hettie Belle Farm in Warwick. Larry Seigal of Prospect Hill Farm, in Royalston will share ideas for Foraging for Wild Foods. You can gain Tips for Canning, Freezing and Dehydrating the Harvest with Sharon Gensler from Wildbrowse Farm in Wendell, or get ready for spring with Soil and Crop Fertility: Local, Free and Natural with Ricky Baruc of Seeds of Solidarity.

After a potluck lunch and conversation, participants can wander downstairs to visit the North Quabbin’s very own food co-op in the Orange Innovation Center, then watch the new, short  “Grow Food Everywhere” video by Seeds of Solidarity staff and youth leaders.

The afternoon offers another set of wonderful workshops and local presenters from which to choose: Learn about Winter Crops: Low tunnels, Overwintering, and Varieties for Late Fall and Early Spring Harvests with Amanda Brown, or Fruit Trees and Edible Landscapes with David Briand, both New Salem residents. Stefan Maier of Orange will offer techniques for Making Fermented Beverages: Kombucha and Hard Cider (and maybe tastes!), and for those interested in energizing our lives and communities, join Kristin Marquis of Pequiog Energy, Athol to learn about Solar Homes, Farms, and Renewable Energy for Local Sustainability.

The day will culminate in a Barter Fair, a new addition this year. If you wish, bring something you grew, made or produced to trade. Like…seeds you saved, a turnip or squash you grew, sausage or a dozen eggs, a bowl or cup you made, canned jam or tomatoes, dried herbs, a bag of your own compost: a barter fair is great fun to participate in or to watch.

The Food Forum is an event of Seeds of Solidarity, a non-profit organization in Orange MA, with support from the Orange Innovation Center through their generous contribution of a beautiful space, and all the community members sharing their time and skills to provide workshops.  For more info:, or [masked] or [address removed]


ACTtrustnewProtecting the Natural Heritage of Ashburnham

Gary Howland – President, Diane Wright – Treasurer., Paula Lashua-Brisbois, Clerk

Clare Deucher, Andy Montalvo, Jay Rasku, Karen Sargent, Cec Snow

ASHBURNHAM, MA The Ashburnham Conservation Trust (ACT) will hold its Annual Meeting on Saturday, March 16, 2013, at 10:00 a.m., in the Stevens Memorial Library, 20 Memorial Drive in Ashburnham.  There will be updates on our current projects and the membership will be voting for Board Members.  The Annual Meeting will include a presentation of “Reptiles Rock” from Rainforest Reptiles Shows.  “Reptiles Rock” will be a fun, dynamic and educational program for children and adults of all ages at a hands-on level.  Experience direct contact with live animals, artifacts and fascinating stories about the animals and their natural habitats.

The public is invited and light refreshments will be served.  For further information please contact ACT at (978)[masked] or check their website at:


Dave Small


Athol Bird and Nature Club
Millers River Environmental Center

100 Main Street Athol Ma 01331

[address removed]



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