For your Earth Day inspiration, here's a list of just some of the public events and activities happening in the Berkshires this week:

Today

n Berkshire Museum in Pittsfield presents at 1 p.m. "Animals Up Close," featuring a kinkajou, an American alligator, a green tree python, a skunk, and a special guest. General admission is $8 per child, $15 per adult and includes museum admission.

n Mark Wilson and Marcia Wilson present "Eye on Owls," a free educational program starting at 1 p.m. at the Berkshire Athenaeum, featuring six live owls of New England and beyond.

n Michael Klare, Five College Professor of Peace and World Security Studies and director of the Five College Program in Peace and World Security Studies at Hampshire College, will give a free, public Earth Day keynote address, "The Carbon Curse: Resisting the Addictive Lure of Fossil Fuels" at 7:30 p.m. in the Paresky Center auditorium at Williams College.

n Join Greenagers/AMC AmeriCorps member, Collin Adkins for the grand opening of and a free guided hike on the Great Barrington Phenology Trail from 4 to 6 p.m. Meet near the gazebo at Berkshire South Regional Community Center on Crissey Road in Great Barrington.

Wednesday

n Author Elizabeth Kolbert will at 5:30 give a talk and reading titled, "The Sixth Extinction: An Unnatural History," at the Williams College Museum of Art. A discussion will follow.

n "The Future of Seeds: GMO & Heirloom Seeds" is the topic of a 7 p.m. panel discussion with author Abby Kinchy, associate professor of science and technology studies at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, and Dominic Palumbo, farmer at Moon in the Pond Farm in Sheffield.


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n A public 2.5-mile hike will take place from 10 a.m. to noon at Basin Pond in Lee.

Friday

n Paul de Konkoly Thege (Williams College Class of 2014) will lead the presentation, "Ocean-Climate Dynamics: Using Carbon-14 to Reconstruct Past Ocean Circulation in the Bering Sea," at noon at The Log on Spring Street in Williamstown.

Saturday

n Williamstown Rural Lands Foundation Director Leslie Reed-Evans will lead a bird walk and talk beginning at 7:30 a.m., meeting in the parking area near Eph's Pond at Cole Field in Williamstown.

n The Friends of Springside Park will hold its 25th anniversary Earth Day park clean-up from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Meet at the North Playground parking lot near the former zoo area, from the entrance at 874 North St. in Pittsfield. Volunteers should bring their own gloves, thogh some will be available for use.

n Conservation Ranger Rene Wendell will from 10 a.m. to noon present "Our Amazing Spring Wildflowers: Guided Walk" at Bartholomew's Cobble in Sheffield, a global hotspot for rare species of spring ephemerals. Non-member admission is $6 per person up to $15 per family. Register by contacting Wendell at rwendell@ttor.org or (413) 229-8600.

Tuesday, April 29

n Berkshire Natural Resources Council will from 10 a.m. to noon, host a guided 1.25-mile hike around Clam River in Sandisfield, where it will build a new trail this summer. Meet at the Sandisfield Town Hall Annex on Route 57 (66 Sandisfield Road).