MassWildlife's Angler Education Program is looking for volunteer fishing Instructors to pass on the great sport of fishing. This Saturday, a full day Angler Education Instructor Workshop will be held at the MassWildlife Field Headquarters in Westborough. It's a free workshop that certifies Angler Education Program instructors. Women and men of all ages who enjoy fishing and sharing their knowledge and passion for this activity are encouraged to attend.
The workshop will certify participants as MassWildlife Angler Education Program instructors. Instructors work in teams to offer fishing clinics, classes and family fishing festivals throughout the state. The goal of MassWildlife's Angler Education Program is to stimulate public interest in our aquatic environments through fishing.
The Program is especially in need of instructor teams from the Southern Berkshires, upper Connecticut Valley, North Shore, southeastern Massachusetts and Cape Cod. Registration is required. For more details and to register, contact Angler Education Program Coordinator Jim Lagacy at 508/389-6309.
There is still time to enter the Massachusetts Junior Duck Stamp contest. According to MassWildlife Education Coordinator Pam Landry, "any student, from kindergarten through Grade 12, regardless of whether they attend public school, private school or are home-schooled, can submit original artwork for this fun and educational competition."
Junior Duck Stamp packets are still available and the entry deadline is March 15. The Junior Duck Stamp (JDS) Program was launched in 1991 by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to increase young people's awareness of the importance of preserving wetland habitats and the delights of wildlife watching. Entries are reviewed in four categories representing Grades K-12. All entrants are recognized for their efforts, with the top 25 receiving prizes in each age category. The overall state winner represents Massachusetts at the National Competition in Ocean City, Md.
You may recall that last year Cal Najimy, of Savoy, received honorable mention for his drawing entitled Wading Canada Goose. He was presented certificates and ribbons and his work was on display at the Western Gateway Heritage State Park in North Adams. For more information contact Pam Landry, 508/389-6310, or click on the Education area of the agency Web site at firstname.lastname@example.org.
FRESH SCENTS: According to spokesman Ron Carr, the Lenox Sportsmen's Club Presidents Day Rabbit Hunt was a huge success. Some 35 hunters and their beagles braved the deep snow and took to the woods. 14 cottontail rabbits were weighed in at the clubhouse with Mike Connors of Pittsfield taking top honors with a 2-pound, 2-ounce cottontail. In spite of three teams of hunters on Washington Mountain, Beartown Mountain and in Peru, not a single snowshoe hare was started.
The reasons for lack of snowshoe hares was the topic of conversation as the hunters sat down to a tasty venison and polenta supper which was put on by Mark Jester, president of the Berkshire County League of Sportsmen. Many blame their demise on the increased numbers of coyotes. Incidentally, the hunting season for rabbits and hares ended last Wednesday.
Hunters are advised that if they wish to hunt wild turkeys during the spring season they must send in their turkey hunting application by March 15. The application deadline for the fall season is Sept. 15. The permit fee is $5 and must accompany the application, which is located on the hunting license duplicate slip.
Speaking of turkey hunting, the Mass Becoming an Outdoorswoman Program (BOW) is once again conducting its wild turkey hunting seminar and turkey hunt. They are being presented by MassWildlife and the Devans Reserve Forces training area.
A Saturday, March 17 seminar, which is mandatory before the hunt, will focus on gun handling and ballistics; turkey calling and hunting strategies.
The actual hunt will take place on Friday, May 4, and is limited to 10 participants. Women must have a valid 2007 Massachusetts Hunting License, Turkey Permit and Shotgun. For more info contact Ellie Horwitz, Chief of Information and Education at (508) 389-6305 or log onto MassWildlife.org.
The Lenox Historical Society has been running a fun exhibit of teddy bears at the Lenox Academy this winter and has decided to conclude the celebration of bears on a more serious note. The Society is hosting a presentation by MassWildlife Biologist and Bear Project Leader Jim Cardoza entitled Black Bears in Massachusetts. He will be talking about the lives of black bears, research findings and other interesting facts about this familiar Berkshire mammal.
This free talk is open to the public and will be held on Saturday, March 10 at 1 p.m., at the Lenox Community Center at 65 Main St., Lenox. For more information, contact Vicki Salvatore at (413) 441-7902 or Jenifer Picard at (413) 637-1154.
What's your traditional Easter meal? Ham? How about kielbasa? According to Cheshire Rod and Gun Club spokesman Dan Kruszyna (who should know a thing or two about kielbasa), the club will be holding its Ham and Kielbasa Shoots starting today at 1 p.m., and will run every Sunday through April 1. If you feel lucky, grab your pea-shooter and head over to the club which is located on Curran Road.
Questions/comments: Berkwoodsandwaters@adelphia.net. Phone/fax: (413) 637-1818.