Berkshire Community College announces the sixth annual Berkshire Natural History Conference, featuring presentations by local and regional naturalists and acclaimed authors,  from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 1, at Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts, 375 Church St.

Presenters include Heather Bruegl, Brian Hawthorne, Jonathan Pierce, Noah Siegel, Matt Kelly, Tom Tyning, Vivian Orlowski, Ben Nickley, Zach Adams, Kyle Bradford, and Rene Wendell. Topics range from rare birds to tiny organisms that live within the layers of a leaf.

The event is open to the public, and students of all ages and disciplines are encouraged to attend.

General admission tickets are $25; student tickets are $15 and include forum credit. To purchase tickets, visit or call 413-236-2127.

Jeannie Maschino can be reached at 413-496-6256 or

Community News Editor / Librarian

Jeannie Maschino is community news editor and librarian for The Berkshire Eagle. She has worked for the newspaper in various capacities since 1982 and joined the newsroom in 1989.