Events April 2017

Sat Apr 1 / 2 pm – 3pm / at the Berkshire Athenaeum

Be “River Smart” – A Community Discussion

Sponsored by Housatonic Valley Association

What can you do to protect our water quality and minimize your watershed footprint. Topics of discussion include water conservation, setting up your own composting system, prescription disposal and more. Enter free drawings for a composting bin and two, Pittsfield bulky waste stickers. Funding provided by Pittsfield Cultural Council and Friends of the Berkshire Athenaeum. Free. Call HVA at 413-298-7024 or email adixon@hvatoday.org.

You can join a STREAM TEAM! HVA is recruiting volunteers for river monitoring projects happening this spring and summer. Training is provided! To register or learn more, please call 413-298-7024 or email Alison at adixon@hvatoday.org.


Wed Apr 5 / 8am - 10am / Adults / Free

Spring Birding at Pleasant Valley

Berkshire Sanctuaries, Mass Audubon

Join Pleasant Valley’s caretaker on a weekly bird walk past beaver wetlands and through woodlands looking for warblers, tanagers, orioles, and more during the peak of the spring and fall migrations. Bring binoculars; beginners welcome. These programs are offered free of charge thanks to the Lenox Cultural Council and generous donor sponsorship. Location: Pleasant Valley Wildlife Sanctuary, Lenox / Instructor: Jonathan Pierce - Pleasant Valley Caretaker and Hoffman Bird Club Leader. Registration not required. Pleasant Valley Wildlife Sanctuary, 472 West Mountain Road Lenox, MA 01240.


Wed April 5 / 7pm – 8:30 pm

Wed April 12 / 2pm – 8:30 pm

Woodcock’s Sky Dance at Canoe Meadows

Berkshire Sanctuaries, Mass Audubon

Catch a glimpse of this intriguing courtship ritual! Members: $5.00, Non-members: $7:00 Children (ages 6 and up) Free


Sat Apr 8 / 9am-4pm / volunteer

Annual Kellogg Conservation Center workday and cookout

Appalachian Trail Conservancy

This is our yearly effort to get the Appalachian Trail Conservancy's Kellogg Conservation Center in South Egremont up and running for our spring and summer programs and we can use your help! There will be a variety of landscaping, facility, and property improvement projects for all ages and abilities. The workday runs from 9am to 4pm and is followed by a free cookout. If you are planning to attend, please remember to RSVP to abrown@appalachiantrail.org no later than April 3rd. Volunteers should bring a brown bag lunch and remember to wear clothes suitable work and for the weather.


Sat Apr 8 / 1:30 pm or 7:00pm /Berkshire Museu

"The Messenger" Film Screening and Discussion

Mass Audubon’s Berkshire Wildlife Sanctuaries and the Berkshire Museum are proud to present two screenings of the documentary film The Messenger: Imagine a World Without Birdsong at the Berkshire Museum’s Little Cinema. 1:30 pm—Screening only , 7:00 pm—Following the 7:00 pm screening, there will be a discussion led by Hugh Powell, Senior Science Editor at the Cornell Lab of Ornithology, about the different ways individuals can make an positive impact on bird conservation in their own back yards. Mass Audubon will also provide information about upcoming birding programs in the Berkshires as well as local opportunities to participate in bird conservation. Tickets $7.50 ($5.00 for Members of Berkshire Museum, Mass Audubon, or Hoffmann Bird Club ) To order tickets in advance, call the Little Cinema at 413-443-7171 ext. 360. Sponsored by the Hoffmann Bird Club & Wild Birds Country Store in Great Barrington.


Saturday APR 15 / 9-1:30/ Volunteers needed (ages 13 +)

Timber Harvest in the Lake Mansfield Conservation Forest

Great Barrington Land Conservancy

Join in a morning of hard work and good fun that will result in building lumber to be used to repair trail structures at the Pfeiffer Arboretum. Join GBLC, Greenagers and the Community Timber Sports Team as we harvest downed locust trees and transport lumber to Long Pond Road for summer trail repairs. “Many hands make light work”. Your time is valuable – volunteer hours are essential to getting the job done and an important match for the grant funding to be used on the trail project. Help is needed to carry and organize harvested materials, meet and greet volunteers and visitors, and to provide refreshments, to participate email Christine Ward: info@gbtrails.org. Refreshments and lunch will be provided. This timber harvest has been approved by the Great Barrington Conservation Commission.


Sat Apr 22 / 9am-2pm / Volunteer/ Family Activities

River Walk Earth Day Clean Up

Great Barrington Land Conservancy

Help clean-up and restore the riverbanks along the Housatonic Riverbank and continue the River Walk trail. Since 1988, 2,900 community volunteers have re-created native habitat, secured public access, removed 400+ tons of debris, and provided a half-mile of artfully crafted riverside walking trail visited by thousands each year.


Sat Apr 22 / 1pm-4pm / FREE! Ages 12+

Spring into Nature – Earth Day Hike at Threemile Hill

Mass Parks & Great Barrington Land Conservancy

Join Adam Morris from MassParks, Christine Ward of Great Barrington Land Conservancy, for a guided hike along the Threemile Hill Trail focusing on the signs of the spring season. Learn to identify emerging leaves and flowers as well as hear and identify woodland bird sounds. Wear appropriate clothing for the weather, sturdy walking shoes and hiking poles are recommended, but not required. Bring water and a snack. In the event of rain or significant weather the hike is cancelled. FREE! Pre-registration requested. For registration, directions, and information call 413.528.2810 ext. 30. Or email info@ gbtrails.org. Sponsored by: MassParks, BNRC, BSRCC, and GB Trails & Greenways, a project of Great Barrington Land Conservancy. Meet at the gazebo/trailhead located at Berkshire South Regional Community Center on Crissey Road off Route 7 in Great Barrington.


Weds Apr 26 / 8 am – 10 am / Free

Birding Beyond Your Backyard/ Jackson Pond (Stockbridge)

Berkshire Natural Resources Council

Join the Hoffmann Bird Club and the Berkshire Natural Resources Council at BNRC’s Jackson Pond on Old Colonial Road, Stockbridge, for a bird walk at a gorgeous wetland. Terrain is town roads and elevated boardwalk. Bring water and a snack. Meet at the Stockbridge Bowl boat launch on Route 183, 0.4 miles south of Kripalu. Contact Doug at dbruce@bnrc.org or (413) 499-0596 with questions.


Thurs Apr 27 / 7pm / Free and open to the public

A Grand Tour of the Appalachian Trail

Great Barrington Historical Society and Museum

Presentation by Jim Pelletier, chair of the A.T. Management Committee Teague Senior Center, South Main Street, GB.