Events June '16
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 Tulip Tree

Suddenly the canopy is lush and dense! Recent Rains have been a real plus to native trees as they push to establish the foliage that allows them collect the energy they need grow and flourish. Recently I found a delightful tree surprise cast to the ground by a bout of wind: a lovely tree flower from the Tuliptree (Liriodendron tulipifera). Bring a new tree awareness to your trail visits, join a tree ID guided hike (JUNE 11) this weekend and learn how to identify native tree species. Learn to look at bark, tree form, and leaf shapes. Learn to see the trees within the forests of our rich native landscape.

Details for this and other fantastic guided excursions are listed below:

Wednesday • Jun 8 • 7am & 7am

Guided Birding at River Walk

Mass Audubon

Explore this beautiful riverside trail in search of nesting and migrating birds. Help us keep a running record of the avian live flourishing in this rich reclaimed riverfront area. Learn about the care and maintenance of River Walk and the importance of this trail to the future of Great Barrington Conservation.  All welcome, no need to register, more info at:

Wednesday • Jun 8 • 7-9am

Bird Walks at Pleasant Valley Wildlife Sanctuary

Mass Audubon

Join avid birder and Pleasant Valley's caretaker on a weekly bird walk past beaver wetlands and through woodlands observing changes in bird species. Beginners and advanced birders will enjoy this walk. Participants can also enjoy free freshly roasted coffee thanks to the generosity of Barrington Coffee Roasters! Please bring your own travel mug. Registration not required. Free to all.

Saturday • Jun 11 • 1-4pm

Threemile Hill Tree Identification Hike

MassParks, BNRC, BSRCC, and GB Trails & Greenways.

Explore a diverse forest and learn about the native tree species that thrive there. Join MassParks from Adam Morris, Christine Ward of Great Barrington Trails & Greenways, and Mike Leavitt of Berkshire Natural Resources for a guided hike along the Threemile Hill Trail focusing on tree identification. Along the way we will listen and look for birds and wildlife, and take time to identify wildflowers. 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! Registration requested. For registration, directions, and information call 413.528.2810 ext. 10. Or email Meet at the gazebo/trailhead located at the Berkshire South Regional Community Center on Crissey Road off Route 7 in Great Barrington.

Saturday • Jun 11 • 6-9am

Birding the Berks-Post Marsh Farm

Mass Audubon

Join one of the Berkshire’s top birders for a field trip to one of the Berkshire’s birding hotspots. Post Farm Marsh in Lenox is a perfect place to look and listen for marsh birds such as the American bittern, Virginia rail, sora, common gallinule and marsh wren. Bring binoculars and trail snacks. Directions to the meeting places will be provided upon registration. Registration is required. Members: $10.00, Nonmembers: $15.00. Register online or call 413-637-0320 to register by phone.

Saturday • Jun 11 • 9am-1pm

Riverside Clean UP/ Pittsfield

HVA and BEAT welcome volunteers to help with a river cleanup of the West Branch of the Housatonic River. Join us on at 9am at Wahconah Park, 105 Wahconah Street, Pittsfield. Crews will be organized and dispersed north towards Pontoosuc Lake and south towards Linden Street. A few crews will use canoes to paddle and pick up trash (water level permitting). Let us know if you want to bring your own canoe or kayak. Work gloves and bags will be provided as well as morning coffee, pastries and lunch. Old clothes, a hat, sunscreen, old sneakers or waterproof boots or chest waders, a water bottle (or two) and sunglasses are recommended.  A limited amount of waterproof hip waders will be available to borrow. Registration is not required, but very helpful for planning crews and lunch. Please call HVA at 413-394-9796 or send an email to or


Sunday • Jun 12 • 10am-1pm

Father's Day Canoe Trip

Bartholomew’s Cobble, Sheffield

Come celebrate Father's Day on the river! Paddle the winding Housatonic to view the beauty of this meandering river as it passes through agricultural fields and floodplain forests. Watch for bald eagles flying over Bartholomew’s Cobble. With your guide, learn about the river’s history and what is happening to restore some of its most precious habitats and species from its upper reaches in Pittsfield through Massachusetts and into Connecticut. Paddles, life preservers, and boats are provided. Please pre-register. Trustees Member Adult $24, Kids (9-16) $9; Nonmember Adult $30 Kids (9-16) $15. For information call the Trustees at 413.298.3239 x3013 or email


Friday • Jun 17 • 8am-11am

Wild Thing 5k/10k Trail Race Practice Series-Run the 5k Route

Mass Audubon

Run the 5k course route, beginning and ending at Pleasant Valley. We will split into a couple of pace groups depending on group size and ability. Registration is required. Free to all. Register online or call 413-637-0320 to register by phone.