Please join us for the TRWA’s Annual Meeting

Please join us for an in-person TRWA Annual Meeting Saturday, November 12th, from 4-6:00 p.m. at the Bristol County Agricultural High School (BCAHS), 135 Center Street, Dighton. 

Our Featured Speaker will be Brad Chase, Diadromus Fish Project Leader from the MA Division of Marine Fisheries. He will speak on the ecology and management of river herring in the Taunton River.

TRWA Board Member and BCAHS NRM Chairman, Brian Bastarache, and project technician Jessie Power, will present results from the 2022 Taunton River Diamondback Terrapin Population Assessment field season.  This is TRWA’s seventh season studying the Diamondback Terrapin population in the Taunton River and the third season of a small pilot nest protection program. We will have our 2023 Annual Tidal Calendars available for purchase.

 

                                       

Steve Silva, TRWA’s Water Quality Monitoring Program Coordinator and Board Secretary, will share the 2022 monitoring results.  There will also be a brief treasurer’s report, as well as updates on the Bruce Spooner Education Center programs and our advocacy work. The TRWA membership will be publicly voting to fill Board of Director seats and select 2023 officers.  Please contact the office if you are a member and have any questions on who is running for officers (or if you wish to join the board.)  

The meeting is hosted by the Natural Resource Management Department and will be held in the Student Commons Building.  Light refreshments will be served.  

This is an in person meeting, all our welcome.  We will be running a live video feed if you wish to watch the meeting proceedings via your home computer.  Email director@savethetaunton.org for the Zoom meeting link and access code.  

The Student Commons Building is on the north side of Center Street.  Parking is located to the rear of the building .   The building is fully accessible from all entrances.

 

NRCS Statewide Local Working Group Survey and Meeting Announcement

On September 29 at 12:00 noon, the NRCS will host a statewide Local Working Group meeting over Zoom. Please note: even if you cannot attend the meeting, you can make your voice heard by filling out the NRCS survey, linked below. Answers to this survey will not only structure the LWG meeting, but will also guide our work going forward.

This survey and meeting are an opportunity to provide input on natural resource priorities for the NRCS and the state conservationist. Agricultural producers, owners/operators of nonindustrial private forest land, professionals representing agricultural and natural resource interests, and individuals representing a variety of disciplines in the soil, water, wetland, plant, forestry, and wildlife sciences are all welcome.

For more information on local working groups, see What are Local Working Groups

Please fill out this survey at least one week prior to the meeting (September 22 deadline). This survey will help us structure the meeting so that it responds to your needs. A list of definitions of the resource concerns listed in the survey can be found here. Again, even if you cannot attend the meeting, please fill out this survey—answers to this survey will guide our work beyond the statewide Local Working Group meeting.

To receive the link to the meeting, please RSVP by emailing Austin Miles at amilesmacd@gmail.com.

Guided Walk- Heritage State Park

Friday, July 1, 2022:   Fall River Heritage State Park   10:00am-11:30am

TRWA volunteers will lead an easy walk along the boardwalk at the Fall River Heritage State Park. We will look at nature along this end of the Taunton River Watershed, and discuss the area’s history. Stroller and wheelchair accessible. Pups on leash welcome. Restrooms available.

Cost: Member- Free, Non-member- $5

Meeting Place:  Battleship Cove Parking Area near the small bridge

Attendee Limit: 15;   Pre-registration required by 4pm, Thursday, June 30, 2022

To register call (508) 828-1101 or email director@savethetaunton.org

Successful 2022 Taunton River Festival

This year’s celebration of the Wild and Scenic Taunton River was a huge success!  Many thanks to all our vendors, exhibitors, non-profit organizations, food trucks, musicians, dancers, and visitors who made this event so enjoyable. The day was filled with sunshine, smiles, laughter, song, dance, food, shopping and more!  A special thank you to our generous sponsors and dedicated volunteers, including Taunton Troop 40, whose assistance made the event possible.

Mark your calendars for next year on June 11, 2023 at Weir Village Riverfront Park, 33 East Water St, Taunton. 

Click here for photos of the 2022 event.

 

Guided Bird Walk at Sweets Knoll State Park

Sunday, June 5, 2022:    Sweets Knoll State Park, Dighton MA   8:30am-10:00am

TRWA volunteers will lead an easy walk through the Sweets Knoll State Park which abuts the Taunton River. We will look for and identify birds on and near the river through sight and sound. If you have binoculars and/or bird guides, feel free to bring them along. Wear sturdy waterproof footwear. Families welcome, though not stroller friendly. No pups please. Restroom available.

Cost: Member- Free, Non-member- $5

Meeting Place:  TRWA Office, 1387 Somerset Ave, Dighton

Attendee Limit: 15;   Pre-registration required by 4pm, Friday, June 3rd

To register call (508) 828-1101 or email director@savethetaunton.org

                  

World Turtle Day: May 23

TRWA’s work to assess the population of Diamondback Terrapins in the Taunton River Watershed will be entering it’s seventh season in June 2022. This unique terrapin is a threatened species, protected under Massachusetts Law. If you have laying females on your property and would like us to install screening to prevent nest predation by skunks, foxes and raccoons, you can call our office at (508) 828-1101.

Celebrate Earth Day with a Guided Walk

Saturday, April 30, 2022,  (Rain Date Saturday, May 7, 2o22):   Woodward Forest, Norton MA   1:00pm-2:30pm

TRWA volunteers will lead an easy walk through Woodward Forest managed by the Land Preservation Society of Norton. We will walk through various habitat, stopping along the way to look at signs of wildlife. The trail will lead us to the Three Mile River which flows into the Taunton River. Great for children, though not stroller friendly. Please no pups. Restrooms not available.

Cost: Member- Free, Non-member- $5

Meeting Place:  Forest entrance, located between 4 & 5 Gateway Lane off Old Taunton Ave. Parking available along Gateway Lane.

Attendee Limit: 15;   Pre-registration required by 4pm, Friday, April 29th

To register call (508) 828-1101 or email director@savethetaunton.org

                 

Event: Town River Restoration Project, Bridgewater

APRIL 19 – 10:00 – 11:30 AM

Join a walk and talk event with handouts during school vacation week. Children welcome! Learn about the Town River Restoration Project and explore the site.

Program led by Kristopher M. Houle, P.E., Senior Ecological Restoration Engineer.  Parking is at the entrance to the Bridgewater Highway Dept at 151 High St, Bridgewater, MA 02324.

 

Event: Native Plant Gardening

APRIL 14 – 6:30 – 8:00 PM

Lakeville Public Library

4 Precinct St. Lakeville, MA

Learn from Martha “Mike” Schroeder, master gardener with decades of experience. She has a slide presentation on the basics of native plant gardening which will be followed by a question-and-answer period.

Fully handicap accessible