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Guided Bird Walk- Broad Cove Nature Trail

Broad Cove Nature Trail, Dighton This beautiful 1-hour walk, led by TRWA member and volunteer Ellenor Simmons, will give us glimpses of inland and coastal water birds within a variety of habitats: woods, fields, and an orchard. Waterproof boots and binoculars recommended. No dogs please. No restrooms available. Ellenor brings 32 years of state parks experience to TRWA as a former Southcoast Field Operations Team Leader and park supervisor with the MA Department of Conservation and Recreation. In her retirement, she enjoys leading walks and volunteering with our Diamondback Terrapin Population Research Project Limited to 15 participants. Registration required. Members … Continue reading

Taunton River Festival

  Join us in celebrating the Wild & Scenic Taunton River! Weir Village Riverfront Park, East Water Street, Taunton FREE ADMISSION Over 80 Vendors and Educational Exhibits, Turtles,  Entertainment, Food & More!                MUSIC                Unlikely Strummers (11am), Taunton Civic Chorus (11:30am), Ragtime Jack Radcliffe (12pm), Rose Wharf Band (1-4pm)   FOOD OxCart (burgers, grilled cheese, fries, lobster rolls, clam cakes, drinks)      Just T Hotdogs (all beef hotdogs, chips, drinks)      Frosty Friends Ice Cream & Treats (ice cream, Richie's Italian Ice, pretzels, mini-donuts, popcorn and more)   ACTIVITIES Guided Walk of Historic Taunton, 1pm Demonstrations by Silver City Dance … Continue reading

Wild Edible Plant Walk with Russ Cohen

Join author and wild foods enthusiast Russ Cohen on a two hour ramble to learn about over a dozen species of edible wild plants. Keys to the identification of each species will be provided, along with information on edible portions, seasons of availability and preparation methods. Guidelines for safe, ethical, and environmentally responsible foraging will be included. Russ has received numerous distinguished awards for his rivers work and foraging programs. He has led wild edible walks and talks for over 46 years throughout New England and eastern New York.  In addition, his foraging book, Wild Plants I Have Known....and Eaten … Continue reading

Guided Walk- Mill River Dam Restoration Project, Taunton

Note this event was previously scheduled for May 20th, but has been rescheduled to July 15th. Beth Lambert, Director of the Massachusetts Division of Ecological Restoration, will lead a walk and discussion through this restored area. Described as one of the more ambitious aquatic-connectivity projects in Massachusetts history, learn how the removal of three obsolete dams (Whittenton Mill, West Britannia, and Hopewell Mills) and the construction of a fish ladder at Lake Sabbatia led to the opening of over 35 miles of mainstem and tributary spawning habitat to many fish species, while addressing public safety, climate adaptation and resilience to … Continue reading

Monarchs and Milkweed with Sally Spooner

  Join Sally Spooner, TRWA Vice President and Chairperson of the Bruce Spooner Education Center, and the Friends of Boyden Refuge for a fascinating program about the Monarch Butterfly. Learn about its lifecycle, migration and its reliance on the milkweed plant. This hands-on program is suited for children and adults who might be interested in raising monarch butterflies or preserving their essential food source, milkweed. Materials will be provided. Location - Boyden Wildlife Refuge, 1298 Cohannet Street Taunton No registration required. Free and open to the public.       

Monarchs and Milkweed- Part 2

Presented by the TRWA Bruce Spooner Education Center Join Sally Spooner, TRWA Vice President and Chairperson of the Bruce Spooner Education Center, as she discusses the steps to raising monarch butterflies, the issues surrounding them, what it means to be endangered, and steps for growing and protecting milkweed. Weather permitting, participants will walk in the library gardens to observe milkweed's favorite growing conditions. Location- Lakeville Public Library, 4 Precinct Street, Lakeville    

Exploring Fresh Water Macroinvertebrates for Children ages 9 & up

Jay Cordeiro, TRWA Board Member and Wildlife Conservation Biologist, will introduce children to the aquatic macroinvertebrate fauna found in fresh water. Aquatic macroinvertebrates include immature larval and adult forms of many insects, such as dragonflies, damselflies, mayflies, and caddisflies; as well as bottom dwelling animals, such as worms, snails, and mussels, among other organisms. Many of these organisms are sensitive to pollution and can provide important indicators of impaired water quality.   Children will collect samples of aquatic invertebrates and amphibians with nets, sieves and by hand. We will learn to identify, count and record their findings, and discuss the intricate … Continue reading

PFAS Explained- Origin, Sources & Toxicity with Joe Callahan

Join Joe Callahan for a presentation on the origin, sources, and toxicity of PFAS.  Joe Callahan is a Massachusetts DEP Licensed Site Professional (LSP), Certified Hazardous Materials Manager (CHMM), and Toxics Use Reduction Planner (TURP) and is currently employed by Verdantas, LLC with over 30 years experience in the environmental consulting field. Mr. Callahan is currently Project Manager on behalf of the MassDEP Central Region in charge of investigating and if necessary mitigating potential PFAS in drinking water in a number of communities in central Massachusetts. Besides his professional responsibilities, Joe is also an active volunteer in our local community. … Continue reading