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Turtles of Massachusetts

     For such a northern location, Massachusetts is home to many species of turtles. We'll discuss the anatomy, evolution, diversity, and conservation status of our Bay State turtles. Tips for those who want to help local turtles will also be covered. Learn all about our native turtles from Brian Bastarache during this free 1-hour presentation at Bridgewater Public Library.  No registration required. Brian, a TRWA Board Member, is chairman of the Bristol County Agricultural High School Environmental Conservation Department and field herpetologist for Oxbow Associates, Inc. He also leads a team conducting Northern Diamondback Terrapin population research with TRWA…

Become a Water Quality Monitor!

Sweet's Knoll 1387 Somerset Avenue, Dighton

Help protect the water quality of the Taunton River and its tributaries Water Quality Monitoring Training Session March 23, 2022, 9:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. TRWA’s Watershed Center, Sweets Knoll State Park in Dighton, MA (on Rt 138 just South of the Bristol Aggie traffic light - 1387 Somerset Avenue, Dighton) The Taunton River Watershed Alliance has tested water quality in the Taunton River and its tributaries since its inception in 1988. This citizen collected data is an incredible tool as a historic picture of the watershed’s health.  It helps keep the spotlight on areas and actions needed for further…

Guided Walk- Porter Pasture

Join us for a guided walk with Ellenor Simmons through Porter Pasture in Freetown, as we explore its hidden gems firsthand. A short walk uphill through a pine needle path will lead us to an old cemetery to learn of the local families and visit their resting place.  We will then continue to the shore of Shephards Cove to enjoy a view of Assonet Bay. Pups welcomed on leash. 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…

Annual Herring Run

  Middleborough-Lakeville Herring Fishery Commissioners will lead a talk on the annual spring migration of the herring from Mount Hope Bay up the Taunton and Nemasket Rivers to Assawompsett Ponds to spawn. They will discuss the history and significance of this yearly journey. Children on school vacation may get a chance to catch a fish by hand. Location: 47 Wareham Street, Middleborough Free and open to the public. No registration required. All ages welcome!       

Guided Walk- Erwin S Wilder Wildlife Management Area

   Join us in exploring the Erwin S Wilder Wildlife Management Area in Norton. We will enjoy a walk through open fields and forested uplands consisting mostly of oak, maple and white pine, with several small red maple swamps. The Snake River will be viewed along a wide section of marshland. This 651 acre preserve is part of the Hockomock Swamp area and home to many wildlife. Signs of deer, turtles and other creatures that live here will be viewed. Sturdy footwear recommended. Pups welcomed on leash. No restrooms available. Ellenor brings 32 years of state parks experience to TRWA…

Guided Walk- Mill River Dam Restoration Project, Taunton

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 extreme weather. Moderate walk. Sturdy footwear recommended. Two sites will be seen from the road, however…

Birding at Mallard Point

  Join us for a guided bird stroll to discover which bird species call Mallard Point home. This event is perfect for bird enthusiasts and nature lovers. Ellenor Simmons will lead us through this recreation easement to a fantastic view of the Taunton River in Somerset, home to many varieties of birds. We recommend bringing binoculars or spotting scope if you have them, for an up-close look at these feathered friends. For those able, we will walk down a short steep incline to access the water's edge. For those unable to access the incline, we recommend bringing a camping chair…

Taunton River Festival

  Join us in celebrating the Wild & Scenic Taunton River! Weir Village Riverfront Park, East Water Street, Taunton FREE ADMISSION Vendors, Educational Environmental Exhibitors, Turtles, Live Music, Food & More!           ACTIVITIES Guided Walk of Historic Taunton, 1pm Demonstrations by Silver City Dance             Vendor and Exhibitor Registration Details