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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…

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…

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.…

Guided Walk: Westville Conservation Area

    This beautiful 1-hour walk, led by TRWA member and volunteer Ellenor Simmons, will showcase one of Taunton's best kept secrets as we explore mowed meadows and mixed wood forest along the Three Mile River. Sturdy shoes recommended. Pups welcome. 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 free, non-members $5. Meeting…

TRWA Annual Meeting

Have you heard about our 200+ terrapin hatchlings born from 18 protected nests this summer? How has this year's excessive rain effected our water sampling results? Join us at our Annual Meeting to learn more! Main Speaker:  Steve Hurley,  Southeast District Fisheries Manager for the Massachusetts Division of Fisheries and Wildlife, will speak on Fisheries Resources of The Taunton River Watershed: Changes and Challenges over the Past 30+ years. In addition to our main speaker, the meeting will include the election of 2024 Board members and officers, volunteer recognition awards and reports on TRWA’s many activities of the past year…

Sowams Area Heritage Project

  Join us, along with the Old Colony History Museum, to learn about current efforts to establish a Sowams Heritage Area in East Bay Rhode Island and nearby Massachusetts. Project Coordinator David Weed will share the area's significance, including over fifty locations revealing the early history of Massasoit’s tribe, the locations where the King Philip War began and ended, and how the English nearly exterminated the native people who had lived in the area for over 10,000 years. Free and open to the public Location: Old Colony History Museum, 66 Church Green, Taunton Refreshments will be served at 5:3oPM, presentation…

Guided Walk- Gertrude Cornish Forest

  Join TRWA member and volunteer Ellenor Simmons as we explore this beautiful Norton property also known as Town Forest, located near the Three Mile River. This walk will wind us through a pine forest that has reemerged after a winter moth (Operophtera brumata) caterpillar outbreak ten years ago, killing many of the large oaks. A necessary timber harvest removed the dead wood and thinned the pine canopy to promote regeneration of native tree growth. Sturdy footwear recommended. Pups welcomed. No restrooms available. Ellenor brings 32 years of state parks experience to TRWA as a former Southcoast Field Operations Team…

Guided Walk- Copper Works

Join us for a fascinating guided walk through the historic Copper Works site in Norton, MA. Our knowledgeable guide Ellenor Simmons will lead us along a canal by the Wading River sharing stories and insights about the area, vegetation, and wildlife, stopping to view a pond and remains from the copper refining industry. The copper works once rivaled Paul Revere’s own refining practice. Later in 1837, pennies from the US Mint were made here. This event offers a unique opportunity to explore the remnants of this once-thriving copper manufacturing site that contributed to the early pollution of the Taunton River.…