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December is the Start of Bird Feeding Season
04:14PM / Monday, November 15, 2021
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The Vermont Fish and Wildlife Department recommends that people wait to put up bird feeders until Dec. 1 to avoid attracting bears.    "This may be a particularly good winter for attracting winter birds arriving from Canada, including Evening Grosbeaks and Purple Finches," Doug Morin, Vermont Fish and Wildlife's bird project leader said. "Black oil sunflower is a good seed choice that will attract a variety of birds, and folks may want to try other seeds or suet to attract certain species.  Thistle, for example, attracts many of the finches.  Gardeners will find leaving late-blooming flowers uncut provides seeds which can also attract

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Monterey Receives State Funds for Waterway Cleanup
12:15PM / Monday, November 01, 2021
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BOSTON — The Baker-Polito Administration awarded Monterey a $139,000 grant to address the stormwater runoff that is affecting Lake Garfield.   To advance local waterway pollution control efforts, the Baker-Polito Administration  announced more than $1.15 million in grants administered by the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protect (MassDEP) to support eight projects targeting stormwater runoff and erosion across the Commonwealth.    "Addressing pollution from stormwater is critically important to reduce threats that directly impact the health of the Commonwealth’s rivers, lakes and wetland areas," said Governor Charlie Baker.

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House of Correction's Aquaponics Lab Feeding Needy, Imparting Skills
By Brittany Polito, iBerkshires Staff
06:44PM / Wednesday, October 27, 2021
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Sam Fleming, whose nonprofit organization 100 Gardens inspired the project, checks out the roots growing in the nutrient rich water.  PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The Berkshire County House of Correction has had something fishy going on for awhile now.    Community leaders and others got a chance on Wednesday to tour an inmate-run greenhouse that takes hydroponics — growing plants in a nutrient solution — to another level of sustainability by using fish waste as fertilizer. While producing both fish and produce, the facility also provides inmates with valuable skills that can be transferred to life outside of the jail.   Each of the 30 towns and both

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Great Barrington Pollinator Gardens To be Installed
12:00PM / Tuesday, October 05, 2021
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GREAT BARRINGTON, Mass. — Great Barrington is creating a bee-friendly habitat in downtown Great Barrington with the installation of pollinator plantings on Main Street and nearby.   "Great Barrington is a trendsetter on pollinator-friendly community policies," said Vivian Orlowski, chair of the town's Agricultural Commission. "Thanks to the leadership of Public Works Superintendent Sean Van Deusen and his DPW team, we are putting these policies into practice."   In coming weeks flowering plants will be installed at the base of the town’s sentinel of about 80 deciduous trees, mostly on Main Street. Flowers ranging from black chokeberry to

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Invasive Spotted Lanternfly Found in Worcester County
04:03PM / Tuesday, September 28, 2021
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FITCHBURG, Mass. — The Massachusetts Department of Agricultural Resources (MDAR) announced Tuesday that a small population of the invasive spotted lanternfly has been found in the City of Fitchburg, close to where a lanternfly nymph was reported earlier this summer.    Agricultural inspectors are in the middle of performing surveys in the area, but currently the infestation is limited to a single cluster of three trees. While MDAR has not been able to determine the origin of the infestation, spotted lanternflies have been known to travel out of infested states on cars, trucks, and trains, during shipments of produce, sheds, and gazebos, trees and shrubs for landscaping, and

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Lever Launches Second Mohawk Trail Entrepreneurship Challenge
04:12PM / Wednesday, September 22, 2021
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NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Lever will launch a second Mohawk Trail Entrepreneurship Challenge (MTEC) this month focusing on wood product enterprises, thanks to a $60,000 grant from the Massachusetts Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs (EOEEA).    Lever's MTEC seeks to attract forestry-based and wood-using startups, excluding businesses focused on wood-based fuels.    "Our Challenge programs have allowed us to support more than 80 entrepreneurs, whose companies have created hundreds of jobs," said Lever Executive Director Jeffrey Thomas. "I'm looking forward to meeting our Mohawk Trail Entrepreneur Challenge finalists and working

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Injured Hummingbird Heals at Warm Lamp
By Tor Hansen, iBerkshires columnist
05:19PM / Sunday, August 08, 2021
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  NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — When I lived at Marshside house adjacent to a fresh water cattail marsh on Pond Road in North Truro, Cape Cod, an unfortunate event shaped my response to an injured hummingbird.   For the next day and a half, I provided care at a table lamp, to eventually see it fly away.   As sunlight filled my living room that Sept. 12, 2012, I prepared for Sunday service at my local church, and thought nothing about leaving a window open to usher in the fresh air to such a promising day. Little did I know that when I returned from church and jubilant choir singing, I would be greeted with a lively hummingbird that somehow had entered the window left

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New Funding Opportunity to Support Air Quality Sensors in Communities
04:08PM / Wednesday, July 21, 2021
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BOSTON — The Baker-Polito Administration announced that $200,000 in grants is now available to communities to place 10 air quality sensors on homes, schools or businesses to measure fine particle pollution (PM2.5) throughout local neighborhoods.   These small sensors produce data that will be displayed on the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's AirNow Fire and Smoke Map online, along with data from PM2.5 monitoring stations operated by the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection (MassDEP).    "Massachusetts is committed to helping communities affected by air pollution, especially those with Environmental Justice populations," said Energy

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Agricultural Commissioner Visits Southern Berkshire Farms
By Brittany Polito, iBerkshires Staff
04:15AM / Monday, July 19, 2021
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NEW MARLBOROUGH, Mass. — Farming is hard enough without having to worry about losing the very land you farm.   "This year, I've just been hearing a lot...about the lack of access to land, not really related to the pandemic. It just seems to have come up more and more," Executive Director of Berkshire Grown Margaret Moulton said during a tour of Southern Berkshire farms with Agricultural Commissioner John Lebeaux. "So we're trying to give them a sense of what it means to be a farmer without a farm, particularly for a newer younger farmer who doesn't have the wherewithal to buy."   On Tuesday, Lebeaux toured four South County farms to hear their

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Never Thought You'd See a Bear? Think Again
By MassWildlife,
04:28PM / Thursday, July 01, 2021
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It's summertime in Massachusetts, which means more people will be spending time outdoors. With the increasing number of black bears found in many areas of Massachusetts, it is important for all residents to know how to prevent problems.

While people living in Western Massachusetts have been coexisting with bears for years, others in the eastern part of the state may be surprised to learn that black bears likely live nearby as well. This summer, a young bear made headlines as it traveled throughout southeastern Mass, and over the last few years, MassWildlife has also confirmed reports of bears in Newton, Chelmsford, North Andover, Amesbury, and even Provincetown!

In the mid-1970s,

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