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Floyd Gallery Photo Contest for Conservation Lands

  If you are a photographer in the Valley who enjoys nature and community, we invite you to join the Robert Floyd Gallery's photo contest to benefit Kestrel. Simply visit any of the conservation areas that Kestrel owns or has assisted in conserving, and photograph the landscapes, critters, and people enjoying the land. Find maps…

Hawks & Songbirds: Fall Migration Walk at Conte Refuge

Silvio O Conte National Fish & Wildlife Refuge 69 Moody Bridge Road, Hadley, MA

Fall is a wonderful period of transition in New England. The air is crisp, the trees are showing their new colors, and many feathered friends will be stopping again here in the Valley to refuel on their annual migration to warmer climes. Join us on Saturday, September 17 at 10 am as U.S. Forest Service…

Occupying Massachusetts: Layers of History on Indigenous Land

webinar

The occupation of the land today—and throughout history—is a theme that's gaining renewed focus. Join us for a webinar on Thursday, September 22, 6:30-7:30 pm with photographer Sandra Matthews and Indigenous activist David Brule, who will speak about their newly published photobook Occupying Massachusetts: Layers of History on Indigenous Land. Through images and discussion, they'll…

Hiking for Health: New Mt. Tom Trailhead & Mt. Nonotuck

Mount Tom

Fall is approaching and with it the start of New England's brilliant foliage season! Here's a chance to get your blood flowing and enjoy a “peak” experience in a conservation area here in the Valley. Join us for the third in our annual Hiking for Health series: vigorous small-group hikes led by Kestrel staff members…

Robert Floyd Photo Exhibit: Celebrating Kestrel Land Trust

Monson House of Art 200 Main St., Monson, MA

Nature and the land have been inspiring artists and photographers for generations. The Connecticut River Valley provides a wide range of those inspiring views with its many conserved mountains, meadows, streams, ponds, and farms. Throughout the last year, the Robert Floyd Gallery in Southampton generously sponsored a photography contest to benefit Kestrel. Talented photographers have…

Fall Plein Air Paint Out at the Kestrel House

Kestrel Land Trust House 37 Bay Road, Amherst, MA

En plein air is French for “in the open air.” When participating in plein air painting, artists are more fully engaged with the landscape through perspective, composition and color. The American land conservation movement in the 19th century was inspired by landscape painting here in Western Massachusetts by artists such as Thomas Cole. Plein air…

2nd Annual Mt. Tom Trail Race

Millside Park 2 Ferry Street, Easthampton, MA

It's back! Trail runners around the Valley are invited to come out for the second annual Mount Tom Trail Race, managed by Beast Coast Trail Running (Amy Rusiecki, Leah Jacobson-Hardy and Kristin Loiko), an experienced team who has coordinated dozens of hugely popular races in New England, including the Vermont 100 Endurance Race and the…

Meet the Saw-whet Owl: Research Demonstration

Kestrel Land Trust House 37 Bay Road, Amherst, MA

The pint-sized Northern Saw-whet Owl is an elusive, nomadic species that nests far to our north. However, it is known to migrate between its summer and winter habitats through our region in the late fall and early winter. On Wednesday, October 26 at 7:00 pm (timed to correspond with the new moon), come meet two…

Ben Cosgrove: Music of the Landscape

South Hadley Public Library 2 Canal Street, South Hadley, MA

Join us at South Hadley Public Library at 6:30 pm on November 16 for an enchanting evening with award-winning pianist, Ben Cosgrove, performing nature-inspired keyboard compositions. Ben is a traveling composer-performer who has spent years grappling with the vexing question of how to depict and engage with nature in his work. In recent projects, Ben…

From Africa to North America: Geology of Cave Hill Conservation Area

Cave Hill Conservation Area

Geologists from around the world have used the spectacular geology of the Leverett area to learn about the workings of our planet and possible things to come. Join us on Saturday, November 19 from 10:00 am to noon for a guided geology walk in the Cave Hill Conservation Area with UMass Geology Professor Mike Williams.…

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