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Climate Change & Your Community: Berkshire Linkages

This program is a continuation of our "Climate Change & Your Community" series, which highlights climate challenges and solutions right here at home. The rallying cry "Think Global, Act Local" is just as relevant as ever, as the causes and challenges of climate change are "unequivocal" (according to the 6th assessment report recently released by…

Fall Birding at Foxcroft Farm

Foxcroft Farm Amherst, MA

Fall is a wonderful period of transition in New England. The air is crisp, the trees are producing some of the most brilliant natural colors in the country, and many feathered friends will be stopping in the Valley to refuel on their annual migrations to warmer climes. Join us on Saturday, September 25 at 7…

Bobcats & Beavers & Bears: A Virtual Wildlife Camera Film Festival

Are you curious about the animals in our woods and wetlands and what they do when people aren't around? Trail cameras provide an inside look at the world of wild creatures. On September 29 from 7 to 8:30 p.m., join us for a virtual wildlife camera film festival, as four experienced naturalists and trail camera…

Natural History of the Mt. Tom Range

Mount Tom

The Mount Tom Range is an iconic part of the landscape in the Valley. Rocky cliffs, scenic vistas, and miles of trails provide opportunities for everything from rugged hikes to hawk watching to family picnics. The area’s unique geology also provides critical habitat for wildlife and rare plant communities. Join us on Saturday, October 2nd…

Outdoor Open House on the Range for Members

Kestrel Land Trust House 37 Bay Road, Amherst, MA

Kestrel's work to conserve, care for, and connect to the land is made possible by the support of our generous members - you! To express our appreciation, we invite you to join us on Sunday, October 3 for our first Outdoor Open House at Kestrel's new Home on the Range. Join us for one of…

Inaugural Mt. Tom Trail Race 2021

Mount Tom State Reservation 125 Reservation Road, Holyoke

Calling all trail runners! The Valley has an exciting new trail race on Mount Tom, created by Amy Rusiecki of Beast Coast Trail Running LLC, an experienced race director who has led dozens of hugely popular races in New England, including the Vermont 100 Endurance Race and the Seven Sisters Trail Race on the Mount…

Saw-whet Owl Banding Demonstration

Kestrel Land Trust House 37 Bay Road, Amherst, MA

Small enough to sit in your hand, the 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 Friday, November 5 at 7:00 pm come meet two local…

Hiking for Health: Mount Norwottuck

Amherst, MA Amherst, MA

As Autumn advances and ushers in cooler, crisper weather, here's a chance to get out for a vigorous small-group hike led by a Kestrel staff member to a local peak and on a trail that may be new to you. Join us for our fourth and final Hiking for Health event of 2021 to get…

Cows & Conservation: A Farm Tour

Barstow's Dairy Farm 172 Hockanum Road, Hadley, MA

In 2014, the Barstow family worked with Kestrel and the Commonwealth to place an Agricultural Preservation Restriction (APR) on 123 acres of their farmland, preserving it forever. The Barstows reinvested the funds from the sale of the APR back into their 215 year-old dairy farm to secure its future. They purchased robotic milkers, a tool…

Climate Change & Your Community: Mount Holyoke Range

This continuation of our "Climate Change & Your Community" series highlights climate challenges and solutions right here at home. The rallying cry "Think Global, Act Local" is just as relevant as ever, as the causes and challenges of climate change are "unequivocal" according to the 6th assessment report released this year by the Intergovernmental Panel…

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