The Recorder – Trail Mix: January 24, 2022

Published: 01/23/2022 12:45:04

Modified: 01/23/2022 12:43:50

Great Falls Discovery Center

All programs, sponsored by the State Department of Conservation and Recreation, are free. The Great Falls Discovery Center is located at 2 Avenue A, Turners Falls. For more information, call 413-863-3221 or visit:; or email [email protected]

Open Wednesday to Sunday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Come explore the natural, cultural and industrial history of the Connecticut River watershed in its dynamic exhibit hall. Adjacent to the Canalside Rail Trail, the center includes the Great Hall exhibition gallery, restrooms and drinking water. Wheelchair accessible. Reasonable accommodations available upon request. Follow all current COVID guidelines.

Exhibition in the Great Hall: Northfield Castle – Souvenir, Revisited until 27 February.

Jack Nelson presents an architecturally accurate ceramic model of Northfield Castle. The exhibit includes interior and exterior photos, artefacts, a brief history of architect Bruce Price, a brief history of owner Francis Robert Schell and, perhaps most importantly, the use of the castle as it evolved. that it was evolving into a most revered building. with decades of memories. See a 6-foot panoramic photograph taken from the roof of the castle in 1906 upon its completion.

Exhibition Reception in the Great Hall: A Community Remembers Northfield Castle on Sunday, February 20, 1-3:30 p.m.; the snow date is Sunday, February 27. Share your own memories or family memories of Northfield Castle – from ball nights to weddings and employment and visit people you may know from the castle. Light refreshments may be provided, subject to current COVID guidelines.

Feed the wildlife

Sometimes humans think they’re helping wildlife by feeding them, but MassWildlife says that’s not a good idea for many reasons. In fact, the practice might do more harm than good. Here is the information provided by MassWildlife:

According to MassWildlife, creating a feeding site can mean that wildlife will congregate in abnormally high densities, which can create these issues:

■Attract predators and increase the risk of death by wild predators or domestic animals;

■Spread disease among wildlife or cause other health problems (eg rumen acidosis in deer, aflatoxicosis in turkeys);

■Provoke aggression and competition for food, which may result in injury or death;

■Reduce fat stores, as wild animals consume energy to get to the feeding site;

■Training wildlife to cross roads more frequently, thereby increasing collisions with vehicles;

■Have a negative impact on vegetation and habitat in areas where animals feed.

Providing food to wild animals at any time of the year teaches them to depend on humans for food, which disadvantages them for survival and can lead to human/wildlife conflict. It can also be very difficult, if not impossible, to change this habit.

Although feeding backyard birds during the winter months is generally acceptable, MassWildlife recommends using native plants and water to attract birds to your garden. Fallen bird seed can unintentionally attract many types of wildlife, including bears, turkeys, small mammals like squirrels and mice, and predators like foxes, anglers, and foraging coyotes. small mammals. If you have unwanted wildlife in your garden, bring your bird feeders immediately.

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