NORTH ADAMS, MASS. — Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts (MCLA) will host the Second Annual Berkshire Natural History Conference this Saturday, Nov. 5, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., in the MCLA Church Street Center. The conference will feature a series of presentations by local and regional naturalists, who will speak on topics such as salamander, geology, owls, frogs and pollinators.

According to Dr. Daniel Shustack, chair of MCLA’s Department of Environmental Studies, the conference will be the area’s largest annual gathering of naturalists, ecologists from state agencies, non-profits and academia. Interested members of the public also are invited to attend.

Those who wish to attend may register on Saturday, from 8 to 9 a.m. in the Feigenbaum Center for Science and Innovation. Pre-registration, however, is preferred at (413) 236-2127 or

Tickets, which include lunch, are $25 for general admission and $15 for students. The storm date for this event will be Nov. 19.

Presentations will include “The Legacy of Amos Eaton” by Pam Weatherbee, “Cave Bats of New England by Alyssa Bennett, and “A Flower’s Eye View of Pollination” by Joan Edwards.

Other topics include a “Northern Berkshire Diurnal Raptor Survey” by Ron Rancatti, “Salamander Mimicry” by Steve Tilley, “Geology and Landscape in the Berkshires” by Paul Karabinos, “Migrant Northern Saw-whet Owls in the Berkshires” by Drew Jones, “Aquati Macroinvertebrates” by Kelly Nolan, and “Go Botany: Learn Berkshire Flora” by Elizabeth Farmsworth.

The event also will include a variety of exhibits. Representatives from more than 20 area conservation organizations – including the Berkshire Environmental Action Team, ORION Magazine, Tamarack Hollow, Berkshire Natural Resources Council, MassAudubon, The Nature Conservancy, Massachusetts Department of Environmental Conservation, Massachusetts Fish and Wildlife, Hoosic River Watershed Association, Housatonic Valley Association, Hoosic River Revival, One World Conservation Center, and Berkshire Bioblitz – will be in attendance.

Artists and authors at the conference will include Valerie Carrigan, Lauren Stevens, Robin Brickman, Joan Edwards and Peter Alden, who will display and sell their books and artwork.

This event is being co-sponsored by Berkshire Environmental Action Team; Green Berkshires, Inc.; Hoffman Bird Club; Berkshire Community College (BCC); MCLA; Orion Magazine; and the Williams College Center for Environmental Studies (CES).

For more information, contact Shustack, (413) 662-5301, or go to

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