Berkshire Natural History Conference

The 4th Annual Berkshire Natural History Conference, which will feature presentations by local and regional naturalists as well as acclaimed authors, will take place on Saturday, November 17, 2018 at The Berkshire School in Sheffield, Mass.

The event will appeal to naturalists, Berkshire residents, as well as visitors. Students of all ages and disciplines are especially invited.

Please help us celebrate our return to the site of our first Berkshire Natural History Conference. As usual, there is an impressive list of speakers, exhibitors, and displays to entice, inform, and entertain students and adults. Topics this year range from bears and mosses to really little organisms that live within the layers of a leaf.

Features include Joan Walsh, author of the State of the Birds for Massachusetts Audubon that updates previous publications. This work features the likely fate of our breeding birds in light of landscape alteration, reduced environmental protection, and especially climate change. Her work highlights actions that we might take soon in order to maintain healthy populations of birds that now appear vulnerable. Other speakers will focus on local endangered species (like the bog turtle with Angela Sirois), a Natural History Year at Simon’s Rock (with Sarah Snyder), and Andrew Madden’s return visit with an update on black bears.

BCC Green Team Approved

Saturday, November 17, 9am – 4pm
The Berkshire School, Rt 41
Sheffield, MA

Preregistration is required.

Schedule of Events

A schedule of events will be posted once finalized.

Contact Us

Professor Tom Tyning
Berkshire Community College

Phone: 413-236-4502

This annual event will bring natural history home to the Berkshires. We are really excited to gather programs and like-minded people together to help understand and appreciate the deep natural heritage that surrounds us all in the Berkshires.

Berkshire Community College Professor of Environmental Science Tom Tyning; A lead organizer of the event