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Heading outdoors: A guide to trips & treks

∎ Catamount Hills Hike — Deerfield River Watershed Association sponsors hike for families in Colrain with Catamount historian Muriel Russell, Saturday, Meet at West Branch Cemetery at 10:45 a.m. Preregistration required. Muriel Russell at 624-3311.

 ∎  Holyoke Range State Park — Free programs originating from the Notch Visitors Center, Rte. 116, South Amherst: Saturday, 10:30 a.m., Beginning Birding; 1 p.m., Let’s Explore Nature: Signs of the Season Walk. Sunday, 10:30 a.m., Sunday Flora: Goldenrods; 2 p.m., Sunday Fauna: Amphibians. Monday, 2 p.m., Explorer’s Club (ages 10-15). Tuesday: 10 a.m., Nature Study for Homeschoolers; 1 p.m., Senior Hike. 253-2883.

∎  Poker Run — Living Art Studio of Northampton sponsors poker run to benefit Kai’s Village beginning and ending at the World War II Club, Conz St., Northampton Sunday, 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Bikes, motorcycles, classic cars, minivans welcome. Music, BBQ, raffles. 584-3758, thelivingartstudio@gmail.com

∎  Holyoke Range Hawk Watch — The Kestrel Trust sponsors hawk watch with ornithologist Dave King Sunday, 10 a.m.-noon. Heavy rain cancels. kestreltrust.org or 549-1097.

∎  Monarch Butterfly Tagging — Sunday, 2 p.m., Hitchcock Center for the Environment, 525 S. Pleasant St., Amherst. Free. 256-6006.

∎  Mount Tom State Reservation — Free programs ($2 parking fee) at 125 Reservation Rd., Holyoke: Monday: 9:30-11 a.m., Early Birding; 1-2:30 p.m., Fall Species. Friday: 9:30-11 a.m., Dinos in the Valley (meet at Visitors Center); 1-2:30 p.m., Water Cycles (meet at Warming Hut). 534-1186.

∎  Fall Warblers — Hitchcock Center sponsors evening class and field walk with Scott Surner Wednesday, 6:30-8 p.m. and Sat. Sept. 21, 7 a.m.-noon. Preregistration required. $35. 256-6006.

∎  Introduction to Fly Fishing — Westfield River Watershed Association offers free drop-in clinic Sept. 21, 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Takes place on Rte. 20 in Huntington, on the turnout on the Westfield River (across from health clinic). Rain or shine. westfieldriver.org

∎  Broad Brook Coalition 25th Anniversary Hike — Grand promenade through the Fitzgerald Lake Conservation Area Sept. 21, 9:30-11:30 a.m. Meet at North Farms Road entrance, Coles Meadow Road, Florence. Raindate Sept. 22. Norma,586-4364, nroche@crocker.com

∎  Pelham Hollow Walk — Fairly strenuous hike through Pelham Hollow section of the Quabbin, Sept. 21, 10:30 a.m. Preceded by talk about Pelham Hollow, Monday, 7 p.m., Community Center of Pelham. Kathy Keyes, 253-2739.

∎  Wild Edibles: Weed ’Em and Reap — Edible plant foraging with Blanche Derby Sat., Sept. 21, 1-3 p.m., Northfield Mountain Recreation Center, Route 63, Northfield. Preregistration required. Free. 800- 859-2960.

∎e_STnSe_STnSAutumnal Equinox Bird Walk at Quabbin — Hitchcock Center sponsors walk with naturalist John Green, Sept. 22, 8:30-11:30 a.m., Quabbin Visitors Center, off Rte. 9, Belchertown. Preregistration required. $20. 256-6006.

∎  Hawk Day at Mount Tom — Ongoing hawk watch Sept. 22, 10 a.m.-3 p.m., Mount Tom State Reservation, Rte. 5, Holyoke. Live owl and raptor presentations 10:30, noon, 1:30. Exhibits, family activities. Free; $2 park entrance fee. 534-1186, mount.tom@state.ma.us

∎  Brookwood Marsh Conservation Area Invasive Plants Cleanup Day — Cleanup of conservation area in Florence, Sept. 29, 9 a.m.-noon. Meet at entrance to marsh at end of Ellington Road, Florence. Gloves, pruners, handsaws provided; byo equipment if you can. Keith Davis, 584-6763.

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