What To Do This Weekend: February 18-19

Celebrate eagles, go snowshoeing, learn how to bird, take care of farm animals, and more at a wildlife sanctuary this weekend.

Bald Eagle © Dominic Poliseno

North of Boston

Head to Newburyport for the annual Merrimack River Eagle Festival for a full day of fun indoor and outdoor activities celebrating the return of our bald eagles! Learn more about these magnificent birds and the habitat they share with us.

Looking to get into birding? During Ipswich River’s Birding for Beginners in Topsfield, learn how to choose the right binoculars and what to look and listen for to help identify these beautiful creatures. (adults, registration required)

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Greater Boston

Take part in Afternoon Chores and More at Drumlin Farm in Lincoln. You’ll feed the chickens, collect eggs, and bring hay to sheep, goats, and cows. (families, registration required)

Go on a Guided Snowshoe Adventure at Broadmoor in Natick. Explore animal tracks and paths and have a fun adventure on a winters day. (adults, registration required)

During Winter Backyard Birding at Boston Nature Center, learn how to use binoculars, go on a bird hike and create some seed and fruit art for the birds to enjoy. Binoculars will be provided if needed. (families, registration encouraged)

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South of Boston

Explore Oak Knoll in Attleboro after dark during a Family Owl Prowl. Start indoors with an interactive owl presentation about the  “Owls of Massachusetts” and owl Pellet dissection. After, we will head out on the trail to listen for evidence of our feathery friends. (families with children ages 7+, registration required)

During a Snowshoe Trek at North Hill Marsh Wildlife Sanctuary in Duxbury, we’ll point out natural history highlights that are unique to winter. Plus, enjoy a trail snack and thermos of hot cocoa. (adults, registration required)

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Cape Cod

Take a Winter Tree Identification Workshop at Ashumet Holly in Falmouth to learn about some of its interesting tree varieties including the famous Franklinia Tree. (adults, registration required)

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Central Massachusetts

Go Snowshoeing for Families at Broad Meadow Brook in Worcester, We’ll teach you how to use snowshoes before heading out onto the trails, where we will look for signs of wildlife. (families with children ages 5+, registration required)

Learn about the more than 30 resident mammals and birds leave tracks at Wachusett Meadow in Princeton as part of Beginner Tracking and Animal Signs for Adults. You’ll learn to identify a dozen animals by their tracks and help collect information on sanctuary wildlife and habitats. (adults, registration required)

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Connecticut River Valley

Bring the family for Tracking and Animal Signs at Laughing Brook to find out what animals can be found at this wildlife sanctuary in Hampden. (families with children ages 5+, registration required)

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Strap on snowshoes (or microspikes, depending on conditions) and join Pleasant Valley for a Lenox Mountain Wintery Hike (2,126 feet). We’ll track wildlife, identify trees by their bark, and (on a clear day) take in a 50-mile view from the top. (adults)

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Where: Mass Audubon Headquarters, Lincoln Who: Massachusetts transplant by way of Florida and New York. Raising two young girls, who she hopes will be budding naturalists Favorite part of the job: Learning something new every day from some of the smartest and most enthusiastic groups of people

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