What To Do This Weekend: March 5-6

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Immature bald eagle © David Larson/Mass Audubon

We’ve got a weekend packed with activities. View spectacular bald eagles, build a bluebird house, get coloring, and more. See the entire schedule online.

Celebrate the seasonal return of our national birds with the 10th annual Merrimack River Eagle Festival, sponsored by Joppa Flats Education Center in Newburyport and Parker River National Wildlife Refuge. Visit eagle hot spots at your own speed or go on a tour; then, come indoors for nature activities or view rehabilitated hawks and owls up close. (All ages)

Spend the day learning all about the nature of the Cape from local experts at the Cape Cod Natural History Conference. Sponsored by Wellfleet Bay in Wellfleet, it’s a fun and engaging way to find out about local wildlife, research projects, conservation efforts, and environmental organizations. (Adults, registration required)

Children can connect nature and art at Broadmoor in Natick’s Artful Animals: Mammal Sketching and Tracking Walk. An artist and naturalist educator shows how to draw some common mammals from Broadmoor, including deer, beavers, and squirrels. Weather permitting, will venture outside to learn about animal tracks and signs. (Ages 7-11, registration required)

Families with young children can start the morning off right with Stony Brook in Norfolk’s Tiny Trekkers. Hit the trails and discover nature. There will be crafts, activities, and lots of laughter. (Family, registration required)

Try something new with Do It Yourself Weather Forecasting at North River in Marshfield. March weather is unpredictable, with warmth one day and freezing temperatures the next. Engage in some do-it-yourself weather forecasting using time-honored techniques. (All ages, registration required)

Enjoying the adult coloring book craze? Bring a friend or a child to enjoy a creative afternoon at Wachusett Meadow in Princeton’s Crazy for Color. Start with a short hike to get the creative juices flowing, then get coloring with several nature themed designs. Learn out about color harmony, values, and design and hear about how local flora and fauna are preparing for spring and summer. (Adults, registration required)

Taste the sweetness of late winter with Sugaring Off Tours at Ipswich River in Topsfield. On these naturalist-guided walks, discover how to identify a sugar maple, observe sap collection, get a sweet taste of the final product, and more. Afterwards, purchase hot dogs cooked in maple syrup, soups, and deserts made by our volunteers. (All ages, registration required)

Build a Bluebird House at Broad Meadow Brook in Worcester. Bluebirds are beautiful and help gardeners by eating insects all day long.  Build a nest box from a pre-cut kit that’s suitable for bluebirds and other small cavity-nesting birds such as black-capped chickadees, nuthatches, and more. Hear about the best places to situate your nest box. (All ages, registration required)

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