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Stony Brook Pond lilies in fall colors

What to Look For – October 2019

At this time of year, a stroll from the Nature Center to the boardwalk can be particularly productive during early mornings or evenings.

Keep your eyes on the sky and trees. September and October mark the peak of fall migration for the smaller perching birds such as warblers, vireos, and flycatchers. It’s also migration season for raptors and waterfowl that breed to the north and overwinter in warmer southern climes.

Native plants begin fruiting in early fall
Native plants begin fruiting in early fall

This is also the time when many of our native plants begin to ripen their fruits and change colors. Berries on Winterberry Holly begin to change to orange and red, while the hips on Swamp Rose turn from green to orange. These colors complement the yellows, golds, purples, reds, and crimsons of fall.

We highly recommend getting outside and taking a walk on the trails in the coming weeks. It’s the perfect way to enjoy the exhilarating, crisp and clear days that mark the beginning of fall in these parts.


Find out what else Mother Nature has in store this month with Mass Audubon’s Outdoor Almanac.

Stony Brook campers with their hand-drawn map of habitats for different species

Campers for Wildlife

Drawing of a Bald Eagle made by a young Stony Brook camper
This Bald Eagle was one of the many drawings campers created

After learning about how Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey plans to challenge the federal government’s recent moves to alter key components of the Endangered Species Act, a group of Ramblers (campers ages 7-8) attending Stony Brook Day Camp decided to make a statement of their own. 

With the help of their counselors, these young campers put together a letter and drawings expressing their support for the Attorney General!

The counselors were thrilled to see their concern, and happy to help the campers bring their ideas to fruition.

Thank you, campers, for being inspirational Nature Heroes to all of us!

Vacation Week Fun At Stony Brook

Staying home for vacation weeks Tuesday, February 21st-Friday, February 24th or Tuesday, April 18th-Friday, April 21st with your 5 to 12-year-old? Looking for an enrichment program for your homeschooler?

Sign up for a day or all four days of Stony Brook’s vacation week programs (9am-3:30pm) as each day has a different theme. Your child could explore chemistry and create an edible science project. Or solve a “track mystery” with their new-found knowledge of track patterns.  The fun and adventure are limitless.

If your child enjoys exploring the natural world, using their imagination, creating crafts and participating in ooey-gooey fun these vacation week classes are for them. Stony Brook knows how to make learning fun! Call the sanctuary at (508) 528-3140 to register or sign up online.

#OptOutside at Stony Brook

Leave the long lines, crowds, and hunting for a parking spot to others on this Black Friday and join REI and Mass Audubon for our OptOutside campaign, a “Green Friday” of discovery outdoors.

Stony Brook Wildlife Sanctuary is one of many Mass Audubon locations that will be hosting or setting up self-guided activities this Friday, November 25, 2016.

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Education Coordinator Marla Cohen has created a scavenger hunt to add more challenge to your walk along our beautifully groomed, half-mile Pond Loop trail. Look for the scavenger cards and crayon supplies on the porch of the sanctuary building. For those both young and old, Marla has left a trail of “leaves” camouflaged along the path filled with fun activities on your self-guided walk.

Come to Stony Brook Wildlife Sanctuary this Friday, enjoy your walk with friends and family and share your photos with us by posting to #OptOutside #MassAudubon, on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram

Enjoy your Thanksgiving with friends and family and hope to see you outside!