Author Archives: Hillary T.

About Hillary T.

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

Northern Pintail © Brian Vigorito

What To Do This Weekend: Nov 9-10

Go on a nature walk, search for ducks, learn how to make cheese, look for owls after dark, make a mandala, and more at a wildlife sanctuary this weekend.

Northern Pintail © Brian Vigorito
Northern Pintail © Brian Vigorito

Connecticut River Valley

During Trees at High Ledges in Shelburne, hike through the forests to the top of the ledges, all the while learning how to identify trees once their leaves have fallen. (adults, registration required)

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Central Massachusetts

On the See Waterfowl in Greater Worcester Tour, explore Leesville Pond and other sites in the greater Worcester area by van in search of Hooded and Common mergansers, Green-winged Teal, American Widgeon, and Northern Pintail ducks. (adults, registration required)

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North Shore

As part of The Ice Age Geologic History of Ipswich River in Topsfield, hike to key locations to observe and learn how to identify various distinctive glacial landforms, their characteristics, how they came about, and how they continue to influence the world around us today. (adults, registration required)

Go Saturday Morning Birding in the Newburyport/Plum Island are — one of the best year-round birding locations in the country. Beginners and birders of all levels are welcome. (adults)

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Greater Boston

Try your hand at Simple Cheesemaking at Drumlin Farm in Lincoln. Sample homemade cheeses while learning the skills you need to make your own cheese at home! (adults and children ages 12+, registration required)

Head to Broadmoor in Natick for Owl Prowl Adventures. Learn about local owls while walking through fields and forests under moon listening for resident screech, barred and great horned owls. (families, registration required)

Get the Most from Your SmartPhone Camera at Stony Brook in Norfolk. Take a short photo tour and then head out to put those camera phones through their paces. (adults, registration required)

Go on a Nature Walk at Boston Nature Centre to stretch your legs and your mind with an exploration of our forests, meadows, and seasonal wetlands. Ask questions and learn about the biodiversity in an urban setting. (adults, registration required)

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South of Boston

Sanctuary Director Lauren Kras and former Tidmarsh Farms owners Glorianna Davenport and Evan Schulman will lead a walk Celebrating the Legacy of Cranberry Farming and Innovative Restoration at Tidmarsh in Plymouth. (adults, registration required)

Go on a Fall Foliage Exploration at Attleboro Springs to explore the colors of fall and learn about the science of dendrology (trees). (all ages, registration required)

Make a Fall Leaf Mandala at Allens Pond in South Dartmouth. This ancient form of art can be very relaxing and some find that it helps deepen our spiritual connection with nature and the universe. (adults, registration required)

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Cape Cod

Take a Seabird Cruise from Sesuit Harbor in Dennis into Cape Cod Bay aboard the Albatross. Search for alcids, loons, gannets, and sea ducks in flight and floating on the waves. You may also spot gray and harbor seals and other marine life. (adults, registration required)

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Harlequin Duck © Carol Duffy

What To Do This Weekend: Nov 2-3

Go on a mindfulness walk, take part in farm chores, look for owls, search for ducks, help maintain trails, and more at a wildlife sanctuary this weekend.

Harlequin Duck © Carol Duffy
Harlequin Duck © Carol Duffy

Greater Boston

Experience the practice of Forest Bathing at Boston Nature Center. This slow-paced guided therapeutic experience promotes wellness through a series of gentle sensory-opening invitations that welcome us to notice more of our natural surroundings. (adults, registration required)

Take part in Afternoon Chores at Drumlin Farm in Lincoln. Feed chickens and collect eggs, then bring hay to the sheep, goats, and cows. After we finish up we’ll treat ourselves to a farm fresh snack. (families, registration required)

Go on an Owl Prowl Adventure at Broadmoor in Natick to learn about owl calls, behavior and habitat as we search and listen for our resident Screech, Barred and Great Horned owls. (families, registration required)

As part of a Star Gazing Night at Moose Hill in Sharon, join astronomers from the Astronomical Society of Southern New England for a look at the stars and other night objects through their big telescopes.

Head to Habitat in Belmont for Trails Day. Chip trails, work in the children’s garden, the Sun/Moon Herb garden, and more. (all ages, registration required)

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North Shore

During Joppa Flats’ Seabirds of Cape Ann field trip, visit Halibut, Andrews, and Eastern points as well as Brace Cove, Niles Pond, and the Gloucester Harbor area. Target species will include Red-throated Loon, Red-necked Grebe, Harlequin Duck, Black Guillemot, and three species of scoters. (adults, registration required)

Walk among trees that are nearly 200 years old as part of Wicked Big Trees: A Woodland Hike at Ipswich River in Topsfield. Along the way also learn about the interesting cultural history of the sanctuary. (adults, registration required)

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Central Massachusetts

Discover the immense variety of birdlife that exists at Broad Meadow Brook in Worcester on a Saturday Morning Bird Walk. Learn the basics of bird identification and birdwatching. (adults, registration required)

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South of Boston

Attend a free Family Habitat Day at Oak Knoll in Attleboro to look for interesting animals, plants, and see what has visited the sanctuary. (families, registration required)

Learn How to Use a Compass while exploring the many corners of North River in Marshfield. (all ages, registration requested)

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Cape Cod

During Bird Research in Action! at Wellfleet Bay, meet James and the rest of the bird banding team to learn about banding methods and the information gathered from this research. You will likely get to see live birds up-close and observe the banding process. (adults and children ages 8+, registration required)

Explore areas of the Cape to view eiders, scoters, buffleheads, Common Goldeneyes, and Red-breasted Mergansers as they pause in their migratory journeys as part of Fall Ducks of Cape Cod. (adults, registration required)

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Connecticut River Valley

Enjoy the woods and meadows found at Arcadia’s over 700 acres as we explore the sanctuary at a relaxed pace during Signs of the Season. (adults, registration required)

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Berkshires

Take part in Birding in the Berks to spend the morning visiting several Berkshire lakes in search of migrating waterfowl that only briefly stop in the area. Search for loons, grebes, and the hundreds of ducks and then end with hot cider and donuts. (adults, registration required)

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What To Do This Weekend: Oct 26-27

Celebrate Halloween, go birding, attend an Owl Festival, learn how to ID trees, find out why spiders are amazing, volunteer, and more at a wildlife sanctuary this weekend.

Jack o Lantern from Tales of the Night at Drumlin Farm
Tales of the Night at Drumlin Farm

North Shore

On Saturday, Ipswich River in Topsfield will be transformed into a magical forest for Halloween Happenings. Meet some of the interesting creatures that come out just for Halloween on a guided walk. Note: this event has moved to an earlier time. (all ages, registration required)

Go Saturday Morning Birding in the Newburyport/Plum Island are — one of the best year-round birding locations in the country. Beginners and birders of all levels are welcome. (adults)

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Greater Boston

Give a hoot for all things owl at the Blue Hills Trailside Museum family-friendly Owl Festival! Meet live owls up-close, discover how these mysterious animals survive, and enjoy crafts, food trucks, and fun for all ages.

Put on your favorite costume, grab a flashlight, and join us for the silliest, spookiest, and most family-friendly Halloween tradition: Tales of the NIght at Drumlin Farm in Lincoln. (registration required)

Head to Moose Hill in Sharon for their Halloween Prowl, an enchanting evening with many delights including guided tours, a s’mores station, costume parade, and a barn filled with Jack-o’-lanterns. (registration required)

During Busy Beavers at Broadmoor in Natick, discover what life is like as a beaver. As sunset approaches, we will watch for our resident beavers on their evening explorations. (families, registration required)

As part of Fall Tree Identification at Boston Nature Center, go for a walk around the sanctuary to learn about and observe the ways in which leaf arrangement and shape, along with bark characteristics, can be used to identify native and nonnative trees. (adults)

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South of Boston

Go on a Twilight Family Owl Prowl at Great Neck in Wareham. Starting at dusk the group will quietly traverse approximately one and a half miles of trails without the use of flashlights in hopes of hearing owls that nest on our sanctuary. (adults and children, registration required)

Enjoy a Creatures of the Night Hike at Tidmarsh in Plymouth to look for creatures that come out once the sun goes down and what amazing adaptations they have to operate under the cover of darkness. (adults and children ages 10+, registration required)

The theme of this month’s Family Explorations at Oak Knoll in Attleboro is Creepy Crawlies. (families, registration required)

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Central Massachusetts

Soak in the sounds of the night on a guided evening Halloween Hike and Hayride at Wachusett Meadow in Princeton. After warm up by the bonfire and enjoy some family-friendly Halloween tricks & treats. (registration required)

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Connecticut River Valley

Find out why Spiders are Amazing at Arcadia in Easthampton and Northampton. Enjoy some spider games, search for different spiders outdoors, and make a spider craft for Halloween. (families, registration required)

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Berkshires

Take part in the Canoe Meadows Volunteer Day in Pittsfield to care for our beautiful community gardens and wildlife sanctuary. (adults and children ages 10+, registration required)

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Northern Saw-whet Owl Janice Berte

What To Do This Weekend: Oct 19-20

Enjoy the foliage, take a photography workshop, go birding, be a citizen scientist, attend a fall festival, learn about saw-whet owl banding, and more at a wildlife sanctuary this weekend.

Northern Saw-whet Owl © Janice Berte

Greater Boston

Start the weekend off with a Fall Foliage Paddle down the Charles River with Broadmoor in Natick. Relax and watch for the many animals found in and around the river. (adults and children ages 12+, registration required)

Enjoy a Saturday Morning Family Nature Walk at Drumlin Farm in Lincoln. Develop your skills of observation and understanding of and connection to the natural world. (families, registration required)

Take your photography skills to the next level by attending a one-day Bird Photography Master Class at the Museum of American Bird Art in Canton. Topics including composition, minimizing noise, camera setup, flight photography, bird behavior, hot spot locations, and more. (adults, registration required).

It’s Pumpkinfest at the Boston Nature Center! Celebrate the fall harvest by creating your own carved pumpkin, playing pumpkin games, and enjoying some fine fall food. (families, registration required)

Take part in the Stony Brook Bio-Blitz in Norfolk to search the wetlands and fields documenting the wild animals and plants inhabiting the sanctuary. Bring your smartphone and curiosity. (adults, registration required)

New to birding, or looking to sharpen your skills? All skill levels are invited Birding for Beginners at Rock Meadow in Belmont. (adults, registration required)

During Bird Banding at Moose Hill in Sharon, learn about the saw-whet owl banding at Moose Hill. If we’re lucky, we will have a chance to see a saw-whet owl up close and watch the whole process — capture, weigh, measure, examine, and release. (adults, registration required)

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South of Boston

Head to Daniel Webster Marshfield for Farm Day, our biggest South Shore celebration of the year. The sanctuary’s grasslands are transformed into a festival of fall farm fun perfect for the whole family.

Go on a Fall Foliage Exploration at Attleboro Springs in Attleboro to explore the colors of fall and learn about the science of dendrology (trees). (adults and children, registration required)

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North Shore

Go Saturday Morning Birding in the Newburyport/Plum Island are — one of the best year-round birding locations in the country. Beginners and birders of all levels are welcome. (adults)

Learn the technique of full-twist or “wrapped” twining during the Wrapped Twined Basket Workshop at Ipswich River in Topsfield. Use traditional Red Cedar spokes and raffia to weave the base and complete several rows up the side of the basket.

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Central Massachusetts

Head to Worcester for Boo Meadow Brook, when the sanctuary turns into a magical, non-scary haunted forest at sundown! Take a gentle, guided walk through the woods on trails lit by softly glowing luminaria and enjoy face painting and snacks after your tour. (registration required)

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Connecticut River Valley

Celebrate the wonders of nature at the Laughing Brook Nature Festival in Hampden. Expect walks, stories, live animals, crafts, and games.

During the BioBlitz at Arcadia in Easthampton and Northampton, learn how to use iNaturalist, and then with phones in hand, explore different areas of the sanctuary documenting species we find. (adults, registration required)

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Berkshires

Take part in the Pleasant Valley Volunteer Day in Lenox to help care for the native gardens, trails/boardwalks, and education spaces. (adults and children ages 6+, registration required)

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Cape Cod & Islands

During Bird Research in Action! at Wellfleet Bay, meet James and the rest of the bird banding team to learn about banding methods and the information gathered from this research. You will likely get to see live birds up-close and observe the banding process. (adults and children ages 8+, registration required)

Attend a Climate Cafe at the Waterside Market in Vineyard Haven to have a conversation about recycling. Don’t forget to bring your mug! (adults and children ages 10+)

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New Hampshire

All Mass Audubon campers and their families (and prospective camper families!) are invited to a fun-filled Family Fun Day at Wildwood, Mass Audubon’s overnight camp in Rindge, NH. Activities include snacks, ropes course, archery, canoeing, and more! (registration required(

Fall foliage paddle

What To Do This Weekend: Oct 12-13

Look for birds, enjoy fall foliage a paddle, go on an owl prowl, become a citizen scientist, explore a bog, and more with a wildlife sanctuary this weekend.

Fall foliage paddle

Greater Boston

Go on a Fall Bird Walk at Boston Nature Center. Find and identify birds through field marks and sounds. Open to birders of all abilities. (adults, registration required)

Explore the Bog at Poutwater Pond in Holden with Stony Brook to look for stunted trees and shrubs as well as unusual orchids and insect eating plants. (adults, registration required)

Bring the family on an Owl Prowl at Blue Hills Trailside Museum. Discover some of the unique adaptations of owls, practice owl calls, and meet some of the museum’s resident owls before going on a night hike to search for owls and other nocturnal life. (families, registration required)

Take a Fall Foliage Paddle on the Charles with Broadmoor in Natick to relax and watch for the many animals found in and around the river. (adults and children ages 12+, registration required)

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North Shore

Visit the Bird Banding Station on Parker River National Wildlife Refuge in Newburyport to see Mass Audubon scientists capture, evaluate, and release migrant songbirds while learning about migration and habitat use. (families, registration required)

Take part in Sunday Morning Yoga at Ipswich River in Topsfield. Bring your mat, and together we will create a comfortable balance to calm your mind, energize your body, and nurture your soul by practicing breathing, movement, and meditation. (adults, registration required)

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South of Boston

It’s a Bat Bonanza at Oak Knoll in Attleboro. Learn more about this incredible and yet still misunderstood animal. (families, registration required)

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Cape Cod

Take part in Box Turtle Tracking at Wellfleet Bay. Find out about the research practices in an indoor presentation then lead an active excursion to track box turtles. (adults, registration required)

During Herons at Hemenway in Eastham, observe the black-crowned night-herons’ nightly flight to the marsh to feed. This is a great opportunity to see black-crowned and maybe yellow-crowned night-herons, great egrets, and belted kingfishers. (adults, registration required)

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Connecticut River Valley

Go on a Peak Foliage Nature Walk at Quabbin Park in Belchertown. Look for birds, listen for insect sounds, watch for squirrels and chipmunks busily preparing for winter, and take in the beauty of the colorful fall leaves. (adults, registration required)

Enjoy a Fall Foliage Paddle along the oxbow of the Connecticut River as well as the Mill River at Arcadia. While learning about wetland trees and other vegetation, we’ll enjoy the spectacular autumn colors. (adults, registration required)

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Berkshires

As part of the Berkshire Views series at Pleasant Valley in Lenox, ascend Lenox Mountain with an experienced guide. Hike via Trail of the Ledges and/or Overbrook Trail on a three-mile round-trip trek through northern hardwood and hemlock forest for an elevation gain of 840 feet. (adults, registration required)

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Plants & Fungi Under 18 Winner © Sean Henderson

What To Do This Weekend: Oct 5-6

Go on a nature hike, practice yoga, look for fungi, attend a fall festival, carve a pumpkin, watch a bird banding demonstration, and more at a wildlife sanctuary this weekend.

Plants & Fungi Under 18 Winner © Sean Henderson
© Sean Henderson

Berkshires

Stroll the gentle loop trails at Lime Kiln Farm in Sheffield to enjoy Berkshire Views including those of Jug End Mountain, Mount Everett, and the lower Housatonic Valley. Along the way look for signs of wildlife and learn about plant communities. (adults, registration required)

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Central Massachusetts

Head to Wachusett Meadow in Princeton for Yoga at the Sanctuary. In this outdoor class, connect with your breath, body, mind, and nature with Wachusett Meadow as your backdrop. (adults, registration required)

During Fabulous Fall Fungi at Broad Meadow Brook in Worcester find out how to recognize fungi by studying their fruiting structures (mushrooms) and learn about their role in ecosystems. (adults, registration required)

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North Shore

Sunday is Family Day at the Bird Banding Station on Parker River National Wildlife Refuge in Newburyport. Mass Audubon scientists capture, evaluate, and release migrant songbirds while you learn about migration and habitat use. (families, registration required)

Go on a Pond Exploration at Ipswich River in Topsfield. Using nets and other collecting equipment, dip into the water, sweep through the weeds, and scoop up mud to discover the creatures that live there. (families, registration required)

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Greater Boston

Get a primer on Tree Identification at Habitat in Belmont. Start indoors with a short overview of the subject and then head out to the sanctuary for a look at 10-12 of our most common New England trees. (adults, registration required)

Head to Stony Brook in Norfolk for the Fall Fair & Wood Duck Derby. The sanctuary’s field will be full of live music, children’s games, trail walks, and local artisans selling their handmade wares. Then cheer on the Wood Ducks (aka rubber ducks) as they race to the finish line in this wildly popular fundraiser.

It’s Pumpkinfest at the Boston Nature Center! Celebrate the fall harvest by creating your own carved pumpkin, playing pumpkin games, and enjoying some fine fall food. (families, registration required)

Enjoy some Fall Birding at Broadmoor in Natick to find out what is going on in the fall with your neighborhood birds. This time of year you never know what you will see! (adults, registration required)

Discover Moose Hill in Sharon in a new way during Forest Bathing, a guided, slow-paced therapeutic combination of leisurely walking, sitting, and observation. Unplug, slow down, and de-stress through a series of gentle sensory-opening invitations that welcome us to deepen our connection with nature. (adults, registration required)

Teens interested in the field of wildlife biology can join Drumlin Farm’s Wildlife Biologists Club. Work with captive wildlife, take field trips, and learn directly from conservation scientists. (teens, registration required)

Uncover the stories of fire, ice, and deep time told by the rocks of Great Blue Hill during Stories in Stone at Blue Hills Trailside Museum in Milton. Walk approximately 1.5 miles round-trip on unpaved, uneven terrain to the summit while hearing from geologist Les Tyrala. (adults, registration required) 

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South of Boston

Monarch Tagging at Allens Pond in South Dartmouth will give you a closer look at these delicate creatures and their migratory patterns. (adults and children ages 5+, registration required)

Attend a free Family Habitat Day at Oak Knoll in Attleboro to look for interesting animals, plants, and see what has visited the sanctuary. (families, registration required)

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Cape Cod

During Bird Research in Action! at Wellfleet Bay, meet James and the rest of the bird banding team to learn about banding methods and the information gathered from this research. You will likely get to see live birds up-close and observe the banding process. (adults and children ages 8+, registration required)

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Greta Thunberg

Leading By Greta’s Example

If you’ve been following the news about the youth-led climate strikes, there’s a good chance you’ve heard about, and been inspired by, Greta Thunberg. This 16-year-old from Sweden has galvanized millions worldwide to speak out about the climate crisis and demanded that world leaders take meaningful action on this urgent issue.

Greta Thunberg in NatureNow
Greta Thunberg in NatureNow.

At her most recent speech at the UN Climate Action Summit, she said so poignantly : “This is all wrong. I shouldn’t be up here. I should be at school on the other side of the ocean. Yet you come to us young people for hope. How dare you.”

If you have five minutes, watch her speech. But it was her NatureNow video that so clearly told us what we need to do to stop the climate crisis. And the three main actions she calls out are what Mass Audubon has been doing for decades.

Protect

As the largest private landowner in Massachusetts with more than 38,000 acres protected, we know how critical land conservation and effective land management is in the age of climate change. We actively protect new land that stores carbon, enhances coastal resiliency, and connects wildlife corridors.

Restore

Tidmarsh Wildlife Sanctuary, in Plymouth, demonstrates the importance of restoring land to its natural state. Once a working cranberry farm, this landscape underwent the largest freshwater ecological restoration ever completed in the Northeast. As a result, Tidmarsh is now on a dramatic change curve—a spectacle that will play out for decades to come. 

Fund

With the help of our members and supporters, we jump at opportunities to protect these critical landscapes. Recently, we had just a few weeks to raise $2.6 million to save 110 acres of ecologically important habitat in Wareham–and it was people like you who stepped up to donate the funds to acquire the land.

Greta’s voice brings clarity and urgency to the issue of climate change like few others have been able to do. At Mass Audubon, we also feel that sense of urgency to respond with solutions that protect the nature of Massachusetts for people and wildlife.  

Learn more about our Climate Change efforts, join our climate action group on Facebook, and support our work.

Arcadia Folk Fest by Julian Parker-Burns

What To Do This Weekend: Sept 28-29

Spend the day at a Folk Fest, look for hawks, climb a mountain, learn how to bird, practice yoga, enjoy the foliage by paddle, and more at a wildlife sanctuary this weekend.

Arcadia Folk Fest by Julian Parker-Burns
Arcadia Folk Fest by Julian Parker-Burns

Connecticut River Valley

Enjoy a day of family-friendly activities and live music performances by Anaïs Mitchell, Martin Sexton, Dar Williams, The Mammals, and more during the Arcadia Folk Fest in Northampton. (tickets required)

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Berkshires

Enjoy a Hawk Watch Picnic at Old Baldy Mountain in Otis. Bring your own lunch and learn about birds of prey while watching their spectacular migration. (adults, registration required)

As part of the Berkshire Views series at Pleasant Valley in Lenox, ascend Lenox Mountain with an experienced guide. Hike via Trail of the Ledges and/or Overbrook Trail on a three-mile round-trip trek through northern hardwood and hemlock forest for an elevation gain of 840 feet. (adults, registration required)

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Greater Boston

New to birding, or looking to sharpen your skills? Head to Habitat in Belmont for Birding for Beginners. (adults, registration required)

Enjoy both a morning and afternoon Fall Foliage Canoe on the Charles with Broadmoor in Natick. Starting from the Medfield marshes, enjoy the many colors along the bank and the smell of wild grapes. Relax and watch for the many animals found in and around the river. (adults, registration required)

Celebrating all things raptor at Boston Nature Center’s Rockin with Raptors festival! Get up close with live animals, enjoy lots of nature activities, laugh along with kid-friendly entertainment, and much more.

Join Trailside Director Norman Smith for a day of Hawk Watching on Chickatawbut Hill in Milton. Norman will share stories and natural history knowledge accumulated during his 40 years of research. If the weather conditions are right, you may see a hawk or falcon up-close.

Saturday marks the opening reception for the Museum of American Bird Art’s newest exhibition, “The Peace of Wild Things: Herons and Egrets Through the lens of B.A (Tony) King.” Admission is free and light refreshments will be served.

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North Shore

Go Saturday Morning Birding in the Newburyport/Plum Island are — one of the best year-round birding locations in the country. Beginners and birders of all levels are welcome. (adults)

Take part in Sunday Morning Yoga at Ipswich River in Topsfield. Bring your mat, and together we will create a comfortable balance to calm your mind, energize your body, and nurture your soul by practicing breathing, movement, and meditation. (adults, registration required)

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South of Boston

Take a Long Scenic Hike at Allens Pond in South Dartmouth. Covers at least 2 miles of uneven terrain and opens up the senses to the wonders of the sanctuary! (adults, registration required)

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Cape Cod & Islands

During Bird Research in Action! at Wellfleet Bay, meet James and the rest of the bird banding team to learn about banding methods and the information gathered from this research. You will likely get to see live birds up-close and observe the banding process. (adults and children ages 8+, registration required)

Hear Felix Neck Sanctuary Director Suzan Bellincampi talk about her new book, The Nature of Martha’s Vineyard, at the Carnegie in Edgartown.

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Central Massachusetts

Learn How to Identify Sparrows at Wachusett Meadow Princeton. Discuss how best to approach sparrow identification and review field marks. Then, head outside to search for sparrows in the field and practice the techniques learned in class. (adults, registration required)

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Staff at Strike

Take 5: Youth Climate Strike

Friday’s Youth Climate Strike was beyond inspiring. Reports estimate that about 4 million people participated in the strikes worldwide. Staff from Mass Audubon participated in strikes in Boston, Worcester, Northampton, Wellesley, Lexington, Providence, Martha’s Vineyard, and more. Check out five photos from the strike and see more on our Instagram story.

Mass Audubon staff at Boston City Hall Plaza.
Alexandra Vecchio, Mass Audubon's Climate Change Program Manager at the Mass Audubon table.
Alexandra Vecchio, Mass Audubon’s Climate Change Program Manager at the Mass Audubon table.
Broadmoor Staff
Broadmoor’s team at the Wellesley Strike
The future is in your hands sign
Strikers in Worcester
Strike at State House
The March ended at the State House
belted kingfisher

What To Do This Weekend: Sept 21-22

Look for wildflowers, learn how to draw, go on a bird walk, paddle on the North Shore, have fun with slime, and more at a wildlife sanctuary this weekend.

belted kingfisher
Belted Kingfisher

Greater Boston

Go on a guided Autumn Wildflower Exploration at Broadmoor in Natick. Learn about late-blooming wildflowers from asters to goldenrods and other composites, and a variety of swamp and marsh species. (adults, registration required)

Enjoy a free Fall Bird Walk at Boston Nature Center. Find and identify birds through field marks, sounds, and behaviors. Birders of all levels will enjoy these guided walks. (adults, registration required)

Learn how to Draw Hawks and Falcons at the Museum of American Bird Art in Canton. Discover more about these beautiful birds of prey from a Mass Audubon naturalist while you learn to draw them from life with pencil and paper. (adults, registration required)

Discover Moose Hill in Sharon in a new way during Forest Bathing, a guided, slow-paced therapeutic combination of leisurely walking, sitting, and observation. Unplug, slow down, and de-stress through a series of gentle sensory-opening invitations that welcome us to deepen our connection with nature. (adults, registration required)

Birders and non-birders of all ages and skill levels are invited for a Bird Walk at Habitat in Belmont.

Kids ages 5-15 can join Drumlin Farm’s 4H Club, which provides opportunities for kids to become more healthy, connected, balanced, and empowered through hands-on activities with farm and nature themes. (registration required)

Meet professionals from top optics manufacturers, view product demonstrations, and get answers to your questions during the Mass Audubon Shop Optics Fair on September 21. Mass Audubon members will receive exceptional discounts on binoculars, spotting scopes, and tripods!

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North Shore

Go on a Morning Paddle at Ipswich River in Topsfield. Paddle through some of the most beautiful areas on the river to see flights of wood ducks, herons, and songbirds, along with basking turtles, hungry muskrats, and the beautiful autumn colors of the marshes. (adults, registration required)

Visit Joppa Flats’ Bird Banding Station on Parker River National Wildlife Refuge and observe the bird banding process. Mass Audubon scientists capture, evaluate, and release migrant songbirds while you learn about migration and habitat use. (adults, registration required)

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Central Massachusetts

Head to Wachusett Meadow for a Brown Hill Hawk Watch. Learn about the natural history of New England birds of prey, followed by a (moderately difficult) hike up Brown Hill to observe fall migration. (adults, registration required)

Learn about Goldrenrods and Asters at Broad Meadow Brook in Worcester, part of their Essential Nature Series. (adults, registration required)

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Connecticut River Valley

Have Fun with Science and Slime at Arcadia in Easthampton and Northampton. Make your own slime, talk about slugs and how they use slime, play slimeball, and go for a slimy scavenger hunt. (families, registration required)

Get an Intro to Digital Photography at Laughing Brook in Hampden. Topics include best practices for capturing an image, understanding exposure and focus, and using both manual and automatic exposure settings. (adults, registration required)

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Berkshires

Celebrate Pleasant Valley’s 90th birthday with Birds, Blossoms, & Brunch. The fun begins at noon with cocktails, hors d’oeuvres, and views of Lenox Mountain. Enjoy mingling with friends and take the opportunity to get up-close with a few wildlife ambassadors from Nature Matters. (adults, tickets required)

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South of Boston

Learn how to look for birds with binoculars during Oak Knoll’s Family Explorations in Attleboro. (families, registration required)

Spend the morning Birdwatching at Daniel Webster in Marshfield. Look warblers, shorebirds, raptors, and more. (adults, registration required)

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Cape Cod

During Herons at Hemenway in Eastham, observe the black-crowned night-herons’ nightly flight to the marsh to feed. This is a great opportunity to see black-crowned and maybe yellow-crowned night-herons, great egrets, and belted kingfishers. (adults, registration required)

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