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

Barred Owl © Robert Watroba

What To Do This Weekend: Jan 25-26

See live birds of prey, go on a winter nature walk, find out how to track animals, build a fairy house, look for owls, and more at a wildlife sanctuary this weekend.

Barred Owl © Robert Watroba
Barred Owl © Robert Watroba

North Shore

See live birds of prey up-close like never before with Wingmasters at Ipswich River in Topsfield. You’ll be introduced to different types of raptors including eagles, hawks, falcons, and owls during this exciting indoor presentation. (adults and children, registration required)

Meet Backyard Birds at Joppa Flats in Newburyport. Bird Banding Station Manager Ben Flemer presents demonstrations on bird research and banding. You’ll learn about your own backyard birds and why they’re here while watching scientific research in action.

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Greater Boston

Go on a Family Bird Walk at Boston Nature Center. Learn how to use binoculars to search for the most common birds found in Boston and learn how to identify them! Sing like a bird and get a closer look at feathers, nests, and other bird related artifacts. (families with children, registration required)

During Busy Bees’ Wax at Drumlin Farm in Lincoln, meet our beekeeper, find out why bees make wax, and learn how we’ve used it throughout history. You’ll make candles and decorations to take home! (families with children, registration required)

Whooo is making all that noise in your backyard at night? Head to Stony Brook for On the Prowl for Owls. Start inside to learn about owls and the dissect an owl pellet. Afterwards head out under the moon and stars to see if we can hear or see any owls. (families with children, registration required)

As part of Animal Tracking at Broadmoor in Natick, learn to identify the tracks, chews, scat, burrows and other clues left by many creatures including deer, fisher, and coyote. (adults and families with children, registration required)

Search for the many animals that call Moose Hill in Sharon home during Tracks and Traces. Start with the basics of animal track patterns and then head outside to look for evidence of our resident winter wildlife. (families with children, registration required)

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South of Boston

Go on a Seaside Seal Stroll with Allens Pond in South Dartmouth and Westport. Learn about the lives of harbor and grey seals, what brings them to our area, and proper etiquette for viewing these protected species. (adults and children ages 6+, registration required)

Take a hike to learn about the legends of the Fairies and Trolls that live at Oak Knoll in Attleboro. Then head indoors to build your very own fairy house. (adults and children, registration required)

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Central Massachusetts

Connect with the natural world in a healing, calming, grounding, and replenishing way through a Shinrin-Yoku “Forest Breathing” Guided Sanctuary Walk at Wachusett Meadow in Princeton. (adults, registration required)

During Snow Tracking and Winter Animal Activities at Broad Meadow Brook in Worcester learn to use snow tracks and other clues to explore the winter landscape. (adults, registration required)

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Berkshires

Strap on snowshoes (or microspikes, depending upon conditions) and embark on a winter Snowshoe Hike at Pleasant Valley in Lenox. Watch for wildlife activity around ponds, streams, meadows, and woodlands. (adults, registration required)

Search for tracks, scat, and other Signs of Wildlife that stay active through winter at Lime Kiln Farm in Sheffield. Discover new “whodunit” mysteries that take place out in nature while we’re typically warm inside our homes. (adults and children, registration required)

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Connecticut River Valley

Arcadia in Easthampton and Northampton is proud to be home to one of the several dozen nesting pairs of Bald Eagles in our state. Learn about these birds and their reintroduction and take a walk into the meadows to look for eagles. (adults, registration required)

Go on a Winter Nature Walk at the Quabbin Reservoir in Belchertown. Along the way, search of winter songbirds, bald eagles, animal tracks, and more. (adults, registration required)

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River Otter © Jim Morelly

What To Do This Weekend: Jan 18-19

Go birding, try snowshoeing, look for mammals, paint in watercolor, ID winter trees, and more at a wildlife sanctuary this weekend.

River Otter © Jim Morelly
River Otter © Jim Morelly

Greater Boston

Bird Away the Winter Blues at Mount Auburn Cemetery in Cambridge. Enjoy a peaceful walk in this historic and beautifully landscaped cemetery looking for winter residents and some surprises like possible Yellow-bellied Sapsucker and Red-breasted Nuthatch. (adults, registration required)

Learn about the adaptations that help trees survive the harsh conditions of winter as well as identification techniques at Boston Nature Center’s Winter Tree Identification program. (adults, registration required)

No school on Monday? Spend a Nature Day at Moose Hill in Sharon. Take part in outdoor exploration, nature play, crafts, stories, and fun activities. (children ages 4-12, registration required)

Kids can go Wild about Weasels at Stony Brook in Norfolk. Look for tracks on the trail and maybe see an otter or two. Make a wiggly weasel of your own to take home as well. (children ages 4-12, registration required)

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Cape Cod

Create Your 2020 Bird List at Long Pasture in Barnstable. This series, which takes place one Saturday a month, will help you with your year list from beginning to end during outings at birding hotspots on the Cape and further afield. (adults, registration required)

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South of Boston

Bring the family to Oak Knoll in Attleboro for a Family Exploration of rocks and fossils. (families with children, registration required)

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North Shore

During Mammals in Watercolor at Ipswich River in Topsfield, take a quick walk around the sanctuary to search for mammals such as deer, foxes, weasels, squirrels, and more. Then put brush to paper and create watercolor paintings of a mammal of our choice. (adults, registration required)

Focus on Merrimack River Birds with Joppa Flats in Newburyport. The Merrimack River is an extraordinary place for winter birding, with large areas remaining ice free. Look out for Black-headed gulls, Red-breasted and Common mergansers, Long-tailed Ducks, Common and Barrow’s goldeneyes, Buffleheads, Bald Eagles, and Great Cormorants. (adults, registration required)

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Central Massachusetts

Head to Broad Meadow Brook in Worcester for an Owl Prowl for Families. Practice owl calls and search the sanctuary trails for these magnificent creatures of the night, finishing up with hot chocolate and games. (adults with children ages 5+, registration required)

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Connecticut River Valley

The forest is full of signs that tell us about the wildlife within. Learn to read the Tracks and Signs left by animals that live at Laughing Brook in Hampden. (adults with children, registration required)

Snowshoe in a Spruce-Fir Forest in Windsor and learn about this unique ecosystem, where plant species such as balsam fir and red spruce are the dominant trees. Look for tracks of snowshoe hare, ruffed grouse, and other fascinating wildlife along the way. (adults, registration required)

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copyright Sherri VandenAkker

What To Do This Weekend: Jan 11-12

Improve your photography skills, go on night hikes, learn how to identify bones and tracks, practice mindfulness, look for seals, and more at a wildlife sanctuary this weekend.

Gray Seals © Sherri VandenAkker

Connecticut River Valley

During the two-part Intro to Digital Nature Photography in Hampden, discuss 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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North Shore

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

The Skull and Bone Identification Workshop at Ipswich River in Topsfield will teach you what to look for when identifying animal bones. Practice skills using sample bones or bring in any bones you have found that you would like to identify. (adults, registration required)

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Greater Boston

Experience Yoga and Mindfulness at Habitat in Belmont. After a 45-minute slow and gentle yoga class indoors, head outside to explore the trails. (adults, registration required)

Go on a Family Animal Tracking Adventure in the Blue Hills in Milton. Start indoors with a hands-on investigation of animal specimens and artifacts. Then hike into the forest to look for tracks and signs of our local wildlife. (families, registration required)

Take an Owl Prowl Adventure at Broadmoor in Natick. Under the moon and stars, learn about owl calls, behavior, and habitat as you search and listen for our resident screech, barred and great horned owls. (families, registration required)

Let it Snow at Stony Brook in Norfolk. Watch snowflakes grow in a bottle, make paper snowflakes, and freeze a soap bubble. (children ages 4-12, registration required)

Enjoy at Winter Bird Walk at Boston Nature Center as we observe our hardy winter species. (adults, registration required)

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South of Boston

Take a Full Moon Night Hike at Oak Knoll in Attleboro to learn about the moon and nocturnal animals. (adults and children ages 5+, registration required)

Go on a Seaside Seal Stroll with Allens Pond in South Dartmouth and Westport. Learn about the lives of harbor and grey seals, what brings them to our area, and proper etiquette for viewing these protected species. (adults and children ages 6+, registration required)

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Snow Buntings

What To Do This Weekend: Jan 4-5

Look for birds by day and owls by night, go on a nature walk, help maintain trails, practice yoga, and more at a wildlife sanctuary this weekend.

Snow Buntings copyright Fred Hosley
Snow Buntings © Fred Hosley

Greater Boston

Bring the whole family to Owl Prowl Adventures at Broadmoor in Natick. Under the moon and stars, learn about owl calls, behavior, and habitat as we search and listen for our resident screech, barred and great horned owls. (families, registration required)

Take a Winter Nature Walk at Boston Nature Center to explore the tracks left by nocturnal animals and spot birds in their wintering plumage. Learn about tracks, birds, winter animals and trees in winter. (families, registration required)

Help Habitat in Belmont out with some New Year Trail Tending. Bundle up and come pack down trails, look for wildlife tracks, or do some winter pruning.

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North Shore

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

Head to Ipswich River in Topsfield for Sunday Morning Yoga. Soothe your mind, body, and soul with mindful breathing and meditation for a feeling of overall peace and well-being. (adults, registration required)

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Central Massachusetts

Go on a New Year’s Hike at Wachusett Meadow in Princeton to enjoy the fresh air, beautiful trails, good company, and some seasonal natural history along the way. (adults, registration required)

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South of Boston

During Family Habitat Days at Oak Knoll in Attleboro look for interesting animals, plants, and see what has visited the sanctuary. (families, registration required)

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Cape Cod

Explore the beaches, dunes, and waters of the Outer Cape during Birding the Winter Beaches. Search of winter birds including snow buntings, horned larks, sea ducks, loons, and snowy owls. (adults, registration required)

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Arcadia Solstice

What To Do This Weekend: Dec 21-22

Celebrate the Solstice, go birding, learn about wildlife tracks, practice mindfulness, look at the stars, go on a holiday hike, and more at a wildlife sanctuary this weekend.

Arcadia Solstice
Arcadia’s Solstice Celebration

Connecticut River Valley

Celebrate the Solstice at Arcadia in Easthampton and Northampton. Ward off the cold with the warmth of a bonfire, sip hot cider, make some crafts, and listen to live music.

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North Shore

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

Get an Intro to Tracking Mammals at Ipswich River in Topsfield. Following an indoor primer, hike the sanctuary to search for tracks, chews, and scat. (adults, registration required)

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Greater Boston

Experience Yoga and Mindfulness at Habitat in Belmont. After a 45-minute slow and gentle yoga class indoors, head outside to explore the trails. (adults, registration required)

Celebrate the longest night of the year at Boston Nature Center’s Welcome the Solstice. Go on a moonlit stroll to listen for owls, then head back inside to sip hot apple cider while creating your own solstice art.

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.

During Winter Backyard Birding and Crafts at Boston Nature Center, learn how to use binoculars, identify different bird species, and create seed and fruit art for the birds to enjoy. (families)

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South of Boston

Take at Holiday Hike through the different habitats found at Oak Knoll in Attleboro. We will also make special bird feeders as a gift to nature. (adults and children, registration required)

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Nature Heroes in Action

This past year has been remarkable in so many ways—and it’s all thanks to Nature Heroes like you. You have visited sanctuaries, attended programs, volunteered your time, shared your experiences on social media, made donations, and so much more.

Check out a snapshot of what you helped accomplish this year below or in our Annual Report and watch our new video to see more Nature Heroes in action!

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1,386

Happy campers that attended summer camp thanks to scholarships.

800

People that participated in Mass Audubon Climate Cafes and Youth Climate Summits.

67

Bird-friendly forest stewardship plans put into action across 8,370 acres in Massachusetts, thanks to Mass Audubon-led Forestry for the Birds training.

829

Cold-stunned turtles rescued off the beaches of Cape Cod, including “Munchkin,” a 330-pound adult female Loggerhead. The largest ever to strand during cold-stun season in Massachusetts, Munchkin is now believed to be foraging in warmer waters.

456

Acres of additional land protected across Massachusetts, raising our total conserved acreage to 38,211 acres. This land serves as important habitat for plants and animals; provides people with clean drinking water, fresh air, better health, and more places to experience the joys of nature; and leads to a more resilient Massachusetts in the face of climate change.

510,000

Visitors that explored one of 60 wildlife sanctuaries across the state.

Want to see those numbers grow?

Include Mass Audubon in your year-end giving to help protect the nature of Massachusetts for people, for land, and for wildlife!

Cedar Waxwing

What To Do This Weekend: Dec 14-15

Go on bird and nature walks, learn how to edit digital photos, attend a craft open house, take a holly walk, make a sea glass masterpiece, and more at a wildlife sanctuary this weekend.

Cedar Waxwing
Cedar Waxwing

Greater Boston

Explore the science of gels, fragrances, and fizzers during Spa Science at Stony Brook in Norfolk. Make colorful and fragrant bath bombs, lotions, bubbles, lip balm and more. Learn about chemical reactions and why they happen and make some presents for your friends and family. (children ages 7-8, registration required)

Bring your photos to life and enhance them to their full potential during Digital Photography Editing for Beginners at Moose Hill in Sharon. Find out how to get the most out of Lightroom’s varied features and create useful presets that will speed up and simplify your editing workflow. (adults, registration required)

Go on a Naturalist Walk at Drumlin Farm in Lincoln to explore the many habitats of the wildlife sanctuary while building an understanding of ecological communities and our mutual interdependence. (adults and children ages 13+, registration required)

Head to Boston Nature Center to learn about Owls in the City. Discuss their adaptations, behaviors, migration, and how climate change may impact them. (adults, registration required)

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North Shore

Go on an Early Winter Birds of Ipswich River Walk in Topsfield to look for Great Horned Owls, Red-tailed Hawks, Pileated Woodpeckers, Cedar Waxwings, and more. (adults, registration required)

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

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Central Massachusetts

Get into the holiday spirit by creating your own ornaments from natural materials at a Craft Open House at Broad Meadow Brook in Worcester! Holiday treats and music will be provided to help inspire your festive creativity.

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Connecticut River Valley

Take part in a Christmas Bird Count at Arcadia in Easthampton and Northampton. Go on a short bird walk outside as well as watch birds at our feeders from indoors while drining hot chocolate.

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South of Boston

Using linoleum blocks, design, carve and print Solstice Greeting Cards at North River in Marshfield. Explore creative ways to add color to our prints with other printing styles and washes. (adults, registration required)

Head to Allens Pond in South Dartmouth and Westport for a Holiday Sea Glass and Pebble Art Workshop. Take a guided walk in search of a variety of pebbles, sea glass and other treasures. Then create a unique, beach-inspired work of art. (adults, registration required)

Learn all about the signs animals leave behind then look for some on the trails during a Family Explorations at Oak Knoll in Attleboro. (families, registration required)

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Cape Cod and Islands

Take a Holiday Holly Walk at Ashumet Holly in Falmouth, one of the largest holly plantations in New England! Learn about the natural history of hollies and gather your own holly boughs to take home. (adults and children ages 12+, registration required)

Spend two days at Wellfleet Bay for FIeld School: Hiking Backwoods and Beaches. Extended hikes will explore the backwoods, remote beaches, dramatic dunes, quiet kettle ponds, and sheltering woodlands that the average visitor (and local) rarely explores. (adults, registration required)

Attend a Felix Neck Climate Cafe at the Covington in Edgartown. Enjoy coffee and community conversations about local environmental issues and climate related topics at different island businesses.

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Snowshoeing

What To Do This Weekend: Dec 7-8

Go snowshoeing, find nature-inspired gifts, look for owls, search for sea turtles, learn about coyotes, attend a potluck, and more at a wildlife sanctuary this weekend.

Snowshoeing

Connecticut River Valley

Attend a Holiday Craft Workshop at Arcadia in Easthampton and Northampton to make nature crafts using recycled, non-plastic materials. Bring your imagination and we’ll supply the rest! (families, registration required)

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Central Massachusetts

The snow is here! Head to Broad Meadow Brook in Worcester or Wachusett Meadow in Princeton for a Pop-up Snowshoe Adventure. (adults and children, registration required)

Enjoy a Saturday Morning Bird Walk at Broad Meadow Brook. Discover the immense variety of birdlife that exists at our large urban sanctuary as you explore its trails with an expert guide. (adults, registration required)

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North Shore

Shop nature-inspired gifts crafted by local artisans and find something unique for everyone on your list at Ipswich River’s Pop-up Holiday Market in Topsfield. Enjoy live music and purchase food from the Sacred Cod food truck and Pure Pastry.

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)

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Greater Boston

Draw Owls from Life at the Museum of American Bird Art in Canton. This hands-on workshop will help you explore methods for developing your owl sketches, as well as techniques for capturing depth, volume, and texture. (adults and children 15+, 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. Under the moon and stars, search and listen for our resident Screech, Barred and Great Horned owls. (families, registration required)

Learn about the behaviors and life history of the coyote, and to look for their signs and tracks as part of Wildlife in the City: Coyotes at Boston Nature Center. Leave with helpful hints on how to coexist with these new city neighbors safely and peacefully. (adults, registration required)

During Stories in Stone at Stony Brook in Norfolk, hike the sanctuary to see and identify various distinctive glacial landforms as well as the evidence of how those stones were put to use in developing New England. (adults, registration required)

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South of Boston

Take a Sunset Owl Prowl at Tidmarsh in Plymouth to look our resident owls and those who may just be passing through. (adults, registration required)

Head to North River in Marshfield for a Holiday Open House, where you can shop for unique and locally handmade gifts in a relaxed atmosphere. Enjoy free admission, cider, snacks, craft demonstrations, a Discovery Room for the kids, and more.

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Cape Cod and Islands

Join the Sea Turtle Patrol and search for cold-stunned juvenile sea turtles stranded on Cape Cod Bay beaches on the high tide. Learn about sea turtle biology, behavior, and conservation. (adults and children ages 6+, registration required)

Come one, come all to a special Community Potluck that’s kicking off a year-long celebration honoring Felix Neck’s 50th anniversary! Warm your heart by the fire, make new friends, and reflect on the sanctuary’s five decades of inspiring nature heroes. 

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For Land, For People, and For Wildlife

Today, at a Mass Audubon wildlife sanctuary near you, you helped to save something truly extraordinary. You did it last week, and the week before that. In fact, you did it every day this year.

And you are in the very best of company: your friends, neighbors, and 135,000 like-minded people all across the state are also taking action to protect the nature of Massachusetts.

On Giving Tuesday, we’ll share some stories via email and Facebook about how your support is making a difference for wildlife, wild lands, and people. We hope you will be encouraged by what’s possible when we all work together, and inspired to make a gift to Mass Audubon.

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