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

© Richard Hilgendorff

Take 5: June 2019 Facebook Favorites

Over the course of the 2019 Photo Contest, we will be highlighting 5 photos from the previous month’s entries on Facebook and asking fans to select their favorite. This is just a fun way of sharing some of the amazing entries and doesn’t have to do with the official judging process.

You can pick your favorite by “liking” it on Facebook. Not a Facebook user? Let us know your top pick in the comments. And, there’s still time to enter the contest—the deadline is September 30!

Great Horned Owl © Deidre Gonsalves
Tufted Titmouse @ Greg Nadeau
© Nadia Haq
© Richard Hilgendorff
Humpback Whales © Terri Nickerson
Belted Kingfisher © Christopher Ciccone

What To Do This Weekend: July 13-14

Look for birds, go kayaking, create art on the beach, learn how to make mead, practice yoga, find fireflies, visit a bog, and more at a wildlife sanctuary this weekend.

Belted Kingfisher © Christopher Ciccone
Belted Kingfisher © Christopher Ciccone

Cape Cod and Islands

Go on an Early Bird Walk at Wellfleet Bay. From pine woodlands and freshwater pond to salt marsh and beach, the sanctuary’s diverse natural communities offer diverse bird sightings. (adults, registration required)

Kayak Cape Cod and Climb Sandy Neck Lighthouse with Long Pasture. This guided kayak excursion is a wonderful opportunity to learn about some of Cape Cod Bay’s most fascinating places: the remote cottage colony, the expansive dunes, and the massive Great Marsh. (adults, registration required)

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South of Boston

Head to Duxbury Beach for a Family Fun Day. Join the celebrated artist Marcia Ballou at her canvas as she invites you to add your talents to a piece illustrating the bounty of the beach.

Practice Yoga in the Stone Barn at Allens Pond in South Dartmouth with nothing but the sounds of birds and nature serving as the backdrop to your practice. Taught by a certified instructor from School of Yoga New Bedford, this program is suitable for yogis of all levels. (adults)

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Greater Boston

Learn how to Make Mead at Drumlin Farm in Lincoln. This hands-on workshop covers the history of this fascinating beverage, ingredient selection, and steps to creating delicious mead.(adults 21+, registration required)

During Flickering Fireflies at Stony Brook in Norfolk make a craft, exploring the science behind the glow, and head outside to search for fireflies on the sanctuary. (adults and children, registration required)

As part of Firefly Friends at Blue Hills Trailside Museum in Milton enjoy a little ice cream, make a firefly craft, learn what fireflies like, and how you can make your backyard more firefly friendly. Then we’ll venture outside into the night to go looking for these flashing insects. (families, registration required)

Help Habitat in Belmont with Removing Invasive Plants including buckthorn, bittersweet and others, that have invaded Habitat and make it difficult for native plants to thrive. (adults and children, registration required)

Take a Summer Tree Identification Hike at the Boston Nature Center to get a closer look at the forest around us. Go home knowing how to spot a maple, oak, black locust, and birch. (adults, registration required)

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North Shore

Drop in to Joppa Flats in Newburyport before the beach, after the beach, or instead of the beach to Meet Beach Creatures in a 110-gallon tide pool touch tank. Volunteers interpret the amazing animals you may or may not have seen on your own beach visits and answer all the “why, what, how” questions you want to know.

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Central Massachusetts

Take a closer look at sedges as part of this month’s Essential Nature Series at Broad Meadow Brook in Worcester. (adults, registration required)

Connect with your breath, body, mind, and nature during Yoga at Wachusett Meadow in Princeton. This class is appropriate for all levels, from beginners to advanced practitioners, as several options/modifications will be given for each pose (asana). (adults, registration required)

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Connecticut River Valley

Visit Hawley Bog with Arcadia. During summer you should see blooming orchids such as grass pink and fringed orchid, all three native insectivorous plants, and the many members of the heath family that make the bog their home. (adults, registration required)

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Berkshires

Canoe the Housatonic River in Lenox. During this leisurely paddle watch for swallows, herons, kingfishers, muskrats, and signs of beavers and learn about why the waterway is the natural heart of the Berkshires. (adults and children ages 10+, registration required)

Find out about Animals A to Z at Pleasant Valley in Lenox. Search for all the critters, from ants to zooplankton. Bring a picnic to enjoy the evening. (families, registration required)

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Ruby-throated Hummingbird (female) © David Pallin

What To Do This Weekend: July 6-7

Help hummingbirds, go on a sunrise hike, paddle in the Berkshires, meet beach creatures, learn about insects, and more at a wildlife sanctuary this weekend.

Ruby-throated Hummingbird (female) © David Pallin
Ruby-throated Hummingbird (female) © David Pallin

South of Boston

Start your day with a Sunrise Hike at Tidmarsh in Plymouth. This two mile hike will traverse mostly flat terrain and give us a glimpse into the lives of creatures like owls and coyotes whose day is coming to an end, as well as the stirring of the songbirds whose day is just beginning. (adults, registration required)

This event has been cancelled Celebrate fireflies the Fantastic Firefly Festival at North River in Marshfield, an evening of family-friendly games, activities, crafts, demonstrations, and more—plus, learn how you can participate in Firefly Watch! (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)

Practice Yoga in the Stone Barn at Allens Pond in South Dartmouth with nothing but the sounds of birds and nature serving as the backdrop to your practice. Taught by a certified instructor from School of Yoga New Bedford, this program is suitable for yogis of all levels. (adults)

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Martha’s Vineyard

During Examining the Evidence: A Climate Change Walk and Talk at Felix Neck in Edgartown, walk the sanctuary to see areas that have been impacted by climate and weather events. Also see two ongoing projects that aim to address the changes that are occurring and learn what Mass Audubon is doing to address climate change. (adults, registration required)

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Greater Boston

Take a free Coastal Bird Walk at Belle Isle Marsh to learn more about Boston’s coastal birds. Belle Isle Marsh offers a unique birding experience as it is close to urban life, but also has a highly productive coastal ecosystem. (adults, registration required)

Go on a Saturday Morning Hike at Moose Hill in Sharon to find out about the changing seasons, local geology, conservation at Moose Hill, and Mass Audubon Quests. (adults and children, registration required)

Have Fun with Butterflies and Dragonflies at Broadmoor in Natick. Learn all about these beautiful winged creatures and how to help our local butterflies this summer. (families, registration required)

As part of Digging in the Garden at Boston Nature Center get gardening techniques to make the most out of your garden, as well as dealing with insect pests and water levels. Our education plots in the Clark Cooper Community Gardens provide a perfect setting for some hands-on garden lessons. (families, registration required)

During Insects for Beginners at Drumlin Farm learn about the 6 common insect orders: their unique characteristics and how to recognize them. Then walk through various habitats of the sanctuary with tips on how and where to find insects that inhabit ponds, fields, and forest. (adults, registration required)

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North Shore

Drop in to Joppa Flats in Newburyport before the beach, after the beach, or instead of the beach to Meet Beach Creatures in a 110-gallon tide pool touch tank. Volunteers interpret the amazing animals you may or may not have seen on your own beach visits and answer all the “why, what, how” questions you want to know.

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Central Massachusetts

As part of Helping Wildlife for Families: Hummingbirds at Wachusett Meadow in Princeton get a hands-on introduction to Ruby-throated Hummingbirds, then take a couple of short hikes to some of our monitoring sites. (families, registration required)

Go on a Saturday Morning Bird Walk for Adults at Broad Meadow Brook in Worcester. We’ll teach you the basics of birding and bird identification during an easy-to-moderate walk along the trails.  (adults, registration required)

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Berkshires

Canoe the Housatonic River in Lenox. During this leisurely paddle watch for swallows, herons, kingfishers, muskrats, and signs of beavers and learn about why the waterway is the natural heart of the Berkshires. (adults and children ages 10+, registration required)

Find out about Animals A to Z at Pleasant Valley in Lenox. Search for all the critters, from ants to zooplankton. Bring a picnic to enjoy the evening. (families, registration required)

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Osprey

What To Do This Weekend: June 29-30

Go on a bird walk, take an evening paddle, practice yoga, look for turtles, take for a mindfulness walk in the woods, and more at a wildlife sanctuary this weekend.

Osprey
Osprey

Greater Boston

Birders and non-birders of all ages and skill levels are invited for a Morning Bird Walk at Habitat in Belmont. Look for signs of migrating species, mating behaviors, and nest building. (all ages)

Enjoy an Evening Canoe down one of the most beautiful stretches of the Charles River in Natick and Medfield. Watch as the sun sets over the river and listen for the evening sounds of birds, frogs and other creatures. (adults, registration required)

Be a Wildlife Detective at Boston Nature Center. Hike through an urban oasis, discover a variety of animal homes, and even build one of our own! (families, 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)

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South of Boston

It’s Family Adventure Days at Tidmarsh in Plymouth, Take to the trails and discover something new about nature. We may read a story, make a craft, or sing songs but we will definitely explore the outdoors and have fun! (families, registration required)

Practice Yoga in the Stone Barn at Allens Pond in South Dartmouth with nothing but the sounds of birds and nature serving as the backdrop to your practice. Taught by a certified instructor from School of Yoga New Bedford, this program is suitable for yogis of all levels.

Go on a Pond Exploration at Oak Knoll in Attleboro to check out what is living in Lake T. Grab a dip net and bucket and let’s explore. (families, registration required)

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Cape Cod

Join Sanctuary Director Bob Prescott for Box Turtle Tracking for an active excursion to track box turtles. Learn how to become a citizen scientist! (families, 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)

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Berkshires

Canoe the Housatonic River in Lenox. During this leisurely paddle watch for swallows, herons, kingfishers, muskrats, and signs of beavers and learn about why the waterway is the natural heart of the Berkshires. (adults and children ages 10+, registration required)

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Surprised Eastern Screech Owl © Jason Goldstein

Moving Forward Despite Rollback Attempts

If you’ve been reading the headlines, you may be alarmed at the attempts by the current administration to roll back or halt efforts to curb the impacts of climate change at a federal level.

Surprised Eastern Screech Owl © Jason Goldstein
Eastern Screech Owl © Jason Goldstein

First came the announcement of the intended withdrawal from the Paris Accord. Then the decision to allow offshore oil and gas leasing off US coastlines. And most recently they created a new rule that would give state’s the authority to set coal emission standards and, in doing so, rendering the Environmental Protection Agency ineffective.

Before you throw up your hands in despair and start searching for funny cat videos, know that the headlines are only telling part of the story. Lawyers have been working tirelessly to block the rollbacks. In fact, according to the Columbia Law School, “no climate change-related regulatory rollback brought before the courts has yet survived legal challenge.”

While that’s happening at a federal level, Mass Audubon and its partners continue to speak up for robust and innovative policy in Massachusetts. For example, we were instrumental in the passage of the Environmental Bond Bill. We work directly with municipalities through the state’s Municipal Vulnerability Preparedness (MVP) program, which fosters climate adaptation practices at the local level. And last week we submitted written testimony in support of S.10 An Act providing for climate change adaptation infrastructure investments in the Commonwealth.

Stay informed about climate change policy by signing up for our weekly Beacon Hill Round Up email. And if you want to share resources and information about fighting the impacts of climate change and inspire others to take action in new and creative ways, join our Climate Action Facebook Group.

Kayaking with Long Pasture Wildlife Sanctuary

What To Do This Weekend: June 22-23

Pick strawberries, take a cruise, look for wildflowers, search for Diamondback Terrapins, track shorebirds, go kayaking, learn about fireflies, and more at a wildlife sanctuary this weekend.

Kayaking with Long Pasture Wildlife Sanctuary
Kayaking with Long Pasture Wildlife Sanctuary

North Shore

Go on a Harbor Seal Science Cruise and explore the lower Merrimack River ecosystem about the Yankee Clipper. Practice hands-on science, use interactive props, and look for seabirds, seals, and waterfowl on every trip. (families, registration required)

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Greater Boston

Join Mattapan Food & Fitness Coalition at Boston Nature Center for Mattapan Moving for Live, a wonderful day of fitness, food, and fun! Activities will include nature walks, Zumba, yoga, fitness boot camp demonstrations, heart healthy cooking demonstrations, and children’s nature activities, plus raffles and prizes.

Celebrate the Strawberry Harvest at Drumlin Farm in lincoln. Dig in the dirt with our farm staff, meet some berry-loving animals, and pick your own strawberries to take home.

Make Firefly Friends at Blue Hills Trailside Museum in Milton. Enjoy a little ice cream, make a firefly craft, and learn how you can make your backyard more firefly friendly. Then venture outside into the night to go looking for these flashing insects. (families, registration required)

Go on a Summer Wildflower Exploration at Broadmoor in Natick. Learn about asters, milkweed, and other essential flowers for pollinators and much more. (adults, registration required)

Take a Sunday Stroll at Stony Brook in Norfolk to see what is happening on the sanctuary and stop to enjoy any interesting and unusual sights we come upon. (adults and children, registration required)

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South of Boston

Go on a Beach Ramble at Allens Pond in Westport and South Dartmouth and explore the flora and fauna along our Beach Loop Trail. (adults and children, registration required)

Head to Oak Knoll in Attleboro for Kindness Rocks to create wonderful works of art on special rocks. After, go for a hike on our trails to leave these special pieces behind for others to find and enjoy. (adults and children, registration required)

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Cape Cod and Islands

Search for Diamondback Terrapins at Wellfleet Bay. Start off inside with an introduction to this fascinating species then head outside for a walk along sanctuary trails in search of nesting turtles. (adults, registration required)

Track Shorebirds at Felix Neck in Edgartown. Walk the beach with our shorebird biologist to record field data, search for birds and nests, and identify bird and mammal tracks in the sand. (adults and children)

Go on a Kayak Osprey Watch at Gray’s Beach with Long Pasture. Visit Osprey poles by kayak for a unique, waterside view, and track any updates on nesting, eggs and fledglings. (adults, registration required)

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Central Massachusetts

Broad Meadow Brook in Worcester is hosting a Pollinator Open House. Drop in between 10-12 for pollinator scavenger hunts, games and activities, view the butterfly gardens and bee hotel, and take home free pollinator-friendly wildflower seeds.

Enjoy a Family Canoe on Wildlife Pond at Wachusett Meadow in Princeton. Look for Wood Ducks, bullfrogs, and Kingfishers, and learn about wetland habitats. (families, registration required)

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Connecticut River Valley

Go on a 1-hour First Child in the Woods hike at Arcadia in Easthampton and Northampton to gently introduce infants and toddlers to the natural world and get skills to confidently lead explorations of your own. (families, registration required)

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Berkshires

Head to Pleasant Valley for their 2019 Wild Thing 5k/10k Trail Race & Walk and support conservation efforts and educational programming throughout Berkshire County. (registration required)

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Tree Swallow © Will Sweet

What To Do This Weekend: June 15-16

Celebrate Father’s Day, take a full moon hike, look for birds, go on a canoe trip, try block printing, look for insects, listen to night sounds, and more at a wildlife sanctuary this weekend.

Tree Swallow © Will Sweet
Tree Swallow © Will Sweet

Greater Boston

Take a free Coastal Bird Walk at Belle Isle Marsh to learn more about Boston’s coastal birds. Belle Isle Marsh offers a unique birding experience as it is close to urban life, but also has a highly productive coastal ecosystem. (adults, registration required)

Take a Father’s Day Weekend Canoe on the Charles with Broadmoor in Natick. Watch the morning mist rising off the river while keeping an eye out for Great Blue Herons and other birds gliding over the water. (adults and children ages 12+, registration required)

Go on a Dad and Me self-guided scavenger hunt at Moose Hill in Sharon. Once you decipher your first clue, head out on the trail to get to your new destination and find the next clue.

Curious about block printing but not sure how to begin? Join artist Sherrie York at the Museum of American Bird Art in Canton for Exploring Block Printing to design, carve, and print two small blocks inspired by natural forms. (adults, registration required)

During Ants in Your Pants at Boston Nature Center grab the nearest log or rock, flip it over, and collect insects to look at under hand lenses. Then make an insect-themed craft to take home. (families, registration required)

Have Breakfast with Dad at the Great Blue. Meet at Trailside Museum for a light breakfast. Afterwards, go on a guided hike to the top of Great Blue Hill with a naturalist. (adults and children, 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)

Learn about the Martins and Swallows at Stony Brook in Norfolk. Take a walk around the field and explore the lives of the Tree Swallows and Purple Martins that travel thousands of miles annually to nest here. (adults, registration required)

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North Shore

Enjoy Nature Walks & Journaling with Joppa Flats in Newburyport. Discover seasonal vegetation and blooms on short walks then create memorable journals using writing, drawing, watercolor painting, and photos. (adults, registration required)

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Central Massachusetts

Explore the Night Sights & Sounds at Pierpont Meadow in Dudley. Look at the stars and fireflies, and listen for owls, beavers, coyotes, frogs, crickets, and more. (adults, registration required)

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

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Connecticut River Valley

Celebrate the coming of Summer Solstice and Father’s Day with a leisurely Canoe Trip. Watch for wildlife and learn how to identify wetland plants. (adults and children ages 8+, registration required)

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Berkshires

Listen and look for beavers, owls, loons, and other wildlife at a Moonlight Canoe Trip on Buckley Dunton Lake in October Mountain State Forest. Stealthily explore the coves and inlets, then enjoy refreshments while we listen for nocturnal wildlife sounds. (adults, registration required)

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South of Boston

On the Strawberry Moon Hike at Tidmarsh in Plymouth, stop, look, and listen for creatures that awaken with the setting of the sun. Slow your pace and heighten our senses to experience the sanctuary under the cover of darkness. (adults and children ages 10+, registration required)

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Cape Cod

Go on a Full Moon Hike at Wellfleet Bay to look and listen for nocturnal wildlife as you enjoy the sun setting over Cape Cod Bay and the full moon rising over the treetops to the east. (adults, registration required)

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What To Do This Weekend: June 8-9

Take a photography workshop, pull invasive plants, draw songbirds, learn about gardening, look for birds, search for horseshoe crabs, and more at a wildlife sanctuary this weekend.

Rose-breasted Grosbeak © Will Freedberg

Greater Boston

Help Habitat Education Center in Belmont Remove Invasive Plants including buckthorn, bittersweet and others. These plants make it difficult for native plants to thrive. Free. (adults and children, registration required)

Get Top Tips for Spring and Summer Nature Photography at Broadmoor in Natick. Find out what to do with everything from tricky lighting to moving wildlife as you explore beautiful habitats around the sanctuary. (adults, registration required)

Attend an Artisan Fair and Native Plant Sale at Moose Hill in Sharon. Meet local artists and see there nature-inspired work and pick up some native plants for your garden.

Head to Drumlin Farm in Lincoln for Afternoon Chores and More. 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)

Draw Songbirds from Life at the Museum of American Bird Art in Canton. Observe, study, and sketch three or four rescued songbirds. You will also have a chance to learn all about these birds from a Mass Audubon naturalist. (adults and children ages 13+. registration required)

Head to Scarboro Pond at Franklin Park in Boston for Pond Life to learn about all the creatures that live in and around ponds. Use dip nets to collect pond creatures, and observe them under microscopes before returning them to their home. Free. (families, registration required)

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South of Boston

Dig deeper into the relationship between milkweed and Monarch butterflies during a Milkweed and Monarchs Workshop at Allens Pond in South Dartmouth and Westport. Learn how to foster and monitor your own milkweed patch and find out how to join a citizen science project. (adults and children, registration required)

Spend a warm evening with friends and community members enjoying delicious food and drink, strolling candle-lit gardens, and getting up-close with wildlife at Oak Knoll’s 7th annual spring fundraiser Night at the Knoll. (adults ages 21+, registration required)

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Cape Cod

Go In Search of Horseshoe Crabs with Wellfleet Bay. Meet at Priscilla Landing in Orleans to search for horseshoe crabs coming up on the beach to spawn at high tide, and talk about their behavior, biology, conservation, and management. (adults and children ages 8+, registration required)

Take a family-friendly Tidal Flat Creature Search Expedition to the mud flats of Barnstable Harbor. Search for the predatory moon snail and ancient looking horseshoe crab, hold a jelly-like lugworm egg case, and learn how these creatures survive the the intertidal zone. (adults and children, registration required)

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North Shore

During Summer Gardening & Seasonal Blooms at Joppa Flats in Newburyport learn about plant height, color combinations, and others’ summer bloom success stories. Explore local gardens, then return to Joppa Flats to discuss bulb planting, perennials, annuals, and shrub selection. (adults, registration required)

As part of Breeding Birds of Ipswich River in Topsfield look for Rose-breasted Grosbeaks, Scarlet Tanagers, swallows, warblers, bluebirds, and more. (adults, registration required)

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Central Massachusetts

Take a closer look at grass as part of this month’s Essential Nature Series at Broad Meadow Brook in Worcester. (adults, registration required)

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Berkshires

Go Birding in the Berks at Post Farm Marsh in Lenox. It’s the perfect place to look and listen for marsh birds such as the American bittern, Virginia rail, sora, common gallinule, and marsh wren. (adults, registration required)

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Great Blue Heron © Don Miffitt

What To Do This Weekend: June 1-2

Celebrate National Trails Day, look for birds at sunset, learn how to plant for pollinators, attend family-friendly festivals, buy native plants, and more at a wildlife sanctuary this weekend.

Great Blue Heron © Don Miffitt
Great Blue Heron © Don Miffitt

Cape & Islands

Go on a Climate Change Walk & Talk at Felix Neck in Edgartown to see areas that have been impacted by climate and weather events. Look at two ongoing projects that aim to address the changes and learn what Mass Audubon is doing to address climate change. (adults)

Enjoy Shorebirds at Sunset at Wellfleet Bay. You may see willets, whimbrels, black-bellied plovers, and peeps galore! (adults, registration required)

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South of Boston

It’s Trailapalooza at Allens Pond in South Dartmouth. Take a guided hike to celebrate their newest trail on National Trails Day. There will also be activities for all ages and a bake sale. (adults and children, registration required)

Shop for native plants that will brighten your gardens and provide habitat for birds and butterflies during North River’s Native Plant Sale & Open House! Spend the day enjoying free snacks, fun activities, and a special art exhibit.

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Greater Boston

Take a free Coastal Bird Walk at Belle Isle Marsh to learn more about Boston’s coastal birds. Belle Isle Marsh offers a unique birding experience as it is close to urban life, but also has a highly productive coastal ecosystem. (adults, registration required)

Go Birding at Broadmoor in Natick on National Trails Day and hear about planned trail improvements. Watch for Green and Great Blue Herons, warbling vireos and Ovenbirds, along with Yellow Warblers and Common Yellowthroats. (adults, registration required)

During Drawing at Habitat: The Shape of Flowers in Belmont, look at strategies flowers use to attract pollinators. Then move outside to seek inspiration for your drawing. (adults, registration required)

Plant for Pollinators at Drumlin Farm in Lincoln. Learn about beneficial and beautiful native shrubs, perennials, grasses, and trees, and how to utilize them in your landscape to enhance the habitat value of your yard. (adults, registration required)

Head to Moose Hill in Sharon for Family Exploration Sundays to explore the wonders of nature as a family. Destinations won’t be too far, which will leave us plenty of time to observe, explore, and discover. (families, registration required)

Families with young children can enjoy a Nature Story Hour at Boston Nature Center. Listen to a nature-themed story and take a short walk to learn about the resident animals and plants that call the BNC home. (families, 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)

Join Ipswich River in Topsfield for Audubon Nature Festival, a day of nature and fun featuring Marcia and Mark Wilson of Eyes on Owls. An unforgettable natural history experience for the whole family!

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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)

Enjoy a Saturday Morning Bird Walk for Adults at Broad Meadow Brook in Worcester. We’ll teach you the basics of birding and bird identification during an easy-to-moderate walk along the trails.  (adults, registration required)

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Connecticut River Valley

Have you ever wanted to raise butterflies? During Raising Black Swallowtails at Arcadia in Easthampton and Northampton, watch a presentation on butterfly life cycles, host plants, and nectar sources. Then find out how to set up your own indoor butterfly enclosure to get started at home. (adults, registration required)

Take a Spruce-Fir Forest Plant Hike and experience a unique, high-elevation forest at Tamarack Hollow. Learn to identify tree species such as balsam fir, red spruce, tamarack, and black, white, and yellow birches.

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Berkshires

Enjoy nature exploration activities, live-animal presentations, music, and nature arts and crafts during a Free Family Fun Day at Pleasant Valley in Lenox.

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Scarlet Tanager

What To Do This Weekend: May 25-27

Go birding, practice mindfulness, take photographs, do some gardening, kayak, explore the seashore, and more at a wildlife sanctuary this weekend.

Scarlet Tanager
Scarlet Tanager

Greater Boston

Visit birding hotspots in the Blue Hills during Saturday Morning Birding in Milton. Experienced birders will be leading the group to a variety of locations in the area in search of the most interesting birds. (adults, registration required)

Explore Broadmoor in Natick with your camera as part of Nature Photography: The Beauty of Spring. See how composition techniques, use of natural light, and changes in exposure and depth of field can help in successfully capturing and strengthening natural images. (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 Morning Bird Walk at Habitat in Belmont. Look for signs of migrating species, mating behaviors, and nest building. (all ages)

Do a little Spring Gardening at Boston Nature Center. Learn how garden plants affect the soil quality, how to protect against drought and insects, and anything else you wonder about gardening! (families, registration suggested)

Enjoy a Members-only Sunday Stroll at Stony Brook in Norfolk to see what is happening on the sanctuary and stop to enjoy any interesting and unusual sights you come upon. (adults, registration required)

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Cape Cod and Islands

Use dip nets and magnifiers to search for swimming, flying, and burrowing wildlife during a Seashore Ramble at Wellfleet Bay. The hope is to see crabs, turtles, fish, and much more! (families, registration required)

Go on an Osprey Watch by Kayak with Long Pasture off Gray’s Beach. Learn all about this fantastic summer resident with Mass Audubon naturalists on a guided excursion through this wetland. (adults, registration required)

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North Shore

Kids 9-14 can take part in a Youth River Survival Challenge at Ipswich River in Topsfield. Learn the basics of canoe safety, paddle strokes, and the river knowledge. Then on Perkins Island, craft your own paddle from natural materials and test it out on the way back to the mainland. (children ages 9-14, registration required)

Go Birding on Ward’s Reservation in Andover. Spectacular hilltop vistas of the Boston skyline can also contain a kettle of raptors on their way north. Try to find the many birds that will be both passing through and setting up breeding territories. (adults, registration required)

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Connecticut River Valley

Sharpen your bird identification skills during the spring migration season. Early Morning Birding at Laughing Brook in Hampden is a great opportunity to see and learn about the many birds that pass through our area at this time. (adults, registration required)

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Berkshires

Head to Pleasant Valley in Lenox for Birding by Ear Brunch to eat a pancake breakfast while listening to a talk on identifying birds by ear. Then take a short walk around the sanctuary to listen for the songs we just learned. (adults, registration required)

Go on a Spring Wildflower Walk at Cold Brook in Otis. Learn to use guides to look up plants we discover along the way. (adults, registration required)

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