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

Cedar Waxwing

What To Do This Weekend: Oct 20-21

Look for birds, go on a foliage or fungi hike, attend a farm festival, celebrate nature-inspired Halloween, harvest honey, band owls, and more at a wildlife sanctuary this weekend.

Cedar Waxwing

Cedar Waxwing

South of Boston

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

Saturday is Farm Day at Daniel Webster Wildlife Sanctuary in Marshfield, where the grasslands will be transformed into a festival of fall farm fun including live owls, bluegrass music, hayrides, and more.

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Cape Cod and 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)

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Greater Boston

Go on a naturalist-led Fall Hike to the summit of Great Blue Hill in Milton to appreciate the fall foliage and scenic view. Learn about the area’s history, how to identify trees, and observe how wildlife is preparing for winter. (adults and children ages 6+, registration required)

Uncover the Secret Lives of Owls at the Museum of American Bird Art in Canton.  There will a story, a sing along with the different owl calls, a clay-owl craft, and then a nature hike. (families, registration required)

During a Fungi Field Walk at Drumlin Farm in Lincoln, discover the crucial roles fungi have in the ecosystem, and methods for identifying mushrooms and other fungi in the field. (adults and teens 14+, registration required)

Enjoy Fall Birding at Broadmoor in Natick to find out what birds are staying and going and who is making what call or song. (adults, registration required)

Experience Saw-whet Owl Banding at Moose HIll in Sharon. After a presentation, take a night walk for a chance to see a saw-whet owl up close and watch the whole banding process. (adults, registration required)

Celebrate the Honey Harvest at Boston Nature Center. Learn why bees collect honey, where and how it is stored in the hive, and then, together, we will uncap the honeycomb, extract the honey in a hand-crank spinner, and enjoy some “liquid gold.” (adults and children ages 5+, registration required)

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North Shore

Ipswich River in Topsfield will be transformed into a magical forest for Halloween Happenings. Go on a a guided walk along our Halloween trail, home to some interesting creatures that come out just for Halloween. (adults and children ages 4+, registration required)

Search out avian activity in the Newburyport/Plum Island area, one of the best year-round birding locations in the country, as part of Saturday Morning Birding. Beginners and birders of all levels are welcome. (adults)

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Central Massachusetts

Treat yourself to non-scary, educational fun at Broad Meadow Brook’s Boo Meadow Brook Halloween Hike in Worcester. There will also be face painting and snacks. Costumes welcome! (adults and children, registration required)

Learn how to Identify Sparrows at Wachusett Meadow in Princeton. First get tips and techniques indoors before heading outside to search for sparrows in the field. (adults, registration required)

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Connecticut River Valley

During The Lives of Beavers at Arcadia in Easthampton and Northampton, learn about this animal’s amazing adaptations and life histories and search for signs of beavers. (adults, registration required

Visit Laughing Brook in Hampden and take a 3-mile, moderate Hike along the Neff Trail to a beautiful hemlock forest. Along the way we’ll talk about the past history of the area including the many stone walls that we see. (adults, registration required)

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Berkshires

Canoe the Housatonic River with Pleasant Valley in Lenox. Along the way, watch for swallows, herons, kingfishers, muskrats, and signs of beavers. (adults and children ages 10+, registration required)

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A Guide to Fall Foliage

All across Massachusetts, the landscape is lighting up with the brilliant colors of fall. Get the most of the season from great fall hikes to photography tips.

Top 10 Fall Foliage Hikes

The diversity of plant species across Mass Audubon’s wildlife sanctuaries means you can experience the radiance of fall foliage in an incredible variety of ways. We’ve gathered together 10 spectacular autumn hikes at wildlife sanctuaries across Massachusetts to inspire you to get outdoors and enjoy the beauty of the season.

Timing of Fall Foliage

Have you ever noticed that the progression of fall foliage follows a natural schedule? Certain plants become colorful early in the season, and others take their time. Here’s a quick viewer’s guide to autumn color changes.

Fall Photography at Mass Audubon

Mass Audubon’s wildlife sanctuaries are often the perfect place to snap a stunning photo of the landscapes, late-blooming flowers, and wildlife that make fall so special in the Northeast. In fact, many of the sanctuaries offer photography workshops.

See some exquisite fall photographs taken by some of the talented photographers that lead these programs, along with their best advice for lighting, composition, and technique to capture the highlights of fall in all its splendor.

The Science of Foliage

When you’re checking out nature’s painterly display, do you ever wonder why the leaves change color in the fall? Get the details.

Fall Color Activity Page

This coloring page is full of plants and animals that you can see in the fall—and it is ready for you to color! Download the page and get a quick guide to the species on the page and the colors they are in real life.

Before You Pick Up That Rake

Oh, leaves. There’s so much we love about you. The first sight of your flowers in the spring; the sound you make when you blow in the breeze during summer; your brilliant shades of red, yellow, and orange come fall. And then you drop to the ground and become another thing on our to-do list.

If this sounds familiar, don’t fret—we can help. Before you break out the rake, check out our top 5 uses for fall leaves.

Happy leaf-peeping!

What To Do This Weekend: Oct 13-14

Attend an owl festival, kick off the Halloween celebrations, practice yoga, look for fungi, visit a bog, start nature journaling, and more at a wildlife sanctuary this weekend.

Barn owl

Greater Boston

Give a hoot for owls at Trailside’s Owl Festival on Saturday and Sunday in Milton. There will be owls, crafts, food trucks, and fun for all ages.

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

Learn about the exciting ways in which monarch butterflies migrate as part of The Mighty Monarch at the Museum of American Bird Art in Canton, le. Start with a story, look through digital microscope to examine monarch butterflies up close, create a butterfly using air-dry clay, then go on a short nature hike. (families, registration required)

Go on a Fall Foliage Canoe down one of the most beautiful stretches of the Charles River with Broadmoor. Start from the Medfield marshes, enjoy the many colors along the bank and the smell of wild grapes. (adults and children ages 12+, registration required)

Take a short hike to observe Autumn Colors at Boston Nature Center. Find out how and why leaves change color, and make beautiful autumn leaf suncatchers to take home. (families, registration required)

Teens can spend an Saw-whet Owl Banding evening at Drumlin Farm as we track the migration of the Northeast’s smallest native owl. (teens, registration required)

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North Shore

Witness the Great Duck Migration at Ipswich River. Hike down to Bunker Meadows and climb the observation tower to observe the magnificent spectacle of ducks coming in to roost. (adults and children ages 5+, registration required)

Visit the Banding Station in Newburyport to watch scientists capture, evaluate, and release migrant songbirds while you learn about migration and habitat use. (adults, registration required)

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South of Boston

Attleboro Springs Wildlife Sanctuary comes alive at night for Spooktacular. While walking through pumpkin-lit trails “meet” forest inhabitants who will share the history of the sanctuary through fun skits and stories. (adults and children, registration required)

Head to Tidmarsh in Plymouth for Sunsets, Snacks, and Coyotes. Take a sunset stroll to our overlook to enjoy a lively presentation about some of the sanctuary’s wonderful wildlife.

Try Outdoor Baking with Native Fruits at North River in Marshfield. Create several treats using the ancient art of fire building, including the bow and drill method of starting a fire. (adults, registration required)

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Cape Cod and 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)

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Central Massachusetts

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

Investigate the hidden world of Fabulous Fall Fungi at Broad Meadow Brook in Worcester. Get tips on how to recognize fungi and learn about their role in ecosystems. (adults registration required)

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Connecticut River Valley

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

Experience an unusual ecosystem with Hawley Bog in the Fall. This pristine peatland contains all three types of carnivorous plants that are found in Massachusetts: sundew, pitcher plant, and bladderwort. (adult, registration required)

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Berkshires

Relax into the beauty of the woods, waters, and trails of Pleasant Valley in Lenox while Nature Journaling. Guided writing and sketching deepens observations and expands creativity. (adults, registration required)
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What To Do This Weekend: October 6-7

Attend a Fall Fair, go paddling, take a hike, learn photography, witness fall migration, track box turtles, and more at a wildlife sanctuary this weekend.

Tidmarsh Wildlife Sanctuary in Plymouth

Greater Boston

Head to Stony Brook’s Fall Fair & Wood Duck Derby in Norfolk for the local artisans, music, and crafts. And adopt a duck for a chance to win great prizes—whether you can make it to the fair or not!

During The Mighty Monarch at the Museum of American Bird Art in Canton, learn about the exciting ways in which monarch butterflies migrate. Start with a story, look through digital microscope to examine monarch butterflies up close, create a butterfly using air-dry clay, then go on a short nature hike. (families, registration required)

Enjoy the fall sights on a 6.5-mile Hike from Stonehurst to Habitat in Belmont. (adults, registration required)

Celebrate the fall harvest by creating your own carved pumpkin, playing pumpkin games, and enjoying some fine fall food as part of Pumpkinfest at Boston Nature Center. Learn about the history of pumpkins and the Jack-O-Lantern story.

Go on a Fall Foliage Canoe down one of the most beautiful stretches of the Charles River with Broadmoor. Start from the Medfield marshes, enjoy the many colors along the bank and the smell of wild grapes. (adults and children ages 12+, registration required)

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South of Boston

Take in Fall Migration at Tidmarsh in Plymouth and observe the many migrants embarking on one of nature’s greatest journeys! Birders of all abilities and levels welcome. (adults and children ages 10+, registration required)

Explore the different habitats at Oak Knoll in Attleboro during a Family Day.  Look for interesting animals, plants, and see what has visited the sanctuary. (all ages, registration required)

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Cape Cod and Islands

Learn how to become a citizen scientist during Box Turtle Tracking at Wellfleet Bay. Discover our box turtle monitoring and research practices in an indoor presentation then go on an active excursion to track box turtles. (adults and children ages 8+, registration required)

Gathering Color: A Natural Dye Workshop at Long Pasture in Barnstable teaches the basics of dyeing with traditional raw, natural dyestuffs from ancient times. You will leave class with enough naturally dyed yarn for a small project. (adults, registration required)

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North Shore

It’s Family Day at the Joppa Flats Bird Banding Station on the Parker River National Wildlife Refuge. See Mass Audubon scientists capture, evaluate, and release migrant songbirds while you learn about migration and habitat use. (adults and children ages 6+, registration required)

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Central Massachusetts

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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Connecticut River Valley

Take a Fall Foliage Photography Hike at Laughing Brook in Hampden to learning about natural history, land use, and tips and tricks for capturing and creating beautiful nature photographs. (adults, registration required)

During the Art Trail Walk for Families at Arcadia in Easthampton and Northampton stop at 7 stations, each with fun and family-friendly activities for you to gain a better eye for observing nature through art skills.  (families, registration required)

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Berkshires

Go Canoeing on the Housatonic River in Lenox, looking for swallows, herons, kingfishers, muskrats, and signs of beavers along the way. (adults and children ages 10+, registration required)

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Berkshires Hiking View

What To Do This Weekend: Sept 29-30

Attend a music festival, climb a mountain, learn how to preserve veggies, go on a mindfulness walk and more at a wildlife sanctuary this weekend. And don’t forget to enter the Photo Contest—the deadline is this Sunday!

Berkshires Hiking View

See great views as part of the Berkshires Hiking Series.

Berkshires

Climb Lenox Mountain with an experienced guide to enjoy several vistas, all part of the Berkshires Hiking Series. This hike is 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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Connecticut River Valley

Attend the very first Arcadia Folk Fest, an outdoor, all day family-friendly music festival that brings the community together around music in the heart of the Pioneer Valley. (adults and children, tickets required)

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Central Massachusetts

Explore the question, “How do I fit into the big circle of life?” through an Eco-Art Workshop at Wachusett Meadow in Princeton that incorporates elements of mindfulness, introspective writing, natural-object exploration, and art. (adults, registration required)

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North Shore

Go on an Autumn Forest Bathing Walk at Ipswich River in Topsfield to reconnect with the sights, sounds, smells, and textures of nature. Finish our walk with time for reflection and a relaxing cup of tea.

Celebrate the launch of Cheeky and Charlemagne, the latest children’s novel by local author Donna Seim (Newbury) and illustrator Susan Spellman (Newburyport) at Joppa Flats’ Fall Family Open House. Enjoy a day full of free family activities, including games, movies, handouts, snacks, autographed books, and more.

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Greater Boston

Go on a Fall Foliage Canoe down one of the most beautiful stretches of the Charles River with Broadmoor. Start from the Medfield marshes, enjoy the many colors along the bank and the smell of wild grapes. (adults and children ages 12+, registration required)

Learn the art of Pickling and Canning at Drumlin Farm in Lincoln. Practice simple, time-honored, and delicious methods for preserving the bounty of summer produce and go home with samples and recipes to share and inspire your preserving efforts. (adults and children ages 12+, registration required)

Boston Nature Center is hosting their annual Rockin’ with Raptors festival. Get up-close with animals, build birdhouses, enjoy family-friendly entertainment, and eat delicious food.

Go on a Morning Bird Walk at Habitat in Belmont. Enjoy a gentle stroll through the sanctuary as we look for signs of change as winter approaches. (adults and children)

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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)

Wondering what is birding exactly and how can you tell different types of birds apart? During Birding for Beginners at Oak Knoll in Attleboro find out how to bird and why birding is a fun hobby for everyone. (adults and children ages 5+, registration required)

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Cape Cod and 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)

Spend a gentle morning of birding and learning about our conservation activities on the beautiful island of Nantucket as part of Birds, Breakfast, and Conservation. (rsvp required, adults and children ages 12+)

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Be a Nature Hero: Vote!

Ahead of the state and federal elections this fall, Mass Audubon wants elected officials to know that people who are interested in protecting the environment vote. Voting by interested and informed citizens strengthens the impact of Mass Audubon’s legislative advocacy.

Pledge to Vote

We believe that it’s important for Mass Audubon members’ voices to be heard in our elections. Most people just need a small nudge to remember to vote, so Mass Audubon and the Environmental Voter Project are working together to remind you to vote in each election. These simple reminders can dramatically increase someone’s likelihood of voting.

Take the Pledge >

Register to Vote

The voter registration deadline in Massachusetts for the 2018 mid-term election is October 17. You can register to vote, update your voter registration info, and check your registration status online via the Secretary of State’s website.

Already registered? Tell your friends and family to register as well!

Palm Warbler

What To Do This Weekend: Sept 22-23

Look for butterflies and birds, go on full moon hikes and paddles, discover nature through art, practice yoga, and more at a wildlife sanctuary this weekend.

Palm Warbler

Palm Warbler

Greater Boston

During Yoga and Mindfulness in Nature at Habitat in Belmont, take part in a 45-minute slow and gentle yoga class indoors, and then head outside to explore the trails of Habitat. (adults, registration required)

As part of Drawing Owls from Life at the Museum of American Bird Art in Canton, discover more about these amazing creatures while you learn to draw owls with pencil and paper. Explore methods for developing your owl sketch, as well as techniques for capturing depth, volume, and texture. (adults, registration required)

Go Wild for Turtles at Broadmoor in Natick. Find out about our wonderful shelled friends and take a short walk to see more turtles in the wild. (families, registration required)

Head to Boston Nature Center for Butterfly Bon Voyage. Explore the meadows for monarchs and other butterflies while learning about their life cycles, habitat, and food needed to thrive. We will also create a butterfly craft. (families, registration required)

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North Shore

Discover Nature through Field Sketching at Ipswich River. This six-hour indoor/outdoor workshop teaches how field sketching can improve your knowledge of the natural environment around you. (adults, registration required)

Let your child connect with their “inner scientist” during Saturday Morning Science at Joppa Flats in Newburyport. This Saturday’s focus is Papermaking and Nature Journals. (children ages 7-11, registration required)

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Central Massachusetts

Head to Wachusett Meadow in Princeton for a Fall Hawk Watch to witness hawk migration and find out how to identify raptors in flight. (adults, registration required)

Go on a Full Moon Family Night Walk at Flat Rock in Fitchburg to engage your senses of sight and sound as the full moon begins to rise and nocturnal creatures become active. (families, registration required)

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Connecticut River Valley

Enjoy a Saturday Morning Bird Walk at Arcadia in Easthampton and Northampton. Focus on field identification techniques, flight patterns, field marks, habitat preferences, and songs and calls. (adults, registration required)

During Migration: Hawks and Butterflies at Laughing Brook in Hampden look for several species of hawks and a few species of butterflies on the move. (adults and children, registration required)

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South of Boston

Welcome autumn with a relaxing Harvest Moon Hike at Tidmarsh in Plymouth. Once dusk has settled over the marsh we will let the moon light our way as we occasionally stop, look, and listen for creatures. (adults and children ages 6+, registration required)

Look for Fall Migrants at Daniel Webster in Marshfield including warblers, shorebirds, and raptors. (adults and children ages 6+, registration required)

Take part in a Pokemon Go Hike at Oak Knoll in Attleboro. We’ll even talk about how these animals inspired the creatures within the game. Access to Pokemon Go is required.  (adults and children ages 5+, registration required)

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Cape Cod and Islands

See live birds up-close and observe the bird banding process at Bird Research in Action! Wellfleet Bay’s bird banding station is a unique opportunity to see how scientists conduct bird research up close. (adults and children ages 8+, registration required)

Join Long Pasture for Barnstable Harbor Kayak and Climb Sandy Neck Lighthouse and kayak Cape Cod’s largest barrier beach and salt marsh system. Then go ashore to climb the Sandy Neck barrier beach lighthouse and see the beautiful view. (Ages 12+, registration required)

See Sengekontacket Pond on the Vineyard via a Moonrise Kayak as we celebrate the different full moons of summer. With a guide, kayak on the pond as the sun sets, stars twinkle, and the moon rises. (adults and children ages 11+, registration required)

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Birdwatchers at dusk © Alan Nelson

Last Chance to Enter Your Photos!

A hummingbird in flight • birdwatchers at dusk • a sleepy porcupine •  a sandy mushroom

Hummingbird © Bernard Creswick

Grand Prize Winner © Bernard Creswick

These are just a few of the photos that entranced the judges last year—and they can’t wait to see want you have in store for this year’s contest.

If you have photographs taken in Massachusetts (or at Mass Audubon’s Wildwood camp in New Hampshire) that show off everything from wildlife to scenic landscapes to people enjoying the wonders of nature, we want to see them!

The contest is free and you can enter up to 10 photographs. But don’t wait—the deadline is September 30!

Enter the Contest >

Red-shouldered Hawk © Brian Rusnica

What To Do This Weekend: Sept. 15-16

Go on hawk watches, attend a fall festival, tag Monarchs, clean up a beach, look at the stars, and more at a wildlife sanctuary this weekend.

 © Brian Rusnica

Berkshires

Go Canoeing on the Housatonic River in Lenox, looking for swallows, herons, kingfishers, muskrats, and signs of beavers along the way. (adults and children ages 10+, registration required)

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Connecticut River Valley

Look for Asters and Goldenrods at Arcadia in Easthampton and Northampton. Learn identifying features of these composites and enjoy a walk at the sanctuary. (adults, registration required)

Go on a Hawk Watch at Blueberry Hill in Granville. If conditions are right, we might witness kettles of large numbers of birds moving south to spend the winter. (adults, registration required)

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Central Massachusetts

Saturday is Hey Day at Wachusett Meadow in Princeton. Come for farm-related demonstrations and hands-on activities for all ages, including cider-pressing, hayrides, and canoeing.  Kid’s activities will include a mini-maze, pumpkin painting, and free pony rides.

Head to Wachusett Mountain for a Hawk Watch to witness hawk migration and find out how to identify raptors in flight. (adults, registration required)

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North Shore

As part of Monarch Magic at Endicott in Wenham, learn all about the Monarch’s life cycle, the challenges facing its habitat, and how to attract it to your garden. We will also work together as citizen scientists to tag and release several Monarchs to start their journey south. (adults and children ages 4+, registration required)

Go on an Early Fall Bird Walk at Ipswich River in Topsfield. Explore the sanctuary’s wetlands, fields, upland forest, and river edges in search of the many bird species attracted to these habitats such as warblers, vireos, hawks, and waterfowl. (adults, registration required)

Remove trash and debris from the beaches of Plum Island, including Parker River National Wildlife Refuge, Sandy Point State Reservation, and the north end of the island, as part of COASTSWEEP 2018. Over the past 11 years, we have collected more than 16 tons of debris.

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Greater Boston

It’s a Fall Harvest Celebration at Drumlin Farm in Lincoln. Spend the day outdoors and watch cooking demonstrations; enjoy tastings; and make herb butter, crafts, and an herbal bouquet.You can also take part in our scavenger hunt, explore the garden, and meet some of our farm animals up-close!

Explore the world of owls during a Family 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)

Learn important skills of how to properly harvest, prep and process leaf, root, flower and berry for making herbal products as part of Harvesting for Medicine at the Boston Nature Center.

Get Fall Photography Tips at Broadmoor in Natick to prepare for the upcoming season of gorgeous colors and to take advantage of golden hour as you make the most of your fall landscape images

During a Mushroom Presentation and Exploration at Habitat in Belmont examine the life cycles and identification features, then hit the trail in search of the tiny or gargantuan, the pale or neon, the edible or poisonous, and whatever else might be awaiting us. (adults, registration required)

Join local astronomers for a Star Gazing Night at Moose Hill in Sharon. Look at the stars and other night objects through big telescopes. (all ages)

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South of Boston

Head to Tidmarsh in Plymouth for a Sunset Stroll to our overlook to enjoy snacks and a lively presentation about bats at Tidmarsh. (all ages, registration required)

Spend Saturday Morning at the Pond at Daniel Webster in Marshfield. Use dip nets to catch dragonfly nymphs, discover the unique adaptations of caddisfly larva, and help conduct water tests to learn what the pond environment needs to stay healthy. (families, registration required)

Practice Yoga at Allens Pond in South Dartmouth with nothing but the sounds of birds and nature serving as the backdrop to your practice. (adults, registration required)

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Cape Cod

Go In Search of Terrapin Hatchlings at Wellfleet Bay in South Wellfleet and visit with research volunteers to learn about our 30 year project to monitor this threatened species. (adults and children ages 8+, registration required)

Enjoy Birding on Tern Island, a 28-acre island located just a stone’s throw from the shoreline of Chatham’s mainland. It features extensive tidal flats at low tide and is fast becoming one of the best spots to see migrating shorebirds in the late summer and fall, including short-billed dowitchers, American oystercatchers, and flocks of red knots. (adults, registration required)

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Take 5: August Facebook Favorites

Over the course of the 2018 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!

© Kim Caruso

© Donna Berthelette

© Kim Nagy

© Robert Mahaney

© Martin Kahn