Greater Yellowlegs © Rachel Bellenoit

What To Do This Weekend: July 27-28

Look for shorebirds, learn about ferns, explore the world of butterflies, fly a kite, make art, create an underwater viewfinder, kayak at sunset, and more with a wildlife sanctuary this weekend.

Greater Yellowlegs © Rachel Bellenoit
Greater Yellowlegs © Rachel Bellenoit

Berkshires

Learn the Ferns at Pleasant Valley in Lenox. Find out how to identify a fresh assortment of local ferns, then head outside to test your new skills. (adults, registration required)

During this leisurely Canoe on the Housatonic River in Lenox 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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Connecticut River Valley

If you’ve been curious about the mushrooms, head to Arcadia in Easthampton and Northampton for Fungus Among Us. Start with a presentation indoors followed by a walk on the Arcadia trails. (adults, 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)

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

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North Shore

Focus on Shorebirds with Joppa Flats in Newburyport. Our area’s extensive mudflats, salt marshes, and salt pannes provide excellent feeding areas and roosting sites for Black-bellied and Semipalmated Plovers, Greater and Lesser yellowlegs, Semipalmated and Least sandpipers, Short-billed Dowitchers, Willets, Hudsonian Godwits, and more. (adults, registration required)

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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Greater Boston

Learn about the Beautiful World of Butterflies at Blue Hills Trailside Museum in Milton. Start inside with an investigation of butterfly and moth specimens, a story, and a craft. Then go on a short walk around a native plant garden followed by a guided hike to look for local butterflies. (families, registration required)

Go Fly a Kite at Boston Nature Center. Partake in feather races, learn about wingbeat patterns, and make our very own kites. Bring your own kite for some quality flying time as well. (families, 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)

During Birds, Blocks, and Bags with Sherrie York at the Museum of American Bird Art in Canton use simple block printing tools to transform a cotton tote into a portable work of art inspired by nature.

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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 Duxbury Beach for a Family Fun Day to construct some simple homemade bathyscopes, a viewfinder for underwater exploration.

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Cape Cod and Islands

Enjoy 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 at Sunset with Long Pasture. This guided kayak excursion goes through the marshes of Gray’s Beach or Sampson’s Island to see these ecosystems bathed in opulent oranges, romantic reds, pearlescent pinks and magnificent purples. (adults, registration required)

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Virginia Creeper Sphinx Moth © Andrea White

Take 5: National Moth Week

Moths are one of the most diverse groups of organisms on the planet with scientists estimating there are at least 150,000 species worldwide, a testament to their adaptability, diversity, and success as a group. Their size, coloring, and shapes vary widely, from large, graceful Luna Moths to the sherbet-colored Rosy Maple Moths to the drab but perfectly camouflaged leaf-lookalike Walnut Sphinx Moth.

National Moth Week is celebrated the last full week of July and everyone is invited to observe, enjoy, and even document some of these amazing creatures. Most (but not all) moths are nocturnal, so attracting them can be as simple as leaving an outdoor light on and waiting for your winged guests to arrive.

Enjoy these five photos of moths in honor of National Moth Week and submit your own moth photos to the Picture This: Your Great Outdoors photo contest!

Waved Sphinx Moth © Gary Wise
Waved Sphinx Moth © Gary Wise
Cecropia Moth © Suzette Johnson
Cecropia Moth © Suzette Johnson
Hummingbird Clearwing Moth © Susumu Kishihara
Hummingbird Clearwing Moth © Susumu Kishihara
Luna Moth © Jane Morrisson
Luna Moth © Jane Morrisson
Virginia Creeper Sphinx Moth © Andrea White
Virginia Creeper Sphinx Moth © Andrea White
Boston Skyline copyright Yu-Jen Shih / FlickrCC

Why Cities are More Vulnerable to Climate Change

Boston © Yu-Jen Shih/Via Flickr CC
Boston © Yu-Jen Shih/Via Flickr CC

There is a good chance you know someone who lives in a city or you live in one yourself.

According to the United Nations, 55% of the world lives in cities and by 2050 that number will change to an estimated 68% of the world population. People throughout our planet are increasingly moving from rural to urban centers, making for larger cities with greater population density than ever before.

Everything from our coastlines to the health of people who live and work in cities is vulnerable to impacts of climate change. As global temperatures continue to rise, our urban infrastructure and residents will become even more at risk.

And while so many people in one place means more environmental stressors, more people also leads to greater people power to create green solutions. Here’s a look at some challenges cities face and solutions that are making a difference.

Rising Temperatures

Temperatures are rising and cities are feeling that heat to a higher degree then their rural counterparts. Why? Look no further then the Urban Heat Island Effect for the answer.

Dark objects like asphalt, sidewalks, and rooftops absorb a lot of heat, which in return raises surface temperature. These types of objects cause the city to “become its own heat island,” which traps hot air from naturally circulating out long after the sun has gone down.

During very hot summer days, consumers require more electricity to cool their homes, particularly in hot, urban areas that lack nature to keep them cool. During “peak hours” when electric demand is highest, the state’s energy grid operators are forced to use additional dirty fossil fuels in an effort to meet the extra demand. These “peaker plants” are generally the dirtiest and most expensive energy sources, charging for oil and gas at extremely high rates

Through programs like Greening the Gateway Cities, the state is working to reduce the Urban Heat Island Effect by increasing tree canopy cover in urban residential Gateway Cities. The tree canopy reflects heat that would otherwise cause residents to use more electricity to cool down their homes.

Coastal Storms & Flooding

In Massachusetts, 85% of residents live within 50 miles of the coastline, which means most Massachusetts residents are at risk of flooding from rising sea levels and powerful storms driven by climate change.

New England’s largest city, Boston, is located right on the coast. In response to the powerful Nor’easters like the ones in March 2018 becoming more common, Boston has developed the Resilient Boston Harbor Plan. This goal of this plan is to protect neighborhoods from sea level rise and flooding.

High Energy Footprint

As hubs for people to live and work, as well as large drivers of economic activity, cities tend to require more energy to function. According to C40 Cities, a network of the world’s megacities committed to addressing climate change, cities consume two-thirds of the world’s energy, accounting for more than 70% of global CO2 emissions but only occupy 2% of the world’s landmass.

Despite these large energy footprints, cities have also shown great leadership on energy reduction goals. Earlier this year, Boston announced an ambitious goal to be 100% carbon free by 2050. The Carbon Free Boston Report outlines the strategies necessary to achieve this goal including:

  • Deepening energy efficiency while reducing demand
  • Shifting to an all electric system that does not source its energy from fossil fuels
  • Purchasing 100% clean energy

Good News for Massachusetts Cities

Massachusetts is considered a national leader in addressing the threat of climate change and proactively preparing for its impacts. The State is providing support for cities and towns in Massachusetts to begin the process of planning for climate change resiliency and implementing priority projects to protect people, infrastructure, and the environment through the Municipal Vulnerability Preparedness Program (MVP).

You Can Lead the Way, Whether You Live in a City or Not

We know that change starts at the local level, which means each of us must use our voices to ensure our cities are taking action to reduce their greenhouse gas emissions and prepare for the current and future impacts of climate change.

This change can start at your own home as long as you have the right information. We can usually predict when peak events will occur a few days in advance, so if we plan accordingly, consumers can reduce their reliance on the dirtiest and most expensive power generators. The Green Energy Consumers Alliance issues “Shave the Peak” alerts that will remind you to use less electricity when it matters most.

Pledge today to sign up for “Shave the Peak” alerts to help clean up the New England power system and advocate for forward-thinking policies that can transform our electric grid.

— Post by Adonis Logan

Monarch Butterfly at Long Pasture © Matthew Magann

What To Do This Weekend: July 20-21

Go for a bird walk, look for butterflies, take a night hike, practice yoga, enjoy a science cruise, paddle around, and more with a wildlife sanctuary this weekend.

Monarch Butterfly at Long Pasture © Matthew Magann
Monarch Butterfly © Matthew Magann

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 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)

Enjoy a night of camping under the stars as part of Moose Hill’s Family Camp-Out in Sharon. Make s’mores over a campfire before you drift off to sleep to the sounds of crickets and owls. (families, registration required)

During Boston Nature Center’s Pollination Station, see the magic of butterflies take wing. Go for a walk to learn how to identify butterflies and make a take home butterfly craft. (families, registration recommended)

Go on a Family Night Hike at Blue Hills Trailside Museum. Test your senses, look and listen for animals, and gaze at the stars. (families, registration required)

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South of Boston

Head to Duxbury Beach for a Family Fun Day all about Piping Plovers. Make a craft to help illustrate the unique adaptations of this pint size dynamo.

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)

During Oak Knoll’s Family Exploration in Attleboro, grab a bug net and explore the field and forest to see what cool insects we can find. (families, registration required)

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Cape Cod and Islands

Enjoy 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)

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North Shore

Go on a River Ecology Science Cruise on the Merrimack River with Joppa Flats. Practice hands-on science and look for seabirds, seals, and waterfowl on every trip. (families, registration required)

Enjoy Nature Walks & Journaling with Joppa Flats in Newbury. 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

Head to Broad Meadow Brook in Worcester for a butterfly-themed Preschool Story Hour. Listen to a story, make a craft, and then go for a walk. (families, registration required)

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Connecticut River Valley

Look for Dragonflies and Damselflies by Canoe with Arcadia. Start indoors learning how to identify each group, then head outdoors in canoes for field experience. (adults, registration required)

Visit Laughing Brook to explore Insects of the Field and Forest. Watch as a bee pollinates a flower, see how many different types of butterflies you can count, and learn what lives within all that white spittle on the field plants. (families, 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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© 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.

More on the North Shore

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)

More in the Berkshires

Indigo Bunting © Amy Powers-Smith

Take 5: Indigo Buntings

Take a walk through a weedy meadow or shrub-filled forest edge and there’s a chance you might spot a flash of brilliant jewel blue singing boisterously from a treetop or telephone wire.

Not only are male Indigo Buntings gorgeous in their azure plumage, but they are also prolific singers and may whistle their high-pitched songs from dawn until dusk. Individual notes are often clustered in pairs and pairs often come in threes (“what what, where where, here here?“) but songs can vary widely from one individual to the next—young males learn their songs not from their fathers but from their nest neighbors, creating distinct “song neighborhoods”.

Fascinatingly, Indigo Bunting feathers contain no blue pigment. Like all blue birds, their coloring comes from the microscopic structure of the feathers that refracts and reflects blue light and absorbs other colors. Females are plain brown but may occasionally have a slight hint of blue on their wings, while immature and molting males have splotchy blue and brown patches.

Here are five photos of male Indigo Buntings from our annual Picture This: Your Great Outdoors photo contest. The 2019 contest is open, so submit your nature photography today!

Indigo Bunting © Yunzhong He
Indigo Bunting © Yunzhong He
Indigo Bunting © Davey Walters
Indigo Bunting © Davey Walters
Indigo Bunting © Amy Powers-Smith
Indigo Bunting © Amy Powers-Smith
Indigo Bunting © Amy Severino
Indigo Bunting © Amy Severino
Indigo Bunting © Jaymie Reidy
Indigo Bunting © Jaymie Reidy
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.

More on the North Shore

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)

More in the Berkshires

An osprey perched on a power line with an American flag flying in the background

Take 5: America the Beautiful

What is it that makes America so beautiful? Our breathtaking lands and wildlife, of course!

To celebrate our nation’s 243rd birthday this week, here are five photos from our annual Picture This: Your Great Outdoors photo contest, each of which includes an appearance by the American flag as well as some wildlife and scenic habitats from the lands we hold so dear.

Learn more about our work to conserve our most precious land here in Massachusetts and submit your own photos to the photo contest today!

A wild turkey walks through a field of grass filled with small American flags
Wild Turkey © Marie Riva
The American flag flies in the foreground over a tidal flat with kayakers in the mid-ground and the ocean in the background.
© Greg Stokinger
A Red-tailed hawk perches on a rock in the garden of a home with an American flag in the foreground and patriotic bunting behind it.
Red-tailed Hawk © Gail Sartori
The American flag flies over a green tractor in a field of sunflowers
© Jen Shepherd
An osprey perched on a power line with an American flag flying in the background
Osprey © Steve DiGiandomenico
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)

More in Central Massachusetts

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)

More in the Berkshires