Weekend Update

There’s no shortage of ways to enjoy nature and get outdoors this weekend. Here are just a few highlights of what’s happening in the world of Mass Audubon.

  • Join noted wildlife photographer, author, and naturalist Mark Wilson for Ten Wild Photos/Ten Wild Stories, a unique slide presentation at the Museum of American Bird Art in Canton on Sunday. Mark will share some of his best photos (including the one shown) taken over 30 years in some surprising places as well as discuss photo techniques, equipment, ethics, and staying comfortable in harsh environments. The program winds up with a visit from several owls, a favorite subject of Mark’s. (registration required)
  • Witness the amazing courtship of the American woodcock around the state. North River Wildlife Sanctuary in Marshfield will be hosting Timberdoodles and Tapas, where you will eat yummy food before heading to the grasslands. In Natick, you can join Wacky Woodcocks at Broadmoor. And farther west is Dance of the American Woodcock at Arcadia in Easthampton and Northampton. (registration required for all three)
  • During the Sheep Shearing Open House at Wachusett Meadow in Princeton you can learn how sheep are sheared and how those fleeces eventually become warm hats and mittens. There will also be local vendors and crafters, kid’s activities, and more.
  • Build a Bird Nest Box at Wellfleet Bay to take home or donate to a local conservation organization. This free program includes materials donated by Shepley and Stonewood Products, instruction, and a special presentation on nest box hanging and monitoring. (registration required)
  • Join Allens Pond for Opsrey Nest Check in Dartmouth and help check osprey nests for occupancy as the migrants return to both branches of the Westport River. Families are welcome to take part in this great learning experience. (registration required)
  • Boston Nature Center is participating in the nationwide initiative Nature Play Date on Saturday. Drop in anytime for free to enjoy the Nature Nook and dig in the dirt, make a dam in the stream, or build a shelter.

For a full listing of programs, visit our online program catalog, where you can now register online for many of our programs.

Photo © Mark Wilson

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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

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