Weekend Update

maple tap_GaryJohnsonThe Birders Meeting, sugaring festivals, cheesemaking workshop, and a woodcock walk are among a dazzling array of programs we have planned for the weekend.

  • Using the passenger pigeon as an iconic example of what can happen to a super-abundant species in a relatively short span of time, the 22nd annual Birders Meeting on Saturday at Bentley University in Waltham will focus on the extinction phenomenon from a variety of perspectives. (registration required)
  • Ipswich River in Topsfield continues its Sugaring Off Tours on Saturday and Sunday on the North Shore. On our naturalist-guided tours, you will learn how to identify a sugar maple, observe tapping and sap collection methods, watch the sap being boiled down in the sugarhouse, and get a sweet taste of the final product. Afterwards, warm up by the woodstove and indulge in a hot dog cooked in maple sap. (registration required)
  • Join Blue Hills Trailside Museum for Maple Sugar Days at Brookwood Farm in Canton. There will be activities for all ages on Saturday and Sunday, including a self-guided tour and watching maple syrup get made.
  • Winter days are numbered and spring will soon be here. During Oak Knoll’s Winter Wildlife Walk for kids in Attleboro, we will discover the world of chipmunks, what they eat, where they live and how they survive the cold winters in New England. (registration required)
  • Join Allens Pond in Dartmouth for a sunset Grassland Woodcock Walk. This hike will focus on identifying and viewing the American woodcock and learning more about this important grassland species, including a perfect view of their courtship display in the skies above the fields. (registration required)
  • Learn how to make several different cheeses, including yogurt cheeses, paneer, mozzarella, and fresh goat during Drumlin Farm’s Simple Cheesemaking workshop in Lincoln. You will leave with samples, recipes, resources, and the confidence you need to pursue cheesemaking, one of the oldest forms of food preservation, on your own. (registration required)
  • Moose Hill in Sharon is also celebrating sugaring season with their Maple Sugaring Festival. Take a 90-minute outdoor guided tour, which includes meeting characters from the past as they go about their daily tasks, including sugaring. Conclude your tour at our operational sugar house and enjoy a taste of the final product. (registration required)
  • On March 9, Wellfleet Bay educator Amy Fleischer will present Dive into Science: In Search of “Tricky Fish” in the Flores Sea with Dr. Eugenie Clark at the Boston Sea Rovers’ Annual Clinic in Danvers. In addition, she will lead a hands-on sea turtle activity for children at the show.
  • Next Friday: Come hear David Sibley discuss his new book, the Sibley Guide to Birds, Second Edition, at the Brattle Theatre in Cambridge. Our own Chris Leahy will be leading the discussion that is sponsored by the Harvard Book Store and Mass Audubon.

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

Photo courtesy Gary Johnson

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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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