Join us this weekend to explore bee hives, herons, shorebirds, and fireflies. Plus, there are plenty of ways to get on the water by canoe, kayak, or cruise.
- Gain an understanding of what observation hives are and how they can be designed to suit different needs as part of Introduction to Observation Hives Part 1 at Boston Nature Center. As part of the workshop, we will construct a hive under the tutelage of Jeff Murray, founder of a Boston-based nonprofit called Classroom Hives. (Adult, registration required)
- Ipswich River’s Heron Rookery Excursion will take you to Carter Fields, an 85-acre property that is home to dozens of great blue herons and their offspring. We’ll use field scopes to get a close look at young herons branching out from their nests, while the adults fly by encouraging their young to become independent. (Adults, registration required)
- Search of shorebirds and other wildlife on Nauset Marsh Scenic Cruise with Wellfleet Bay in Orleans. During the trip, we will learn about salt marsh ecology and the cultural history of the area. We hope to spot ospreys, great blue herons, terns, willets, oystercatchers, and plovers. (Adult, registration required)
- Join a Felix Neck naturalist on an exciting single or double kayak adventure on Martha’s Vineyard Sengekontacket Pond. Paddle by Sarson’s Island to see nesting shorebirds. Watch American oystercatchers, cormorants and shorebirds feed and frolic. Explore the salt marsh and search for pond wildlife. (Adult, registration required)
- During Fireflies Talk and Night Hike at Wachusett Meadow in Princeton, learn the secret lives of this fascinating insects with Don Salvatore of the Museum of Science’s Firefly Watch citizen science project. (Family, registration required)
- Looking for a great introduction to canoeing for the whole family? Join Broad Meadow Brook in Worcester for Family Canoeing on the French River. We will start out in flat, quiet water and then head out to test our steering skills. Learn about the creatures that rely on our rivers while enjoying a peaceful outing on the water. (Family, registration required)
- Paddle across Lower Goose Pond to pristine Upper Goose Pond in search of ravens, hawks, herons, and a variety of songbirds as part of Pleasant Valley’s Canoe Trip in Lee and Tyringham. We will walk one mile on the Appalachian Trail before paddling back. (Adult, registration required)
For a full listing of programs, visit our online program catalog, where you can now register online for many of our programs. And if you’re out taking photos, don’t forget to enter the 2014 Mass Audubon Picture This Photo Contest!