Weekend Update: March 28-29

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Newborn Goat Kid at Drumlin Farm

Make the most of your weekend with a fleecy festival, some fabulous birding adventures, great hands-on workshops, and an evening hike.

        • It’s all things sheep at Drumlin Farm in Lincoln’s Woolapalooza. See the farm’s new babies and traditional hand shearing demonstrations. Plus, enjoy hands-on activities for all ages, wooly wares for sale by local fiber artisans, and an interpretive Sheep-to-Sweater Trail. (All ages)
        • Create a home for those beloved bluebirds at Pleasant Valley in Lenox’s Bluebird Nest Box Building Workshop. Assemble precut nesting box kits that may attract these birds and other small cavity-nesting species such as tree swallows, house wrens, and black-capped chickadees. Also, learn how to place the box in the right habitat. (All ages, registration required)
        • It’s a great time to go looking for colorful ducks. Most of the species that have wintered in our area are still present, and many early migrants have returned. Visit prime spots with Ducks-R-Us, sponsored by Joppa Flats in Newburyport. Under favorable conditions you may see over 20 species! (Adult, registration required)
        • Celebrate International Earth Hour with Lights Out Martha’s Vineyard at Felix Neck in Edgartown. We’ll reduce energy consumption by turning out the lights and exploring the beauty of nature on a night hike around the wildlife sanctuary. (All ages)
        • Go Birding the Taunton River and Local Waterways on a free walk sponsored by Allens Pond in Dartmouth and the Paskamansett Bird Club. Look for early spring migrants and beautiful winter ducks. (Adult)
        • Interested in getting solar power, saving both money and energy, or switching to a local, renewable electricity source? Join Ipswich River in Topsfield for a free Power Hour to learn about three statewide programs that can help you make the switch to green electricity. Kids can enjoy a coloring table during the event. We’ll even have baked goods and a raffle! (All)
        • Head to Arcadia in Easthampton and Northampton for a chance to see the Dance of the American Woodcock. Normally a reclusive forest dweller, this bird takes center stage in its springtime courtship dance. Find out about this species with a brief presentation, then head outdoors for the show. (Adult, registration required)
        • Wellfleet Bay is coming to the Blue Hills Trailside Museum! Join Bob Prescott, Wellfleet Bay Wildlife Sanctuary’s Director, for Sea Turtle Rescues, a discussion some of the factors that may have led to 2014’s historic level of turtle stranding. (All, registration required)’
        • We are living in a time of weather weirding: huge daily temperature swings, record high winds, and all time record snowfalls. Harvey Leonard, Chief Meteorologist fir WCVB-TV Channel 5 will talk about al this as part of his free lecture What is With the Weather in Natick. (Adult, registration requested)

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

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