Weekend Update: May 23-24

American oystercatcher

Need last-minute plans for the long weekend? Take in an art exhibit, discover the power of flowers, see a heron rookery, and much more.

        • Try Tracking Shorebirds at Felix Neck in Edgartown. Walk the beach with a shorebird biologist to search for oystercatchers, plovers, and terns, identify bird and mammal tracks in the sand, and record field data. (All ages)
        • A new art exhibit opens this weekend at the Museum of American Bird Art in Canton: A Naturalist’s Eden: Don Richard Eckelberry’s Birds of Trinidad & Tobago. View vivid, rarely-seen watercolors and exacting charcoal drawings by one of the legendary American bird artists of the 20th century. An opening reception will on Saturday at 1 pm.
        • At Broad Meadow Brook in Worcester’s Third Week Wonders: Planting a Rainbow, children aged 3-5 can bring a favorite adult for a thematic hour of a story, an activity, and a naturalist-led walk. (Family, registration required)
        • Look and listen for Nesting Birds of Rough Meadows Wildlife Sanctuary in Rowley, such as scarlet tanagers, rose-breasted grosbeaks, thrushes, warblers, barred owls, Cooper’s hawks, and more. This diverse area has been designated an Important Bird Area and Area of Critical Environmental Concern. (Adult, registration required)
        • At Boston Nature Center in Mattapan’s Flower Power, families can learn about this season’s blossoms and enjoy an identification walk around the grounds. Plus, create nature-inspired flower art. (Family)
        • View Herons at the Nest on a walk sponsored by Stony Brook in Norfolk. Visit a magnificent rookery that serves as home to more than 30 pairs of great blue herons. Watch these big birds glide to and from their nests, and spend time searching for other wetland species such as wood ducks and hooded mergansers. (Adult, registration required)
        • Flock to Wellfleet Bay’s Wings over Wellfleet event. Enter the fascinating world of birds through engaging activities such as crafts, face-painting, a bake sale, a scavenger hunt, a puppet show, and more. Also, study birds like scientists do by using binoculars to spot banded birds. (All ages, registration encouraged)
        • Go on a Naturalist Walk at Drumlin Farm in Lincoln. Observe, explore, and appreciate the natural world while looking for amphibians, reptiles, mammals, flowering plants, trees, shrubs, lichens, fungi, insects, and birds. These regular walks follow the seasonal changes as the year progresses. (Adult)
        • The Blue Hills Trailside Museum pond will be open on Monday afternoon. Come visit the pond, enjoy a stroll on the boardwalk, and dip for pond creatures off of the dock. Pond Walk is free with admission to the museum.

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

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