Weekend Update Sept 20-21

joppabandingSpend the last official weekend of summer outdoors with us. On our agenda: a fall fair, hawkwatches, bird banding, canoeing, a hayride, and more!

  • Enjoy crafts, activities, food, and animal demonstrations as part of the Stony Brook Fall Fair in Norfolk. New this year: the 1st Annual Wood Duck Derby where you can adopt a duck for a chance to win great prizes. (All)
  • Join Broadmoor in Natick for Fall Migrants of the Charles River by canoe. We’ll watch for migrating and wading birds as we paddle through the beautiful Medfield marshes. Adults, registration requited)
  • Before the autumnal equinox ushers in the first day of fall, have a Summer’s Last Hurrah at Daniel Webster in Marshfield. Enjoy a bonfire while listening to some favorite stories of the season, then head out for a hayride to search for wildlife. (Family, registration required)
  • How would you like a really good look at some of our migrant and resident birds without using your binoculars? Come for a Bird Banding Station Visit with Joppa Flats at the Parker River National Wildlife Refuge on Plum Island. You will be surprised at the actual sizes, colors, and details of the birds you think you know. (Adults, registration required)
  • September is prime hawkwatching season. Look for raptors and other passing birds with Laughing Brook in Hampden, Blue Hills Trailside Museum in Milton, and Broad Meadow Brook in Worcester/Princeton. (registration required)
  • Fall is a great time to see a variety of mushrooms, from the appropriately named Stinkhorns, to the diminutive Bird’s Nest Mushrooms, to the colorful Russulas. During the Mushroom Walk at Habitat in Belmont, we’ll start by discussing ID techniques and recommended field guides before heading out to see what we can find. (Adult, registration required)
  • Take a closer look at birds that call Boston home as part of Boston Nature Center’s Urban Birds. After exploring and observing birds and their nests along the trails, we will test out our very own nest building skills back at the nature center. (Family, 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!

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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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