Weekend Update September 6-7

copyright Michael Ward

copyright Michael Ward

This weekend we’ve got baby terrapins, caterpillars, butterflies, and many more wildlife surprises for all agesplus paddling and ice cream!

  • Go In Search of Terrapin Hatchlings at Wellfleet Bay in South Wellfleet and visit with research volunteers to learn about our 30 year project to monitor this threatened species. (Ages 6 and up, registration required)
  • The southward migration of raptors in fall is a hallmark of the season and a superb natural event. During Wachusett Meadow’s Hawk Watch for Families, we will include a hike to the summit of Brown Hill to scout for hawks and other wildlife of autumn. (Families, registration required)
  • Join Allens Pond in Dartmouth for their Annual Butterfly Census. This free event welcomes butterfly watchers of all ages and skill levels to help count butterflies. Members of the Massachusetts Butterfly Club will lead teams into different areas of the wildlife sanctuary and provide expertise in identifying butterflies. (Families, registration required) 
  • What sounds more idyllic than a Late-Summer Ice Cream Paddle at Ipswich River in Topsfield? We’ll paddle this gentle river in canoes to enjoy the early fall foliage and bid farewell to the summer. Along the way, we’ll stop to stretch our legs and enjoy some ice cream! (Ages 6 and up, registration required)
  • The New England woods will never look the same after Life on the Leaf Edge: The Caterpillars of Wampanoag Sanctuary. Caterpillar photographer and expert Sam Jaffe will be your guide at Lake Wampanoag in Gardner, where you may discover bizarre snake-mimics, horned sphinxes, and vibrant owlets. (Adults, registration required)
  • Find out what all the flap is about with an Introduction to Birdwatching at Joppa Flats in Newburyport. You’ll learn the basics of field identification then practice your skills on a field trip. (Adults, registration required)
  • Parents and kids can start their morning off right with Tiny Trekkers at Stony Brook in Norfolk. Join a fun and knowledgeable teacher on the trails to learn about nature. There will be crafts, activities and lots of laughter. (Adult/Child, 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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