Ruby-throated hummingbird © Sarah Keates

What to Do This Weekend: April 14–15

Look for early spring edible herbs, learn about attracting butterflies and hummingbirds to your yard, take an astronomy night hike, build a bat box, and more at a wildlife sanctuary this weekend.

Ruby-throated hummingbird © Sarah Keates

Ruby-throated hummingbird © Sarah Keates

Greater Boston

Spend part of your Saturday morning at the Museum of American Bird Art having fun, exploring and discovering nature, listening to engaging stories, and creating art during their weekly Nature and Art Discovery Program. (families, registration required)

Take a deep dive into habitats and ecological communities on a Naturalist Walk at Drumlin Farm, where you’ll explore the sanctuary observing, learning, and looking for amphibians, reptiles, mammals, flowering plants, trees, insects, birds, and more. (adults)

Can turtles really leave their shells like they do in the cartoons? Are snakes really slimy? What is the difference between a lizard and a snake? Find out for yourself as you meet baby turtles and snakes up close at Wild About Reptiles at Broadmoor in Natick. (families, registration required)

Search for elusive woodcocks at the Blue Hills Trailside Museum, and hopefully catch a spectacular showing of the aerial acrobatics of their spring mating display. Learn about these odd-looking and oddly behaving birds on an evening Woodcock Walk. (adults and children 8+, registration required)

Join community herbalist Su Cousineau at Boston Nature Center for a walk through the Boston Food Forest to find and learn about Early Spring Herbs: Roots ‘n’ Shoots. (adults, registration required)

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North Shore

Immerse yourself in the majesty of the night sky during The Wonder and the Wow: Astronomy and Night Hike at Rough Meadows in Rowley. (adults, registration required)

Learn about Attracting Butterflies and Hummingbirds to Your Landscape at Ipswich River. You’ll walk away with all the information you need to design your own pollinator garden and fill it with native plants that butterflies and hummingbirds can’t resist. (adults, registration required)

Learn the ins and outs of Spring Hawk Watching at Joppa Flats in Newburyport, then put your skills to the test on a field trip to Plum Island, one of the most significant spring hawk watching sites on the east coast. (adults, registration required)

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Central Massachusetts

Learn to recognize and appreciate various Shrubs & Buds and explore how they fit into the local biodiversity as part of the first of two workshops in Broad Meadow Brook’s seasonal Essential Nature Series. Register for both of the April classes or sign up for the entire season of classes for a discount.

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Connecticut River Valley

Enjoy a reading by authors Corinne Demas and Artemis Roehrig of their new children’s book, Do Doodlebugs DOODLE? This fun-filled book will have the entire family laughing and appreciating the amazing world of insects.  (families, registration required)

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Bats are important but declining predators of flying insects (e.g. mosquitoes) that you definitely want in your neighborhood. Attend a Bat Box Building Workshop at Pleasant Valley in Lenox to make your own bat box and learn about bats in the area. (adults and children 5+)

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Cape Cod and the Islands

Experience the best of morning bird activity at Wellfleet Bay with a naturalist-guided Early Bird Walk. From pine woodlands and freshwater pond to salt marsh and beach, the trails’ diverse natural communities offer a tremendous range of possible bird sightings.

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