What To Do This Weekend: April 15-16

Go on bird and nature walks, learn about salt marshes, look for amphibians and reptiles, become an osprey volunteer, and more at a wildlife sanctuary this weekend.

Greater Boston

Go Birding at Great Meadows in Concord, one of the area’s most important bird habitats. Look for ducks and waders in the pools, marsh wren along the dike, and a variety of songbirds in the woods along the Concord River. (adults, registration required)

Take a Naturalist Walk at Drumlin Farm in Lincoln and explore the sanctuary’s habitats from the wetlands to uplands as we look for amphibians, reptiles, mammals, flowering plants, trees, shrubs, lichens, fungi, insects, and birds. (adults and children 12+)

Meet some of the species of reptiles found around Broadmoor in Natick during Wild about Reptiles. Find out if turtles really leave their shells like they do in the cartoons and if snakes are really slimy. (families, registration required)

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North of Boston

During Salamander Meander at Ipswich River in Topsfield,  learn about the life cycles of frogs, toads, and salamanders and then search the sanctuary’s wetlands and woodlands for amphibians on the move. (adults and children, registration required)

Enjoy Saturday Morning Birding with Joppa Flats. Join beginners and birders of all levels to search out avian activity in the Newburyport/Plum Island area. (adults)

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Cape & Islands

Interested in volunteering to monitor ospreys on Martha’s Vineyard? Come to Felix Neck’s Osprey Monitoring Program Training in Edgartown. Volunteers will learn about ospreys and get assigned a nest for the duration of the monitoring season, which runs from late April through September. (adults, registration required)

Find out why salt marshes are one of the most biologically-productive ecosystems on Earth during History or Salt Marshes at Wellfleet Bay. (adults, registration required)

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Central Massachusetts

Take an early-morning Spring Bird Walk at Wachusett Meadow in Princeton. Look for migrants as well as breeding species, and practicing identification based both on sight and sound. Beginners always welcome. (adults, registration required)

During Broad Meadow Brook’s Preschool Story Hour in Worcester, listen to Robin of Hickory Street, do an activity, and then explore the sanctuary. (families, registration required)

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Connecticut River Valley

Check out the Vernal Pools at Laughing Brook and look for egg masses, amphibians, reptiles, and invertebrates. Learn why it’s so crucial to protect these small bodies of water and what you can do to help ensure their protection. (families, registration required)

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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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