What To Do This Weekend: April 21-22

Go on bird walks, count herring, learn about pollinators, volunteer, go on a hayride, and more at a wildlife sanctuary this weekend.

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Help Pleasant Valley care for their beautiful native gardens, trails/boardwalks, and education spaces during a Volunteer Day. Tools, gloves, and refreshments will be provided. (adults and children ages 10+, registration required)

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Connecticut River Valley

During the All About Gardening for Pollinators presentation at Arcadia in Easthampton and Northampton, get ideas and tools for transforming your garden to to help pollinators thrive despite the environmental threats most species are facing. (adults, registration required)

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Central Massachusetts

Celebrate Earth Day at Wachusett Meadow in Princeton with a 4-mile moderately paced hike in the woods. (families, registration required)

Find out how to identify spring birds as part of Wachusett’s Intro to Birdwatching, Learn what physical and behavioral characteristics to watch for, and how to use habitat, songs, and calls as aids in field identification. After the classroom session, go outside to practice your new skills. (adults, registration required)

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North Shore

Search out avian activity in the Newburyport/Plum Island area, one of the best year-round birding locations in the country, as part of Saturday Morning Birding. Beginners and birders of all levels are welcome. (adults)

Find out how millennia of glacial advances and retreats created special landforms and topography at Ipswich River in Topsfield as part of Ice Age Geologic History. Discover the many fascinating animals that once roamed this land, examine fossils, and hike to key locations to observe distinctive glacial landforms. (adults, registration required)

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Greater Boston

Discover the fantastic creatures that inhabit Broadmoor’s vernal pool in Natick as part of Frogs, Pollywogs & Fairies. Using hands-on activities, explore and learn what hides under the water and lives around this seasonal pool. (families, registration required)

Birders and non-birders of all ages and skill levels are invited to a Morning Bird Walk at Habitat in Belmont. Look for signs of migrating spring species, mating behaviors and nest building. (all ages)

Young nature explorers can build and take home an animal that you made out of LEGO and  explore outside to learn about the amazing wildlife that lives in your neighborhood as part of  Nature and Art STEAM Lab: LEGO Critter Creations at the Museum of American Bird Art in Canton. This month’s theme: Pollinators. (families with children ages 7-10, registration required)

During Spring Tree Identification at Boston Nature Center, take a closer look at the forest around us and focus on basic tree ID. We will also discuss how climate change is impacting and changing the forest compositions in Massachusetts. (adults, registration required)

Head to Stony Brook in Norfolk for a free Earth Day/Arbor Day Celebration. Join a naturalist for a guided tour on the renovated boardwalk, learn tree planting and pruning tips, and take part in children’s nature games and crafts, music and more.

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South of Boston

Go on a 1.5 mile guided Herring Hike at Tidmarsh in Plymouth to help monitor the return of river herring to our sanctuary’s waters. Discover why these master migrators are a vital part of coastal ecosystems in Massachusetts and throughout the Atlantic Coast. (all ages, registration required)

Go on an Earth Day Hayride at Daniel Webster in Marshfield. Start with a hot drink and pastry and then head out to look for signs of spring. (all ages, registration required)

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Cape Cod

See live birds up-close and observe the bird banding process at Bird Research in Action! Wellfleet Bay’s bird banding station is a unique opportunity to see how scientists conduct bird research up close. (adults and children ages 8+, 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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