What To Do This Weekend: April 22-23

March for science, celebrate Earth Day, see bird banding up-close, go on nature walks, explore vernal pools, volunteer, and more!

Palm Warbler at Wellfleet Bay via Elora Grahame

Greater Boston

To protect our natural resources and support the science that guides our mission, Mass Audubon is participating in the March for Science on the Boston Common. Be sure to stop by our table at the Kids’ Corner.

Join Habitat for a Rail Trail Hike from the Beaver Brook Reservation to the Hammond St. railroad station in Waltham along the abandoned railroad right-of–way. This is a true urban exploration. (adults, registration required)

Go on a Spring Bird Walk at Boston Nature Center to observe resident birds and spring migrants. Learn tips on how to identify birds through field marks, sounds, and behaviors. (adults and children ages 10+, registration required)

Discover some of the fantastic creatures that inhabit Broadmoor’s vernal pool during Frogs, Polliwogs, and Fairies in Natick. Use hands-on activities to explore and learn what hides under the water and lives around this seasonal pool. (families, registration required)

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North of Boston

During Bird-by-Bird Gardening at Ipswich River in Topsfield find out how to attract different bird species to your garden with the proper plants, food, and shelter. (adults, 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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South of Boston

Head to Stony Brook in Norfolk for an Earth Day/Arbor Day Celebration. Expect children’s nature games and crafts, music, composting demonstrations, and a sneak peak at the boardwalk renovations.

Get a Slice of Summer Camp at North River in Marshfield. Go on adventure hikes and gather all things wild to view under our digital microscope, play games that teach us natural history concepts, make and grill our own pizza at lunch, and learn about the science of flight as we build and fly kites. (families, registration required)

Bring the kids to Oak Knoll in Attleboro for Roots & Shoots, a program that helps to place the power and resources for creating practical solutions to big challenges in the hands of the young people. (children ages 8-13, registration required)

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Cape Cod and Islands

Go Birding on Earth Day at Long Pasture in Barnstable to learn how to identify different bird species, what optics to use, and how to time your birding adventures for different species. (adults, registration required)

Join Felix Neck for Horseshoe Crab Survey Training to learn how to help preserve this ancient marine species. Horseshoe crab surveys are conducted during the new and full moons of May and June. Volunteers are expected to attend trainings and complete two surveys. (adults, registration required)

See Bird Research in Action at Wellfleet Bay. Meet the bird banding team and learn about banding methods and the information gathered from this research. You will likely get to see live birds up-close and observe the banding process. (adults and children ages 8+, registration required)

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Central Massachusetts

Go on an early morning Spring Bird Walk in search of Wachusett Meadow’s diverse birdlife in Princeton. Looking for migrants as well as breeding species, and practicing identification based both on sight and sound. Beginners always welcome. (adults, registration required)

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Connecticut River Valley

Enjoy an Earth Day Floodplain Canoe Paddle at Arcadia in Easthampton and Northampton. Along the way, identify spring plants on the shore, look for returning nesting songbirds, and watch for great blue herons.  We’ll also take a short walk to view the old rookery, a communal nesting spot for great blue herons for many years past. (adults, registration required)

Get the basics of nature photography just in time to capture the beauty of spring in the Connecticut River Valley. During the two sessions of Intro to Digital Photography at Laughing Brook in Hampden, learn best practices for capturing an image, understanding exposure and focus, and using both manual and automatic exposure settings. (adults, registration required)

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Help Pleasant Valley in Lenox care for our beautiful native gardens, trails/boardwalks, and education spaces during a Volunteer Day. Volunteers are needed for a wide variety of projects throughout the sanctuary. Tools, gloves, and refreshments will be provided. (adults and children ages 10+, 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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