What To Do This Weekend: April 30-May 1

Help spruce up a sanctuary as part of Statewide Volunteer Day, see bird banding up close, hone your photography skills, meet a renown artist and author, learn about herons and herrings, and more this weekend. See all the programs and register online.

Blue-headed vireo photo: Mark Faherty/Mass Audubon

Greater Boston

The Museum of American Bird Art in Canton opens their latest exhibition, Baby Birds by Julie Zickefoose, on Saturday. Zickefoose will be on hand to share her intimate knowledge of the amazing development of baby birds from egg to fledgling. (All ages)

During Nature Photography: The Beauty of Spring at Broadmoor in Natick learn how composition techniques, use of natural light, and changes in exposure and depth of field can help in successfully capturing and strengthening natural images. (Adults, registration required)

Boston Nature Center is seeking volunteers to help prepare gardens and trails as part of Statewide Volunteer Day. (Ages 5+, registration required)

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North of Boston

Venture out with Joppa Flats’ talented guides for Saturday Morning Birding to find birds in one of the best year-round birding locations in the country: the Newburyport/Plum Island area. Beginners and birders of all levels are welcome to drop in and join us. (Adults)

Look for wood warblers, vireos, and other songbirds during Spring Birds of Ipswich River in Topsfield. We’ll observe migrant and breeding birds in their colorful spring plumage on this walk through the sanctuary. (Adults, registration required)

Ipswich River is sponsoring Statewide Volunteer Day projects at two wildlife sanctuaries in Wenham: Endicott and Cedar Pond. (registration required)

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South of Boston

Plant a tree at Stony Brook in Norfolk as part of the Earth Day/Arbor Day Celebration. Also on tap: crafts, walks, and town-wide litter clean up. (All ages)

Ever wonder how some photographers can get such amazing photographs of birds? During the Photography on the Wing Field Session at Daniel Webster in Marshfield, get the tricks of the trade. (Adults, registration required)

Oak Knoll in Attleboro, Moose Hill in Sharon, North River in Marshfield, and Allens Pond in Dartmouth/Westport are seeking volunteers for Statewide Volunteer Day projects.

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Central Massachusetts

Go on a Family Bird Walk at Broad Meadow Brook in Worcester to learn about common backyard birds and their songs. Plus pick up some bird watching techniques. (Families, registration required)

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Cape Cod and Martha’s Vineyard

Enjoy a Bird Banding Demonstration at Wellfleet Bay to see birds up-close and in-the-hand. Plus, we’ll share banding methods and the information gathered from these research projects. (All Audiences, suitable for ages 10+, registration required)

See live herring as they swim upstream, discover why they’re such important fish on Cape Cod, make your own herring crafts, and learn how to become a citizen scientist during Long Pasture’s Springtime Herring Exploration at the Mashpee River in Mashpee. (All ages, registration required)

Battle invasives and prepare gardens for pollinators during Felix Neck’s Statewide Volunteer Day in Edgartown. (All ages, registration required)

Clean up the campground and spruce up the trails at during Wellfleet Bay’s Statewide Volunteer Day in Wellfleet. (All ages, registration required)

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Songs of the Forest Workshop at Pleasant Valley in Lenox introduces the science and art of interpreting Bird Language. Birders, naturalists, educators, conservationists, and nature-loving families will leave with new eyes and ears for the world of birds!  (All ages, registration required)

Help restore habitat and clean up the gardens during Statewide Volunteer Day at Canoe Meadows in Pittsfield. (Ages 6+, registration required)

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Connecticut River Valley

Learn about Great Blue Herons and Bald Eagles, that head to the active rookery for a chance to see these majestic birds in person at Arcadia in Easthampton/Northampton.

Both Laughing Brook in Hampden and Arcadia are looking for spring clean-up volunteers for Statewide Volunteer Day projects.

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