blue spotted salamander

What To Do This Weekend: April 6-7

Watch for woodcocks, explore vernal pools, learn how to bird by ear, get tips on how to garden for pollinators, go on nature hikes, attend a climate cafe, and more at a wildlife sanctuary this weekend.

 Blue-spotted Salamander
 Blue-spotted Salamander

North Shore

Go Saturday Morning Birding in the Newburyport/Plum Island are — one of the best year-round birding locations in the country. Beginners and birders of all levels are welcome. (adults)

During a Vernal Pool Exploration at Ipswich River in Topsfield, walk to these special wetlands and look for wood frogs and salamanders that use these pools to reproduce. (adults, registration required)

More on the North Shore

Greater Boston

Take part in a Fiber Arts Exploration at Drumlin Farm in Lincoln. Spend the afternoon spinning, needle felting, and natural dyeing, then visit the ewes and new lambs. (adults, registration required)

Go on a Saturday Morning Hike at Moose Hill in Sharon to learn about the changing seasons, local geology, and conservation. (adults and children, registration required)

Head to Boston Nature Center for Marvelous Mud. Learn who lives in mud, how it helps the forest grow, and try your hand at some nature and art. (families)

Celebrate Big Night at Stony Brook in Norfolk by walking the lantern-lit trails to encounter costumed characters waiting to teach you about amphibians. Inside check out live specimens from vernal pools and make crafts. (adults and children, registration required)

Experience Wacky Woodcocks at Broadmoor in Natick. Watch and listen as they rocket up 300 feet, then call loudly as they zigzag during their dive back towards earth. (adults, registration required)

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South of Boston

On a Welcome Spring Nature Hike at Tidmarsh in Plymouth, observe all the sights and sounds — peepers chorusing, basking turtles, buds bursting — that come back to life with longer and warmer days after a long winter. (adults and children ages 10+, registration required)

During Timberdoodles and Tapas at North River in Marshfield taste a variety of delicacies and then witness the amazing courtship display of the male American Woodcock. (adults, registration required)

Attend a free Family Habitat Day at Oak Knoll in Attleboro to look for interesting animals, plants, and see what has visited the sanctuary. (families, registration required)

More in South of Boston


Learn how to Bird by Ear at Pleasant Valley in Lenox. Get tricks to sound identification while hearing how bird sounds go hand in hand with habitat, behavior, and other clues. (adults, registration required)

More in the Berkshires

Connecticut River Valley

Find out how to Garden for Pollinators at Arcadia in Easthampton and Northampton. Get ideas and tools for creating or transforming your garden into a pollinator haven. (adultes, registration required)

During Vernal Pools at Night, take a short evening walk to listen for these awesome amphibians at Arcadia’s vernal pool. (families, registration required)

More in the Connecticut River Valley

Martha’s Vineyard

Attend a Climate Cafe at the Chillmark Tavern to have a conversation about oceans. Don’t forget to bring your mug! (adults and children ages 10+)

More on Cape Cod and Islands

Central Massachusetts

Get to know Spring Tree Flowers during one of Broad Meadow Brook’s Essential Nature classes in Worcester. (adults, 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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