What To Do This Weekend: April 7-8

Look for amphibians, draw owls, de-stress on a nature walk, learn digital photography, and more at a wildlife sanctuary this weekend.

Blue-spotted Salamander © Rosemary Mosco

Greater Boston

During Drawing Owls from Life at the Museum of American Bird Art, discover more about these amazing creatures while you learn to draw owls with pencil and paper. Explore methods for developing your owl sketch, as well as techniques for capturing depth, volume, and texture. (adults, registration required)

Drop in to Drumlin Farm in Lincoln to meet live birds, watch a bird banding demonstration, get an up-close look at feathers and eggs, and create a unique bird craft during All About Birds day. (all ages)

Uncover Vernal Pool Mysteries at the Blue Hills Trailside Museum in Milton. Learn about the history and biology of Massachusetts’ vernal pools inside then go on a short, guided hike to a vernal pool located on the side of Great Blue Hill. (families, registration required)

As part of Amphibians After Dark, tour the lantern-lit trails at Stony Brook in Norfolk and encounter costumed characters waiting to teach you about amphibians through their stories and songs. (all ages, registration required)

Discover Moose Hill in Sharon in a new way during Forest Bathing, a guided, slow-paced therapeutic combination of leisurely walking, sitting, and observation. Unplug, slow down, and de-stress through a series of gentle sensory-opening invitations that welcome us to deepen our connection with nature. (adults, registration required)

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

Create Your Own Worm Bin at the Boston Nature Center. Make a soil recipe, investigate life inside a compost pile, and make a tea for plants in the garden. (adults, registration required)

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North Shore

Go Early Spring Birding at Ipswich River in Topsfield. Look for late-winter visitors such as Pine Siskins, American Tree Sparrows, and perhaps a Saw-whet Owl, along with early-spring arrivals including blackbirds, phoebes, bluebirds, Wood Ducks, and more. (adults, registration required)

Sign up for Ducks-R-Us with Joppa Flats to spend the day looking for, you guessed it, ducks. Bird the Plum Island estuary, the Merrimack River, Cherry Hill Reservoir, and many sites on Cape Ann in hopes of finding harlequin ducks, Barrow’s goldeneyes, three species of scoter, and more. (adults, registration required)

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Central Massachusetts

Go on a Saturday Morning Bird Walk at Broad Meadow Brook in Worcester to discover the immense variety of birdlife that exists at this large urban sanctuary! Learn the basics of birding and bird identification as we take an easy-to-moderate walk along the trails. (adults, registration required)

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Connecticut River Valley

Search for Awesome Amphibians at Arcadia Wildlife Sanctuary in Northampton and Easthampton. Dip nets into the vernal pool to learn about the creatures you find. (families, registration required)

Get an Intro to Digital Photography at Laughing Brook in Hampden. Topics include< 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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South of Boston

As part of Timberdoodles and Tapas, start the evening by sharing a variety of delicacies at the North River in Marshfield. Then witness the courtship display of the male American Woodcock as he dives, whistling, from the sky to impress potential mates. (adults, registration required)

Learn about nature by using your senses during Sensory Exploration at Oak Knoll in Attleboro. Expect hands on exploration of artifacts, animal encounters, and other activities for individuals of all ages and abilities. (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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