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What To Do This Weekend: Aug 4-5

Paddle in the Berkshires, take a night hike, look for birds, learn how to ID butterflies, run in a race, get the truth about bats, and more at a wildlife sanctuary this weekend.

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Enjoy a Canoe on the Housatonic River in Lenox, looking for swallows, herons, kingfishers, muskrats, and signs of beavers along the way. (adults and children ages 10+, registration required)

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Central Massachusetts

Go on a Moonlight Hike at Wachusett Meadow in Princeton and connect to the landscape in an entirely different way than hiking by day. Landscapes become soundscapes, and familiar daytime wildlife yield the night to those with nocturnal habits. (adults, registration required)

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North Shore

Spend a morning at Ipswich River in Topsfield learning about Butterflies of Massachusetts.  Find out how to identify local species and their host plants, flight times, and life cycles. (adults, registration required)

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)

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Greater Boston

Do you like chocolate, bananas, or vanilla?  Without bats, we would not have any of these products. Enjoy an evening at Boston Nature Center for Go Bats to learn fact from fiction about bats.  (families, registration required)

Summer is a great time for a wide variety of  butterflies and dragonflies. During a program for adults and families learn about and explore the world of these beautiful flying insects at some of Broadmoor’s hotspots in Natick. (registration required)

As part of Dazzling Dragonflies and Damselflies at Blue Hills Trailside Museum make a craft and go on a short guided hike around Trailside’s pond to look for dragonflies and damselflies. (families, registration required)

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South of Boston

This event has been cancelled Go on a 4.5 mile Tidmarsh Traverse in Plymouth to explore the upland forests and wetland marshes. (adults, registration required)

Take part in the Annual Ducky Dash 5k road race to benefit the Allens Pond Wildlife Sanctuary in South Dartmouth. Run, walk, or roll (strollers are allowed) along the most gorgeous scenic course that starts at the sanctuary and runs flat and fast to Gooseberry Island and back.

Listen to a fun story, play a nature game, explore the sanctuary, or meet one of our animals as part of Saturday Morning Storytime at Oak Knoll in Attleboro. (registration required)

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Cape Cod and Islands

During a Climate Change Walk and Talk at Felix Neck in Edgartown see areas that have been impacted by climate and weather events. Look at two ongoing projects that aim to address the changes that are occurring and learn what Mass Audubon is doing to address climate change. (adults, registration required)

Go on a Kayak Expedition of Chase Garden Creek in Dennis, a breeding ground for fish, birds, mollusks and crustaceans. Learn how these animals have adapted to live in the tidalzone by paddling through their waters with knowledgeable Mass Audubon naturalists. (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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