What To Do This Weekend: Feb 2-3

Look for tracks, hike a mountain, go on an owl prowl, make a fairy house, build a birdhouse, and more at a wildlife sanctuary this weekend.

Eastern Bluebird


Understand Animal Tracks and Signs at Canoe Meadows in Pittsfield. Discover new whodunit mysteries that take place out in nature while we’re typically warm inside our homes. (adults and children ages 8+. registration required)

Strap on snowshoes (or microspikes, depending upon conditions) and Hike to the Summit of Lenox Mountain. Track wildlife, identify trees by their bark, and take in a 50-mile view (on a clear day) from the top. (adults, registration required)

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Connecticut River Valley

Learn the basics of tracking and what wildlife does in winter during Tracking Family Fun at Arcadia in Easthampton and Northampton. Start inside learning what to observe while tracking, and then go outdoors to find tracks in forest and field. (families, registration required)

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Central Massachusetts

As part of Winter Tracking and Ecology at Broad Meadow Brook in Worcester walk with our expert guide to uncover and understand stories in the snow, and warm up afterwards with hot coffee and cocoa. (adults, registration required)

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North Shore

Take part in a Youth Outdoor Shelter Survival Challenge at Ipswich River in Topsfield. Look at real examples of animal homes, learn some different shelter types, discuss shelter safety, and make our own full-size shelters. (children ages 9-14, registration required)

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)

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Greater Boston

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

Take part in Backyard Sugaring at Drumlin Farm in Lincoln. Find out everything that you need to know—tree identification, required equipment, tapping, weather, boiling, finishing, and storing—to get started on this sweet project. (adults, registration required)

Bring your outdoor photography skills to the next level during a Winter Photography Workshop at the Boston Nature Center. Topics include equipment as well as exposure, lighting, and composition techniques. (adults, registration required)

Build a Backyard Birdhouse at Stony Brook in Norfolk. identify the housing needs of several species of birds and then build a birdhouse to take it home. (families, registration required)

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South of Boston

Seek out resident screech and great horned owls, explore some owl adaptations, and work up your appetite as part of Owls and Omelets at North River in Marshfield. After the early morning prowl, head indoors for a full breakfast. (adults, registration required)

Go on an Owl Prowl Adventure at Tidmarsh in Plymouth to stop, look, and listen for “whooooo” might be out there! (adults and children ages 14+, registration required)

During a Fairy House Workshop at Oak Knoll in Attleboro, hike to learn about the legends of the fairies and trolls that live at the sanctuary, Then build your very own fairy house back at the nature center. (adults and children, 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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