White-breasted Nuthatch © Joel Eckerson

What To Do This Weekend: Feb 8-9

Go birding, look for wildlife tracks, take a nature walk, make dumplings, practice mindfulness, learn how to identify trees in winter, and more at a wildlife sanctuary this weekend.

White-breasted Nuthatch © Joel Eckerson
White-breasted Nuthatch © Joel Eckerson

Greater Boston

Birders and non-birders of all ages and skill levels are invited for a Bird Walk at Habitat in Belmont. We will look for signs of migrating species, mating behaviors, and nest building.

Go on a Family Animal Tracking Adventure at Blue Hills Trailside Museum in Milton. Start indoors a hands-on investigation then hike into the forest to look for tracks and signs of our local wildlife. (families with children, registration required)

Learn how to make Chinese Dumplings at Drumlin Farm in Lincoln. Go through the process step by step: rolling the dough, making the filling, assembling the dumplings, and trying the three different methods of cooking them. (adults, registration required)

Enjoy a Winter Nature Walk at Boston Nature Center. Along the way, learn about tracks, birds, winter animals and trees in winter. (families with children, registration required)

As part of the Macro Photography Workshop at Broadmoor in Natick, work with various lighting techniques and practice using different depths of field to allow for a range of artistic and compositional choices. (adults, registration required)

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South of Boston

Go on a Snow Moon Hike at Tidmarsh in Plymouth to stop, look, and listen for creatures that awaken with the setting of the sun. Slow your pace and heighten your senses to experience the sanctuary under the cover of darkness. (adults and children ages 10+, registration required)

Take a Morning Snowshoe Trek along the Beach Loop Trail at Allens Pond in South Dartmouth and Westport. Look for signs of animal activity and scan the skies for Snowy Owls. No snow? Bring hiking boots! (adults, registration required)

Valentine’s Day is for the Birds at Oak Knoll in Attleboro. Enjoy a quick talk about the birds who stay in the area during the winter then build some Valentine’s Day themed bird feeders to place on our trails. (adults and children, registration required)

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Cape Cod and Islands

Unravel the mystery of Identifying Winter Trees at Ashumet Holly in Falmouth. Study bark, branching, and bud patterns, which help identify dormant trees. (adults, registration required)

Explore the beaches, dunes, and waters of the Outer Cape in search of Winter Birds including Snow Buntings, Horned Larks, sea ducks, Loons, and Snowy Owls. (adults, registration required)

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North Shore

Get outside with your family for a Mindful Nature Experience at Ipswich River in Topsfield. Elements of mindfulness, forest bathing, ayurveda, and yoga will reinvigorate your senses, and deeply immerse you in the healing power of nature. (families, registration required)

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

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Central Massachusetts

Wildlife Tracking for Beginners at Wachusett Meadow in Princeton starts indoors with a one-hour introduction. An outdoor hike will follow, where you can put your new skills to use. (adults, registration required)

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Connecticut River Valley

Enjoy Winter Walk at Laughing Brook in Hampden. Look for wildlife tracks, as well as other signs of wildlife such as browsing, scat, and winter homes. (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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