What To Do This Weekend: February 13-14

Brrr. The temps are dropping this weekend. We still have some outdoor programs planned for those who love to bundle up, but also several indoor ones where you can stay warm and toasty learning about owls, making crafts, and improving your photography skills.

Norman Smith releasing a snowy owl with his granddaughters

Norman Smith releasing a snowy owl with his granddaughters

Get an update on what’s happening with snowy owls this winter from Norman Smith, director at Blue Hills Trailside Museum and the force behind Mass Audubon’s Snowy Owl Project. During Smith’s Snowy Owls to Saw Whet Owls presentation at Trailside in Milton, find out what has been learned to date, what questions remain, and how this project developed to include research on saw-whet owls. (Ages 8+)

Kids can make a valentine for the birds as part of Stony Brook’s Sweets for the Tweets in Norfolk. We’ll make an edible treat for the birds with seeds, dried fruits, popcorn, and other delicious items. We will end the program with a short walk to look for birds of all kinds. (Ages 5-16, registration required)

Join the folks from Wellfleet Bay on the Cape to view and discuss the documentary Bat City USA, which chronicles the story of how one American city essentially went bats over bats. The screening takes place at Wellfleet Harbor Actors Theatre and is part of Sea Change, environmental film series featuring documentary screenings and panel discussions. (Ages 13+)

During the For the Love of Birds Craft Workshop at North River in Marshfield, use a combination of natural and recycled materials to create a variety of bird-related treasures. In addition, we’ll make some simple treats to share with the birds in your own backyard! (Family, registration required)

Beat the winter blues and Paint a Sunflower at Wachusett Meadow in Princeton. At the end of this class, you’ll walk away with an intricate sunflower painting on canvas and potted sunflower seeds. All materials provided; no drawing skills necessary. (All, registration required)

Learn everything you need to know about Fermented Beverages: Kombucha, Shrubs, and More at Drumlin Farm in Lincoln. This class will focus on non-alcoholic fermentation with a particular focus on fermented teas. Every participant will receive a SCOBY to take home for your own beverage fermenting projects. (Adults, registration required)

Go on a Moonlight Snowshoe/Winter Hike at Pierpont Meadow in Dudley. The sanctuary’s wide paths, meadow and waterfront vistas, resident owls, and towering pine groves are a wonderful setting for a moonlit winter walk. (Adults, registration required)

Learn all about the Wonderful Winter Trees at Boston Nature Center. We’ll spend a short time outside tracking down the different pine trees and evergreens and collect pine cones and needles. The, we’ll warm up inside while taking part in sap and leaf comparisons and experiments. (Adults, registration requested)

Looking for a great way to improve your photographs? As part of Broadmoor’s Intermediate Photoshop Elements workshop in Natick, you”ll learn how to use layers, gradient maps, layer blending modes, and other effects used to improve colors, focus, sharpness and lighting in your images. (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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