What To Do This Weekend: February 4-5

Go to an owl fest, take a nature walk, climb a mountain, learn about the moon, and more at a wildlife sanctuary this weekend.

Barred owl via USFWS

Greater Boston

See owls up close during the Owl Festival at Broadmoor in Natick. Attend the 1 pm or 3 pm show on Saturday and then head outside for an evening owl prowl. (registration required)

Have you been entertained by the goats at Habitat Education Center in Belmont? Now you can return the favor! During a Goat Social Session, help brush and exercise the goats while learning about their personalities and lifestyle. (adults and children ages 8+, registration required)

Learn about the life histories of local wildlife and the different types of tracks and signs that these residents leave behind during Tracks and Signs at Boston Nature Center. We will hike the sanctuary to search for tracks, chews, and scat and discover who left them and the stories they tell. (adults, registration required)

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North of Boston

Get an Introduction to the Moon at Ipswich River in Topsfield. Learn basic lunar facts and— weather permitting—tour the stars of the winter constellations through a large reflector telescope. (adults and children ages 10+, registration required)

Join the folks from Joppa Flats for Saturday Morning Birding and visit spots in Newburyport and Plum Island, some of the best birding destinations in the country. (adults)

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South of Boston

Go on a Family Nature Hike at Oak Knoll in Attleboro to learn about local flora and fauna while getting a little exercise. (free for members, registration required)

Head to Stony Brook in Norfolk for Family Tracking and enjoy a morning of winter exploration in search of animal tracks and signs of deer, coyote, fox, fisher, otter, mink, rabbit, and mice. (adults and children ages 5+, registration required)

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Cape Cod

Join Wellfeet Bay for Sea Change, an environmental film series featuring documentary screenings and panel discussions. This weekend’s film: Saving Jamaica Bay. All films in this series are screened at the Wellfleet Harbor Actors Theatre in Wellfleet. (adults and children ages 12+, registration required)

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Connecticut River Valley

Learn about the natural history of one of our most common birds, the American Crow. Watch a slideshow about crows and their relatives, and then head to Springfield or Greenfield where we hope to observe a spectacular natural event as the birds congregate by the thousands at a nighttime roost. (adults, registration required)

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Strap on snowshoes (or microspikes, depending on conditions) and join Pleasant Valley for a Lenox Mountain Wintery Hike (2,126 feet). We’ll track wildlife, identify trees by their bark, and (on a clear day) take in a 50-mile view from the top. (adults)

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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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