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What To Do This Weekend: Jan 11-12

Improve your photography skills, go on night hikes, learn how to identify bones and tracks, practice mindfulness, look for seals, and more at a wildlife sanctuary this weekend.

Gray Seals © Sherri VandenAkker

Connecticut River Valley

During the two-part Intro to Digital Nature Photography in Hampden, discuss best practices for capturing an image, understanding exposure and focus, and using both manual and automatic exposure settings. (adults, registration required)

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North Shore

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)

The Skull and Bone Identification Workshop at Ipswich River in Topsfield will teach you what to look for when identifying animal bones. Practice skills using sample bones or bring in any bones you have found that you would like to identify. (adults, registration required)

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Greater Boston

Experience Yoga and Mindfulness at Habitat in Belmont. After a 45-minute slow and gentle yoga class indoors, head outside to explore the trails. (adults, registration required)

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

Take an Owl Prowl Adventure at Broadmoor in Natick. Under the moon and stars, learn about owl calls, behavior, and habitat as you search and listen for our resident screech, barred and great horned owls. (families, registration required)

Let it Snow at Stony Brook in Norfolk. Watch snowflakes grow in a bottle, make paper snowflakes, and freeze a soap bubble. (children ages 4-12, registration required)

Enjoy at Winter Bird Walk at Boston Nature Center as we observe our hardy winter species. (adults, registration required)

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South of Boston

Take a Full Moon Night Hike at Oak Knoll in Attleboro to learn about the moon and nocturnal animals. (adults and children ages 5+, registration required)

Go on a Seaside Seal Stroll with Allens Pond in South Dartmouth and Westport. Learn about the lives of harbor and grey seals, what brings them to our area, and proper etiquette for viewing these protected species. (adults and children ages 6+, registration required)

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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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