River Otter © Jim Morelly

What To Do This Weekend: Jan 18-19

Go birding, try snowshoeing, look for mammals, paint in watercolor, ID winter trees, and more at a wildlife sanctuary this weekend.

River Otter © Jim Morelly
River Otter © Jim Morelly

Greater Boston

Bird Away the Winter Blues at Mount Auburn Cemetery in Cambridge. Enjoy a peaceful walk in this historic and beautifully landscaped cemetery looking for winter residents and some surprises like possible Yellow-bellied Sapsucker and Red-breasted Nuthatch. (adults, registration required)

Learn about the adaptations that help trees survive the harsh conditions of winter as well as identification techniques at Boston Nature Center’s Winter Tree Identification program. (adults, registration required)

No school on Monday? Spend a Nature Day at Moose Hill in Sharon. Take part in outdoor exploration, nature play, crafts, stories, and fun activities. (children ages 4-12, registration required)

Kids can go Wild about Weasels at Stony Brook in Norfolk. Look for tracks on the trail and maybe see an otter or two. Make a wiggly weasel of your own to take home as well. (children ages 4-12, registration required)

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Cape Cod

Create Your 2020 Bird List at Long Pasture in Barnstable. This series, which takes place one Saturday a month, will help you with your year list from beginning to end during outings at birding hotspots on the Cape and further afield. (adults, registration required)

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South of Boston

Bring the family to Oak Knoll in Attleboro for a Family Exploration of rocks and fossils. (families with children, registration required)

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North Shore

During Mammals in Watercolor at Ipswich River in Topsfield, take a quick walk around the sanctuary to search for mammals such as deer, foxes, weasels, squirrels, and more. Then put brush to paper and create watercolor paintings of a mammal of our choice. (adults, registration required)

Focus on Merrimack River Birds with Joppa Flats in Newburyport. The Merrimack River is an extraordinary place for winter birding, with large areas remaining ice free. Look out for Black-headed gulls, Red-breasted and Common mergansers, Long-tailed Ducks, Common and Barrow’s goldeneyes, Buffleheads, Bald Eagles, and Great Cormorants. (adults, registration required)

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Central Massachusetts

Head to Broad Meadow Brook in Worcester for an Owl Prowl for Families. Practice owl calls and search the sanctuary trails for these magnificent creatures of the night, finishing up with hot chocolate and games. (adults with children ages 5+, registration required)

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Connecticut River Valley

The forest is full of signs that tell us about the wildlife within. Learn to read the Tracks and Signs left by animals that live at Laughing Brook in Hampden. (adults with children, registration required)

Snowshoe in a Spruce-Fir Forest in Windsor and learn about this unique ecosystem, where plant species such as balsam fir and red spruce are the dominant trees. Look for tracks of snowshoe hare, ruffed grouse, and other fascinating wildlife along the way. (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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