What To Do This Weekend: January 21-22

Take a hike, learn about snowy owls, make sourdough bread, search for wildlife by their tracks, go on an owl prowl, and more this weekend!

Snowy Owl photo: David Larson


Go on a Winter Wonderland Hike to the summit of Lenox Mountain (2,126 feet) at Pleasant Valley. On the way, track wildlife, identify trees by their bark, and (on a clear day) take in a 50-mile view from the top. This moderately strenuous hike is three miles round-trip with an elevation gain of 840 feet. (Adults)

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Connecticut River Valley

It’s never too early or too late to begin learning about birds. Bring the family and come to Arcadia for Family Bird Fun in Easthampton/Northampton. We’ll include a lesson followed by outdoor practice. (Families, registration required)

Central Massachusetts

Bring the kids and go on an Owl Prowl at Broad Meadow Brook in Worcester. Play owl games, learn fun facts, practice owl calls inside , and then search the sanctuary for these magnificent creatures of the night. (Families, registration required)

More than 30 resident mammals and birds leave tracks at Wachusett Meadow in Princeton. During Beginner Tracking and Animal Signs for Adults, learn to identify a dozen animals by their tracks and help collect information on sanctuary wildlife and habitats. (Adults, registration required)

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Greater Boston

Get an update on what’s happening with snowy owls this winter during Snowy Owls to Saw-whet Owls at Blue Hills Trailside Museum 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. (Adults, registration required)

Learn the age old tradition of Sourdough Bread Making in this hands-on workshop at Drumlin Farm in Lincoln. Practice each step of the process as we mix, knead, and shape loaves to taste and take home. Participants will go home with their own sourdough starter and the skills to make bread at home with just flour, water, and salt. (Adults and Children 12 and up, registration required)

Get the Most of Your Digital Camera at Broadmoor in Natick. This workshop is designed to help you understand the features of digital cameras, and use the landscape and creatures of Broadmoor to practice techniques to help improve your digital photography. (Adults, registration required)

Head to Boston Nature Center to 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: Reading a Story, hike the sanctuary to search for tracks, chews, and scat to discover who left them and the stories they tell. (Families, registration encouraged)

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North of Boston

See live birds of prey up close during Wingmasters Present: North American Birds of Prey at Ipswich River in Topsfield. Don’t miss this fantastic opportunity to see birds such as the peregrine falcon, kestrel, red-tailed hawk, saw-whet owl, barn owl, barred owl, great horned owl, and eastern screech-owl. (Adults and Children 5 and up, registration required)

Go Saturday Morning Birding in the Newburyport/Plum Island are with the team from Joppa Flats to explore some the of best birding destinations in the country. (Adults)

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South of Boston

Explore Oak Knoll in Attleboro after dark during a Family Owl Prowl. Start indoors with an interactive owl presentation and owl pellet dissection. After, we will head out on the trail to listen for evidence of our feathery friends. (Families, 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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