What To Do This Weekend: Mar 3-4

Learn how to identify backyard birds, search for owls, go maple sugaring, and more at a wildlife sanctuary this weekend.

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Greater Boston

Find out how to raise Backyard Chickens at Drumlin Farm in Lincoln. This hands-on workshop covers breeds of chickens, housing and feeding needs, and egg production. (adults, registration required)

Go on a Full Moon Owl Prowl for Families at Broadmoor in Natick and search for resident screech, barred, and great horned owls. (families, registration required)

Spend the morning at Habitat in Belmont for Maple Sugaring: From Sap to Syrup. Get up close to majestic maples, identifying the various species, and tasting sap right from the bucket. We’ll conclude by returning indoors to make and sample our own syrup. (adults, registration required)

Impress your friends on your next walk when you are able to identify trees and shrubs with barely a leaf in sight! As part of Tree Identification Made Easy at Stony Brook in Norfolk, examine the clues including bark patterns, twigs, buds, and fruit to identify many common plants in your backyard. (adults, registration required)

During Backyard Birding at Boston Nature Center, learn how to use binoculars, go on a bird hike, and create some seed and fruit art for the birds to enjoy. (families, registration required)

Ever wonder about what types of birds overwinter in Massachusetts and visit your feeders? During Late Winter Bird Identification at Moose Hill in Sharon go for a short birding walk and learn simple techniques that will help you to identify most of our resident birds. Binoculars will be provided. Warm up at the end with coffee and Italian cookies! (adults, registration required)

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North Shore

Search out avian activity in the Newburyport/Plum Island area, one of the best year-round birding locations in the country, as part of Saturday Morning Birding. Beginners and birders of all levels are welcome. (adults)

Sign up for a Sugaring Off Tour at Ipswich River in Topsfield to observe tapping and sap collection methods, watch the sap being boiled down in the sugarhouse, and get a sweet taste of the final product.

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Central Massachusetts

Go on a Saturday Morning Bird Walk at Broad Meadow Brook in Worcester and discover the immense variety of birdlife that exists at this large urban sanctuary. (adults, registration required)

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Build a Bluebird Nest Box at Pleasant Valley in Lenox. While putting it together, you will also find out where and how to place their boxes in the right habitat. (adults and children, registration required)

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South of Boston

Discover what Oak Knoll  in Attleboro is doing to help local Turtles and Salamanders. Meet our baby Blanding’s turtles and take a salamander excursion on the trails! (adults and children, registration required)

Go on a Wild, Wild Woodcock Walk at Allens Pond in South Dartmouth to witness their courtship ritual at dusk. (adults, registration required)

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Cape Cod

During the Winter Waterfowl Workshop at Wellfleet Bay, start off indoors with a presentation on winter ducks and then carpool to kettle ponds in Eastham to put your identification skills to the test. (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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