What To Do This Weekend: March 12-13

Harlequin ducks

Join us for some maple sugaring, bird watching, beekeeping, and more. Check out a few highlights and see the entire schedule online.

Celebrate Maple Sugaring season with us. On tap (get it) this weekend: Drumlin Farm’s Sap to Syrup Breakfast, Moose Hill’s Maple Sugaring Festival, Maple Sugaring at Boston Nature Center, and Sugaring Off Tours at Ipswich River in Topsfield.

Join the team from Broad Meadow Brook for Winter Ducks at Sachuest Point. This day trip takes us to the fantastic coast of Rhode Island to explore Sachuest Point National Wildlife Refuge for harlequin ducks, eiders, surf scoters, and scaup bobbing in choppy, cold waters. (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! During Stony Brook’s Tree Identification Made Easy in Norfolk, we’ll examine the clues including bark patterns, twigs, buds, and fruit to identify many common plants in your back yard. (Adults, registration required)

Join Mass Audubon and our conservation partners for the Pioneer Valley Ecological Management and Research Symposium, which will feature presentations about research and ecological management that is occurring in the Pioneer Valley. (Adults, registration required)

Look for frogs and salamanders on a Family Winter Adventure at Oak Knoll in Attleboro. Expect  stories, crafts, nature walks, and animal encounters. (Families with children ages 3-5, registration required)

There is no bird is better to ring in the breeding season than the American woodcock. Join Allens Pond for Woodcock Dance at Dusk in South Dartmouth as we witness their courtship ritual at dusk. (Adults, registration required)

During Broadmoor’s Owl Prowl Adventures Under the Moon for Families in Natick learn about owl calls, behavior, and habitat as we search and listen for our resident screech, barred and great horned owls. (Families, registration required)

Did you know that you can enjoy bees and bee products right in your backyard? During the Boston Nature Center’s Beekeeping 101: An Introduction to Honeybees workshop, learn about what it takes to keep a busy, productive hive of bees happy; how to set up and maintain a hive; and what kind of time commitment is required. (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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