What To Do This Weekend: March 19-20

Maple sugaring, nature walks, an owl festival, and a backyard chicken workshop are just a few of the ways you can enjoy the weekend with us. Below is just a snapshot of what we have to offer. See all the programs and register online.

Barred owl © Robert Paterson

Barred owl © Robert Paterson

Greater Boston

It’s sugarin’ time in the Blue Hills! Join folks from Blue Hills Trailside Museum for Maple Sugar Days on Saturday and Sunday. We’ll be making maple syrup the traditional way, playing games, and eating treats at beautiful Brookwood Farm in Canton.

Habitat in Belmont is also getting in on the maple sugaring action with their Sugaring Celebration on Saturday and Sunday. (All ages, registration required)

Enjoy the wonders of owls as the Museum of American Bird Art hosts their popular Owls Live! Festival in Canton. Learn about owls with live presentations, games, and art activities for the whole family.

Explore Broadmoor in Natick under moonlit skies listening for our resident screech, barred, and great horned owls as part of their Full Moon Owl Prowl for Families (Families, registration required)

Take a Naturalist Walk at Drumlin Farm in Lincoln to explore the different habitats from wetlands to uplands as we look for amphibians, reptiles, mammals, flowering plants, trees, shrubs, lichens, fungi, insects, and birds. (Adults)

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North of Boston

Go on an Early Spring Birding Walk at Ipswich River in Topsfield. We’ll be looking for late-winter visitors such as pine siskins, American tree sparrows, and saw-whet owls as well as early-spring arrivals including blackbirds, American woodcocks, phoebes, bluebirds, wood ducks, fox sparrows, and more. (Adults, registration required)

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South of Boston

Learn how sugaring has evolved from Native American to colonial to our own current procedures during Moose Hill’s Maple Sugaring Festival in Sharon on Saturday and Sunday. (All ages, registration required)

Take a Family Nature Hike at Oak Knoll in Attleboro to get outside and get some exercise! This guided hike is a great way to learn about local flora and fauna. (All ages, registration required)

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Cape and Vineyard

Learn all about Gardening with Chickens at Long Pasture in Barnstable. Topics to be covered include benefits, garden planning and design, a discussion about chicken-safe plantings, and how to enjoy the harvest with your family and chickens. (Adults, registration required)

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Connecticut River Valley

Look for signs of Spring at Laughing Brook in Hampden. We’ll take a walk around the sanctuary looking for skunk cabbage poking its leaves from beneath the soil, warming the ground around which it grows. We will also look for spring insects such as lightning bugs, and perhaps see early frogs. (All ages, registration required)

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Can you name the trees without their leaves? Often the best way to identify a tree if by its buds. Learn all the tricks to Winter Tree ID at Pleasant Valley in Lenox. (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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