What To Do This Weekend: May 12-13

Take part in Bird-a-thon, celebrate Mother’s Day, get foraging tips, look for wildflowers, learn how to identify warblers, and more at a wildlife sanctuary this weekend.



Greater Boston

Kickoff Bird-a-thon at Boston Nature. Learn about the event and go on a walk around the sanctuary looking for birds. (registration required)

Spend part of your Saturday morning at the Museum of American Bird Art in Canton having fun, exploring and discovering nature, listening to engaging stories, and creating art during their weekly Nature and Art Discovery Program. (families, registration required)

Head to Drumlin Farm in Lincoln for a Foraging Walk and Cooking Demo. Identify, harvest, and prepare edible plants found in everyday landscapes. And learn ecological, medicinal, and nutritional benefits of specific wild plants (different characters for each season). (adults, registration required)

Celebrate Mother’s Day at Moose Hill in Sharon. Begin with an hour-long guided walk searching for signs of spring. Then return for a hearty pancake breakfast. (registration required)

Meet up with the Wildwood Bird-a-thon team at either Great Meadows in Concord or Broadmoor in Natick to explore different habitats including woodlands, open meadows, and the edges of ponds and streams. (families)

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South of Boston

Participate in a Backyard Bird-a-thon at Oak Knoll in Attleboro to learn what types of birds you can attract to your backyard and what types of food will be best for them. Each person registered will build a bird box to take home! (registration required)

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Cape Cod and the Islands

Experience the best of morning bird activity at Wellfleet Bay with a naturalist-guided Early Bird Walk. From pine woodlands and freshwater pond to salt marsh and beach, the trails’ diverse natural communities offer a tremendous range of possible bird sightings.

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Central Massachusetts

Go on an early-morning bird walk (7:30-9:00 am) followed by a delicious pancake breakfast and a chance to share what you’ve seen at Wachusett Meadow in Princeton, all part of their Bird-a-thon Bird Walk and Breakfast. (all ages, registration required)

Learn all about Ephemeral Flowers over the course of two Sundays at Broad Meadow Brook in Worcester. (adults, registration required)

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Connecticut River Valley

Enjoy a Mother’s Day Paddle exploring the Arcadia marsh by canoe. Search for signs of spring as you leisurely paddle through the marsh and alongside the riparian forest at the water’s edge. (registration required)

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Search for meadow and woodland wildflowers and other signs of spring on a Spring Wildflower Walk at Canoe Meadows in Pittsfield. Take a leisurely walk using guidebooks and apps to look up plants we discover along the way. (adults, registration required)

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North Shore

Learn to Identify Warblers by sight, sound, habits, and the habitats they prefer at Ipswich River in Topsfield. The sanctuary’s freshwater marshes, ponds, river edges, fields, and deciduous and evergreen woods provide food and shelter for 15 to 20 species of warblers at this time of year. (adults, registration required)

Take part in Bird-a-thon Madness with Joppa Flats. We’ll count as many bird species as we can from 8 am to 6 pm traveling throughout Essex County, moving quickly but always making sure that everyone can see the birds. All ability levels are welcome. (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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