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What To Do This Weekend: May 25-27

Go birding, practice mindfulness, take photographs, do some gardening, kayak, explore the seashore, and more at a wildlife sanctuary this weekend.

Scarlet Tanager
Scarlet Tanager

Greater Boston

Visit birding hotspots in the Blue Hills during Saturday Morning Birding in Milton. Experienced birders will be leading the group to a variety of locations in the area in search of the most interesting birds. (adults, registration required)

Explore Broadmoor in Natick with your camera as part of Nature Photography: The Beauty of Spring. See how composition techniques, use of natural light, and changes in exposure and depth of field can help in successfully capturing and strengthening natural images. (adults, registration required)

Discover Moose Hill in Sharon in a new way during Forest Bathing, a guided, slow-paced therapeutic combination of leisurely walking, sitting, and observation. Unplug, slow down, and de-stress through a series of gentle sensory-opening invitations that welcome us to deepen our connection with nature. (adults, registration required)

Birders and non-birders of all ages and skill levels are invited for a Morning Bird Walk at Habitat in Belmont. Look for signs of migrating species, mating behaviors, and nest building. (all ages)

Do a little Spring Gardening at Boston Nature Center. Learn how garden plants affect the soil quality, how to protect against drought and insects, and anything else you wonder about gardening! (families, registration suggested)

Enjoy a Members-only Sunday Stroll at Stony Brook in Norfolk to see what is happening on the sanctuary and stop to enjoy any interesting and unusual sights you come upon. (adults, registration required)

More in Greater Boston

Cape Cod and Islands

Use dip nets and magnifiers to search for swimming, flying, and burrowing wildlife during a Seashore Ramble at Wellfleet Bay. The hope is to see crabs, turtles, fish, and much more! (families, registration required)

Go on an Osprey Watch by Kayak with Long Pasture off Gray’s Beach. Learn all about this fantastic summer resident with Mass Audubon naturalists on a guided excursion through this wetland. (adults, registration required)

More on Cape Cod and Islands

North Shore

Kids 9-14 can take part in a Youth River Survival Challenge at Ipswich River in Topsfield. Learn the basics of canoe safety, paddle strokes, and the river knowledge. Then on Perkins Island, craft your own paddle from natural materials and test it out on the way back to the mainland. (children ages 9-14, registration required)

Go Birding on Ward’s Reservation in Andover. Spectacular hilltop vistas of the Boston skyline can also contain a kettle of raptors on their way north. Try to find the many birds that will be both passing through and setting up breeding territories. (adults, registration required)

More on the North Shore

Connecticut River Valley

Sharpen your bird identification skills during the spring migration season. Early Morning Birding at Laughing Brook in Hampden is a great opportunity to see and learn about the many birds that pass through our area at this time. (adults, registration required)

More in the Connecticut River Valley


Head to Pleasant Valley in Lenox for Birding by Ear Brunch to eat a pancake breakfast while listening to a talk on identifying birds by ear. Then take a short walk around the sanctuary to listen for the songs we just learned. (adults, registration required)

Go on a Spring Wildflower Walk at Cold Brook in Otis. Learn to use guides to look up plants we discover along the way. (adults, registration required)

More in the Berkshires

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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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