What To Do This Weekend: May 26-28

Go on a wildflower walk, take a beach ramble, look for birds, learn about horseshoe crabs, and more at a wildlife sanctuary this weekend.

Allens Pond © Erica Tworog Dube

Cape Cod

Go In Search of Horseshoe Crabs and Shorebirds at Wellfleet Bay to learn about the connection between the two and the sanctuary’s research on horseshoe crab populations. (adults, registration required)

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South of Boston

Look for Ospreys, Kestrels, Tree Swallows, Purple Martins, and Bobolinks and find out how to match bird songs to species during Phenology at Daniel Webster in Marshfield. (adults, registration required)

Learn about Wetlands at Oak Knoll in Attleboro. Begin indoors with a presentation, then head out with a teacher naturalist for a guided tour through marsh, stream, swamp, pond and vernal pool habitats. (adults and children ages 5+, registration required)

Go on a Memorial Day Beach Ramble at Allens Pond in Westport and South Dartmouth and explore the flora and fauna along our Beach Loop Trail. (all ages, registration required)

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Greater Boston

Enjoy Saturday Morning Birding at Blue Hills in Milton. With its variety of habitats and number of nesting species, the Blue Hills is one of the best places in Greater Boston. (adults, registration required)

Join Habitat on a 6.5-mile morning Western Greenway Hike through Belmont, Lexington and Waltham to explore forest, meadow, and wetlands. (adults, 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)

Drop in at Stony Brook in Norfolk for Recyclemania to make a treasure out of some “trash.” You’ll be amazed at the art you can make with a little creativity and a lot of things you might throw away. (children)

Look for Breeding Birds of Upper Mill Brook Conservation Land in Wayland with Drumlin Farm. You could see Wood Ducks, Hooded Mergansers, Great Blue Herons, kingfishers, rails, warblers, and more. (adults, registration required)

Experience the wonders of spring on a guided Spring Walk around Boston Nature Center.  Observe spring flowers in bloom, listen to the birds, and watch for animals tracks in the fresh mud. (adults and children ages 4+, registration required)

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North Shore

It’s Turtle Time at Ipswich River in Topsfield. Visit areas where turtles like to nest and bask, look at and touch real turtle shells, and with a little luck we’ll see if we can summon our resident snapping turtle, Godzilla. (families, registration required)

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)

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Central Massachusetts

Hunt for the Ephemeral Woodland Wildflowers at Wachusett Meadow in Princeton including trout lily, fringed polygala, and lady slipper. (adults and teens, registration required)

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Connecticut River Valley

Take a  Bird Walk at Graves Farm in Williamsburg to sharpen your bird identification skills. See and learn about the many birds that pass through our area at this time. (adults, registration required)

Sharpen your bird identification skills during the spring migration season during Early Morning Birding at Laughing Brook in Hampden. See and learn about the many birds that pass through our area at this time.

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Listen and look for Waterfowl and Warblers as well as, flycatchers, and other birds around the beaver ponds and woodland trails of Myrin Preserve in Great Barrington. This trip involves easy walking on relatively level trails. (adults, registration required)

Take a leisurely Wildflower Walk at Cold Brook in Otis to search for early blooming flowers. We’ll learn to use guidebooks and apps to look up plants we discover along the way. (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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