Attend a spring festival, look for birds, count herring, interact with goats, look up at the stars by a campfire, and more at a wildlife sanctuary this weekend.
Connecticut River Valley
Enjoy the third annual Valley Bird Festival at Arcadia. Expect bird walks, games, activities, and information for all ages. Tom Ricardi will present a live birds of prey presentation at 11:00 and 1:00.
Sunday is Pierpont Meadow Community Day in Dudley. Go on a guided walk, meet live animals with Creature Teachers, go on a scavenger hunt, and more.
Enjoy a morning Spring Bird Walk at Wachusett Meadow in Princeton. Look for spring migrants as well as breeding species, and practice identification based on sight and sound. (adults, registration required)
Search for Pileated Woodpeckers at Broad Meadow Brook in Worcester. Learn about the habits and behaviors of this impressive bird, listen for its characteristically loud call, and look for its distinctive feeding signs. (adults, registration required)
Head to Ipswich River to meet and hear from Mary Holland, author of Naturally Curious. Her presentation includes images and information about amphibians, reptiles, birds, mammals, insects, spiders, and plants. (adults, 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)
Celebrate spring at Habitat in Belmont with our annual Herb Sale and Goat Gala. Get staples for your garden and interact with and learn about our friendly herd of Nigerian Dwarf Goats.
Explore the beauty of spring bird songs with naturalist-led birding explorations and a homemade breakfast as part of Birds & Breakfast at Broadmoor in Natick. (registration required)
Does your child love photography, technology, and nature? Over the course of three Saturdays, kids will build a real working digital camera as part of Build a Digital Camera and Learn the Art of Nature Photography at the Museum of American Bird Art. Along the way, they’ll learn about the science, engineering, and technology behind the camera lens. (children ages 9-16, registration required)
Take a Early Morning Bird Stroll at Stony Brook in Norfolk to look for migrating spring birds. (adults, registration required)
Join Drumlin Farm for an exciting morning of Birding at Mount Auburn Cemetery, a state listed Important Bird Area, in Cambridge. (adults, registration required)
Observe the changes that occur as day shifts to night from the top of Chickatawbut Hill in Milton as part of Spring Star Gazing and Campfires. With some luck, we may catch sight of some early Eta Aquarid meteors while enjoying toasted marshmallows. (adults and children ages 6+, registration required)
Go on a free Spring Bird Walk at Boston Nature Center to observe resident birds and spring migrants in a unique urban habitat that is a favorite stomping ground for many bird species. (adults and children ages 10+, registration required)
South of Boston
Head to Tidmarsh in Plymouth for a 1.5-mile guided Herring Hike and help monitor the return of river herring to our sanctuary’s waters as a citizen scientist. Discover why these master migrators are a vital part of coastal ecosystems in Massachusetts and throughout the Atlantic Coast.
Enjoy a Family Nature Hike at Oak Knoll in Attleboro to learn about local flora and fauna including backyard birds. (registration required)
Cape Cod and Islands
Every May and June, volunteers for Felix Neck in Edgartown survey horseshoe crabs. Want to get in on the action? Attend the Horseshoe Crab Survey Training to join in. (All ages, registration required)
See live birds up-close and observe the bird banding process at Bird Research in Action! Wellfleet Bay’s bird banding station is a unique opportunity to see how scientists conduct bird research up close. (adults and children ages 8+, registration required)