What To Do This Weekend: Nov 3-4

Look for fall birds, learn how to make sourdough bread, go on an owl prowl, try nature journaling, take a photography workshop, and more at a wildlife sanctuary this weekend.

Common Loon, winter plumage

Common Loon, winter plumage

North Shore

Reconnect with the sights, sounds, smells, and textures of nature during Autumn Forest Bathing Walk at Ipswich River in Topsfield. After the guided walk, there will be time for reflection and a relaxing cup of tea. (adults, registration required)

Discover the Seabirds of Cape Ann with Joppa Flats. Be on the lookout for Red-throated Loon, Red-necked Grebe, Harlequin Duck, Black Guillemot (and maybe other alcids), and three species of scoters.

More on the North Shore

Greater Boston

Learn the age-old tradition of Sourdough Breadmaking at Drumlin Farm in Lincoln. Mix, knead, and shape loaves and go home with sourdough starter. (adults and children ages 12+, registration required)

Explore the world of owls during a Family Owl Prowl at Blue Hills Trailside Museum. Discover some of the unique adaptations of owls, practice owl calls, and meet some of the museum’s resident owls before going on a night hike to search for owls and other nocturnal life. (families, registration required)

Experience Saw-whet Owl Banding at Moose HIll in Sharon. After a presentation, take a night walk for a chance to see a saw-whet owl up close and watch the whole banding process. (adults, registration required)

As part of It’s a Job for Decomposers at Boston Nature Center, explore the outdoors looking for decomposers and examine the worm bins to learn about the mysteries of the soil. (families, registration required)

Be an environmental steward by taking part in HIP Trails Day at Habitat Education Center in Belmont. environmental stewardship. Chip trails, work in the children’s garden, the Sun/Moon Herb garden, and more. (all ages, registration required)

Be a Busy Beaver at Broadmoor in Natick and discover what life is like as a beaver and how to recognize signs that a beaver has been in the area. As sunset approaches, watch for our resident beavers on their evening explorations. (families, registration required)

More in Greater Boston

South of Boston

Explore the different habitats found around Oak Knoll in Attleboro as part of a Family Habitat Day. Look for interesting animals, plants, and see what has visited the sanctuary. (families, registration required)

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Cape Cod

During Fall Ducks of Cape Cod with Long Pasture, view eiders, scoters, buffleheads, Common Goldeneyes, and Red-breasted Mergansers as they pause in their migratory journeys. (adults, registration required)

During Bird Research in Action! at Wellfleet Bay, meet James and the rest of the bird banding team to learn about banding methods and the information gathered from this research. You will likely get to see live birds up-close and observe the banding process. (adults and children ages 8+, registration required)

More on Cape Cod and Islands

Central Massachusetts

Go on a Saturday Morning Bird Walk for Adults at Broad Meadow Brook in Worcester. We’ll teach you the basics of birding and bird identification during an easy-to-moderate walk along the trails.  (adults, registration required)

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Connecticut River Valley

Get an Intro To Digital Photography in Hampden including the best practices for exposure, focus, and technique so you leave with a wealth of knowledge and beautiful photographs. (adults, registration required)

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Relax into the beauty of the woods, waters, and trails of Pleasant Valley in Lenox while Nature Journaling. Guided writing and sketching deepens observations and expands creativity. (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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