Fall foliage paddle

What To Do This Weekend: Oct 12-13

Look for birds, enjoy fall foliage a paddle, go on an owl prowl, become a citizen scientist, explore a bog, and more with a wildlife sanctuary this weekend.

Fall foliage paddle

Greater Boston

Go on a Fall Bird Walk at Boston Nature Center. Find and identify birds through field marks and sounds. Open to birders of all abilities. (adults, registration required)

Explore the Bog at Poutwater Pond in Holden with Stony Brook to look for stunted trees and shrubs as well as unusual orchids and insect eating plants. (adults, registration required)

Bring the family on an 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)

Take a Fall Foliage Paddle on the Charles with Broadmoor in Natick to relax and watch for the many animals found in and around the river. (adults and children ages 12+, registration required)

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North Shore

Visit the Bird Banding Station on Parker River National Wildlife Refuge in Newburyport to see Mass Audubon scientists capture, evaluate, and release migrant songbirds while learning about migration and habitat use. (families, registration required)

Take part in Sunday Morning Yoga at Ipswich River in Topsfield. Bring your mat, and together we will create a comfortable balance to calm your mind, energize your body, and nurture your soul by practicing breathing, movement, and meditation. (adults, registration required)

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South of Boston

It’s a Bat Bonanza at Oak Knoll in Attleboro. Learn more about this incredible and yet still misunderstood animal. (families, registration required)

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Cape Cod

Take part in Box Turtle Tracking at Wellfleet Bay. Find out about the research practices in an indoor presentation then lead an active excursion to track box turtles. (adults, registration required)

During Herons at Hemenway in Eastham, observe the black-crowned night-herons’ nightly flight to the marsh to feed. This is a great opportunity to see black-crowned and maybe yellow-crowned night-herons, great egrets, and belted kingfishers. (adults, registration required)

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Connecticut River Valley

Go on a Peak Foliage Nature Walk at Quabbin Park in Belchertown. Look for birds, listen for insect sounds, watch for squirrels and chipmunks busily preparing for winter, and take in the beauty of the colorful fall leaves. (adults, registration required)

Enjoy a Fall Foliage Paddle along the oxbow of the Connecticut River as well as the Mill River at Arcadia. While learning about wetland trees and other vegetation, we’ll enjoy the spectacular autumn colors. (adults, registration required)

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As part of the Berkshire Views series at Pleasant Valley in Lenox, ascend Lenox Mountain with an experienced guide. Hike via Trail of the Ledges and/or Overbrook Trail on a three-mile round-trip trek through northern hardwood and hemlock forest for an elevation gain of 840 feet. (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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