Red-shouldered Hawk © Brian Rusnica

What To Do This Weekend: Sept. 15-16

Go on hawk watches, attend a fall festival, tag Monarchs, clean up a beach, look at the stars, and more at a wildlife sanctuary this weekend.

 © Brian Rusnica


Go Canoeing on the Housatonic River in Lenox, looking for swallows, herons, kingfishers, muskrats, and signs of beavers along the way. (adults and children ages 10+, registration required)

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Connecticut River Valley

Look for Asters and Goldenrods at Arcadia in Easthampton and Northampton. Learn identifying features of these composites and enjoy a walk at the sanctuary. (adults, registration required)

Go on a Hawk Watch at Blueberry Hill in Granville. If conditions are right, we might witness kettles of large numbers of birds moving south to spend the winter. (adults, registration required)

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Central Massachusetts

Saturday is Hey Day at Wachusett Meadow in Princeton. Come for farm-related demonstrations and hands-on activities for all ages, including cider-pressing, hayrides, and canoeing.  Kid’s activities will include a mini-maze, pumpkin painting, and free pony rides.

Head to Wachusett Mountain for a Hawk Watch to witness hawk migration and find out how to identify raptors in flight. (adults, registration required)

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North Shore

As part of Monarch Magic at Endicott in Wenham, learn all about the Monarch’s life cycle, the challenges facing its habitat, and how to attract it to your garden. We will also work together as citizen scientists to tag and release several Monarchs to start their journey south. (adults and children ages 4+, registration required)

Go on an Early Fall Bird Walk at Ipswich River in Topsfield. Explore the sanctuary’s wetlands, fields, upland forest, and river edges in search of the many bird species attracted to these habitats such as warblers, vireos, hawks, and waterfowl. (adults, registration required)

Remove trash and debris from the beaches of Plum Island, including Parker River National Wildlife Refuge, Sandy Point State Reservation, and the north end of the island, as part of COASTSWEEP 2018. Over the past 11 years, we have collected more than 16 tons of debris.

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Greater Boston

It’s a Fall Harvest Celebration at Drumlin Farm in Lincoln. Spend the day outdoors and watch cooking demonstrations; enjoy tastings; and make herb butter, crafts, and an herbal bouquet.You can also take part in our scavenger hunt, explore the garden, and meet some of our farm animals up-close!

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)

Learn important skills of how to properly harvest, prep and process leaf, root, flower and berry for making herbal products as part of Harvesting for Medicine at the Boston Nature Center.

Get Fall Photography Tips at Broadmoor in Natick to prepare for the upcoming season of gorgeous colors and to take advantage of golden hour as you make the most of your fall landscape images

During a Mushroom Presentation and Exploration at Habitat in Belmont examine the life cycles and identification features, then hit the trail in search of the tiny or gargantuan, the pale or neon, the edible or poisonous, and whatever else might be awaiting us. (adults, registration required)

Join local astronomers for a Star Gazing Night at Moose Hill in Sharon. Look at the stars and other night objects through big telescopes. (all ages)

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South of Boston

Head to Tidmarsh in Plymouth for a Sunset Stroll to our overlook to enjoy snacks and a lively presentation about bats at Tidmarsh. (all ages, registration required)

Spend Saturday Morning at the Pond at Daniel Webster in Marshfield. Use dip nets to catch dragonfly nymphs, discover the unique adaptations of caddisfly larva, and help conduct water tests to learn what the pond environment needs to stay healthy. (families, registration required)

Practice Yoga at Allens Pond in South Dartmouth with nothing but the sounds of birds and nature serving as the backdrop to your practice. (adults, registration required)

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Cape Cod

Go In Search of Terrapin Hatchlings at Wellfleet Bay in South Wellfleet and visit with research volunteers to learn about our 30 year project to monitor this threatened species. (adults and children ages 8+, registration required)

Enjoy Birding on Tern Island, a 28-acre island located just a stone’s throw from the shoreline of Chatham’s mainland. It features extensive tidal flats at low tide and is fast becoming one of the best spots to see migrating shorebirds in the late summer and fall, including short-billed dowitchers, American oystercatchers, and flocks of red knots. (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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