The bald eagles are back along the Merrimack River, and we know where to find them! Join us at Joppa Flats, where we'll kick things off with some bagels and cream cheese while we learn about eagles and other birds of prey before we hit the road. We'll use recent sightings from our bird observation log, pass out binoculars and radios, and caravan out to the Parker River National Wildlife Refuge, Deer Island, and Salisbury Beach State Reservation to seek out these majestic birds.
Salem Maritime National Historic Site will be celebrating sailing, ships, and our maritime heritage. Details about activities are coming soon. (Sneak peak! Activities will include sails of the Essex built schooners Fame and Ardelle, activities and lectures at St. Joseph Hall, and a social at Victoria's Station from 6:00 to 9:00 PM.)
Join the Salem Maritime National Historic Site and Dr. Calvin Mires, Co-Founder and Instructor of Seafaring Education and Maritime Archaeological Heritage Program (SEAMAHP) in bringing maritime heritage to life through hands-on activities. Although we won't actually be practicing archaeology, visitors young and old will have the opportunity to use the tools and methods of archaeological research, survey and documentation.
Come to Rebecca Nurse Homestead and get a liitle dirty as you become an archaeologist for the day! The Rebecca Nurse Homestead was at the center of a summer archaeology program, run by the University of Southern Maine and Phillips Andover Academy, teaching students of all ages how to become archaeologists. Now it’s your turn. Thousands of artifacts have given a glimpse into the lives of those who have walked these grounds for the past millennia, many now on display. What will you uncover?
Grab Dad and come to a Live Animal Presentation of Snakes of Ravenswood, Massachusetts, and the World! As the sun warms the ground, you may come across a snake that slithers away before you have a chance to see it. This is your chance to get up close to see and appreciate these creatures living in our yards and woodlands. Rick Roth, local snake expert, and founder and Executive Director of Cape Ann Vernal Pond Team, will share some of his favorite snakes and discuss their lives, habits, and care. Free for Dads today. Call or email to register.
Spring nights are full of life and full of sounds. Frogs and toads sing in chorus from the water, timberdoodles twirl and peent in the fields, and countless other animals rustle in the dark forest. On this family hike at dusk we will sharpen our senses, learn some nighttime animal sounds, and go out to explore what creatures are awake and singing their songs all night long.
Join the Salem Maritime National Historic Site for a behind-the-scenes tour of the Friendship of Salem with Captain Jeremy Bumagin, Rigger John Newman and ship volunteers. Participants can see and visit areas of the ship typically not open to the public, as well as learn about numerous ongoing maintenance projects.
Ipswich River Wildlife Sanctuary are pleased to welcome back Christine Schadler to the sanctuary from her farm in New Hampshire, where she has studied coyotes for more than 20 years. Her talks are informative and engaging, and so relevant, with eastern coyotes appearing regularly as backyard visitors. Come learn about the natural history of this unique mammal from an expert in the field.
Join naturalist Marcia Wilson of Eyes On Owls while she shares her passion for owls! Mrs. Wilson will introduce you to the owls of New England and beyond. This multigenerational program is open to all, so call today and reserve a spot for yourself and your family!
Everyone loves owls! Yet, how many of us have ever seen a live owl up close? Perhaps you’ve glimpsed the shadowy form of a Great Horned Owl in the headlights as you’ve traveled a back road at night. Ever scanned a frozen salt marsh or farmer’s meadow in winter, hoping to find that Arctic hunter, the Snowy Owl? How about a mob of noisy crows circling a white pine tree – have they found an owl?
Join naturalist Marcia Wilson and photographer Mark Wilson in sharing their passion for owls! “Who’s Watching You? Owls of the World” will introduce you to the owls of New England and beyond.
Some owls such as Great Horned, Barred and Eastern Screech Owls are more common than you may think. Boreal owls and Great Gray owls are a rare find here, yet are found on other continents, too. Others like Snowy Owls, Eurasian eagle owls and familiar Barn Owls feature in popular movies and nature programs.
Mark and Marcia will share the field marks, signs and naturalist’s skills that you can use to find wild owls without disturbing them, while introducing you to six live owls up close.
Everyone is treated to a hooting lesson, as well as tips on how to attract and protect owls near you. These secretive birds are specially adapted for living in diverse environments, from marshes to tundra and from rainforest to grasslands.
You’ll find owls on all the continents except Antarctica. Most owls thrive on eating small rodents like mice and voles. Some owls take insects, ducks, snakes, fish, frogs or bats. One owl even relishes a meal of skunk!
Explore the world of owls with two talented naturalists and six lively owls, whose pursuits both near and far make this interactive program fun and educational!
Come experience the fun new sport of Geocaching at the Cox Reservation in Essex, Massachusetts! This web-based hide-and-seek game is growing by leaps and bounds across the country!Instructors will share how to use a GPS unit and astute powers of observation to find hidden caches at the Cox Reservation.