NewburyportNews.com, Newburyport, MA

October 13, 2012

Programs at Mass Audubon's Joppa Flats


Newburyport Daily News

---- — NEWBURYPORT — Mass Audubon’s Joppa Flats Education Center, One Plum Island Turnpike, is a natural history education and visitor center that is open to the public Tuesday through Sunday and Monday holidays, 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Mass Audubon members receive discounts on programs. Call 978-462-9998 for information about additional programs and events or visit www.massaudubon.org/joppaflats.

Activities and outings meet at the education center unless otherwise noted.

SATURDAY TEACHER WORKSHOP: BIRD BANDING STATION

Teacher-Naturalist Lisa Hutchings leads a series of indoor/outdoor workshops that will help teachers of pre-K through grade 5 with nature education. Coming up: Nov. 17: Forest Study.

Saturday, Oct. 13, 8 a.m.-noon. Fee: $30. Preregistration is required.

SATURDAY MORNING BIRDING

Join our experienced leaders in a search for avian activity in the Newburyport/Plum Island area. For beginners and birders of all skill levels.

Saturday, Oct. 13, 9-11:30 a.m. Fee: adults, $10; children ages 8 and up, $7. No preregistration required.

FALL MIGRANTS IN BOSTON

Yes, there are birds in Boston! Science education coordinator Dave Larson leads this trip to the Fenway’s Victory Gardens, Post Office Square, the Public Gardens, and more.

Sunday, Oct.14, 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Fee: $44. Preregistration is required.

THOSE LITTLE BROWN THINGS: A SPARROW WORKSHOP

Take on one of the birding world’s greatest challenges — sparrow identification — through a workshop and field trip. With sanctuary director Bill Gette.

Sunday, Oct. 14; 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Fee: $60. Preregistration is required.

HALLOWEEN FAMILY FUN FREE-FOR-ALL!

Get into the Halloween spirit! Drop in in your costume for an hour or stay all day for stories, songs and explorations. For families with children ages 2 and up.

Sunday, Oct. 14, 10 a.m.–3 p.m. Fee: Free. Preregistration is not required.

WEDNESDAY MORNING BIRDING

Join Joppa Flats Sanctuary director Bill Gette and USFWS veteran David Weaver for this weekly birding field trip in the Newburyport/Plum Island area. Appropriate for all birding levels.

Wednesday, Oct. 17, 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Fee: $17. Preregistration is not required.

HOMESCHOOL STUDY SESSION: INTERTIDAL ZONE

Monthly focus topics for homeschoolers, ages 7 to 12, each with an on-site study session and an exciting field trip. Teacher: Lisa Hutchings.

Thursday, Oct. 18, 1–3 p.m. Fee: $17. Preregistration is required.

SATURDAY MORNING BIRDING

Join our experienced leaders in a search for avian activity in the Newburyport/Plum Island area. For beginners and birders of all skill levels.

Saturday, Oct. 20, 9-11:30 a.m. Fee: adults, $10; children ages 8 and up, $7. No preregistration required.

BANDING STATION VISIT FOR BIRDERS

Birders are invited to visit the Joppa Flats Bird Banding Station on the Parker River National Wildlife Refuge for an up-close look at data collection on migrating birds.

Sunday, Oct. 21, 8–11 a.m. Fee: $20. Preregistration is required.

WEDNESDAY MORNING BIRDING

Join Joppa Flats Sanctuary director Bill Gette and USFWS veteran David Weaver for this weekly birding field trip in the Newburyport/Plum Island area. Appropriate for all birding levels.

Wednesday, Oct. 24, 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Fee: $17. Preregistration is not required.

AFTERSCHOOL AT JOPPA: STUDY SHARKS, SKATES, & RAYS!

Children in grades 1 to 4 are invited to engage in wildlife learning experiences with a different theme each week. Last session of this series.

Wednesday, Oct. 24, 3:30-5 p.m. Fee: $15. Preregistration is required.

IMAGINE, SING, AND LEARN: SHOREBIRDS ON THE BEACH

Active play and learning with Joppa Flats teacher-naturalist Lisa Hutchings for pre-schoolers, ages 3 to 5, with a favorite adult. Choose one of four sessions. Fee includes one adult and one child.

Thursday, Oct. 25, 10-11:30 a.m. or 1-2:30 p.m.; Friday, Oct. 26, 10-11:30 a.m. or 1-2:30 p.m. Fee: $15. Preregistration is required.

ON EXHIBIT: Through Nov. 4: “Wild Birds and Other Inspirations” — Photographs by Amesbury’s Alan Cormier.