NewburyportNews.com, Newburyport, MA

February 1, 2014

Programs at Mass Audubon's Joppa Flats


Newburyport Daily News

---- — Mass Audubon’s Joppa Flats Education Center, located at One Plum Island Turnpike in Newburyport, 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.

Call 978-462-9998 for information about additional programs and events, or visit the Web site at www.massaudubon.org/joppaflats.

Eagle Festival Eagle Eye Scavenger Hunt

Now through Feb. 8

Use your eagle eyes in our new scavenger hunt. Visit Newburyport merchants who are Eagle Festival Friends and find hidden eagle facts in their stores. You can download a scavenger hunt form or pick one up at the Joppa Flats Education Center or at Newburyport Public Library.

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.

Today, 9 to 11:30 a.m.

Meet at Joppa Flats Education Center

Fee: Adults $10. Registration is not required.

The Wonder And The Wow: Bald Eagles Along The Merrimack

Family educator Lisa Hutchings takes adults to look for wintering bald eagles along the river.

Today, 9:30 a.m. to noon

Meet at Joppa Flats Education Center

Fee: $18. Registration is required.

Bald Eagles Of The Merrimack River

Join Joppa Flats education coordinator Dave Larson and search the areas around the open water of the lower Merrimack River for wintering bald eagles.

Sunday, Feb. 2, 9 a.m. to noon

Meet at the Joppa Flats Education Center

Fee: $21. Registration is required.

TAKE A WALK ON THE WILD SIDE: BALD EAGLES

Joppa Flats teacher Lisa Hutchings takes families around the Newburyport area to look for bald eagles. For families with children ages 7 and older.

Sunday, Feb. 2, 9:30 a.m to noon

Meet at the Joppa Flats Education Center

Adult fee: $11; child fee: $8. Registration is required.

Birding The Maine Coast

Explore excellent birding sites in Maine for winter seabirds and waterfowl with Joppa Flats sanctuary director Bill Gette.

Monday, Feb. 3, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Meet at the Joppa Flats Education Center

Fee: $55. Registration 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, Feb. 5, 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Meet at the Joppa Flats Education Center

Fee: $17. Registration is not required.

Afterschool At Joppa: Howdy Partners!

Children in grades 1 to 4 are invited to engage in wildlife learning experiences with a different theme each week. Come for one or sign up for the series.

Wednesday, Feb. 5, 3:45 to 5:15 p.m.

Meet at the Joppa Flats Education Center

Fee per session: $15. Registration is required.

Wednesday Evening Lecture: Crossing Bhutan-Land Of Dragons

Joppa Flats Sanctuary Director Bill Gette presents an evening of photographs and stories about his birding trip to Bhutan.

Wednesday, Feb. 5, 7:30 to 8:30 p.m.

Meet at the Joppa Flats Education Center

Fee: $4. Registration is not required.

HOMESCHOOL STUDY SESSION: PARTNERSHIPS IN NATURE

Monthly focus topics for homeschoolers, ages 7 to 12, each with an on-site study session and an exciting field trip. Peabody Essex Museum field trip on Feb. 13. Teacher: Lisa Hutchings.

Thursday, Feb. 6, 1 to 3 p.m.

Meet at the Joppa Flats Education Center

Fee: $17. Registration is required.

THE MERRIMACK RIVER EAGLE FESTIVAL

A full day of free activities including live raptor demonstrations, family fun, and guided birdwatching at bald eagle viewing sites. See the web site at www.massaudubon.org/eaglefestival for more information. Co-presenter: Parker River National Wildlife Refuge. Sponsored by The Daily News of Newburyport and Newburyport Five Cents Savings Bank.

Saturday, Feb. 8, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Locations: Festival headquarters at Joppa Flats Education Center, One Plum Island Turnpike, Newburyport; Parker River National Wildlife Refuge Headquarters, 6 Plum Island Turnpike, Newburyport; Newburyport City Hall, 60 Pleasant Street, Newburyport; Newburyport Chamber of Commerce, 38R Merrimac St., Newburyport, and Lowell’s Boat Shop, 459 Main Street, Amesbury.

Free. Registration is required for guided eagle tours. Call 978-462-9998.

TAKE A WALK ON THE WILD SIDE: HARBOR SEALS

Joppa Flats teacher Lisa Hutchings takes families around the Newburyport area to look for Harbor Seals. For families with children ages 7 and older.

Sunday, Feb. 9, 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

Meet at the Joppa Flats Education Center

Adult fee: $11; child fee: $8. Registration is required.