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November 9, 2013

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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 to 4 p.m.

Call 978-462-9998 for information about additional programs and events, or visit the website at www.massaudubon.org/joppaflats. Join Mass Audubon for half-price through Nov. 30.

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 not required.

Fall Birding On Cape Ann

Joppa Flats Sanctuary Director Bill Gette leads this trip to the rocky coast of Cape Ann to see migrant seabirds.

Tomorrow, 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Meet at the Fisherman’s Statue on Western Avenue in Gloucester

Fee: $42. Registration is required.

TAKE A WALK ON THE WILD SIDE: MAUDSLAY

Joppa Flats teacher Lisa Hutchings takes families on a guided nature walk through Maudslay State Park. For families with children ages 7 to 11.

Tomorrow, 9 to 11:30 a.m.

Meet at the Joppa Flats Education Center

Fee: $8 for children; $11 for adults. 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, Nov. 13, 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: WRACK LINE DETECTIVES!

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. Three remaining sessions: Nov. 20: Intertidal Investigators; Dec. 4: Subtidal Scientists; Dec. 11: Beach Biologists

Wednesday, Nov. 13, 3:30 to 5 p.m.

Meet at the Joppa Flats Education Center

Fee: $15. Registration is required.

WEDNESDAY EVENING LECTURE: NATURE POETRY READING

Join naturalist, birder and Joppa Poet-in-Residence, David Davis and the talented Powow River Poets as they present thought provoking and entertaining poems about the natural world.

Wednesday, Nov. 13, 7:30 to 8:30 p.m.

Meet at the Joppa Flats Education Center

Fee: $4. Registration is not required.

HOMESCHOOL FIELD TRIP: BIRDS ON THE BEACH

Monthly focus topics for homeschoolers, ages 7 to 12, each with an on-site study session and an exciting field trip. This month’s study session: Shorebirds, Nov. 21. Teacher: Lisa Hutchings.

Thursday, Nov. 14, 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

Meet at the Joppa Flats Education Center

Fee: $18. Registration is required.

NATURE ART CLASS: SEEDS TRAVEL and NATURE’S TIE DYE

Notice the beauty in nature and make it come to life with teacher, Jan Morris. Participants will learn about how natural dyes are made and create tie-dyed tea towels. While towels dry, explore seed travel and talk about how plants get ready for winter. For children ages 6 to 10. Materials are provided. Parents are welcome but not required to stay. Three remaining sessions: Nov. 21, Turkey Time; Dec. 5, Wind up for Winter; Dec. 12: Rockin’ Reindeer

Thursday, Nov. 14, 3:45 to 5:15 p.m.

Meet at the Joppa Flats Education Center

Fee: $18. Registration is required.

PARENT/CHILD WALKABOUT: RUN, GATHER & HIDE AT MAUDSLAY STATE PARK

Come outside with Lisa Hutchings to explore the ecology, sights, and sounds of the local habitats and look for critters at Maudslay State Park. A fun, energetic format for families with children ages 3 to 6. The fee covers one adult and one child.

Friday, Nov. 15,10 to 11:30 a.m. or 1 to 2:30 p.m.

Meet at Maudslay State Park, Newburyport.

Fee: $15. Registration is required.

INTERMEDIATE DIGITAL PHOTOGRAPHY WORKSHOP

Mass Audubon’s Camp Wildwood Director Bob Speare leads this workshop and field trip. Bring a camera and learn the use of advanced features to enjoy stronger images.

Saturday, Nov. 16; 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Meet at the Joppa Flats Education Center, One Plum Island Turnpike

Fee: $60. Registration is required.

THE WONDER AND THE WOW: A WALK AT ROUGH MEADOWS

Family educator Lisa Hutchings takes adults to investigate the oak islands and salt marshes at Rough Meadows Wildlife Sanctuary in Rowley.

Saturday, Nov. 16, 9:30 a.m. to noon

Meet at Rough Meadows off 1A in Rowley.

Fee: $27. Registration is required.