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March 9, 2013

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 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.

SATURDAY MORNING BIRDING

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

Today, 9 to 11:30 a.m.

Meet at Joppa Flats Education Center, One Plum Island Turnpike, Newburyport.

Fee: $10 adults; $7 children ages 8 and older. Registration is not required.

THE WONDER AND THE WOW: HARBOR SEALS AT SALISBURY BEACH

Family educator Lisa Hutchings takes adults to look for harbor seals in the Merrimack River.

Today, 1:30 to 4 p.m.

Meet at Joppa Flats Education Center, One Plum Island Turnpike, Newburyport.

Fee: $18. Registration is required.

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.

Tomorrow 2 to 4:30 p.m.

Meet at Joppa Flats Education Center, One Plum Island Turnpike, Newburyport.

Adult Fee: $11. Child Fee: $8. Registration is required.

WEDNESDAY MORNING BIRDING

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

Wednesday, March 13, 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

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

Fee: $17. Registration is not required.

IMAGINE, SING, AND LEARN: ALL ABOUT OWLS

Active play and learning with Joppa Flats School and Youth Education Coordinator Lisa Hutchings for pre-schoolers, ages 3 to 5, with a favorite adult. Choose one of four sessions.

Thursday, March 14, 10 to 11:30 a.m. or 1 to 2:30 p.m.; Friday, March 15, 10 to 11:30 a.m. or 1 to 2:30 p.m.

Meet at Mass Audubon’s Joppa Flats Education Center, One Plum Island Turnpike, Newburyport.

Adult Fee: $8. Child Fee: $7. Registration is required.

THE WONDER AND THE WOW: BEHIND THE SCENES AT THE NEW ENGLAND AQUARIUM

Family educator Lisa Hutchings takes adults to one of her favorite places ­— “backstage” at the New England Aquarium.

Sunday, March 16, 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Meet at Joppa Flats Education Center, One Plum Island Turnpike, Newburyport.

Fee: $35. Registration is required.

AFTERSCHOOL AT JOPPA: CREATURES OF THE NIGHT!

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, March 20, 3:30 to 5 p.m.

Coming up: March 27: Signs of Spring, April 3: Waterfowl Wardens, April 10: Early Birds.

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

$15 per session. Registration is required.

WEDNESDAY EVENING LECTURE: A VISIT TO THE LAND OF OZ AND NZ

Birding veteran Dave Weaver presents an evening of photographs and stories about a recent birding trip to Australia and New Zealand.

Wednesday, March 20, 7:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

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

Fee: $4. Registration is not required.

NATURE ART CLASSES AT JOPPA FLATS: MARSH ANIMALS AND PLANT MIRACLES

Children ages 7 to 11 are invited to learn how to make their own “wow” works of art in this Thursday afternoon series with teacher Jan Morris.

Thursday, March 21, 3:45 to 5:15 p.m.

Coming up: March 28: Starry Nights; April 4: Bird Nests, Eggs and Chicks; April 11: Trees in Full Swing. Materials will be provided.

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

$18 per session. Registration is required.

AERIAL ACROBATS: WOODCOCKS AND MORE!

Join Joppa Flats sanctuary director Bill Gette and Naturalist David Davis for an evening in search of the remarkable American woodcock. Witness spectacular aerial stunts and learn more about the impressive and unique adaptations of this unlikely shore bird.

Thursday, March 21, 5:30 to 8 p.m.

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

$20 fee. Registration is required.