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September 14, 2013

Programs AT Mass Audobon'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 website at www.massaudubon.org/joppaflats.

PLUM ISLAND COASTSWEEP

Pitch in and help clean up the beaches of Plum Island. All ages welcome, anytime during the day, rain or shine.

Today, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Meet at the Parker River National Wildlife Refuge parking lot 1.

SATURDAY MORNING BIRDING

Join 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

$12. Registration is not required.

FAMILY DAY AT THE BIRD BANDING STATION

Bring the family to the Joppa Flats bird banding station at the Parker River National Wildlife Refuge and learn all about scientific research at a real field station. For families with children ages 6 and older.

Sunday, Sept. 15, 9:30 to 11:30 a.m.

Meet at Joppa Flats Education Center

Adults $10; Children $6. Registration is required.

SEABIRDS AND WHALES

Board the Captain’s Lady III for a birding and whale watching trip guided by marine mammal naturalists and Joppa Flats staff.

Monday, Sept. 16, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Meet at the waterfront boardwalk in Newburyport

Adults $48. Children $33 (ages 4 and older). Registration is required by calling Newburyport Whale Watch at 1-800-848-1111.

VOLUNTEER TRAINING: BIRD BANDING AND THE SALT MARSH AND ESTUARY

Learn to assist School and Youth Education Coordinator Lisa Hutchings in coastal ecology and birding programs in the field and at schools. No experience necessary. Program fee is refunded after fulfilling volunteer commitment.

Tuesday, Sept. 17, 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

Meet at Joppa Flats Education Center

$20. Registration 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, Sept. 18, 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Meet at the Joppa Flats Education Center

$17. Registration is not required.

WEDNESDAY EVENING LECTURE: BIRDING YOSEMITE, MONO LAKE, AND POINT REYES, CALIFORNIA

Sanctuary director Bill Gette offers a PowerPoint presentation with photos from his recent trip to California.

Wednesday, Sept. 18, 7:30 to 8:30 p.m.

Meet at the Joppa Flats Education Center

$4. Registration is not required.

HOMESCHOOL STUDY SESSION: WETLAND WILDLIFE

Monthly focus topics for homeschoolers, ages 7 to 13, each with an on-site study session and an exciting field trip. Mill Pond field trip on Sept. 26. Teacher: School and Youth Education Coordinator Lisa Hutchings.

Thursday, Sept. 19, 1 to 3 p.m.

Meet at the Joppa Flats Education Center

$17. Registration is required.

BIRD BANDING WORKSHOP

Learn the basics of bird banding and train to become a volunteer at the Joppa Flats Bird Banding Station on Plum Island. Thursday evening classroom session and Saturday morning field training.

Thursday, Sept. 19, 7 to 9 p.m., and Saturday, Sept. 21, 7:30 a.m. to noon.

Meet at the Joppa Flats Education Center

$65. Registration required.

PARENT/CHILD WALKABOUT: HOP, WRIGGLE, SWIM!

Go outside to explore ecology, sights, and sounds while looking for critters at West Newbury’s Mill Pond recreation area. A fun, energetic format for families with children ages 3 to 6. Led by School and Youth Education Coordinator Lisa Hutchings. Choose one of two sessions.

Friday, Sept. 20, 10 to 11:30 a.m. or 1 to 2:30 p.m.

Meet at Mill Pond recreation area in West Newbury

Adults $8; Children $7. Registration is required.

SEACOAST CARNIVAL FREE-FOR-ALL!

Celebrate the beaches, tide pools, and salt marshes at Joppa Flats with a full day of indoor/outdoor family fun. Rain or shine. Nature-themed attire welcome.

Sunday, Sept. 22, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Meet at the Joppa Flats Education Center

Free. Registration is not required.