NewburyportNews.com, Newburyport, MA

January 18, 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 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

Weekly trip with 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: RAPTORS OF THE PARKER RIVER NATIONAL WILDLIFE REFUGE

Family educator Lisa Hutchings and sidekick Jonathan Brooks take adults to Plum Island in search of owls, eagles, hawks and falcons.

Today 9:30 a.m. to noon

Meet at the Joppa Flats Education Center

Fee: $18. Registration is required.

FOCUS ON MERRIMACK RIVER BIRDS

Explore local venues to find gulls, wintering ducks, and bald eagles.

Tomorrow, 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Meet at the Joppa Flats Education Center

Fee: $25. Registration is required.

BECOME AN EDUCATION VOLUNTEER AT JOPPA FLATS: WINTER RAPTORS

Learn to assist children’s educator Lisa Hutchings in coastal ecology and birding programs in the field and at schools. No experience necessary. Post-training commitment: two half-days per month. Next: Jan. 28 —Animal Tracks and Night Creatures

Tuesday, Jan. 21, 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

Meet at the Joppa Flats Education Center

Fee per session: $20. 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, Jan. 22, 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: WE CAN BUILD IT!

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. Four sessions: We Can Build It! (1/22); Design Squad! (1/29); Howdy, Partners! (2/5); Animal A-Team! (2/12)

Wednesday, Jan. 22, 3:45 to 5:15 p.m.

Meet at the Joppa Flats Education Center

Fee: $15. Registration is required.

HOMESCHOOL FIELD TRIP: PARKER RIVER NATIONAL WILDLIFE REFUGE

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, Jan. 23, 12:30 to 3 p.m.

Meet at the Joppa Flats Education Center

Fee: $17. Registration is required.

NATURE ART CLASS: NEEDLING WITH EVERGREENS

Children ages 6 to 11 are invited to learn how to make their own “wow” works of art with teachers Jan Morris and Lee Grover. Next session: Thursday Jan. 30 (Sweet Smelling Skunks). Materials will be provided.

Thursday, Jan. 23, 3:45 to 5:15 p.m.

Meet at the Joppa Flats Education Center

Fee per session: $18. Registration is required.

THE SUPERBOWL OF BIRDING XI

An annual competition among birders to spot the greatest number of bird species and to earn the greatest number of points based on the rarity of the birds recorded in a twelve-hour period. For all ages and all levels of birders. The competition is followed by supper and awards.

Saturday, Jan. 25, 5 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Meet at the Joppa Flats Education Center

Fee: $30. Registration is required.