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September 28, 2013

Programs at Mass Audubon's Joppa Flats

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

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.

Sunday Birding in the Newburyport/Plum Island Area

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

The Newburyport/Plum Island area is one of the top birding locations in North America . And fall is one of the best times to explore this area . Large numbers of seabirds migrate along Plum Island; ducks feed and seek shelter in the protected waters of the Merrimack River estuary; and a wide variety of land birds stop in the area to feed and rest prior to continuing their southward migration. The group will visit the Parker River National Wildlife Refuge on Plum Island, the Merrimack River, Salisbury Beach State Reservation, and other very productive sites in Newbury and Rowley. Wear warm clothing in layers and warm waterproof footwear. Bring binoculars, a lunch, and snacks. Meet at Joppa Flats Education Center; $39 for the general public.

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

Meet at the Joppa Flats Education Center

Fee: $17. Registration is not required.

Exhibit Opening: Paintings by Susana Bramford

Attend a free reception and meet artist Susana Bamford at the opening of her new exhibit; tomorrow, 2:30 to 4 p.m.

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