The Merrimack River Eagle Festival
|Frequently Asked Questions|
Presented by Mass Audubon’s Joppa Flats Education Center and the Parker River National Wildlife Refuge
Come to Newburyport and Amesbury on March 5 for a full day of free activities celebrating the return of our Bald Eagles!
Visit Eagle Hotspots 9:00 am–4:00 pm
Drive yourself! Naturalist guides will be onsite all day along the Merrimack River. Parking available. See map. All ages welcome.
Go on an Eagle Tour 9:00 am–2:00 pm
Let us drive you! Tours start every half hour and take 90 minutes to complete. Departure point: The Newburyport Chamber of Commerce. Advance registration required (978-462-9998). Adults and children age 6 and over. Suggested donation: $5.00 per person.
See a Raptor Show 10:00–11:00 am or 1:30–2:30 pm
Tom Ricardi of the Massachusetts Bird of Prey Rehabilitation Facility presents two educational programs at Newburyport City Hall featuring raptors great and small. First come, first served. Recommended for adults and children age 6 and over.
Pose for a Photo with a Raptor 11:15–11:45 am or 12:30–1:00 pm
Hunt’s Photo & Video will take your photo with a raptor for a $10 donation. to the Eagle Festival. Newburyport City Hall. Limited availability. Advance registration recommended (978-462-9998). Otherwise, first come, first served.
Have Fun with Your Family 10:00 am–3:00 pm
At the Parker River National Wildlife Refuge Headquarters:
Family activities, arts and crafts, and more! Special features: Live owls from Mass Audubon’s Drumlin Farm (11:00 – 3:00).
At the Joppa Flats Education Center:
Family activities, arts and crafts, and more! Special feature: Live hawks from Mass Audubon’s Drumlin Farm (11:00 – 3:00).
Find Eagle Festival Information 8:30 am–4:00 pm
Eagle Festival information will be available at all festival headquarter sites:
- Mass Audubon's Joppa Flats Education Center: 1 Plum Island Turnpike, Newburyport 978-462-9998
- Parker River National Wildlife Refuge Headquarters: 6 Plum Island Turnpike, Newburyport 978-465-5753
- The Newburyport Chamber of Commerce: 38R Merrimac Street, Newburyport 978-462-6680
- Newburyport City Hall: 60 Pleasant Street, Newburyport
- Lowell’s Boat Shop: 459 Main Street, Amesbury 978-834-0050
Additional Winter Bird Programs
Call Mass Audubon’s Joppa Flats at 978-462-9998 for information or to register.
Wednesday Morning Birding
Wednesdays, 9:30-12:30. For adults. Preregistration not required.
Saturday Morning Birding
Saturdays, 9:00-11:30. For adults and children age 8 and up. Preregistration not required.
The Wonder and the Wow: Bald Eagles Along the Merrimack River
Saturday, February 13, 9:30-noon. For adults. Preregistration is required.
February Vacation Week Flybys at Joppa Flats
Monday through Wednesday, February 15-17, 10:00 am-3:00 pm. For families with children ages 2 to 10. Preregistration not required.
Bald Eagles of the Merrimack River
Sunday, February 14, 9:00-noon. For adults. Preregistration is required.
Owls of the Salt Marshes and Forests
Saturday, March 12, 3:30-10:00 pm. For adults. Preregistration is required.
|Mass Audubon's Joppa Flats Education Center, located at One Plum Island Turnpike in Newburyport, is a natural history education center that is open to the public Tuesday through Sunday and Monday holidays, 8:30 am–4:00 pm. Call 978-462-9998 for additional information, or visit the website at www.massaudubon.org/joppaflats|
|Operated by the US Fish and Wildlife Service, the Parker River National Wildlife Refuge encompasses over two-thirds of Plum Island and consists of 4,662 acres of critical coastal habitats, including dunes, maritime forest, and salt marsh. The Refuge Visitor Center and Headquarters, at Six Plum Island Turnpike in Newburyport, is open Monday through Friday from 8:00 am–4:30 pm. Exhibits are open 11:00 am–4:00 pm. Call 978-465-5753 for more information, or visit the website at www.fws.gov/northeast/parkerriver|
Merrimack River Eagle Festival Founding Sponsor
|Newburyport Five Cents Savings Bank|
Additional Funding by
Merrimack River Eagle Festival Cooperating Partner