18th Annual Merrimack River Eagle Festival

February 14–18, 2023

Presented by Mass Audubon's Joppa Flats Education Center & Parker River National Wildlife Refuge

Many Thanks to Our Sponsors


Bald Eagle adults on shoreline driftwood at Joppa Flats © Victor Cole
Bald Eagles at Joppa Flats © Victor Cole

February 14–18, 2023

Online & In-Person 

When winter returns to the lower Merrimack Valley, so do Bald Eagles and Snowy Owls and other exciting winter wildlife. Every year we host a grand event marking their return.

This year, we hope you'll join us online and in-person for programs in the Newburyport area to celebrate our very special winter residents! The 18th Annual Merrimack River Eagle Festival events will be held Tuesday, February 14 – Saturday, February 18, 2023.

Activities

Online pre-registration is required for all Eagle Festival events—both in-person and virtual. Note that registration instructions for Parker River National Wildlife Refuge presentations are included in each program's description.

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Winter Raptor Identification (Online)
Friday, February 17 • 7:00-8:30 pm

(adult, for ages 18 and up)
with Kathy Seymour, Mass Audubon Metro West | Jane Sender, Expert Birder
$10/person
Register today >

Friday Morning Birdwatching
Friday, February 17 • 8:30-11:30 am

(adult, for ages 18 and up)
with Dave Williams, Naturalist & Birder's Certificate Graduate
$20/member, $24/nonmember
Register today >

Everything Eagles!
Friday & Saturday, February 17-18  • 10:00 am-12:00 pm OR 1:00-3:00 pm (Saturday)

(for adults & families with children ages 5-12)
with Lisa Hutchings, Education Coordinator | Dave Dishaw, Teacher Naturalist
$6/adult, $6/child
Register today >

Wednesday Morning Birding - Cape Ann
Wednesday, February 15 • 9:30 am-12:30 pm

(adult, for ages 18 and up)
with David Moon, Coastal Resilience Manager
$20/member, $23/nonmember
Register today >

Marsh Owls (Online)
Friday, February 14 • 7:00–8:30 pm

(adult, for ages 18 and up)
with Scott Santino, Mass Audubon North Shore | Sean Riley, Forest & Park Supervisor for DCR's Belle Isle Marsh Reservation/Rumney Marsh
$10/person
Register today >

Eagle Festival Field Trips
Saturday, February 18 • 9:30-11:00 am OR 12:30-2:00 pm

(for adults & families w/children ages 8+)
with David Moon, Dave Williams, or Scott Santino | Mass Audubon North Shore
$6/adult, $6/child
Register today >

What Makes a Raptor? (Online)
Thursday, February 16 • 7:00 pm-8:30 pm

(adult, for ages 18 and up)
with Sarah Courchesne, Mass Audubon Program Ornithologist
$10/person
Register today >

Bald Eagle Behaviors
Saturday, February 18 • 1:00-3:00 pm

(for teens ages 13-16)
with Lisa Hutchings, Education Coordinator
$6/person
Register today >

Photographing Wildlife & Nature in Winter (Online)
Wednesday, February 15 • 7:00-8:30 PM

(adult, for ages 18 and up)
FREE, register through Parker River National Wildlife Refuge
with Ranger Matt Poole, nature photographer and instructor | Parker River National Wildlife Refuge

Winter presents both challenges and opportunities for the nature and wildlife photographer. This timely program will provide an overview of time-tested tools, tips, and techniques for creating more successful images at a time of year when many have stowed their cameras away until the arrival of warmer weather. Program will be presented by Matt Poole, veteran nature photographer and instructor. Program will be delivered LIVE via Zoom. Preregistration is required. To Register: Email [email protected]. Place "Eagle Fest Registration" in the subject line.