The Wonder and the Wow: Raptors & Harbor Seals

Sponsored by Joppa Flats
February 1, 2020 (Saturday) 9:30am - 2:30pm


Salisbury State Reservation


Jonathan Brooks - Naturalist; Lisa Hutchings - Joppa Flats School and Youth Education Coordinator






Nonmembers can join today during checkout and take immediate advantage of member prices.

Why should kids have all the fun? Come along for a full-immersion nature experience built for adults. Enjoy a group meal and the social side of being outdoors. You'll come away with a brand-new enthusiasm for the wildlife and habitats around you!

October 19 / 9:30 am-2:30 pm
UMass Amherst Gloucester Marine Station
We'll begin with some birding on the grounds, then meet one of the researchers and get a private tour of the marine station. You'll see scientific work that advances healthy, sustainable fisheries and ecosystems, which provide important human and community benefits on the North Shore.

November 2 / 9:30 am-2:30 pm
Jackson Estuarine Laboratory, UNH
Enjoy a guided walk along the Great Bay estuary, then visit the laboratory, where we'll get a private tour on advances in microbiology, restoration of eelgrass, and shellfish habitats. Learn about field-based research, especially with regard to human influences and management, in the Gulf of Maine and all over the world.

January 4 / 9:00 am-4:00 pm
Behind the Scenes at the New England Aquarium
We'll go "backstage" at the New England Aquarium to see marine critters as they are fed, cared for, and raised by the aquarist team. We may even feed the salmon, meet the octopus, or watch a seal being trained - there's a new surprise each trip! *Registration deadline Friday, December 13
February 1 / 9:30am-2:30 pm
Raptors & Harbor Seals
Deep winter is the best time to see wintering hawks, Snowy Owls, and Bald Eagles, and we'll keep a lookout for them all. At the mouth of the Merrimack River, we'll get a closer look at the Harbor Seals that haul out on the rocks as well as diving ducks, Brant, loons, and gulls.

March 7 / 9:00 am-4:00 pm
Museum of American Bird Art & Birding
Mass Audubon's Museum of American Bird Art (MABA) features art that connects people and nature. Take a trip to view exciting works by internationally recognized artists such as John James Audubon, Charlie Harper, Andy Warhol, and others. Weather permitting, we'll also do some birding along the museum's trails that wind through meadow, forest, and swamp.

April 4 / 9:30 am-2:30 pm
Goldsmith Woodlands
Discover the rich history of this special place, from its Native American encampment site to stories about local conservationist Bessie Goldsmith, who donated her land to protect it. Observe early signs of spring around the pond and marshes, with possibilities like pitcher plants, sundew, snapping turtles, Great Blue Herons, and Wild Turkeys.

May 23 / 9:00 am-4:00 pm
Harvard Museum of Natural History & Mount Auburn Cemetery
Mount Auburn Cemetery is simply one of the best places to see migrating land birds in eastern Massachusetts. After we've experienced its glories, we'll travel on to the Birds of the World gallery at Harvard's Museum of Natural History, where you'll see the completely renovated exhibit featuring hundreds of stunning mounted bird specimens.

Instructions and Directions:

Meet at Joppa Flats Education Center. Please dress for the weather and bring binoculars. The cost of a meal is not included.

Joppa Flats Cancellation Policy: Please notify us at least 24 hours prior to your program if you must cancel. If you cancel less than 24 hours ahead, we can only offer a refund or credit if we subsequently fill your space. We cannot transfer your payment to another registration with less than 24 hours' notice.

Registration is required.
Register by mail: program registration form (PDF 66K)
For your own security, DO NOT send credit card information via email.

For more information, contact:

1 Plum Island Turnpike
Newburyport, MA 01950