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Meeting place: Lloyd Center (lower Bond Building)
Leaders:  Lloyd Center Education Staff

 

 

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OUTER CAPE BIRDING AND WHALE WATCHING HIKEcuttyhunk-seals-2013

Date: Saturday, March 14th      Inclement weather date: Sunday, March 15th
Time: 7:00 a.m. (van departs)  –  5:00 p.m. (approximate van return)
Meeting place: TBD
Leader: Jamie Bogart, Lloyd Center Research Associate
Price:   Members: $30    Non-members:  $35
Limit: 12               Age limit: 15 and up

Pre-registration required by 12:00 noon, Friday, March 13th

Venture by foot to the beaches of the outer Cape to observe whale behavior at close range. During spring, whales congregate close to shore to feed on the abundant zoo plankton, with high numbers of whales sometimes present. With luck, glimpses of the Endangered Right Whales are possible. The walk will take you through Hatches Harbor to Race Point, passing through pitch pine forest, estuary, salt marsh, and dune habitats en route to the shore. In addition to the whales, spectacular vistas and a diversity of birdlife are features of the trip. Time permitting, we’ll stop at other nearby locations.

Participants should bring a lunch, extra layers of clothing, footwear for hiking on sand and through wet areas, binoculars and/or spotting scope, camera.
Special Notes/Instructions: Participants should be advised that this outing is done entirely on foot and involves extensive walking on landscape (beaches, salt marsh, intertidal zone, forest trails) and should therefore be capable of a moderate to strenuous daylong hike of 4 to 5 miles (round trip).

Pre-register online. If you have specific questions regarding the program, please call Jamie Bogart at 508-990-0505 x 23, or email jbogart@lloydcenter.org.

STORYTIME

Date: Saturday, March 14th
Time: 9:30 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.
Meeting place: Lloyd Center for the Environment Visitor Center
Leader: Jen Wimmer, Lloyd Center Outreach Specialist
Price:  Members: $5     Non-members: $6
Limit: 20  All ages welcome

No pre-registration required

Storytime occurs on the second Saturday of every month.  Join us as we explore different nature topics by reading nature-themed books.   Live animal demonstrations, specimens to observe and touch and crafts bring nature themes to life for our storytime guests.

If you have specific questions regarding the program, please call Jen Wimmer at 508-990-0505 x 14, or email jen@lloydcenter.org.

SEAL AND BIRD WATCHING ON CUTTYHUNK ISLANDresearch-seal-watch

Date: Saturday, March 14th
Time: 10:00 a.m. (boat departs)  –  2:00 p.m. (boat returns to mainland)
please arrive no later than 9:45 a.m. for check-in, boat leaves 10:00 a.m. sharp
Meeting place: Cuttyhunk Ferry Company parking lot, state pier, off route 18 in New Bedford (see www.cuttyhunkferrycompany.com for directions, including alternates with construction)
Leader: Jasmine Smith-Gillen, Lloyd Center Education Specialist
Price:  Members: $45   Non-members: $56    Children under 12: $20
Price includes lunch served on boat and a packet of background materials. The vessel has a snack bar (cash only), and there is limited shopping available on Cuttyhunk Island.
Limit: 40         All ages welcome

Pre-registration required by 4:00 p.m., Thursday, March 12th

Buzzards Bay is an important stopover location for overwintering marine wildlife, most notably seals of the Northeast region. A small sandbar called “Gull Island” is situated along the Elizabeth Island chain between Cuttyhunk and Penikese. Seals haul out at low tide and seal numbers are at their peak in February.  Harbor, Grey, and Harp seals may be present, and Education Specialist Jasmine Smith-Gillen will provide commentary about these fascinating creatures. There are also opportunities to view wintering waterbirds on the boat ride out to Gull Island.

After seal viewing, the boat docks at Cuttyhunk for lunchtime and an opportunity to set foot on the island. At this point, participants are free to venture through town to the lookout, gaining a feel for the unique landscape and enjoying a panoramic view of surrounding waters. For beachcombers, join Jasmine on a nature walk along the shore. In addition to learning about some unique wildlife, attendees will leave with more knowledge about marine wildlife, and a new appreciation for Buzzards Bay.

Items to bring: binoculars, camera, appropriate clothing (layers, wind gear, hiking shoes); except for weather cancellation or personal reasons (illness, injury, etc), seal watch tickets are non-refundable.

Pre-register online. If you have specific questions regarding the program, please call Jasmine Smith-Gillen at 508-990-0505 x13, or jasmine@lloydcenter.org.

IN SEARCH OF OWLS NIGHT HIKE: FAMILY PROGRAMsnowy-owl

Date: Saturday, March 14th
Time: 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Meeting place: Lloyd Center (lower Bond Building)
Leader: Jen Wimmer, Lloyd Center Outreach Specialist
Price:  Individual: Members: $5      Non-members: $7
Family of Four:   Members: $15    Non-members: $20
Limit: 15       All ages welcome

Pre-registration required by 4:00 p.m., Thursday, March 12th

Discover all the amazing ways that owls survive in the wild on this two-hour family adventure.  The hike will be full of exciting activities and games to test if you have the skills to hear, see, and “call” an owl.  We may even be lucky enough to spot one of these creatures of the night out on the trails.   This hike is” kid friendly” so be sure to bring the entire family, dress for the weather and wear closed-toed shoes.

Pre-register online. If you have specific questions regarding the program, please call Jen Wimmer at 508-990-0505 x 14, or email jen@lloydcenter.org.

SPRING EQUINOX OWL PROWLowl-prowl

Date: Friday, March 20th       Inclement weather date: Saturday, March 21st
Time: 6:00 p.m. –  8:00 p.m.
Meeting place: Lloyd Center for the Environment Visitor Center
Leader: Jamie Bogart, Lloyd Center Research Associate
Price:   Members: $9 Non-members: $12   Children under 12: half price
Limit: 20         Age Limit: 10 and up

Pre-registration required by 12:00 noon, Friday, March 20th

Missed the winter owl prowl? Then kick off the spring season with a hike when owls remain active, the weather is warmer, and the event hour even more friendly!   Focusing on the woodlands of the Lloyd Center property, we’ll search for owl activity and attempt to lure owls with taped calls.  Screech, great horned, and barred owls are potential species encountered.  Depending upon owl activity, we may drive to other local sites in the area.

Participants should bring (if available) binoculars, camera, and flashlight, and also wear footwear for light walking on forest trails, and possibly snow.

Pre-register online. If you have specific questions regarding the program, please call Jamie Bogart at 508-990-0505 x 23, or email jbogart@lloydcenter.org.

TOT WALKStot-walks-opt

Date: Saturday, March 21st
Time: 9:30 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.
Meeting place: Lloyd Center for the Environment Visitor Center
Leader: Jen Wimmer, Lloyd Center Outreach Specialist
Price:  Members: $5     Non-members: $6
Limit: 20        All ages welcome, although the program is tailored to 3-5 year olds

No pre-registration required

Tot walks are walks specifically for preschooler and younger children with their parents.  During this hour-long adventure on the Lloyd Center’s property, we will search for animals and plants, sing songs, participate in nature activities and find items to observe and touch.  Siblings are welcome on this exciting nature adventure.

If you have specific questions regarding the program, please call Jen Wimmer at 508-990-0505 x 14, or email jen@lloydcenter.org.

MARCH VACATION WEEK ADVENTUREstorytime-3

Dates: Monday, March 23rd – Friday, March 27th
Time: 9:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Meeting place: Lloyd Center (lower Bond Building)
Leaders: Lloyd Center Education Staff
Price:  Each Day:   Members: $40       Non-members: $50
Full Week:  Members: $180     Non-members: $230

Limit: 12 children                  Ages: 5 – 10

Pre-registration required by 4:00 p.m., Monday, March 16th  

Looking for an adventure during school vacation week?  Children ages 5-10 will discover all the exciting things happening this March through hands-on investigations, games, crafts and trail walks.  The week will be full of fun and exciting activities which will lead us through the Lloyd Center’s ponds, woods and fields to discover what animals and plants are present as the seasons change.  Each day of the week presents a new opportunity to explore the world around us. You may sign up for one day during vacation or the entire five-day week for a discount.  Space is limited so be sure to sign up early to reserve your spot (deposit required).

To register, or if you have specific questions regarding the program, call Jen at 508-990-0505 ext. 14, or email jen@lloydcenter.org.

ANNUAL SPRING WOODCOCK WALKwoodcock-walk

Date: Tuesday, March 24th       Inclement weather date: Wednesday, March 25th
Time: 6:00 p.m. –  8:00 p.m.
Meeting place: Noquochoke Wildlife Management Area, Dartmouth
Leader: Jamie Bogart, Lloyd Center Research Associate
Price:   Members: $8   Non-members: $10
Limit:  20

Pre-registration required by 12:00 noon, Tuesday, March 24th

Experience a true spectacle during the Vernal Equinox as you observe the American woodcock (Scolopax minor) courtship flights at Noquochoke Wildlife Management Area, a known woodcock staging area and location where the Massachusetts Division of Fisheries and Wildlife is currently managing the species.

Spend the first hour exploring the site for other bird activity that may occur at dusk, before settling in to hear and see woodcocks performing their aerial displays. An overview of the American woodcock, including a packet of background materials, will be provided.  After woodcock activity has subsided, we’ll take a look for owls which may be active.

Participants should bring a camera, binoculars, flashlight, chair, and dress warmly!

Pre-register online. If you have specific questions regarding the program, please call Jamie Bogart at 508-990-0505 x 23, or email jbogart@lloydcenter.org.