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NATURE DISCOVERIESstorytime-2

Date: Saturday, February 13th
Time: 9:30 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.
Meeting place: Lloyd Center Visitor Center
Leader: Jen Wimmer, Lloyd Center Outreach Specialist
Price: Members: $5     Non-members: $6
Limit: 20   All ages welcome

No pre-registration required

Nature Discoveries occurs on the second Saturday of each month.  Join us as we investigate nature topics by reading nature-themed books and exploring the Lloyd Center.   Live animal demonstrations, specimens to observe and touch, hikes, activities and crafts bring nature themes to life for our Nature Discovery guests.  This hour long adventure is appropriate for children ages 2-6. (Younger or older siblings are welcome as well)

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

CUTTYHUNK SEAL CRUISEcuttyhunk-seals-2013

Date: Saturday, March 5th
Time:  10:00 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.
*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 – (Click here for directions)
Leader: Jasmine Smith-Gillen, Lloyd Center Education Specialist
Price: Members: $43   Non-members: $45   Children: $20
Price includes lunch served on board and a packet of background materials. The vessel has a snack bar (cash only), and there is limited shopping available on Cuttyhunk Island.
Limit: 30

Pre-registration required by 4:00 p.m., Thursday, March 3rd

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 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.  Views  of wintering waterbirds on the boat ride out and at Gull Island can also be expected.

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 marine wildlife, attendees will hopefully leave with a new appreciation for Buzzards Bay.

Pre-register online, or call the Center’s Event line at 508-558-2918. If you have specific questions regarding the program, please call Jasmine at 508-990-0505 x 13, or email jasmine@lloydcenter.org

NATURE DISCOVERIESstorytime

Date: Saturday, March 12th
Time: 9:30 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.
Meeting place: Lloyd Center Visitor Center
Leader: Jen Wimmer, Lloyd Center Outreach Specialist
Price: Members: $5     Non-members: $6
Limit: 20   All ages welcome

No pre-registration required

Nature Discoveries occurs on the second Saturday of each month.  Join us as we investigate nature topics by reading nature-themed books and exploring the Lloyd Center.   Live animal demonstrations, specimens to observe and touch, hikes, activities and crafts bring nature themes to life for our Nature Discovery guests.  This hour long adventure is appropriate for children ages 2-6. (Younger or older siblings are welcome as well)

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

CUTTYHUNK SEAL CRUISEresearch-seal-watch

Date: Saturday, March 19th
Time:  10:00 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.
*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 (Click here for directions)
Leader: Jasmine Smith-Gillen, Lloyd Center Education Specialist
Price: Members: $43   Non-members: $45   Children: $20
Price includes lunch served on board and a packet of background materials. The vessel has a snack bar (cash only), and there is limited shopping available on Cuttyhunk Island.
Limit: 30

Pre-registration required by 4:00 p.m., Thursday, March 17th

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 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.  Views of wintering waterbirds on the boat ride out and at Gull Island can also be expected.

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 marine wildlife, attendees will hopefully leave with a new appreciation for Buzzards Bay.

Pre-register online or call the Center’s Event line at 508-558-2918. If you have specific questions regarding the program, please call Jasmine at 508-990-0505 x 13, or email jasmine@lloydcenter.org

EARLY SPRING OWL PROWLsnowy-owl

Date: Thursday, March 24th    Inclement weather date: Friday, March 25th
Time: 7:00 p.m. – 9:00 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, Thursday, March 24th

Missed the winter owl prowl? Then kick off the spring season with an owl hike when the weather is warmer and the event hour more friendly!   Focusing on the woodlands of the Lloyd Center property, we’ll attempt to lure owls with taped calls.  Screech, barred, and great horned are the three owl species common to the region that may be encountered, along with other creatures that may lurk when the sun goes down.

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.

ANNUAL LLOYD CENTER WOODCOCK WALKwoodcock-walk

Date: Tuesday, March 29th   Inclement weather date: Wednesday, March 30th
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 29th

The fabled American woodcock, Scolopax minor, courtship flights are a true sign of spring that occur across open landscapes often before the last snows have melted. Experience this spectacle at Noquochoke Wildlife Management Area in Dartmouth, a known woodcock staging area and location where the Massachusetts Division of Fisheries and Wildlife manages 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 also 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.