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NATURE DISCOVERIES

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Date: Saturday, February 17th 

Time: 9:30 am – 10:30 am
Location: Lloyd Center Visitor Center
Price: Members: $5 Non-members: $6

No pre-registration required

Nature Discoveries occurs on the third Saturday of each month. Join us as we investigate nature by reading thematic 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 participants! 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 contact Erika at either 508-990-0505 x 18, or erika@lloydcenter.org.

MID-WINTER OWL PROWL

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Date: Sunday, February 25th
Inclement weather date: Sunday, March 4th
Time: 3:30 am – 8:00 am (willingness to carpool if needed much appreciated)
Meeting place: Lloyd Center (lower parking lot)
Leader: Jamie Bogart, Lloyd Center Research Associate
Price: Members: $15   Non-members: $19
Limit: 20    Age Limit: 15 and older

Pre-registration required by 4:00 pm, Friday, February 23rd

Are you fascinated by owls? Do you enjoy a good old fashioned New England winter morning, especially before sunrise? If so, this outing scheduled during hours of peak owl activity is for you! Owls are mysterious and fascinating creatures that become more vocal as they establish nesting territories across an otherwise quiet winter landscape. Screech, great horned, and barred owls are all resident species possibly encountered in the woods of Dartmouth.

Using the Lloyd Center property and other local stops, we’ll venture onto woodland trails in an attempt to attract, hear, and see owls. At sunrise, we’ll enjoy an invigorating walk along a pristine coastal beach in search of other winter birds such as waterfowl, raptors, and with luck, a wandering snowy owl.

Back at the Lloyd Center, warm up with some coffee, and enjoy an encounter with Koko, our screech owl. Since seeing a wild owl is never a guarantee, this is an added bonus!

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

Note: stormy weather or excessively windy conditions will cause postponement).

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.

CUTTYHUNK SEAL CRUISE

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Date: Saturday, March 10th
Time: *10:00 am – 2:30 pm
*Please arrive no later than 9:45 am for check-in, boat leaves 10:00 am sharp
Meeting place: Cuttyhunk Ferry Company parking lot, state pier, off RTE 18 in New Bedford
Price: Members: $43   Non-members: $53   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.

Pre-registration required by 4:00 pm, Thursday, March 8th

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 Lloyd Center staff 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. Beachcombers may join our staff member 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. If you have specific questions regarding the program, please call Jamie Bogart at 508-990-0505 x 23, or email jbogart@lloydcenter.org.

NATURE DISCOVERIES

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Date: Saturday, March 17th
Time: 9:30 am – 10:30 am
Location: Lloyd Center Visitor Center
Price: Members: $5 Non-members: $6

No pre-registration required

Nature Discoveries occurs on the third Saturday of each month. Join us as we investigate nature by reading thematic 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 participants! 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 contact Erika at either 508-990-0505 x 18, or erika@lloydcenter.org.

EARLY SPRING OWL PROWL

Photo by Kevin Roderigues – Snowy Owl – click to enlarge

Date: Thursday, March 22nd
Inclement weather date: Friday, March 23rd
Time: 6:45 pm – 8:45 pm (maximum time frame).
Leader: Jamie Bogart, Lloyd Center Research Associate
Price: Members: $10   Non-members: $13   Children under 12: half-price
Limit: 20    Age Limit: 10 and older

Pre-registration required by 12:00 noon, Thursday, March 22nd

Missed our winter owl prowl? Kick-off the spring season with an owl hike when the weather is warmer, the event hour friendlier, and owls are still occupying territories or nests. Structured similar to the winter prowl, we’ll try our luck on the Lloyd Center property before venturing out in the Lloyd Center’s van if our property is quiet. Screech and barred owls are the focus, but there’s no telling what we’ll see! With hopefully warmer temperatures, other creatures may be seen or heard.
Participants should bring (if available) binoculars, camera, and flashlight, and 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.

CUTTYHUNK SEAL CRUISE

Photo by David Lewalski – click to enlarge

Date: Saturday, March 24th
Time: 10:00* am – 2:30 pm
*Please arrive no later than 9:45 am for check-in, boat leaves 10:00 am sharp

Meeting place: Cuttyhunk Ferry Company parking lot, state pier, off RTE 18 in New Bedford
Price: Members: $43  Non-members: $53   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.

Pre-registration required by 4:00 pm, Thursday, March 22nd

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 Lloyd Center staff 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. Beachcombers may join our staff member 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. If you have specific questions regarding the program, please call Jamie Bogart at 508-990-0505 x 23, or email jbogart@lloydcenter.org.

EARLY SPRING WOODCOCK WALK

Date: Tuesday, March 27th
Inclement weather date: Wednesday, March 28th
Time: 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Meeting place: Noquochoke Wildlife Management Area, Dartmouth
Leader: Jamie Bogart, Lloyd Center Research Associate
Price: Members: $10   Non-members: $13
Limit: 20

Pre-registration required by 12:00 noon, Tuesday, March 27th

The fabled American woodcock (Scolopax minor) courtship flights are a true sign of spring that occurs across open landscapes often before the last snows have melted. Woodcocks are actually shorebirds, but forests are integral to their nesting ecology. Experience the spectacle at Noquochoke Wildlife Management Area in Dartmouth, a known staging area and site where the state manages habitat specifically for woodcocks.

Spend the first hour enjoying the beautiful property and exploring the site for other bird activity that may occur at dusk. Then settle in to hear and see the “main event”, woodcocks performing their aerial displays. A packet of background material about woodcocks will be provided. After woodcock activity has subsided and conditions permitting, we’ll take a quick look for owl activity.

Participants should dress warmly and bring (if available) a camera, binoculars, flashlight, and chair.

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.

OUTER CAPE BIRDING AND WHALE WATCHING HIKE

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Date: Saturday, April 7th
Inclement weather date: Sunday, April 8th
Time: 7:00 am (approximate van departure) – 5:00 pm (approximate van return)
Meeting place: Shaw’s parking lot, RTE 6 Dartmouth
Leader: Jamie Bogart, Lloyd Center Research Associate
Price: Members: $40   Non-members: $50
Limit: 12    Age limit: 15 and older

Pre-registration required by 12:00 noon, Friday, April 6th

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 zooplankton, 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, including migrant shorebirds returning to the region to nest, are possible sightings. 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.

NOTE: Be advised that this outing is done entirely on foot and involves extensive walking on landscapes (beaches, salt marsh, intertidal zone, forest trails) and participants should therefore be capable of a moderate intensity daylong hike of four to five 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.

BUTTERFLY GARDEN AND PROPERTY BEAUTIFICATION DAY

Date: Saturday, April 7th
Time: 9:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
Meeting place: Volunteers to park and meet in the lower lot.

Pre-registration requested

Please come help us clean up our butterfly garden and surrounding property! Tasks include raking, picking up and moving branches to prepare for burning.  Feel free to bring your own gloves, loppers, leaf rakes and snips. There will be tools available for those without any.

Munchkins, water, and hot coffee will be provided! Please dress in layers and wear closed-toe shoes.

This is a great opportunity for community and family bonding. We will have jobs for children and adults.

As a result of everyone’s hard work, our butterfly garden and property will be safer and more beautiful for our visitors.

Following the event, volunteers can enjoy our 5 miles of walking/hiking trails, butterfly garden, views and the Visitor Center. Volunteers can bring a picnic lunch and eat at our pavilion, located on the trails leading to the estuary, waterfront and dock.

Pre-register online. If you have specific questions regarding the event, please contact JoAnn at either 508-990-0505 x 20, or jcornell@lloydcenter.org.

APRIL VACATION WEEK ADVENTURES

Dates: Tuesday, April 17th – Friday, April 20th
Time: 9:00 am – 3:30 pm
Location: Lloyd Center Visitor Center
Price: Each Day: Members: $50   Non-members: $60
Full Week: Members: $180   Non-members: $215

Pre-registration required by 4:00 pm, Wednesday, April 11th

Spend your vacation week discovering all the amazing things happening in spring! Children ages 5-10 will engage in an exciting week of hands-on activities, experiments, games, crafts and trail walks. Our adventures will lead us through the Lloyd Center’s ponds, woods and fields to discover what animals and plants are reappearing as the weather warms and seasons change. Each day of the week will have exciting new activities to explore the world around us. You may sign up for one day during vacation or the entire four-day week at a discount. Space is limited so be sure to sign up early to reserve your spot!

Pre-register online. If you have specific questions regarding the program, please contact Ashley at either 508-990-0505 x 14, or ashley@lloydcenter.org.

EARTH DAY NIGHT HIKE

Date: Friday, April 20th
Time: 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Location: Lloyd Center Visitor Center
Leader: Amanda Palmer, Lloyd Center Educator/Naturalist
Price: Individual: Members: $8   Non-members: $10
Family of Four: Members: $24   Non-members: $30

Pre-registration required by 4:00 pm, Thursday, April 19th

This Earth Day, visit the Lloyd Center for a fun-filled night-hike. Learn about the animals that come out at night and the sounds that they make. Explore the woods to find where these nocturnal creatures are hiding! To celebrate Earth Day, we will also learn about ways to make our own backyards more interesting for wildlife visitors. Be sure to dress for the weather and bring your imagination to this action-packed night!

Pre-register online. If you have specific questions regarding the program, please call Amanda Palmer at 508-990-0505 x 31 or email apalmer@lloydcenter.org.

NATURE DISCOVERIES

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Date: Saturday, April 21st
Time: 9:30 am – 10:30 am
Location: Lloyd Center Visitor Center
Price: Members: $5    Non-members: $6

No pre-registration required

Nature Discoveries occurs on the third Saturday of each month. Join us as we investigate nature by reading thematic 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 participants! 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 contact Erika at either 508-990-0505 x 18, or erika@lloydcenter.org.

LLOYD CENTER ANNUAL MEETING

Date: Thursday, April 26th
Details coming soon!

SPRING BIRD WALK I – MIGRANTS ON THE MOVE

Photo by Kevin Roderigues – Common Goldeneye – click to enlarge

Date: Saturday, April 28th
Inclement weather date: Sunday, April 29th
Time: 7:00 am – 9:00 am
Meeting place: Lloyd Center Visitor Center
Leader: Jamie Bogart, Lloyd Center Research Associate
Price: Members: $10   Non-members: $13   Children under 12: $5
Limit: 10    Age limit: 10 and older

Pre-registration required by 4:00 pm, Friday, April 27th

Rise early to enjoy the Lloyd Center property and its bird life, with migrant songbirds and shorebirds passing through the region. Forest birds, shorebirds and raptors such as osprey (Pandion haliaetus) all inhabit the property and are potential sightings. We will take advantage of the variety of habitats that include forest edges, kettle ponds, vernal pools, salt marsh, and estuary that the Lloyd Center property offers. Participants should bring binoculars and a bird guide if they have them.

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.

LLOYD CENTER SPRING BIRD WALK II – ARRIVAL OF THE NESTERS

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Date: Saturday, May 5th
Inclement weather date: Sunday, May 6th
Time: 7:00 am – 9:00 am
Meeting place: Lloyd Center Visitor Center
Leader: Jamie Bogart, Lloyd Center Research Associate
Price: Members: $10   Non-members: $13   Children under 12: $5
Limit: 10       Age limit: 10 and older

Pre-registration required by 4:00 pm, Friday, May 4th

Missed our first Spring Bird Walk? The 2nd walk of the series offers even more bird species diversity, as the numbers of migrants and nesters establishing territories increases in late spring.

Forest birds, shorebirds and raptors such as osprey (Pandion haliaetus) are all potential sightings. We will take advantage of the variety of habitats that include forest edges, kettle ponds, vernal pools, salt marsh, and estuary that the Lloyd Center property offers. Participants should bring binoculars and a bird guide if they have them.

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.

LLOYD CENTER SPRING BIRD WALK III – CHORUS IN THE TREES

Photo by JoAnn Cornell – Baltimore Oriole – click to enlarge

Date: Thursday, May 10th
Inclement weather date: Friday, May 11th
Time: 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Meeting place: Lloyd Center Visitor Center
Leader: Jamie Bogart, Lloyd Center Research Associate
Price: Members: $10   Non-members: $13   Children under 12: $5
Limit: 10      Age limit: 10 and older

Pre-registration required by 4:00 pm, Wednesday, May 9th

Take a late afternoon woodland stroll, when bird activity is high. By this point in the season, leaves have appeared on trees making songbirds less visible, but colorful species such as the Baltimore oriole (Icterus galbula) may be spotted. Breeding pairs are setting up territories and vocally making their presence known. Shorebirds and raptors such as osprey (Pandion haliaetus) are also potential sightings. We will take advantage of the variety of habitats that include forest edges, kettle ponds, vernal pools, salt marsh, and estuary that the Lloyd Center property offers.

Participants should bring binoculars and a bird guide if they have them.

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.

OUTER CAPE BIRDING AND WHALE WATCHING TOUR

Date: Saturday, May 12th
Inclement weather date: Sunday, May 13th
Time: 7:00 am (van departs) – 7:00 pm (approximate van return)
Meeting place: Shaw’s Parking Lot, RTE 6 Dartmouth
Leader: Jamie Bogart, Lloyd Center Research Associate
Price: Members: $64     Non-members: $80     Children 5-12: half price
Limit: 12       Age limit: 10 and older

Pre-registration required by 12:00 noon, Friday, May 11th

During May on the Outer Cape, breeding birds have arrived in force and warmer seas are churning with seabird and whale activity. We’ll start at Beech Forest, the last remaining mature deciduous forest on the Cape, where songbirds, including warblers, fill the trees during spring migration. We will then board the “Dolphin Fleet” vessel out of Provincetown Harbor, which will take us out to the Stellwagon Bank marine sanctuary where whales and seabirds congregate in numbers. There you’ll see and learn about these “gentle giants” of the sea.
Participants should bring a lunch, extra layers of clothing and footwear for light hiking, binoculars, and camera.

Please see www.whalewatch.com for information about the “Dolphin Fleet” with which we’ll be partnering for this unique 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.

REVVED UP FOR RAPTORS

Photo by Kevin Roderigues – Cooper’s Hawk – click to enlarge

Date: Saturday, May 12th
Time: 10:00 am – 11:30 am
Meeting place: Lloyd Center Visitor Center
Leader: Ashley Gesner, Lloyd Center Education/Outreach Specialist
Price: Individual: Members: $5   Non-members: $7
Family of Four: Members: $15   Non-members: $21

Pre-registration required by 4:00 pm, Friday, May 11th

Join us to learn about raptors! Discover what makes our forested neighbors such excellent hunters. During our adventure, we will soar along the Lloyd Center trails and observe live fish-hawks at the estuary. After the hike, meet a live red-shouldered hawk up close! Raptor-themed activities complete this feathery program. This program is appropriate for families with children ages five or older. Don’t forget your “raptor eyes!” Participants should bring binoculars and wear footwear for light trail walking.

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

NATURE DISCOVERIES

Date: Saturday, May 19th
Time: 9:30 am – 10:30 am
Location: Lloyd Center Visitor Center
Price: Members: $5   Non-members: $6

No pre-registration required

Nature Discoveries occurs on the third Saturday of each month. Join us as we investigate nature by reading thematic 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 participants! 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 Erika at 508-990-0505 x 18, or email erika@lloydcenter.org.