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LLOYD CENTER ANNUAL OWL PROWL

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Date: Sunday, February 5th  
Inclement weather date: Sunday, February 12th
Time: 3:30 a.m. – 8:00 a.m. 
Meeting place: Lloyd Center for the Environment (lower parking lot)
Van transport provided to owling locations off Lloyd Center property. Minimal car-pooling may be required, depending upon attendance;
willingness to carpool appreciated.
Leader: Jamie Bogart, Lloyd Center Research Associate
Price: Members: $9 Non-members: $12 
Limit:  20   Age Limit: 15 and older 

Pre-registration required by 4:00 p.m., Friday, February 3rd
 
Are you an owl enthusiast or just enjoy a cold, New England winter’s night?  Then this outing may be for you. In addition to being fascinating birds, owls are mysterious creatures that are rarely seen or heard. In winter, owls are building nests and establishing territories and become quite vocal across an otherwise quiet winter landscape.
Screech, great horned, and barred owls are all potential species encountered in the woods of Dartmouth.  We’ll maximize owling time on the Lloyd Center property where each species can be heard or seen, and we’ll likely venture out to other woodland stops before sunrise. 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 (Nyctia scandiaca)!
 
Coffee will be available at the Lloyd Center at the outing’s conclusion, when you may depart or remain on the grounds to explore the facility and vast trail network.
Participants should bring binoculars, camera, and a flashlight.  Wear footwear for light trail walking (possibly on snow), and dress warmly.  Participants should be advised that in addition to stormy weather, excessively windy conditions will cause postponement.
 
Pre-register online. If you have specific questions regarding the program, please contact Jamie at 508-990-0505 x 23, or jbogart@lloydcenter.org.
 

NATURE DISCOVERIES

Date: Saturday, February 18th  
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 third 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 contact Jen at 508-990-0505 x 14, or jen@lloydcenter.org.
 

CUTTYHUNK SEAL CRUISE

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Date: Saturday, March 11th 
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
(see www.cuttyhunkferryco.com 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 9th
 
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. If you have specific questions regarding the program, please contact Jasmine at 508-990-0505 x 13, or jasmine@lloydcenter.org.
 

NATURE DISCOVERIES

Date: Saturday, March 18th  
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 third 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 contact Jen at 508-990-0505 x 14, or jen@lloydcenter.org.
 

EARLY SPRING OWL PROWL

Date: Thursday, March 23rd
Inclement weather date: Friday, March 24th 
Time: 7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Meeting place: Lloyd Center 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 older
 
Pre-registration required by 12:00 noon, Thursday, March 23rd
 
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. With some luck, our resident pair of barred owls will be in the area and actively responding to calls!
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 contact Jamie at either 508-990-0505 x 23, or jbogart@lloydcenter.org.
 

CUTTYHUNK SEAL CRUISE

photo by David Lewalski click to enlarge

Date: Saturday, March 25th
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
(see www.cuttyhunkferryco.com for directions)
Leader: Jamie Bogart, Research Associate
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  23rd
 
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 Research Associate Jamie Bogart 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 Jamie 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 contact Jamie at 508-990-0505 x 23, or jbogart@lloydcenter.org.

ANNUAL LLOYD CENTER WOODCOCK WALK

Date: Tuesday, March 28th   
Inclement weather date: Wednesday, March 29th
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 28th
 
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 contact Jamie at either 508-990-0505 x 23, or jbogart@lloydcenter.org.