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CUTTYHUNK SEAL CRUISE

photo by David Uliss click to enlarge

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: Erika Fernandes, Lloyd Center Outreach Educator
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 Outreach Educator Erika Fernandes 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 Erika 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 Erika at 508-990-0505 x 18, or erika@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 
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.
 

OUTER CAPE BIRDING AND WHALE WATCHING HIKE

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Date: Saturday, April 1st
Inclement weather date: Sunday, April 2nd
Time: 7:00 a.m. (approximate van departure) – 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 older
 
Pre-registration required by 12:00 noon, Friday, March 31st
 
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 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 and a camera.
 
Special Notes/Instructions: Be advised that this outing is done entirely on foot and involves extensive walking on various 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 contact Jamie at either 508-990-0505 x 23, or jbogart@lloydcenter.org.

NATURE DISCOVERIES

Date: Saturday, April 22nd
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 either 508-990-0505 x 14, or jen@lloydcenter.org.

APRIL VACATION WEEK ADVENTURES

Dates: Tuesday, April 18th – Friday, April 21st
Time: 9:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Meeting place: Lloyd Center Bond Building
Leaders: Lloyd Center Education Staff
Price: Each Day: Members: $50   Non-members: $60
Full Week: Members: $180 Non-members: $215
Limit: 12 children      Ages 5-10

Pre-registration required by 4:00 p.m., Wednesday, April 12th

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 Jen at either 508-990-0505 x 14, or jen@lloydcenter.org.

EARTH DAY NIGHT HIKE

Date: Friday, April 21st
Time: 6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
Meeting place: Lloyd Center Visitor Center
Leader: Jen Wimmer, Lloyd Center Outreach Specialist
Price: Individual: Members: $6   Non-members: $8
Family of four: Members: $18   Non-members: $24
Limit: 15 All ages welcome

Pre-registration required by 4:00 p.m., Thursday, April 20th

This Earth Day, visit the Lloyd Center for a fun-filled night hike. Learn about the animals that come out at night, the sounds that they make and explore the woods to find where these nocturnal creatures are hiding. For a fun Earth Day twist, we will also learn about ways that we can 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 contact Jen at either 508-990-0505 x 14, or jen@lloydcenter.org.

LLOYD CENTER SPRING BIRD WALK I – MIGRANTS ON THE MOVE

Date: Saturday, April 29th
Inclement weather date: Sunday, April 30th
Time: 7:00 a.m. – 9:00 a.m.
Meeting place: Lloyd Center lower parking lot
Leader: Jamie Bogart, Lloyd Center Research Associate
Price: Members: $3   Non-members: $5   Children under 12: $2
Limit: 10      Age limit: 10 and older

Pre-registration required by 4:00 p.m., Friday, April 28th

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 the Lloyd Center property offers including forest edges, kettle ponds, vernal pools, salt marsh, and estuary. 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 at 508-990-0505 x 23, or email jbogart@lloydcenter.org.

LLOYD CENTER ANNUAL MEETING

Date: Thursday, April 27th 

LLOYD CENTER SPRING BIRD WALK II – ARRIVAL OF THE NESTERS

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Date: Saturday, May 6th
Inclement weather date: Sunday, May 7th
Time: 7:00 a.m. – 9:00 a.m.
Meeting place: Lloyd Center lower parking lot
Leader: Jamie Bogart, Lloyd Center Research Associate
Price: Members: $3 Non-members: $5 Children under 12: $2
Limit: 10      Age limit: 10 and older
 
Pre-registration required by 4:00 p.m., Friday, May 5th
 
During this walk, the surge in bird activity continues as a more even mix of species exists including both migrants passing through and nesters establishing territories. Forest birds, shorebirds and raptors such as osprey (Pandion haliaetus) are all potential sightings. We will take advantage of the variety of habitats that the Lloyd Center property offers including forest edges, kettle ponds, vernal pools, salt marsh, and estuary.

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

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.

LLOYD CENTER SPRING BIRD WALK III – CHORUS IN THE TREES

photo by Kevin Roderigues click to enlarge

Date: Thursday, May 11th
Inclement weather date: Friday, May 12th
Time: 3:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Meeting place: Lloyd Center lower parking lot
Leader: Jamie Bogart, Lloyd Center Research Associate
Price: Members: $3     Non-members: $5      Children under 12: $2
Limit: 10      Age limit: 10 and older

Pre-registration required by 12:00 p.m., Thursday, May 11th

Take a late afternoon woodland stroll, when bird activity can also be high. By this time 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 the Lloyd Center property offers including forest edges, kettle ponds, vernal pools, salt marsh, and estuary.

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

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.

OUTER CAPE BIRDING AND WHALE WATCHING TOUR

Date: Saturday, May 13th
Inclement weather date: Sunday, May 14th
Time: 7:00 a.m. (van departs) – 7:00 p.m. (approximate van return)
Meeting place: TBD
Leader: Jamie Bogart, Lloyd Center Research Associate
Price: TBD              Children under 12: 1/2 price
Limit: 12          Age limit: 10 and up

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

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 then board the “Dolphin Fleet” vessel out of Provincetown Harbor, which takes us out to the Stellwagen Bank Marine Sanctuary where whales and seabirds congregate in numbers. There we’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/or spotting scope and camera.  Please see CLICK HERE 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 contact Jamie at either 508-990-0505 x 23, or jbogart@lloydcenter.org.

NATURE DISCOVERIES

Date: Saturday, May 20th
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 either 508-990-0505 x 14, or jen@lloydcenter.org