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LLOYD CENTER ANNUAL MEETING

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Date: Thursday, April 26th

Location: Greater New Bedford Regional Vocational Technical High School
1121 Ashley Boulevard, New Bedford, MA

6:00 p.m.  Welcoming reception
6:30 p.m.  Annual Meeting
7:00 p.m.  Presentation on construction and pursuit of Living Building Challenge™ (LBC™) certified Welcome Center by students at GNB Voc-Tech.

Presentation of the George G. Haydock Award to Victor Mailey

Light refreshments will be served.

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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 p.m., 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 p.m., 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 p.m., 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 p.m., 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.

NATURE DISCOVERIES

Date: Saturday, June 16th
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.

INTRODUCTION TO STAND-UP PADDLING

Date: Saturday, June 16th
Time: 10:00 a.m. – Noon
Meeting place: Lloyd Center for the Environment
Leader: Osprey Sea Kayak Instructors
Price: Member: $55   Non-member: $65
Limit: 12

Pre-registration required by 12:00 noon on Friday, June 15th

There’s no better time for you to step onboard and learn to Standup Paddle! Stand-up paddleboarding is a fun, low-impact way to explore our South Coast waterways…and get a little exercise in the process!

This Intro to SUP course is a great opportunity to learn the techniques of SUP in a relaxing environment. Certified Osprey Sea Kayak guides will teach you all the basics; getting familiar with equipment, water entry and balance, proper stance and positioning on the board, efficient paddling technique, and safety and etiquette.
Come out and give it a try… you’ll love it!

Please wear clothing and footwear that you don’t mind getting wet and bring a non-alcoholic beverage.

Pre-register online. If you have specific questions regarding the program, please contact Fern at 508-990-0505 x 10, or fcallen@lloydcenter.org.

SUMMER SOLSTICE PLOVER STROLL AT DEMAREST LLOYD

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Date: Thursday, June 21st
Inclement weather date: Friday, June 22nd
Time: 5:30 pm – 7:00 pm
Meeting place: DCR Demarest Lloyd State Park (proceed through entrance gate to main lot)
Leader: Jamie Bogart, Lloyd Center Research Associate
Price: Members: $8   Non-members: $10   Children under 12: half-price
Limit: 20

Pre-registration required by 4:00 p.m., Wednesday, June 20th

Kick-off the summer season by observing and learning about nesting shorebirds at the dynamic ecosystem of Demarest Lloyd State Park on a warm summer evening. A large sand spit provides nesting habitat for plovers, least terns, and diamondback terrapins (an estuarine turtle) which are all nesting at this time. Other birds such as ospreys and egrets may also be seen.

Participants should bring birding equipment (binoculars or scope, camera, bird guide), bug spray, and footwear appropriate for walking along the beach and over intertidal flats (bird guides and optics in limited quantity available for use).

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.

SLOCUM RIVER SUNSET KAYAK TOUR

Date: Thursday, June 21st
Time: 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Meeting place: Lloyd Center for the Environment
Leader: Osprey Sea Kayak Instructors
Price: Member: $45   Non-member: $55
Limit: 12

Pre-registration required by 12:00 noon on Wednesday, June 20th

What better way to end the day than a peaceful paddle down the river. You’ll feel your stress dissolve as we glide through the salt marsh enjoying the setting sun. This is a wonderful relaxing trip for viewing waterfowl and the delicate salt marsh ecosystem of the Slocum River.

Kids ages 12 and older admitted if attended by a parent/adult guardian. Beginners welcome. Wear clothing and footwear that you don’t mind getting wet and bring a non-alcoholic beverage.

Pre-register online. If you have specific questions regarding the program, please contact Fern at 508-990-0505 x 10, or fcallen@lloydcenter.org.

ESTUARY EXPLORATION

Date: Saturday, June 23rd
Inclement weather date: Saturday, June 30th
Time: 10:00 am – 11:30 am
Location: Lloyd Center Visitor Center
Leader: Katie Houseman, Lloyd Center Educator/Naturalist
Price: Individual: Members: $5   Non-members: $7
Family of Four: Members: $15   Non-members: $21
Limit: 20    Age Limit: 5 and older

Pre-registration required by 4:00 p.m., Thursday, June 21st

Come explore the estuary! Using dip nets and seine nets, we will try and find some of the unique animals which call this estuary their home. In addition to finding common crabs, shrimp, fish and more, we will discuss how sub-tropical animals arrive on our coastlines. Please wear closed-toe boots or water shoes. A towel and change of clothes are highly recommended.

Pre-register online. If you have specific questions regarding the program, please call Katie Houseman at 508-990-0505 x 13, or email katie@lloydcenter.org.

WOMEN’S CANOE TRIP

Date: Thursday, June 28th
Time: 6:00 pm-8:30 pm
Meeting place: Lloyd Center Visitor Center
Leader: Liz Moniz, Lloyd Center Education/Outreach Director
Price: Members: $32  Non-members: $40
Limit: 12

Pre-registration required by 4:00 p.m., on Wednesday, June 27th

Ladies night out! Enjoy canoeing the historic Slocum River. There is a short hike through our forest to the launch site and all equipment is provided. Wear clothing and footwear you don’t mind getting wet and pack a non-alcoholic beverage and snack.

Pre-register online. If you have specific questions regarding the program, please contact Liz at 508-990-0505 x 15, or email liz@lloydcenter.org.

MOONLIGHT KAYAK TOUR

Date: Friday, June 29th
Time: 6:30 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Meeting place: Lloyd Center for the Environment
Leader: Osprey Sea Kayak Instructors
Price: Member: $ 65   Non-member: $ 80
Limit: 12

Pre-registration required by 12:00 noon on Wednesday, June 27th

There is something magical about being on the water at sunset, when the sky changes to a multitude of hues, and the moon appears on the horizon, at first so big it looks as if you can touch it. Osprey Sea Kayak guides will give you basic instruction of kayaking, and then you will leisurely paddle the calm, protected waters of the Westport River. Along the way we’ll stop to “raft up” to share snacks and stories. Very relaxing!

Beginners welcome. Wear clothing and footwear that you don’t mind getting wet and bring a non-alcoholic beverage.

Pre-register online. If you have specific questions regarding the program, please contact Fern at 508-990-0505 x 10, or fcallen@lloydcenter.org.