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MID-WINTER WILDLIFE WALK

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Date: Saturday, February 23rd
Inclement weather date: Sunday, February 24th
Time: 9:00 am – 11:00 am
Meeting place: Lloyd Center for the Environment (lower parking lot)
Leader: Jamie Bogart, Lloyd Center Research Associate
Price: Members: $10 Non-members: $13
Limit: 20      Age Limit: 15 and older

Pre-registration required by 3:00 pm, Friday, February 22nd

What is there to see on a cold winter’s day on the Lloyd Center property? Perhaps a wandering owl, a flock of winter feeder birds, winter waterfowl in the estuary, or a small herd of White-tailed deer searching for food. On this walk we will take advantage of winter conditions to locate what wildlife awaits, and observe the landscape through a “winter lens”. We’ll look for wildlife tracks in snow if conditions allow, identify trees and shrubs, and just enjoy the crisp air, and if a recent storm has occurred, the breathtaking beauty of a recent snowfall. At the outings conclusion, our resident screech owl “Koko” will be brought out for presentation. Participants should bring (if available) binoculars, camera, and be dressed warmly and in preparation for walking in 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

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Dates: Saturday, March 2nd
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 3:00 pm, Thursday, February 28th

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

Date: Saturday, March 16th
Time: 9:30 am – 10:30 am
Meeting place: Bond House Classroom
Leader: Erika Fernandes, Lloyd Center Outreach Educator
Price: Members: $5 Non-members: $6

Pre-registration required by 3:00 pm, Thursday, March 14th

Nature Discoveries occurs each season. Join us as we investigate nature through the seasons 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.)

Pre-register online. If you have specific questions regarding the program, please call Erika at 508-990-0505 x 18, or email erika@lloydcenter.org.

FULL MOON OWL PROWL

Date: Wednesday, March 20th
Inclement weather date: Thursday, March 21st
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, Wednesday, March 20th

Missed our winter owl prowl? Then come along on the Spring Equinox which this year occurs under the light of the full moon, when night creatures have an attitude! Better yet, warmer conditions and a friendlier hour if thoughts of the winter prowl gave you shivers. We’ll try our luck on the Lloyd Center property before venturing out in the Lloyd Center’s van to other stops if necessary to hear and see owls. With spring upon us, in addition to owls, who knows what might be awake!
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.

EARLY SPRING WOODCOCK WALK

Date: Tuesday, March 26th
Inclement weather date: Wednesday, March 27th
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 26th

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. The right conditions yield a dazzling show!

We’ll spend the first hour enjoying the beautiful property and exploring the site for other bird activity that may occur at dusk. In case an owl is in the area, we’ll play tapes of owl calls to try and get a response. Then we’ll settle in to hear and see the “main event”, woodcocks performing their aerial displays. A packet of background material about woodcocks will also be provided. 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.

CUTTYHUNK SEAL CRUISE

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Dates: Saturday, March 30th 
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 3:00 pm, Thursday, March 28th

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.

SPRING EVENING WILDLIFE WALK

*Date: Monday, April 1st
Inclement weather date: Tuesday, April 2nd
(*if light evening rainfall optimal for vernal pool activity is forecast, date may change)
Time: 6:00 pm -7:30 pm
Meeting place: Lloyd Center for the Environment (lower parking lot)
Leader: Jamie Bogart, Lloyd Center Research Associate
Price: Members: $10    Non-members: $13
Limit: 20         Age Limit: 15 and older

Pre-registration required by 12:00 noon, Monday, April 1st

On an early spring evening there is much to see and hear on the Lloyd Center property. Perhaps a calling or wandering owl, a “peenting” woodcock, chirping insects and moths in flight, or bird activity on the nearby estuary under the setting sun. For the first hour we’ll walk the property with eyes and ears open, taking in whatever the evening has to offer – including an attempt to call in owls on the property. When darkness sets in, we’ll break out flashlights and try to observe amphibians potentially active in one of our vernal pools, or if some rain is passing through, on the move across our driveway! Participants should bring (if available) binoculars, camera, flashlight, and raingear .

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

Date: Saturday, April 6th
Inclement weather date: Sunday, April 7th
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 5th

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 offer a diversity of birdlife including shorebirds, waterfowl, raptors, and tundra birds such as snow buntings, and with luck, a snowy owl are all possible. 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 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.

LLOYD CENTER ANNUAL MEETING

Date: Thursday, April TBD

APRIL DUSK HIKE

Date: Friday, April 26th
Time: 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Meeting place:
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 3:00 pm, Wednesday, April 24th

Visit the Lloyd Center for a fun-filled dusk-hike. Learn about the animals that come out in-between the light of day and darkness of night. Explore the woods to find where these crepuscular creatures roam and where nocturnal animals are hiding! 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.

LLOYD CENTER SPRING BIRD MIGRATION WALK SERIES

Come enjoy the Lloyd Center property and its diverse bird life. Forest songbirds, shorebirds, raptors including the osprey and owls, and waterfowl are all potentially seen on these walks. For each walk we will traverse a variety of habitats including maritime forest, freshwater wetlands including vernal pools and a kettle pond, salt marshes and estuaries, and a bird feeding station. These habitats support the high avian diversity present on the property. Attend each walk to see changes in number and variety of species occurring over a short timeframe.
Participants should wear footwear for light trail walking and bring binoculars and a bird guide if they have them.

LLOYD CENTER SPRING BIRD WALK I – MIGRANTS ON THE MOVE

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Date: Saturday, April 27th
Inclement weather date: Sunday, April 28th
Time: 7:00 am – 9:00 am
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 3:00 pm, Friday, April 26th

On this walk, songbirds are arriving as the forest slowly springs to life. Shorebird migration is well underway with nesting birds having arrived, waterfowl which wintered over are still abundant, and first ospreys are arriving, making the estuary particularly lively during this walk. Keep your eyes peeled for our resident barred and great horned owls, which may have young!

Participants should wear footwear for light trail walking and 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.