WHAT Merrimack River Eagle Festival
WHEN Saturday, Feb. 8, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
WHERE Mass Audubon’s Joppa Flats Education Center, 1 Plum Island Turnpike, Newburyport; Parker River National Wildlife Refuge Headquarters, 6 Plum Island Turnpike, Newburyport; City Hall and other locations.
INFO Visit massaudubon.org/eaglefestival
Mass Audubon’s Joppa Flats Education Center and the Parker River National Wildlife Refuge will present the ninth annual Merrimack River Eagle Festival. The event is free.
The Merrimack River Eagle Festival draws thousands of people of all ages to scan the skies for these majestic birds and learn about the habitat that humans and eagles share. This year, a mixture of free indoor and outdoor events held at host sites, in downtown Newburyport, and throughout greater Newburyport include:
n Guided sightings of wintering river birds from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at designated spots along the river, where naturalists will help visitors search for bald eagles (maps are available online and on the day of the tour).
n Van tours with “eagle specialist” volunteer guides, leaving the Newburyport Chamber of Commerce every half hour from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Reservations are required by calling 978-462-9998.
n Two raptor demonstrations by Tom Ricardi of the Massachusetts Bird of Prey Rehabilitation Facility at Newburyport’s City Hall, 10-11 a.m. and 1:30-2:30 pm; first come, first served.
Family nature activities including live bird demonstrations, crafts, and games at Joppa Flats Education Center and Parker River National Wildlife Refuge Headquarters from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
For details about the Merrimack River Eagle Festival and a complete listing of events, please visit the website, massaudubon.org/eaglefestival