Saturday, February 7, 2015
Merrimack River Eagle Festival
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Frequently Asked Questions
Presented by Mass Audubon’s Joppa Flats Education Center and the Parker River National Wildlife Refuge
Come to Newburyport and Amesbury on February 7 for a full day of free activities celebrating the return of our Bald Eagles!
Visit Eagle Hotspots 9:00 am–4:00 pm
Naturalists will show you Bald Eagles from sites along the Merrimack River. Maps will be available the day of the event at all festival headquarter sites. All ages welcome.
Go on an Eagle Tour 9:00 am–2:00 pm
Tours start every half hour and take 90 minutes to complete. Departure point: The Newburyport Chamber of Commerce. Advance registration required (978-462-9998). Adults and children age 6 and over. Suggested donation: $5.00 per person.
See a Raptor Show 10:00–11:00 am or 1:30–2:30 pm
Tom Ricardi of the Massachusetts Bird of Prey Rehabilitation Facility presents two educational programs at Newburyport City Hall featuring raptors great and small. First come, first served. Recommended for adults and children age 6 and over.
Pose for a Photo with a Raptor 11:15–11:45 am or 12:30–1:00 pm
Hunt’s Photo & Video will take your photo with a raptor for a $10 donation. to the Eagle Festival. Newburyport City Hall. Limited availability. Advance registration recommended (978-462-9998). Otherwise, first come, first served.
Have Fun with Your Family 10:00 am–3:00 pm
At the Parker River National Wildlife Refuge Headquarters:
Make an eagle magnet, dissect an owl pellet, or contribute to the eagle habitat mural! Special features: Live owls from Mass Audubon’s Drumlin Farm (11 am – 3 pm).
At the Joppa Flats Education Center:
Make an eagle mask, color and take home a button, learn about eagles across the globe, or test your skill with the eagle feeding talon challenge! Special feature: Live hawks from Mass Audubon’s Drumlin Farm (11 am – 3 pm).