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The Merrimack River Eagle Festival 2023

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Dates:Tuesday, February 14, 2023 - Saturday, February 18, 2023
Hours:varies by program - see schedule
Ages:Infants, Toddlers, Kids, Teens, Adults
In/Outdoor:Indoor, Outdoor
Cost:Free see below
the merrimack river eagle festival 2023 photoWhen winter returns to the lower Merrimack Valley, so do Bald Eagles and Snowy Owls and other exciting winter wildlife. Every year we host a grand event marking their return.

This year, we hope you'll join us both online AND in-person for programs in the Newburyport and Amesbury area to celebrate our very special winter residents!

While the banks of the Merrimack River will not be lined with crowds of eagle spotters this season, we rejoice in recognizing the wonders of the natural world as our local habitats welcome winter's animal visitors.

Family-friendly Event Highlights

Friday Morning Birdwatching
Friday, February 17 • 8:30-11:30 am
(adult, for ages 18 and up)
with Dave Williams, Naturalist & Birder's Certificate Graduate
$20/member, $24/nonmember

Everything Eagles!
Friday & Saturday, February 17-18 • 10:00 am-12:00 pm OR 1:00-3:00 pm (Saturday)
(for adults & families with children ages 5-12)
with Lisa Hutchings, Education Coordinator | Dave Dishaw, Teacher Naturalist
$6/adult, $6/child

Wednesday Morning Birding - Cape Ann
Wednesday, February 15 • 9:30 am-12:30 pm
(adult, for ages 18 and up)
with David Moon, Coastal Resilience Manager
$20/member, $23/nonmember

Marsh Owls (Online)
Friday, February 14 • 7:00–8:30 pm
(adult, for ages 18 and up)
with Scott Santino, Mass Audubon North Shore | Sean Riley, Forest & Park Supervisor for DCR's Belle Isle Marsh Reservation/Rumney Marsh

Eagle Festival Field Trips
Saturday, February 18 • 9:30-11:00 am OR 12:30-2:00 pm
(for adults & families w/children ages 8+)
with David Moon, Dave Williams, or Scott Santino | Mass Audubon North Shore
$6/adult, $6/child

What Makes a Raptor? (Online)
Thursday, February 16 • 7:00 pm-8:30 pm
(adult, for ages 18 and up)
with Sarah Courchesne, Mass Audubon Program Ornithologist

Winter Raptor Identification (Online)
Friday, February 17 • 7:00-8:30 pm
(adult, for ages 18 and up)
with Kathy Seymour, Mass Audubon Metro West | Jane Sender, Expert Birder

Bald Eagle Behaviors
Saturday, February 18 • 1:00-3:00 pm
(for teens ages 13-16)
with Lisa Hutchings, Education Coordinator

Photographing Wildlife & Nature in Winter (Online)
Wednesday, February 15 • 7:00-8:30 PM
(adult, for ages 18 and up)
FREE, register through Parker River National Wildlife Refuge
with Ranger Matt Poole, nature photographer and instructor | Parker River National Wildlife Refuge

Winter presents both challenges and opportunities for the nature and wildlife photographer. This timely program will provide an overview of time-tested tools, tips, and techniques for creating more successful images at a time of year when many have stowed their cameras away until the arrival of warmer weather.

Program will be presented by Matt Poole, veteran nature photographer and instructor. Program will be delivered LIVE via Zoom. Preregistration is required. To Register: Email [email protected]. Place 'Eagle Fest Registration' in the subject line.

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Free | Registration required



Plum Island Turnpike, Newburyport, MA, 01950 map
Phone: 978-462-9998

Find Eagle Festival Information 9:30 am–4:00 pm
Eagle Festival information will be available at all festival headquarter sites:
Mass Audubon's Joppa Flats Education Center: 1 Plum Island Turnpike, Newburyport 978-462-9998
Parker River National Wildlife Refuge Headquarters: 6 Plum Island Turnpike, Newburyport 978-465-5753
The Newburyport Chamber of Commerce: 38R Merrimac Street, Newburyport 978-462-6680
Newburyport City Hall: 60 Pleasant Street, Newburyport
Lowell’s Boat Shop: 459 Main Street, Amesbury 978-834-0050


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