When frigid weather brings bald eagles to the greater Newburyport area, please join us for a grand celebration of these special winter residents! Mass Audubon’s Joppa Flats Education Center and the Parker River National Wildlife Refuge will present the annual Merrimack River Eagle Festival on Saturday, February 18, 2017.
Come to the Eagle Festival for a full day of fun indoor and outdoor activities, and learn more about these magnificent birds and the habitat they share with us. Festival features include:
- Eagle-spotting locations along the lower Merrimack with on-site interpreters
- Bus tours guided by expert birders starting in downtown Newburyport
- Live raptor demonstrations at Newburyport’s City Hall
- Children’s nature activities and live bird demonstrations at Mass Audubon’s Joppa Flats and the Parker River National Wildlife Refuge Headquarters
Visit the Merrimack River Eagle Festival website for the full schedule and to get the latest updates!
The Merrimack River Eagle Festival is presented by Mass Audubon’s Joppa Flats Education Center and the Parker River National Wildlife Refuge.
About Mass Audubon's Joppa Flats Education Center:
Mass Audubon's Joppa Flats Education Center, located at One Plum Island Turnpike in Newburyport, is a natural history education center that is open to the public Tuesday through Sunday and Monday holidays, 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Call 978-462-9998 for additional information, or visit the website at massaudubon.org/joppaflats
About Parker River National Wildlife Refuge:
Operated by the US Fish and Wildlife Service, the Parker River National Wildlife Refuge encompasses over two-thirds of Plum Island and consists of 4,662 acres of critical coastal habitats, including dunes, maritime forest, and salt marsh. The Refuge Visitor Center and Headquarters, at Six Plum Island Turnpike in Newburyport, is open Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Exhibits are open 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Call 978-465-5753 for more information, or visit the website at fws.gov/refuge/parker_river