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Merrimack River Eagle Festival

February 15

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Presented by Mass Audubon’s Joppa Flats Education Center & Parker River National Wildlife Refuge.

Come to Newburyport and Amesbury on Saturday, February 15, for a full day of fun indoor and outdoor activities celebrating the return of our Bald Eagles!

Learn more about these magnificent birds—as well as other amazing raptors such as Snowy Owls—and why our local habitat is so important to them.

Visit Eagle Hot Spots
9:00 am–4:00 pm

Drive yourself!  Maps will be available on February 15. Naturalist guides will be onsite all day along the Merrimack River. Parking available. All ages welcome. FREE.

Go on an Eagle Tour
9:30 am–2:30 pm

Let us drive you! Tours start every half hour and take 90 minutes to complete. Departs from Newburyport Chamber of Commerce. Advance registration encouraged. For day-of availability, check at the Chamber of Commerce. Register online after January 1. Adults & children ages 6-17;  $10 per adult, $5 per child (ages 6-17).
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Eagle Festival Photo Tour with Hunt’s
9:00–11:30 am

Register in advance for this exciting opportunity for in-the-field wildlife photo tips from Hunt’s Photo & Video. Departs from Newburyport Chamber of Commerce. Reserve your spot online after January 1. Adults only; $50 per person. 
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See a Raptor Show
10:00–11:00 am • 12:45–1:45 pm

Mary-Beth Kaeser of Horizon Wings 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. FREE.

Have Fun with Your Family
10:00 am–3:00 pm

At the Parker River National Wildlife Refuge Visitor Center: Family activities, arts and crafts, and more! Featuring LIVE owls from Mass Audubon’s Drumlin Farm from 11:00 am-3:00 pm. FREE.

At Mass Audubon’s Joppa Flats Education Center: Family activities, arts and crafts, and more! Featuring LIVE hawks from Mass Audubon’s Drumlin Farm from 11:00 am-3:00 pm. FREE.