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Early Winter Birds of Ipswich River Wildlife Sanctuary
Take some quiet time before the holiday rush begins to enjoy an early-morning bird walk on the sanctuary. Birds we may see include great horned owls, red-tailed hawks, pileated woodpeckers, cedar waxwings, and more. There's always the possibility of winter finches, saw-whet owls, and other northern visitors. If the freshwater marshes and ponds are still open, we'll stop to scan for wintering ducks and lingering herons. Instructions and Directions: Meets in front of the Visitor Center. Bring binoculars and a field guide to birds, and dress for the weather. If you need to borrow binoculars, please let us know when you register. If the weather is questionable on the morning of the walk, call the sanctuary before heading out and check the inclement weather message (#7). If we need to cancel or postpone the walk, we will put a message on the machine 2 hours before the walk begins. Registration is required. Register online or call 978-887-9264 to register by phone.

When: Dec 4, 2016 8am in Topsfield, MA
Cost: $14

Sense of Wonder Walk: Food Webs of the Forest

Each outing will begin with a short introduction indoors, and then we'll go outside for a walk. General topics for each walk are listed below, but we'll stop and investigate anything that crosses our path. Join us for one or more of these fall walks. Food Webs of the Forest: December 4--Walk with us through the forest to see how the changing season affects animals, trees, and plants. Examine tree holes and look for animals in the leaves. Whatever we find, we will explore, but we'll focus on what is eating and being eaten in the woods. Instructions and Directions: Meets in the Nature Center. Please dress for the weather since we will be outside most of the time. Registration is required. Register online or call 978-887-9264 to register by phone.

When: Dec 4, 2016 1:30PM in Topsfield, MA
Cost: $9; $7 children

Baby Birds: An Artist Looks into the Nest

We are excited to join with PEM and ECOC to bring artist and naturalist Julie Zickefoose to PEM to share her fascinating glimpses into the lives of developing baby songbirds. Some can fly just 11 days after hatching! In 2002, Julie began to draw and paint wild nestlings day-by-day, bearing witness to their swift growth. Over the next 13 years, she documented these developments in 17 bird species. More than 400 of these life-sized studies wriggle and hop across the pages of her latest book, Baby Birds: An Artist Looks into the Nest. Peek into the nest with Zickefoose as she shares her ground-breaking work and intimate knowledge of these species through images, videos, and colorful anecdotes. A book-signing follows. Instructions and Directions: Meets in the Morse Auditorium of Peabody Essex Museum. A brief business meeting of ECOC will be held from 7:30-7:45 pm. The program will follow immediately after the meeting. Registration not required.

When: Dec 9, 2016 7:45PM in Topsfield, MA
Cost: Included in admission

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About Topsfield, MA
Topsfield Massachusetts is an area of rolling hills and meandering streams and has some of the highest land in Essex County. Topsfield has a rural nature and contains a typical New England town common.

The town is home to many acres of protected land and trails which includes Bradley Palmer State Park. It is an excellent choice for hiking and biking in the spring and summer and cross country skiing in the winter. Topsfield also has plenty of agricultural land and hosts the Topsfield Fair.

The Topsfield Fair is America’s oldest agricultural fair established in 1818 and held every October during harvest time. The Fair is chock full of agricultural exhibits as well as homemade baked goods and farm animals. There is also a largest pumpkin contest-always the most popular exhibit. It also has plenty for the kids including great stuff to eat and also a midway loaded with amusement park rides and games and a parade. The Topsfield Fair is a fun time for everyone and well worth the price of admission. Plan to spend a day there next October-you will be glad you did.