Pick #1: Snowy Owl Prowl at the Crane Estate
Enjoy the Crane Wildlife Refuge on the Crane Estate in Ipswich
Wide-open coastal sites are the location of choice for wintering Snowy Owls; common perches are dunes and salt hay staddles. In winters past, the owls have been frequent visitors to the Crane Wildlife Refuge. Join us as we hike the dunes in search of these magnificent birds. Unlike most owls, snowy owls are diurnal—they hunt and are active both day and night – so we have a good chance of sighting one even in the daylight hours!
Please note: We will be hiking up and down dunes, through soft sand, for approximately 2 ½ – 3 miles. Suggested ages 13 and older. Pre-registration required.
Sunday, January 8 1-3PM
Cost: Members: $9 Nonmembers: $15
Pick #2: Dorothy Talbot Rink
Head to O’Maley Rink for a few different reasons.
First of all, Public Skate is 2:00-4:00 on both Saturday and Sunday.
Cost: Adults:$5, High School and under $4 . Skate Rentals $4 per pair, Skate Sharpening $5
Secondly, the Gloucester Girls JV High School team plays Groton at 6:00 pm on Saturday night. This team is making waves and is fun to watch!
Third, Rockport High School plays Pentucket at 8:00 pm on Saturday night
and Fourth, Rockport JV Team plays Essex Tech at 4:00 on Sunday
See entire Talbot Rink Schedule and future games HERE because even without a hockey player in the house, taking in a High School game is lots of fun.
Pick #3: Sense of Wonder Walk: For the Birds
Sun, Jan 08, 2017 1:30 pm – 3:00 pm
Ipswich River Wildlife Sanctuary, Topsfield
Come meet some of the birds that live in our area all winter long during our walk on the sanctuary. Afterwards, make a simple feeder for the feathered friends in your backyard. Bring some edibles such as nuts (unsalted, preferably raw), dried fruit, cranberries, or sunflower seeds, and we’ll supply the rest. Take home a ready-to-eat bird treat and some gourmet recipes to try.
As always, for a comprehensive list of family activities, please see our friends at North Shore Kid