January 13 @ 7:00 pm - March 10 @ 8:00 pm

Free

This year, in place of our WaterWatch Lecture Series, we are presenting Winter Nature Challenge 2021!

Scroll down below the events list to see the recorded presentations!

Stay active and engaged with nature this winter! Join the North and South Rivers Watershed Association, South Shore Natural Science Center, and Mass Audubon in our 2021 Winter Nature Challenge! Each week starting in January and running through March, will have a virtual presentation, a nature challenge to do on your own or with your family, and an optional guided outdoor event! See presentation titles and schedule below. This program is a new iteration of the familiar WaterWatch Lecture Series.

Join the virtual talk and discover something new. From owl watching, to winter beachcombing, the range of topics will be diverse, fun, and interesting! Take your new knowledge a step further by joining in a guided outdoor event! Each week’s talk will be accompanied by an optional guided event, building upon the topics discussed in the talk.

Compete in a Winter Nature Challenge! Each week’s talk will include a challenge. Participate in the challenge on your own, with your family, or with us on the guided event. Register for the talks to receive information about the Nature Challenge. Great for all ages! Once registered, you will receive special emails with zoom webinar links and instructions each week.

REGISTER HERE to receive links to virtual presentations, challenges, and optional outdoor events!

*By submitting your email, you may receive emails from NSRWA, SSNSC, or Mass Audubon.

Virtual Presentation Schedule: 7:00pm each Wednesday (full Schedule below:)

REGISTER HERE to receive links to virtual presentations, challenges, and optional outdoor events!

*By submitting your email, you may receive emails from NSRWA, SSNSC, or Mass Audubon.

Full Presentation Schedule and Descriptions:

January 13 – Amazing Arthropods! with Plymouth Co. Entomologist Blake Dinius.

Insects and spiders make up about 77% of all animal species on the plant. There are 300-400 species of silverfish, but only 15 species gold fish. There are more species of bees than birds. And, the number of species of moths is more than double that of all vertebrates combined! Today, the quip “1 in every 3 bites of our or food comes from pollinators” is nearly ubiquitous. But, did you know that almost 90% of our flowering plants depend on insects for reproduction. Or that without insects we would be literally buried in poop? Life as we know it would simply not be the same without insects. Want to learn more about insects and the myriad ways that insects impact your life? Come join us on our journey into the wonderful world of Amazing Arthropods!

January 20 – Exploring Wonder: A Child’s View of Nature with the SSNSC

Join SSNSC Educators for a dive into exploring nature with children. Learn tricks and tips on how to create fun experiences that will help you engage your kids/grandkids in the wonders of our local wild places. We will share best practices, material resources and tools that will help enhance your family’s future adventures.

January 27 – A Beachcombers Guide to Winter with NSRWA Ecologist Sara Grady

Are you a beach goer but don’t think there’s stuff to see this time of year? Do you commonly visit a beach, but aren’t sure what you’re looking at? Want to impress your family with some amazing coastal knowledge? Join NSRWA’s Ecologist Dr. Sara Grady as we learn and discover the unique ecology of our South Shore Coasts. ID species, where to go, what to look for, fun facts, will be some of the many topics included in this week’s Winter Nature Challenge talk. Gain the resources you need to have a fun and rewarding visit to our Local coastline. The virtual talk will include a Q and A session with Sara!

February 3 – An Introduction to Birdwatching with Mass Audubon’s Doug Lowry

Birding is a wonderful way to connect with Nature all year long and provides learning opportunities for a lifetime. This class will help you get started; give you opportunities to practice; and build your skills at locating, observing, and identifying local birds so you can join one of the fastest growing hobbies in North America.

February 10 – Reading the Landscape with the SSNSC

Nature leaves clues as to its own past, it’s just up to us to interpret them. We will highlight geological, agricultural, and ecological marks on the land and discuss how you can learn to read the landscape.

February 17 – Owls; In Search of Strigiformes with Mass Audubon’s Doug Lowry

The amazing adaptations, unique behaviors, and striking physical appearances of owls have provided people in many cultures with centuries of mystery and legend. Learn the best times, locations, and methods for observing owls, and how to identify them by sight and by their calls.

February 24 – Join the City Nature Challenge! The world’s biggest biodiversity study with the SSNSC

Calling all citizen scientists! The City Nature Challenge is the world’s biggest biodiversity study and is dependent on volunteer participation. Learn how you can participate in the local efforts of this global campaign and contribute to a greater understanding of the flora and fauna of the Boston area.

March 3 – A Guide to Your Very Own River Adventure with South Shore River Guides NSRWA’s Brian Taylor and Mass Audubon’s Doug Lowry

Looking to go for a river paddle this year, but not sure where to start? Paddling on the North or South Rivers can be one of the most rewarding outdoor experiences the South Shore has to offer, but the tides and moving water can make the thought of planning a trip seem daunting. This talk will give you the knowledge and resources to feel comfortable and plan a successful trip. Join local guides and River Rats Doug Lowry with Mass Audubon and Brian Taylor with the NSRWA as we provide the know-how’s and how-to’s of planning and embarking on a river adventure of your own! Timing of the tides, put-in and take-out locations, gear, things to think about, how to plan, hazards, points of interest, local history, and common flora and fauna will all be included in this week’s Winter Nature Talk. Virtual talk will also include a special Q and A session with the guides.

March 10 – Forest Foragers! Geocaching the South Shore with NSRWA’s Brian Taylor

What the heck is Geocaching? You might have heard of it, but have you ever tried it out? It’s easy, fun, and a great outdoor activity for the family! There are thousands of caches all around the South Shore, probably even one near you right now! Join us for a simple virtual step by step guide to begin hunting for treasure, exploring new places, enjoying nature, and everything else that comes with having fun outside! What the heck is Geocaching? You might have heard of it, but have you ever tried it out? It’s easy, fun, and a great outdoor activity for the family! There are thousands of caches all around the South Shore, probably even one near you right now! Join us for a simple virtual step by step guide to begin hunting for treasure, exploring new places, enjoying nature, and everything else that cothemes with having fun outside!

REGISTER HERE to receive links to virtual presentations, challenges, and optional outdoor events!

*By submitting your email, you may receive emails from NSRWA, SSNSC, or Mass Audubon.

Watch the recorded presentations here!

Details

Start:
January 13 @ 7:00 pm
End:
March 10 @ 8:00 pm
Cost:
Free
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Organizers

North and South Rivers Watershed Association
Mass Audubon South Shore Sanctuaries
South Shore Natural Science Center