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    Birds, turtles and more in Wellfleet

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    You can make the Wellfleet Bay Betsy Wildlife Sanctuary a regular winter location for birding, seminars, even book clubs. There are many programs just for adults and others for families to enjoy. Almost all require reservations.

    To contact the Wellfleet Bay Betsy Wildlife Sanctuary, visit their website

    http://www.massaudubon.org/get-outdoors/wildlife-sanctuaries/wellfleet-bay/programs-classes-activities

    Or call 508-349-2615

    The sanctuary is located just past the Wellfleet Cinema and Drive-in over the Eastham-Wellfleet line on Route 6.

     

    Betsy Wild Winter Family Book Club

    Curl up in the sanctuary’s cozy reading nook and enjoy an animal story and the company of friends. Play animal games and create a critter craft to take home. Best for families with children age 6 and younger.

    Tuesdays, January 6 and 20, February 10 and 24, 3:30–4:30 pm

    FREE with membership or sanctuary admission

    No pre-registration required; just show up!

     

    Feeder Central

    Visit Wellfleet Bay Betsy Wildlife Sanctuary every Wednesdays to bird watch at the feeder windows with a naturalist and new friends. All levels of birders welcome!. Coffee and tea provided.

     

    Wednesdays, January 7—February 25, 10–11 am

     

    FREE with membership or sanctuary admission

    No pre-registration required; just show up!

     

     

    Top 10 of 2014

    Join Wellfleet Bay science coordinator Mark Faherty for this entertaining reflection on interesting and unusual wildlife sightings that occurred on Cape Cod during 2014.

    Saturday, January 10, 1–2:30 pm

    FREE with membership or sanctuary admission

    Pre-registration strongly recommended

     

    Owl Prowl

    Learn about local owl species by examining owl wings, talons, and beaks; then take a walk through the forest to search for signs of owls living at the sanctuary. We’ll also read a story and dissect an owl pellet to see what an owl eats.

    Saturday, January 10, 3–4:30 pm

    $7 for members, $9 for nonmembers

    Pre-registration required

     

    Betsy Wild Words: An Adventurous Book Club

    Explore the written word and the natural world with this novel approach to a book club! Each month will feature a discussion of a selected book or essays followed by a guided outdoor adventure on the sanctuary for group members.

    The January selection is Winter World by Bernd Heinrich and in February explore Some We Love, Some We Hate, Some We Eat by Hal Herzog. Dress to be both inside and out. Light refreshments provided.

    Wednesdays, January 14 and February 11, 12–3 pm

    $10 for members, $12 for nonmembers

    Pre-registration required

     

    Birding Hot Spots!

    Each month visit a different location in search of the birds most recently sighted on the Outer Cape. Locations are determined the day before and meeting location will be announced at least 24 hours in advance. This trip does not meet at the sanctuary. Be prepared to walk up to one mile.

    Saturdays, January 17 and February 14, 9–11 am

    $9 for members, $11 for nonmembers

    Pre-registration required

     

     

    The Shark Riddle

    An engaging, award-winning children’s film, followed by a shark secrets game and craft to take home!

    Sunday, January 18, 1–2:30 pm

    Sponsored by the Wellfleet Harbor Actors Theater. Tickets at www.what.org; $9/adult, $7/child

     

    Winter Tracking

    What clues reveal animal activity on the sanctuary in winter? Search for signs of animals on the trails and learn to be a track detective. Recommended for children age 4 and older with a caregiver.

    Saturday, January 24, 10 am–Noon

    $7 for members, $9 for nonmembers

    Pre-registration required

     

    Sea Turtle Researcher for a Day

    Were you curious about all the sea turtles in the news this winter? Take a short walk along Cape Cod Bay and learn why sea turtles strand on bayside beaches during November and December. Discover what it takes to be a sea turtle researcher.

    Recommended for children age 4 and older with a caregiver.

    Saturday, February 14, 10 am–Noon

    $7 for members, $9 for nonmembers

    Pre-registration required

     

    Shell-shocked: Reflections on the 2014 Sea Turtle Stranding Season

    After a record year of sea turtle cold-stunning, join sanctuary director Bob Prescott to discuss some of the factors that may have led to this historic year.

    Sunday, February 15, 1–2:30 pm

    $10 M/$12 NM

    Pre-registration required

     

     

    February Vacation Adventures

    Spend the week learning about the wildlife that prowls the sanctuary throughout the winter. Activities will include games, crafts, and outdoor exploration. Sign up for one or all five days. For ages 5–11; groups are divided by age. Parents must complete health and liability forms before class begins. Bring a mid-morning snack, a lunch, and dress for the weather. This program is generously subsidized by supporters of our annual fundraising event Betsy Wild Betsy Wild Wellfleet!

    Monday, February 16–Friday, Feburary 20, 9 am–2:30 pm

    $20 for members, $25 for nonmembers per day

    Pre-registration required

     

    Trashed: Screening & Panel Discussion

    In this presentation at Wellfleet Harbor Actor Theater’s Julie Harris Stage, we’ll screen Trashed, a Blenheim Films production, and explore what happens to the billion tons of waste that goes unaccounted for each year. Hosted by Jeremy Irons, this film covers the extent and effects of our world-wide waste problem, including the impact of plastics on marine life.

    After the 70-minute film, join us for a panel discussion and question-and-answer period.

    Saturday, February 21, 7 pm

    Tickets are $12/person per film and available for purchase at www.what.org

    This series is sponsored in part by WCAI Radio.

     

    The Riddle in a Bottle

    An engaging, award-winning children’s film, followed by an interactive activity about sea currents!

    Sunday, February 22, 1–2:30 pm

    Sponsored by the Wellfleet Harbor Actors Theater. Tickets at www.what.org; $9/adult, $7/child

     

    Survival in the Snow

    Explore artifacts, play games, and enjoy a puppet show to learn about adaptations that help mammals survive the winter. We’ll take a walk on the trails in search of animals that are active in the cold. Recommended for children age 4 and older with a caregiver.

    Saturday, February 28, 10 am–Noon

    $7 for members, $9 for nonmembers

    Pre-registration required

     

    Meet the Coywolf: Screening & Panel Discussion

    In this presentation at Wellfleet Harbor Actor Theater’s Julie Harris Stage, we’ll screen Meet the Coywolf, a PBS documentary about the coywolf, a mixture of western coyote and eastern wolf. Learn how this new hybrid is taking over territories once roamed by wolves and slipping unnoticed into our towns and cities.

    Beginning in Canada, but not ending there, this is an extraordinary tale of how quickly adaptation and evolution can occur, especially when humans interfere. After this 50-minute film, join us for a panel discussion and a question-and-answer period.

    Saturday, March 7, 7 pm

    Tickets are $12/person per film and available for purchase at www.what.org

    This series is sponsored in part by WCAI Radio.

     

    The Riddle in a Bottle

    An engaging, award-winning children’s film, followed by an interactive activity about sea currents!

    Sunday, February 22, 1–2:30 pm

    Sponsored by the Wellfleet Harbor Actors Theater. Tickets at www.what.org; $9/adult, $7/child

    January 02, 2015