Children ages 5-12 and their families are invited to join the Emerald Necklace Conservancy for a program of Nature, Art and Craft activities in the Emerald Necklace parks, held Sundays from 10:00am to Noon. Activities are free - but participants must register in advance by emailing Ellen Arnstein firstname.lastname@example.org
YOUNG BIRDER'S SCAVENGER HUNT
Learn the characteristics of the 15 most common birds of the Emerald Necklace parks and Boston neighborhoods. Use your personal field guide (supplied) to complete a scavenger hunt through the woods and track your spotting skills. Meet at the 99 Steps near Ellicott Arch in Franklin Park, Sunday May 20, 10:00am
Here's a pic of parakeet. In Boston animal control's possession now. @universalhub pic.twitter.com/iU7CnviJ1k— Tillie Jupiter (@tilliejupiter) April 19, 2015
Social media was full of parakeet sightings on Saturday. The Real Lenny reported seeing one in his backyard, behind Faulkner Hospital. @universalhub found parakeet in my back yard pic.twitter.com/nTLu67Mt81— The Real Lenny (@3lcj) April 18, 2015
Tillie Jupiter was able to get closer and actually tempt the bird inside.
Okay, non-birders can zone out for this post. But if you love birds, get ready to squee! The blog at Mass Audubon reports a rare black-backed woodpecker has been busy in Forest Hills Cemetery. What's more, Shawn Carey took high-quality video. Take a look.
Nearly 200 sick animals rescued from a Lynnfield hoarder are being cared for by the JP-based MSPCA and South End-based Animal Rescue League. The hoarder, who isn't being named by the MSPCA, had a wide variety of animals: 27 dogs and puppies, 77 cats and kittens, 81 birds, six hedgehogs and eight reptiles including skinks and snakes. The good news is that all the animals are expected to recover. For more details on the conditions the animals had been subjected to, and the plans for caring for them, please visit the MSPCA and Animal Rescue League Web sites. If you'd like to donate to help these animals and others like them, here are links to donation pages for the MSPCA and Animal Rescue League.