ABNC is an active group of people sharing an appreciation of nature’s many forms. We have birders, geologists, star watchers, and plant enthusiasts — a full spectrum of interests. If you have an interest in nature, whether a beginner or experienced observer, we welcome you.
Join us at our meetings, field trips, and institutes where you will find a friendly reception and people with similar interests. There are a lot of exciting programs scheduled for the months ahead–check our event schedule, or come by for a visit!
The Athol Bird and Nature Club maintains the Millers River Environmental Center.
This Saturday, June 15 please join us here in Athol for an Odonate Double Header. First: 10:30 a.m.-12 noon Dragonflies & Damselflies for Families
Join educator Rachel Roberts and naturalist David Small here at the Center to learn about dragonflies and damselflies. The class includes story time with a featured book and multiple hands-on art and science activity stations. Weather permitting, we will drive to a nearby body of water for a look at habitat – so dress appropriately and have transportation available. Free and open to the public, this class is geared towards families with young children but has activities all ages can enjoy. This program is supported in part by a grant from the Athol Local Cultural Council, a local agency supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency.
This workshop will be fun for the whole family as Rachel Roberts introduces the discovery of dragonflies with story time with a featured book and multiple hands-on art and science activity stations.
Weather permitting, we will drive to a nearby body of water for a look at habitat – so dress appropriately and have transportation available. This will be a great chance to learn how to carefully catch a dragonfly, hold
it to see it up close and the proper way to release it back into the wild. This will be a great way to discover these wonderful jewels of Summer.
After a brief lunch Join Dave Small and Lula Field for an after search of the local waterways for more dragonfly adventure:
Saturday, June 15, 1 p.m. Dragonflies along the Millers River
Meet naturalists David Small and Lula Field here at the Center for an afternoon of intensive dragonfly searching. Participants should bring snacks, insect net, and a sense of adventure; be prepared for wet feet. Children welcome with adult. Severe weather cancels. Info: Dave Small, 978-413-1772 or Dave@dhsmall.net Note: Families participating in the morning class are welcome to double-up on their adventures!