Monday, April 14, 2008

Go On A Vernal Pool Safari on Saturday

Ipswich River, Mass Audubon's largest sanctuary, is hosting a Saturday Explorations—Vernal Pool Safari on Saturday, April 19 from 1 to 2:30 p.m. The safari is for children ages 5 and older. The event will feature an afternoon walk to a vernal pool, where participants will discover what this unique habitat is all about and the interesting critters (frogs, salamanders, and more) that depend on vernal pools to complete their life cycle. Pre-registration is required. The non-member cost is $9 for adult and $7 for children.

Ipswich River, Mass Audubon’s largest sanctuary, offers more than 10 miles of interconnecting trails that invite you to explore the forests, meadows, and wetlands. Canoe along eight miles of the Ipswich River that run through the sanctuary and camp on Perkins Island, located a half-mile up the river (members can rent canoes from May through October). Members can also rent a cabin that is conveniently located close to the sanctuary’s office and program facilities and sleeps four. In April, listen for the chorus of American toads and pickerel frogs. Watch for river otters, painted turtles, and great blue herons at various times throughout the year. Climb the drumlin and esker, landscape features created by a glacier 15,000 years ago. Huge rocks and exotic trees and shrubs that were part of a former arboretum provide an adventurous walk along the Rockery Trail. This sanctuary also has restrooms, a barn, and an education center.
It is located at 87 Perkins Row, in Topsfield. For more information call 978-887-9264 or e-mail

sanctuary admission is $4 for non-member adults and $3 for non-member children (3-12) and seniors.

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