Snowy Owl Prowl

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Trip dates: Monday, January 18, 2021 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM

Join naturalists Michele Grzenda and Amber Carr for a snowy owl prowl at the Crane Beach Sanctuary. Snowy Owls over winter in wide open coastal sites and are commonly perched on dunes and salt hay staddles. These birds were frequent visitors to the Crane Beach Sanctuary in previous winters and we hope to see them again. Join us as we search for these magnificent birds. Snowy owls are active during the day, so let's take advantage of the afternoon warmth while we prowl the dunes for these diurnal hunters!

All skill levels welcome! Walk will be up and down dunes through soft sand lasting approximately 3 hours. There are 5.5 miles of trails that traverse dunes and track the beachfront on both the Ipswich Bay and Essex River Estuary sides of the Castle Neck peninsula. Moderate hiking. These trails are part of the Bay Circuit Trail.

What to bring:
warm layers
snack and water
face mask and hand sanitizer
small pack to carry your things

Group size is limited to enable social distancing. In accordance with Massachusetts policy, masks will be required for the duration of the hike. Registered participants will receive details on the location of the meeting.

To address unforeseen challenges such as adverse weather, unacceptable trail conditions or excessive crowding, the planned trip destination, activity and/or meeting place and time may be modified. In that event, participants may elect to join in that activity or opt out.

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Michele Grzenda

Michele has been a volunteer hike leader for AMC since 2006. She enjoys connecting people with nature and is one of the lucky few who have made her avocation her vocation. By weekday, Michele protects wetlands and manages 2,000 acres of Open Space for Weston, MA. Besides leading backpacks, nature walks, and hikes for AMC, Massachusetts Audubon Society, & other local non-profits, Michele can be found on rainy nights in spring, helping frogs & salamanders cross the road on the way to vernal pools.

Amber Carr

Amber is a trained Ecologist specializing in the restoration of degraded habitats. She enjoys spending as much time as possible outside and can be found birding, hiking, paddling, climbing, and practicing yoga. She enjoys exploring with new and seasoned adventurers alike and looks forward to seeing you outside soon.

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Ipswich, MA
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2020-12-14 12:54:56.0
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