The Merrimack River Eagle Festival
Come to Newburyport and Amesbury on Saturday, February 9, for a full day of fun indoor and outdoor activities celebrating the return of our Bald Eagles!
Learn more about these magnificent birds—as well as other amazing raptors such as Snowy Owls—and why our local habitat is so important to them.
Events & Activities Schedule
Visit Eagle Hot Spots
9:00 am–4:00 pm
Drive yourself! Naturalist guides will be onsite all day along the Merrimack River. Parking available. Maps will be available on February 9. All ages welcome. FREE.
Go On An Eagle Tour
9:00 am–2:30 pm
Let us drive you! Tours start every half hour and take 90 minutes to complete. Departs from Newburyport Chamber of Commerce. Advance registration required. Sign up online >
Adults and children ages 6-17 | $10 per adult, $5 per child (ages 6-17)
Eagle Festival Photo Tour with Hunt's
2:00 pm–4:00 pm
Register in advance for this exciting opportunity for in-the-field wildlife photo tips from Hunt’s Photo & Video. Departs from Newburyport Chamber of Commerce.
Adults only | $50 per person
See A Raptor Show
10:00–11:00 am & 12:45–1:45 pm
Mary-Beth Kaeser of Horizon Wings presents two educational programs at Newburyport City Hall featuring raptors great and small. First come, first served. Recommended for adults and children age 6 and over. FREE.
Have Fun With Your Family
10:00 am–3:00 pm
At the Parker River National Wildlife Refuge Headquarters: Family activities, arts and crafts, and more! Special Feature: Live owls from Mass Audubon’s Drumlin Farm (11:00 am–3:00 pm). FREE.
At Mass Audubon’s Joppa Flats Education Center: Family activities, arts and crafts, and more! Special Feature: Live hawks from Mass Audubon’s Drumlin Farm (11:00 am–3:00 pm). FREE.
Plum Island Turnpike, Newburyport, MA, 01950 map
Find Eagle Festival Information 9:30 am–4:00 pm
Eagle Festival information will be available at all festival headquarter sites:
Mass Audubon's Joppa Flats Education Center: 1 Plum Island Turnpike, Newburyport 978-462-9998
Parker River National Wildlife Refuge Headquarters: 6 Plum Island Turnpike, Newburyport 978-465-5753
The Newburyport Chamber of Commerce: 38R Merrimac Street, Newburyport 978-462-6680
Newburyport City Hall: 60 Pleasant Street, Newburyport
Lowell’s Boat Shop: 459 Main Street, Amesbury 978-834-0050
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