What Mammal is That? Identification & Signs

What Mammal is That? Identification & Signs


1:00 pm - 3:00 pm


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Sheep Hill
671 Cold Spring Road, Williamstown, MA, 01267

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When: January 20, 1 – 3 pm

Where: Sheep Hill

Presenters: Doug Lister & Dana Williams

Why do ermine turn white in the winter? How are bobcat and coyote teeth different? How can you tell if a porcupine is nearby? Join mammal enthusiasts, Doug Lister & Dana Williams, to answer these questions through a hands-on exploration of all things mammal during this two-part discovery event.

First, join us in the Rosenburg Room as we explore all your mammal-related questions with pelts and skulls from mammals far and wide from the arctic fox to the local skunk. Then, take your knowledge out into the field to discover what mammals might be in your own backyard! We’ll learn about track shapes, how animals move, and other animal sign through games and a discovery hike. Content will be geared towards families. All ages welcome. Warm drinks and light snacks will be provided.

For registration, please indicate ages of children attending in the comments.

Parking at Sheep Hill (671 Cold Spring Rd., Williamstown). There are two small-sized gravel parking lot: one is at the bottom of the driveway by the road and the other is behind the farmhouse. There is one ADA accessible parking spot just in front of the farmhouse building. Overflow parking is available at the Bullock Ledge Wildlife Management Area Parking just before the Sheep Hill driveway.  Please be careful walking along Rt. 2 if you park here!

Indoor space: Hands on mammal presentation will take place in the Rosenburg Room in the Sheep Hill farmhouse, an indoor, heated space. Seating will be provided and bathrooms are available. The farmhouse is ADA accessible.

Outdoor activity: We will be walking around the pond with wet and muddy spots and on the grass around the farmhouse. The scavenger hunt will likely follow the Meadow Walk trail (~0.5 miles) but longer routes will be available depending on size and interest of the group. Weather update: Saturday is looking cold! Outdoor activities will be shifted indoors if temperature is under 20 F. 

What to bring: Please check the weather before arriving and bring appropriate clothing if you will join the tracking portion of the event (sturdy water/snow proof boots, warm, non-cotton layers, jacket, hats, gloves). Your curiosity and knowledge about mammals!

For questions, email programs@rurallands.org.


Bookings are closed for this event.

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