The Merrimack River Eagle Festival

Come celebrate the return of the Eagles to the Merrimack Estuary!

Come to Newburyport to celebrate the return of migrating eagles back to the Merrimack River Estuary! The Mass Audubon's Joppa Flats Education Center and the Parker River National Wildlife Refuge have teamed up to bring an entire day of free events centered around the wonders of the Bald Eagles that have come to take seasonal advantage of the Merrimack River habitat. 

Visit Eagle Hotspots 9am-4pm

  • Naturalists will show you Bald Eagles along the Merrimack River. See Map for locations. All ages welcome.

Go on an Eagle Tour 9am–2pm

  • Tours start every half hour and take 1.5 hours to complete. Departure point: The Newburyport Chamber of Commerce. Advance registration required (978-462-9998). Recommended for adults and children age 6 and over.

See a Raptor Demonstration 10-11am or 1:30-2:30pm

  • Tom Ricardi of the Massachusetts Bird of Prey Rehabilitation Facility presents two educational programs for all ages at Newburyport’s City Hall featuring raptors great and small. First come, first served.

Pose for a Photo with a Live Raptor 11:15-11:45am or 12:30-1pm

  • Hunt’s Photo & Video will take your photo with a raptor for a $10 donation to the Eagle Festival. Newburyport City Hall. Limited availability. Advance registration recommended (978-462-9998). Otherwise, first come, first served.

Have Fun with Your Family! 10am– 3pm

  • At the Parker River National Wildlife Refuge Headquarters
    • Make an eagle magnet, dissect an owl pellet, or contribute to the eagle habitat mural! Special features: Live owls from Mass Audubon’s Drumlin Farm from 11am to 3pm
  • At Mass Audubon’s Joppa Flats Education Center
    • Make an eagle mask, color and take home a button, learn about eagles across the globe, or test your skill with the eagle feeding talon challenge! Special feature: Live hawks from Mass Audubon’s Drumlin Farm from 11am to 3pm.

Eagle Festival Scavenger Hunt - January 17 through February 8

Use your eagle eyes in our new scavenger hunt. Visit Newburyport merchants who are Eagle Festival Friends and find hidden eagle facts in their stores. You can download a scavenger hunt form or pick one up at the Joppa Flats Education Center or at Newburyport Public Library.


Saturday, February 7, 2015 9am-4pm