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Daniel Webster Wildlife Sanctuary offers fun down on the farm

Marcia Wilson of Eyes on Owls will be back this year with her avian friends.
Marcia Wilson of Eyes on Owls will be back this year with her avian friends. Daniel Webster Wildlife Sanctuary

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Once a year the Daniel Webster Wildlife Sanctuary celebrates its roots. The sanctuary, now a natural habitat for scores of birds and other animals, was once Edward Dwyer’s farm, a working farm that was preserved for conservation land by such local community efforts as “Save Dwyer Farm Day” fund-raisers.

The 500-acre Mass Audubon wildlife sanctuary, now one of the largest grassland preserves in the state, sets the stage this weekend for the annual “Farm Day” festival with hayrides, farm animals, pony rides, a hay maze, rural life demonstrations, and six kinds of owls.

Farm Day brings farm animals, old farm equipment, and rural craft demonstrations back to the land to celebrate the site’s working farm history. The event also celebrates Mass Audubon’s preservation of the property as wild habitat today.

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