Audubon offers training program for volunteers

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Mass Audubon’s Joppa Flats Education Center is offering a training program for individuals interested in volunteering. Throughout the school year, Joppa Flats staff and volunteers provide coastal ecology and birding programs for children at Joppa Flats, at area schools, and in various wild habitats. Lisa Hutchings, school and youth education coordinator, offers in-the-field training to prepare volunteers, regardless of science or teaching background, to assist with programs. She is offering three training programs in the education center at 1 Plum Island Turnpike in coming weeks. Classes will run from 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. this Tuesday, as well as April 8 and April 15. Topics include tide pools, maritime forest, salt marsh ecology, and bird banding. No experience is necessary. The registration deadline is 4 p.m. the day before each scheduled program. For more information or to sign up as an education volunteer trainee, contact Hutchings at 978-462-9998 or e-mail her at

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