In the summer, birds and bees and buzzing things are easy to see. They are out and about at the beach and on the playground. But come winter, the Vineyard animals are harder to spot. Beginning in January, the Felix Neck Wildlife Sanctuary will, for the first time, offer its popular Creature Feature program for young naturalists in the winter months. The program, which has run June through August for years, will offer children ages 3 to 6 and their parent or friend an opportunity to discover where some of the Martha’s Vineyard animals go after they have rung in the New Year.
The programs will run the second weekends of January, February and March, with classes at 10 a.m. on both Fridays and Saturdays. January brings songs, stories and crafts on squirrels, February will feature deer and in March, kids can learn about the owl. Classes are taught by Susie Bowman, a naturalist and teacher who has worked at Felix Neck for eight years.
The program is a great way to show children how animals hunker down, just like we do, in the winter months, said Justen Walker, education director at Felix Neck. “They can see the change of seasons and realize that nature doesn’t stop just because it’s winter,” she said.
The cost per class is $6 for Mass Audubon members, $9 for nonmembers. Register for all three classes by Jan. 9 and take advantage of a special discounted price of $15 for members and $24 for nonmembers.