For the Birds

A wildlife sanctuary with an annual eagle festival

eagle1Photo: Jim Fenton

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ough birds, eagles. That’s probably why they name football teams after them. Eagles think February is, like, summer, and that’s when they fly south—many of them to the Joppa Flats Audubon sanctuary, where you can see them at the free annual Eagle Festival. What else is there to do outdoors in February, anyway? Perched on the Merrimack River, the sanctuary’s education center has indoor and outdoor observations decks overlooking one of the nation’s best year-round wildlife viewing areas, with more than 300 species of birds in all. Herder

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Born in Haiti, John James Audubon was the illegitimate son of a French navy lieutenant and a chambermaid.

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