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Weekend Happenings: Bird Watching, Fossil Fuels, Winter Carnival and More

Our picks for things to do close to home this weekend.

"Focus on Feeders" Midwinter Bird Count

When/Where: All day Saturday and Sunday from the comfort of your own home, in front of a window with a view of your backyard and/or birdfeeder.

The Buzz: Mass Audubon is asking for help conducting its annual "Focus of Feeders" midwinter bird count. This just means you keep track of how many of a single species you see in your yard at a given time and submit the info to Mass Audubon for a chance to win prizes. There are helpful charts and a report form available.

Price: Free

Forum on Fossil Fuel Divestiture

When/Where: Sunday, 12:30 p.m. at (130 Newton St., Weston)

The Buzz: Wondering how you can make a statement to companies regarding their policies on fossil fuels? This discussion will address the pros and cons of individuals and institutions divesting holdings of all fossil fuel company stock.

Price: Free

Verrill Farm February Pancake Breakfast

When/Where: Saturday, 9 a.m.-noon at Verrill Farm (11 Wheeler Rd #A, Concord)

Why Go: Verrill Farm kicks off February with the second of its popular winter Pancake Breakfasts. Stop by for a hearty breakfast served in the heated greenhouse before or after morning activities and errands -- no reservations necessary. Everyone who attends the February Pancake Breakfast is eligible to enter a drawing for Verrill Farm’s Valentine’s Dinner for Two, an $80 value.

Pricing: $7.50

"Our History Matters: Rekindling Awe, Aspiration and Civic Attachment"

When/Where: Sunday, 2 p.m. at Sudbury Town Hall (322 Concord Road, Sudbury)

The Buzz: Historian and scholar William Hosley will be talking with guests about the importance of history and the need to rekindle awe, aspiration and civic attachment in our local communities.

Price: Free, but donations will be accepted.

Winter Carnival at NARA Park

When/Where: Saturday, noon to 4 p.m. at NARA Park (25 Ledgerock Way, Acton)

Why Go: This carnival promises everything from human dogsled races (not even sure what that means) to marshmallow toasting, music, a Chinese martial arts demo and more.

Price: Admission is free; some activities require a fee.

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