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Evan Dalton: Observations from Manomet Bird Observatory

Thursday, January 17 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Fox Library 175 Massachusetts Avenue
Arlington, 02474 United States

Scientists at Manomet Bird Observatory in Plymouth, MA have been monitoring the birds that use the East Coast migratory flyway for over 50 years. The data they have collected paints a vibrant picture of the health of North American bird populations and how they respond to the challenges posed by habitat loss and climate change. Please join us as Evan Dalton, biologist and educator at Manomet shares the results of 50 years of data collection and what Manomet has learned…

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Cape Ann & Newburyport, MA

Saturday, January 19 - Sunday, January 20
Cape Ann & Newburyport, MA Cape Ann
Rockport, MA United States

Take a favorite trip to view seabirds that come south to New England in the winter. Irruptions can also bring unusual birds. Contact Fran at least one week in advance for details.

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Dunback Meadow

Saturday, January 19 @ 8:00 am - 10:00 am
Dunback Meadow Dunback Meadow, 30 Allen St
Lexington, MA 02420 United States

In addition to enjoying our regular winter birds, we'll search for possible unusual visitors such as Redpolls. Meeting place: Allen Street entrance to Dunback Meadows in Lexington. There is parking along Allen Street.

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Halibut Point State Park, Rockport

Sunday, January 20 @ 8:00 am - 10:00 am
Halibut Point State Park Halibut Point State Park
Rockport, MA 01966 United States

A two-hour walk over easy to moderate trails in search of seasonal specialties. Boots advisable.

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Newburyport & vicinity

Sunday, January 20 @ 8:00 am - 2:00 pm
Newburyport – Municipal Parking 50 Ferry Wharf
Newburyport, MA 01950 United States

We will visit Salisbury State Park, the Merrimack River, and Plum Island.

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Newburyport and Vicinity

Monday, January 21 @ 9:00 am - 2:00 pm
Newburyport Courthouse 188 State St
Newburyport, MA 01950 United States

Please check with leader before trip.

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Cape Ann Waterbirds

Saturday, January 26
Halibut Point 5 Gott Ave
Rockport, 01966 United States

We will meet at Halibut Point parking lot at 9 AM and continue around Cape Ann to Gloucester. Potential stops: Andrews Point, Old Granite Pier Rockport, Bass Rocks, State Fish Pier in Gloucester, Eastern Point. All day trip, join or leave at your convenience. Bringing lunch is recommended as many shops are closed in the winter. Carpooling and Birding Scopes encouraged.

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Belle Isle Marsh reservation, Boston

Saturday, January 26 @ 8:00 am - 11:00 am
Belle Isle 1399 Bennington Street
Boston, MA 02128 United States

We’ll look for winter waterfowl, raptors and other species.

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Dunback Meadow, Lexington

Saturday, January 26 @ 8:00 am - 10:00 am
Dunback Meadow Dunback Meadow, 30 Allen St
Lexington, MA 02420 United States

We will lok for wintering birds, including raptors.

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Cape Ann

Saturday, January 26 @ 8:30 am - 2:00 pm
Gloucester – Fisherman’s Monument Gloucester Fisherman's Memorial, 60 Western Ave
Gloucester, MA 01930 United States

We will search for alcids and other wintering seabirds. Be prepared for cols and windy weather. If bad weather is predicted, contact the leader by 6:00 p.m. the previous evening.

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Mount Auburn Cemetery, Cambridge, MA

Sunday, January 27 @ 8:00 am - 10:00 am
Mount Auburn Cemetery 536 Mt Auburn St
Cambridge, MA 02138 United States

A peaceful winter walk in Mount Auburn is always a pleasure and you never know what you might see. Sapsuckers and Red-breasted Nuthatches are regulars.

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Newburyport and Vicinity

Sunday, January 27 @ 9:00 am - 2:00 pm
Newburyport – Municipal Parking 50 Ferry Wharf
Newburyport, MA 01950 United States
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Cape Cod Tour

Saturday, February 2 - Sunday, February 3
Cape Cod Cape Cod, MA United States

This is New England late winter birding at its finest. We should see Scoters, and Gannets. Most likely stay and meet at The Cove in Orleans. Call Peter for reservations / details.

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WINTER MEETING–MEMBERS’ NIGHT

Saturday, February 2 @ 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Bedford–Middle School 99 McMahon Road
Bedford, MA 01730 United States

Join us for our Winter Meeting – February 2, 2019! This year, we we’re excited to bring back our ever popular Members’ Night! BBC Members will be spotlighting their talents as they tell stories about recent birding trips, showcase their photography, video, or art and share their literary works. If you’re interested in presenting, please contact Neil Hayward. The meeting will be held at the John Glenn Middle School, 99 McMahon Rd., in Bedford, MA. There will be a Social…

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Breakfast and Winter Birds

Sunday, February 3 @ 7:30 am - 11:45 am
Ozzie’s Restaurant 26 Maple St.
Hinsdale, 01235 United States

Meet at Ozzie's Restaurant, Maple St., Hinsdale at 7:30AM for breakfast. We will then look for wintering birds around Hinsdale and nearby towns. Mostly roadside birding

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Midweek Hunt for Alcids and Seabirds

Wednesday, February 6 @ 9:00 am - 1:00 pm
Halibut Point State Park Halibut Point State Park
Rockport, MA 01966 United States

Join us for a midweek hunt for alcids and othe wintering seabirds. Be prepared for cold and windy weather. We willmeet for lunch after birding. In case of bad weather, contact the leader the day before the trip.

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Cape Ann

Saturday, February 9 @ 9:00 am - 2:00 pm
Gloucester – Fisherman’s Monument Gloucester Fisherman's Memorial, 60 Western Ave
Gloucester, MA 01930 United States

We will search for alcids and other wintering seabirds. Please check with leader before trip.

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Hartford County Boat Launch Tour

Sunday, February 10 @ 8:00 am - 11:00 am
Donald Barnes Boat Launch 1 S River St.
Enfield, CT 06082 United States

This is a morning tour of eight area boat launches, from Enfield to Rocky Hill. Dress warmly and bring your scope

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Newburyport and Vicinity

Sunday, February 10 @ 9:00 am - 2:00 pm
Newburyport Courthouse 188 State St
Newburyport, MA 01950 United States
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Julie Victoria: Ospreys 2019

Tuesday, February 12 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
St. James’s Episcopal Church 1018 Farmington Ave.
West Hartford, CT 06127 United States

Ospreys have been monitored in Connecticut since 1969. This research continues and there are volunteer opportunities to help monitor Osprey nesting success.

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MASS Waterfowl Prowl

Saturday, February 16 @ 7:30 am - 4:00 pm
Sagamore – Park-and-Ride lot 2 Canal Rd
Bourne, MA 02562 United States

We will visit the ponds, marshes, bays, and backwaters of the Upper and Lower Cape and other areas in our search for 25+ species of ducks, as well as loons, grebes, swans, and geese. This trip will be canceled in the event of rain.

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Halibut Point State Park, Rockport

Sunday, February 17 @ 8:00 am - 10:00 am
Halibut Point State Park Halibut Point State Park
Rockport, MA 01966 United States

A two-hour walk over easy to moderate trails in search of seasonal specialties. Boots advisable.

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Birds Along the Merrimack River—Newburyport to Salisbury

Sunday, February 17 @ 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Newburyport – Birdwatcher’s Supply 192C State St
Newburyport, MA 01950 United States

Eagles & Owls! We will carpool and search primarily for Bald Eagles along the Merrimack River and Snowy and Short-Eared Owls on Plum Island or Salisbury. We will also look for wintering ducks, gulls, and winter finches. Beginners are welcome!

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Cape Ann

Monday, February 18 @ 8:00 am - 2:00 pm
Gloucester – Fisherman’s Monument Gloucester Fisherman's Memorial, 60 Western Ave
Gloucester, MA 01930 United States

We will search for alcids and other wintering seabirds. Be prepared for cold and windy weather.

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Ipswich and Vicinity

Monday, February 18 @ 8:00 am - 12:00 pm
Ipswich – Former Town Hall 69 S Main St
Ipswich, MA 01938 United States

We will search for waterfowl, raptors, and wintering boreal songbirds. Limited walking. Carpooling from the meeting location will be essential. Co-sponsored by the Essex County Ornithological Club.

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Plum Island

Saturday, February 23 @ 9:00 am - 1:00 pm
Parker River – lot #1 Refuge Rd.
Newbury, MA, MA 01951 United States

Please check with leader before trip

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Leverett Pond

Saturday, February 23 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Leverett Pond Pond Ave
Brookline, 02445 United States

Leverett Pond is often home to Wood Ducks, Coot, Mergansers, Ring-necked Ducks and other common pond inhabitants. We will walk around Leverett Pond (~1 mile) and if the trails are clear of snow, we will walk south through the woods to Wards Pond, which is just north of Jamaica Pond. Approximately 3 miles to Wards Pond and back. Meet at the Leverett Pond parking lot on Pond Ave across from the Brook House at Route 9. Use Brookline Village T stop. Birds are…

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Cape Ann

Sunday, February 24 @ 8:30 am - 2:00 pm
Gloucester – Fisherman’s Monument Gloucester Fisherman's Memorial, 60 Western Ave
Gloucester, MA 01930 United States

We will search for alcids and other wintering seabirds. Be prepared for cold and windy weather. If bad weather is predicted, contact the leader by 6:00 p.m. the previous evening.

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Dan Berard – Rhode Island: More Than the Ocean State

Tuesday, February 26 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Fox Library 175 Massachusetts Avenue
Arlington, 02474 United States

With beautiful sandy beaches, over 20 islands, and some of the best seafood around, Rhode Island certainly lives up to the nickname the Ocean State. Large rafts of ducks, migrating shorebirds and coastal migrant traps bring the focus of many birders to the coast as well but, did you know almost 60% of Rhode Island is forest and much of that is protected.  In this presentation we’ll discuss some of Rhode Island’s well known birding spots, a few hidden gems…

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Station 43 Beginners Bird Walk 3

Saturday, March 2 @ 8:00 am - 11:00 am
S Windsor 990 Main St.
South Windsor, CT 06074 United States

The ice should be mostly gone as birds begin to return. The water level may be high on this morning walk. Wear boots.

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Mass Audubon 27th Annual Birders Meeting

Sunday, March 3
College of the Holy Cross – Hogan Campus Center 1 College Street
Worcester, MA 01610 United States

Since 1992, birders from around New England have come together every March to attend Mass Audubon’s annual Birders Meeting. Keynote Dr. Richard Prum, evolutionary biologist and ornithologist will draw from his Pulitzer Prize-nominated book, The Evolution of Beauty: How Darwin's Forgotten Theory of Mate Choice Shapes the Animal World—And Us, as he demonstrates the realities and fallacies of beauty in birds (and people!), and how beauty may not function the way we might suppose. Additional presenters include authorities on feathers, bird…

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March Monthly Meeting

Monday, March 4 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Guardian Life Ins Co. 700 South Street
Pittsfield, 01201 United States

Natural History of the Veery in the Berkshires and Beyond, Dan Shustack PhD, Mass College of Liberal Arts

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Peter Picone: The Inextricable Link Between Songbirds and Plants

Tuesday, March 12 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
St. James’s Episcopal Church 1018 Farmington Ave.
West Hartford, CT 06127 United States

Peter will describe the enhancing of bird habitats on state and private land and listeners will come away with ideas for creating and enhancing wildlife habitats in their own surroundings. Videos will demonstrate the cover and seasonal food value of CT’s native plants.

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Peter Trull: Birds of Paradox – The Life of Terns

Tuesday, March 19 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Fox Library 175 Massachusetts Avenue
Arlington, 02474 United States
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Gina Nichol: Lesvos: European Spring Migration Magic

Tuesday, March 19 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
McAuley Residence Auditorium 275 Steele Rd.
West Hartford, CT 06117 United States

The Greek Island of Lesvos has become known by birders as one of the best locations in Europe to witness spring migration. In late Apriland early May, a continual stream of migrating birds passes over the island as they move from Africa to their breeding grounds in Europe

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Woodcocks at Nod Brook

Saturday, March 23 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Simsbury (Tower Office Park) 82 Hopmeadow St.
Simsbury, CT 06089 United States

See the unique mating display or “sky dance” of the American Woodcock on a relatively short evening trip.

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Spring Waterfowl Search

Sunday, March 24 @ 7:30 am - 11:45 am
Farnams Causeway Farnams Rd.
Cheshire, 01225 United States

Spring is a great time to look for waterfowl on our local lakes wherever there is open water.

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Western Connecticut Shoreline

Sunday, March 24 @ 8:00 am - 12:00 pm
Sherwood Island State Park Sherwood Island Connector
Westport, CT 06880 United States

Take a morning tour from Sherwood Island to New Haven looking for late wintering birds and early spring migrants

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Woodcock Walk

Tuesday, March 26 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Alewife T Station Cambridge, 02140 United States

We will search the Northwest corner of Cambridge in hopes of seeing, or at least hearing, the American Woodcock's mating display, a traditional New England rite of spring. Meet just outside the Russell Field Alewife exit (not the larger, busier Alewife exits near the buses). Participants may want to bring a flashlight.

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NorthEast Hawk Watch (NEHW) Hawk Migration Conference

Saturday, March 30
Holyoke Community College 303 Homestead Ave.
Holyoke, MA 01040 United States

An impressive list of speakers will be published in early January along with complete registration information. You can always visit the NEHW website at www.battaly.com/nehw for the latest information.

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Sachuest Point, RI

Saturday, March 30 @ 8:30 am - 11:00 am
Sachuest Point National Wildlife Refuge Hanging Rock Rd.
Middletown, RI United States

View Harlequin Ducks and seabirds hard to see in CT. Also visit Trustom Pond, Ninigret, and locations showing rarities. Bring lunch.

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April Monthly Meeting

Monday, April 1 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Guardian Life Ins Co. 700 South Street
Pittsfield, 01201 United States

Fathers and Sons - A Birding Journey, Manuel Morales PhD and John Manuel Morales

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Monterey Spring Migrants

Saturday, April 6 @ 7:30 am - 11:45 am
Roadside Store 275 Main Rd.
Monterey, 01245 United States

Search for early Spring migrants in Monterey

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South County Spring Migrants

Sunday, April 7 @ 7:00 am - 11:45 am
Price Chopper 495 Pittsfield Rd.
Lenox, 01240 United States

Meet in the parking lot.

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David Spector & Sam Peabody: A Look at Song Bird Interpretation

Tuesday, April 9 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
St. James’s Episcopal Church 1018 Farmington Ave.
West Hartford, CT 06127 United States

Transliterations, mnemonics, transcriptions—whatever you call them—this program might help you “cheer up cheerily,” as David and his mystery co-presenter discuss the history of some of the expressions that help us remember bird songs

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Great Pond, Simsbury

Saturday, April 13 @ 8:00 am - 11:00 am
Massacoe State Forest 176 Great Pond Rd.
Simsbury, CT 06070 United States

Great Pond is the biggest part of a beautiful state forest and a neat place for a morning walk. Expect a nice assortment of birds, with some about to leave and others arriving.

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Sam Fried: Continental Drift

Tuesday, April 16 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
McAuley Residence Auditorium 275 Steele Rd.
West Hartford, CT 06117 United States

Enjoy the tales and bird photos from a 5-month RV trip around North America, from Florida to the Pribilof Islands of Alaska.

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Warner Farm, Cummington

Saturday, April 27 @ 7:30 am - 11:45 am
Old Creamery Co-op 445 Berkshire Trail
Cummington, 01026 United States

Search for American Bittern, Waterthrushes, Virginia Rails, Cuckoos & more!

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Leader’s Choice, Williamstown

Sunday, April 28 @ 7:00 am - 11:45 am
Williamstown Williamstown, MA United States

Join us as we look for arriving migrants at one or more hotspots in this birdy little town.

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Annual Meeting and Banquet

Saturday, May 4 @ 5:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Cheshire Rod & Gun Club 310 Curran Road
Cheshire, 01225 United States

Join club members for a brief meeting to elect officers followed by: Capturing the Elusive Spirit of Birds - A Cinematographer's Perspective presentation by Ann Johnson Prum, Executive Producer & Cinematographer

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