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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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Bear Creek Sanctuary, Saugus

Sunday, March 24 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
Bear Creek Wildlife Sanctuary 100 Salem Turnpike
Saugus, MA 01906 United States

Bear Creek is an upland grassland sanctuary built on the Wheelabrator (formerly RESCO) landfill at the northern end of Rumney Marsh in Saugus and Revere. Access information is below. Wear good walking shoes and be prepared to hike 3 – 4 miles. The property is mostly very open, so be prepared for sun, wind and weather. This walk is free and open to the public, but also note that this property is accessible by invitation only and visitors need to…

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Woodcocks at Alewife

Sunday, March 24 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Alewife Boston Transit Alewife Station
Cambridge, MA 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.

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Woodcock Walk

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

The all-day conference features nine presentations by leaders in their field. Laurie Goodrich on Broad-winged Hawk migration to Brazil and back Rob Bierregard on Osprey journeys and the new technology used to track them Cheryl Dykstra on urban raptors and their behavioral ecology Chris Martin on dispersal, migration, and overwinter site fidelity of female Peregrines in New Hampshire Eric Masterson on following Broad-winged Hawk migration via bicycle David Oleyar presentation on the latest Raptor Population Index report Chris DeSorbo on…

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Greenough Land, Carlisle

Saturday, March 30 @ 7:30 am - 10:00 am
Greenough Land Maple Street
Carlisle, MA 01741 United States

Visit one of Carlisle’s lesser-known Conservation Lands to look for lingering winter visitors and earlier migrants. We may also check out a vernal pool for herps. Co-sponsored by the Carlisle Conservation Foundation.

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Jenks Land, Acton

Saturday, March 30 @ 7:30 am - 9:00 am
Jenks Land, Acton Central Street
Acton, United States

We will look for just-arriving birds (pine warblers, Eastern phoebes, etc.) and early migrants. Trails may be wet.

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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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Blue Hills

Saturday, March 30 @ 8:30 am - 12:30 pm
Blue Hills Reservation Chickatawbut Rd. and Randolph Ave
Milton, MA US

This trip consists of several short (1-mile) hikes (the first is rather steep) to look for Turkey Vulture, Pileated Woodpeckers, Eastern Bluebirds, and just-arriving Easstern Phoebes and Pine Warblers.

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Bird & Tree Walk at Great Swamp Management Area

Saturday, March 30 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
Great Swamp Management Area 360 Great Neck Rd
West Kingston, 2892 United States

Great Swamp is a 3,349 acre management area and a 4.3 mile loop managed by the D.E.M. It has an array of habitats including swamp, a man-made impoundment, woodland edge, as well as a powerline cut. Late March/April is the premiere time of year to go to Great Swamp, because there is a lot of wildlife, it is not hunting season, and it is too cold for the biting flies that inhabit the swamp during the summer. This is Patrick Felker's…

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Newburyport and Vicinity

Saturday, March 30 @ 9:00 am - 2:00 pm
Newburyport Courthouse 188 State St
Newburyport, MA 01950 United States

We will do a little walking but a lot of birding close to our cars in search of migrants

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Blue Hills Woodcock Walk in Fowl Meadow

Saturday, March 30 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Blue Hills Reservation Chickatawbut Rd. and Randolph Ave
Milton, MA US

We will visit Fowl Meadow in hopes of seeing, or at least hearing, the Woodcock’s mating display, a traditional New England rite of spring. To reach the meadow, we will hike 1 mile on a flat trail that may be wet.

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35th Annual “Waterfowl Safari” Along the Connecticut River

Sunday, March 31 @ 8:00 am - 1:00 pm
Connecticut River Hinsdale to Charlestown, NH United States

The spring bird migration begins in March as waterfowl move north through along the Connecticut River. We’ll carpool to the best birding spots, with a little easy walking as needed, in hopes of seeing the spectacle.

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Horn Pond, Woburn – Evening

Sunday, March 31 @ 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Horn Pond Sturgis St
Woburn, MA 01801 United States

Struggling to make our early morning walks? Looking for the other types of birdies on the golf course early morning? Having schedule conflicts? Then join us for an early evening walk at the Horn Pond Conservation Area in Woburn. We hope to find a few early Spring migrants and some of the birds that have wintered over

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Brett Huggett, Bates Professor of Biology

Monday, April 1 @ 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm
USM Lewiston-Auburn College 51 Westminster St
Lewiston, 04240 United States

Stanton Bird Club meetings are held from November through May on the first Monday of the month at 6:30pm. Visitors are always welcome. The meetings are free and open to all.

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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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Horn Pond, Woburn

Wednesday, April 3 @ 8:00 am - 10:00 am
Horn Pond Sturgis St
Woburn, MA 01801 United States

We’ll see which ducks are still around, such as Gadwall and Green-winged Teal and look for early spring migrants, such as Eastern Phoebe, Ruby-crowned Kinglet, Field Sparrow, and Palm, Pine, and Yellow-rumped Warblers

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Horn Pond, Woburn

Wednesday, April 3 @ 8:00 am - 10:00 am
Horn Pond – Sturgis St 98 Sturgis St
Woburn, MA 01801 United States

Let’s see what ducks are stilll around such as Gadwall and Green Winged Teal and look for early Spring migrants such as Eastern Phoebe, Ruby Crowned Kinglet, Field Sparrow and early warblers such as Palm, Pine and Yellow Rumped. Co-sponsored with the Menotomy Bird Club.

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Belle Isle Marsh

Friday, April 5 @ 7:45 pm - 9:00 pm
PEM Connect Building 135 Essex Street
Salem, MA United States

Get to know Belle Isle Marsh Reservation, an ACEC (Area of Critical Environmental Concern). This site, nestled among 3 municipalities, is an important feeding ground for migratory shorebirds and winter raptors. Discover more about this urban refuge from Reservation supervisor Sean Riley, including which breeding birds can be found here. Belle Isle Marsh and the nearby Rumney Marsh are the only large remaining natural saltmarshes and wildlife habitats near Boston, making them excellent locales for exploring local biodiversity.  Co-sponsored by PEM.

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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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Boxborough Station, Heron Rookery

Saturday, April 6 @ 7:30 am - 9:00 am
Boxborough Station WMA Depot Road
Boxborough, United States

We will look for returning herons, osprey, and ducks at the beaver pond/Wildlife Management Area on the edge of Boxborough and Littleton. If there's extra time, we will stop by Rolling Meadows.

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Dunback Meadow

Saturday, April 6 @ 8:00 am - 10:00 am
Dunback Meadow Dunback Meadow, 30 Allen St
Lexington, MA 02420 United States

Early migrants will be our target, particularly Pine and Palm Warblers, but there may also be Phoebes, several sparrows, both kinglets and thrushes

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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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Youth Birders Walk at Turstom Pond NWR

Sunday, April 7 @ 8:00 am - 10:00 am
Trustom Pond NWR 1040 Matunuck School House Rd
South Kingstown, 2879 United States

??The only undeveloped salt pond in the state, 180 acre Trustom Pond often attracts thousands of ducks, geese, and swans during the peak of migration. We will walk the 3 miles of trails in search of waterfowl, and migrating songbirds taking advantage of the 700 acre NWR. This walk is for birders ages 6-18 and their families

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Horn Pond, Woburn

Monday, April 8 @ 8:00 am - 10:00 am
Horn Pond – Lake Ave 85 Lake Avenue
Woburn, MA 01801 United States

We’ll see which ducks are still around, such as Gadwall and Green-winged Teal and look for early spring migrants, such as Eastern Phoebe, Ruby-crowned Kinglet, Field Sparrow, and Palm, Pine, and Yellow-rumped

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Horn Pond, Woburn

Monday, April 8 @ 8:00 am - 10:00 am
Horn Pond – Lake St 93 Lake Ave
Woburn, MA 01801 United States

Let’s look for early Spring migrants such as Eastern Phoebe, Ruby Crowned Kinglet, Field Sparrow and early warblers such as Palm, Pine and Yellow Rumped. Co-sponsored with the Menotomy Bird Club.

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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 Meadows National Wildlife Refuge, Concord

Thursday, April 11 @ 7:00 am - 1:30 pm
Great Meadows – Concord Concord Unit, Entrance Rd
Concord, MA 01742 United States

We will walk easy trails looking for residents and early migrants. Take Rt. 62 to Monsen Road in Concord. We’ll move on from there to Nine-Acre Corner with possible extension to Drumlin Farm.

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SPRING MEETING–NOAH STRYCKER

Thursday, April 11 @ 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Harvard Geological Lecture Hall 24 Oxford St.
Cambridge, MA 02138 United States

BIRDING WITHOUT BORDERS: AN EPIC WORLD BIG YEAR In 2015, Noah became the first human to see more than half of the planet’s bird species in a single year. Anything could have happened, and a lot did. He was scourged by blood-sucking leeches, suffered fevers and “Delhi Belly,” skirted war zones, and had the time of his life. Birding on seven continents and carrying only a small backpack, Noah enlisted the enthusiastic support of local birders to tick more than…

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Westboro Wildlife Management Area

Saturday, April 13 @ 7:00 am - 1:00 pm
Westborough – Town Beach 60 Lyman Street
Westborough, MA 01581 United States

We will hike at an easy pace through easy to moderate trails in search of early spring arrivals in a variety of marsh, field, and woodland habitats. We will check the ponds and marsh for any migrant ducks and swallows. Anyone may hike either or both sections. We will hike the eastern trails until around 10 a.m. then go over to the western trails until around 1 p.m.

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Beaver Brook North

Saturday, April 13 @ 7:30 am - 10:30 am
Beaver Brook North Metropolitan Parkway South
Waltham, MA 02452 United States

We'll explore the fields, marshes, and woods of this large reservation in Waltham, Belmont and Lexington looking for migrants and early breeders. 

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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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Hawk Watching Workshop and Field Trip, Newburyport

Sunday, April 14 @ 9:00 am - 2:00 pm
Joppa Flats 1 Plum Island Turnpike
Newburyport, MA 01950 United States

Co-sponsored with the Eastern Mass Hawk Watch. This is a workshop discussing spring hawk migration at Plum Island. Following the workshop (depending on weather conditions), we’ll head over to Plum Island Lot #1, where we will have a chance to put our skills into practice at one of the most significant spring hawk watching sites on the East Coast. There is a $10 fee for the workshop, or you can join the field trip alone at 11:30 (free). Those who…

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Horn Pond, Woburn – Evening

Sunday, April 14 @ 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Horn Pond Sturgis St
Woburn, MA 01801 United States

Struggling to make our early morning walks? Looking for the other types of birdies on the golf course early morning? Having schedule conflicts? Then join us for an early evening walk at the Horn Pond Conservation Area in Woburn. We hope to find a few early Spring migrants and some of the birds that have wintered over

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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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Mount Auburn Cemetery

Wednesday, April 17 @ 6:30 am - 8:00 am
Mount Auburn Cemetery 580 Mt Auburn St.
Cambridge, MA 02138 United States
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Brooks Estate, Medford

Wednesday, April 17 @ 8:00 am - 10:00 am
Brooks Estate 255 Grove Street
Medford, MA 02155 United States

Join us as we explore for early spring migrants. Co-sponsored with the Brookline Bird Club

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Brooks Estate, Medford

Wednesday, April 17 @ 8:00 am - 10:00 am
Brooks Estate – Grove St 266 Grove St
Medford, MA 02155 United States

Let’s see what early spring migrants we can find. Co-sponsored with the Menotomy Bird Club

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Mount Auburn Cemetery

Friday, April 19 @ 6:30 am - 8:30 am
Mount Auburn Cemetery 580 Mt Auburn St.
Cambridge, MA 02138 United States
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Fruitlands Museum trails, Harvard

Saturday, April 20 @ 7:00 am
Fruitlands Museum 102 Prospect Hill Road
Harvard, MA 01451 United States

Co-sponsored by Boxborough Birders and Brookline Bird Club. We will be looking for local avian residents and early migrants. Expect to walk about two miles on trails through meadows and woods, with some steep sections. Prepare for ticks. We will bird at the meeting location for about 30 minutes so any latecomers can catch up.

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Horn Pond Early Migrants

Saturday, April 20 @ 7:30 am - 9:30 am
Horn Pond Sturgis St
Woburn, MA 01801 United States

We should be able to find several species of swallows, plus phoebes, towhees, and maybe a couple species of warbler. Or, let's find a surprise. Come on, beginners, this is the time to get out before it gets too hectic!

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Greenstone Hollow

Saturday, April 20 @ 8:00 am - 11:00 am
E Granby 27-1 Ridge Blvd.
East Granby, CT 06026 United States

Main entrance at the end of the guard rail. Search for residents and the migrants and breeders of early spring in the many habitats of this beautiful and compact preserve.

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Laurel Marsh

Saturday, April 20 @ 8:00 am - 11:00 am
Laurel Marsh 856 US-6
Manchester, CT 06040 United States

The trail follows sections of the Hockanum River and butts up against the Manchester Landfill at times. Forest, meadow, wetlands and sections of Hop Brook will provide a diversity of bird species.

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First Warblers at Sandy Beach

Sunday, April 21 @ 7:30 am - 9:30 am
Sandy Beach Mystic Valley Parkway
Winchester, MA 01890 United States

It's finally spring, and Sandy Beach is a great place to find those early migrants. Among other possibilities, Pine, Palm, and Yellow-rumped Warblers are almost guaranteed

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Beginner Bird Banding Course

Monday, April 22 @ 7:30 am - 3:00 pm
Harris Center for Conservation Education 83 Kings Hwy
Hancock, NH 03449 United States

This seven-day course for birders and wildlife biologists will provide a hands-on introduction to bird banding, including safe operation of mist nets, bird handling, and data scoring skills.

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Bates Birdwalk I

Tuesday, April 23 @ 6:00 am - 8:30 am
Bates College 3 Andrews Rd
Lewiston, 04240 United States

An early morning bird walk beginning at the front of Hathorn Hall on the Bates College campus, past Mt. David to Riverside Cemetery.

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Plum Island Birding Excursion

Friday, April 26 @ 7:00 am - 3:00 pm
Parker River National Wildlife Refuge Refuge Road
Newbury, MA United States

Join Eric Masterson and Meade Cadot for a visit to the Parker River National Wildlife Refuge on Plum Island in Massachusetts – one of the best birding locations in all of New England.

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Charleston and Jamestown, RI

Saturday, April 27
Tower Hill Park n Ride Tower Hill Park&Ride
South Kingstown, RI 02874 United States

For this full day trip, we will bird local hotspots such as Trustom Pond NWR, Card’s Pond Rd, Beavertail State Park, and other locales based on time and which birds are around; our destinations will be dictated by the bird activity. A scope is recommended if you have one. Bringing a packed lunch is recommended as this trip will run beyond noon and not have a set end time; we’ll keep birding as long as we find birds! Due to parking restrictions…

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