During this 2-mile walk in the sand we will look for nesting Piping Plovers, Least Terns, and Bank Swallows, as well as evening songsters such as Whip-poor-wills. Prepare for mosquitos.. Co-sponsored by the Brookline Bird Club.
Join us for a fun walk at the Cedar Pond Wildlife Sanctuary, former estate of Francis Higginson, who bequeathed his land and houses to Mass Audubon in the 1970s. This 158-acre property has a variety of wetland and woodland habitats and Cedar Pond, a large kettle pond surrounded by Atlantic white cedars. Come explore the property, discuss the history of the site, and look for wildlife and signs. We’ll also check out the 5-acre restoration site that MAS has converted from a field filled with non-natives to a native shrub habitat. Following the walk, we will head over to the Ipswich River Wildlife Sanctuary in Topsfield for a brown bag lunch and to hear about the lesser known MAS sanctuaries on the North Shore.
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.