Massachusetts may have more birders as a percentage of the population than any other state. Home to the oldest American bird clubs and the birthplace of the conservation movement, the Migratory Bird Act, Mass Audubon, and dozens of birding luminaries, the state’s birding legacy is vast, deep, and multi-dimensional.
A compact state with many kinds of habitats, Massachusetts attracts a wide range of species — from pelagic birds off Stellwagen Bank to rocky island seabird nesting colonies to boreal birds in the Berkshires, Not surprisingly, it’s one of only two states in the northeast with more 500 species in eBird.
Many prominent birders, bird scientists, and naturalists have deep connections to Massachusets. The state’s birding community includes conservation, climate, and environmental justice leaders—researcher, activists, and citizen scientists who contribute to our understanding of climate change, land use, environment and accessiblity in the outdoors and enrich our appreciation of birds and birding.
Massachusetts is also home to dozens of artists, poets, photographers, and musicians whose work has been inspired by birds from Emily Dickenson to painter Barry van Dusen to the great woodcarver Elmer Crowell.
With more than 25 clubs and many other organizing suffering rips, pretty much any week of the year. , you can find a free bird walk or adventure to join.
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Young birders clubs offer a variety of birding trips, special events and social activiies designed specifically for elementary aged students and teens.
Urban Nature Walk (Boston)
Massachusetts Butterfly Club (a chapter of the North American Butterfly Association)
MassLep (Google Group)
The Entomological Society of America (ESA)
Massachusetts Horticultural Society
Wild See Project (Maine)
A large and active Facebook group for sharing and advice