THE BIRD CLUBS OF MASSACHUSETTS THE BIRD CLUBS OF MASSACHUSETTS THE BIRD CLUBS OF MASSACHUSETTS
THE BIRD CLUBS OF MASSACHUSETTS THE BIRD CLUBS OF MASSACHUSETTS THE BIRD CLUBS OF MASSACHUSETTS

"I hope you love birds too. It is economical. It saves going to heaven."

Birding IN Massachusetts

Birding, it seems, might be as popular in Massachusetts as the Red Sox, the Celtics and the Bruins combined. Tens of housands s of people in the state count themselves as knowledgeable and enthusiastic birders., thousands more are more casual but no less enthusatstic. They populate dozens of state bird clubs, participate in Birdathon Feeder watch. Christmas counts, and bird club round ups, and pick their way through ebirds lists in designing weekend outings. Even on work days, they are up pre-dawn in droves  fro a chance at a cerulean warbler, an odd gull or a vagrant wheatear..They’ll fill a uditoraium to hear a presentain about bird genetics collaborate on conservation issues and volunteer their skills to encoriuage new birders

The thing is, Massachusetts birders have been doing thisfor at least 150 years. This is not a new trend. Birding is part of the state’s legacy and it is as old and as important to the very spirit of Massachsuetts as donuts  and tall ships.

 lMassachusetts birders have included leading sicietists, advneturers, artists, and amtaeurs who have litterally shaped the way we see and appreciate birds. Eigthenthisasm that makes birding so much fun and they realtive accesiblity of som many good birdingspots.

If you haven’t tried it et, yet us encourage you to jump right in and experience the great joys of birding with a bunch enthusiasts of on a Winthrop Beach in Janaury, or souring the dck pons od Central Mass in November.  Ebery club offers free walks where you can catch the bug. 

ONLINE GROUPS

Groups listed here have over 1K online members—explore your social channels for small groups.

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BIRDING RESOURCES

A small selection of the many “must-know” organizations that welcome birders in Massachusetts and have helped thousands of birders expand their skills, lists, and appreciation for the state’s wild places.  We’ll be sharing a more complete list soon.

MASSBIRD is a mailing list and listserve dedicated to the sharing birding information relevant to Massachusetts and New England. This list is intended for the discussion of local issues – such as birding locations, local conditions, reports of local rarities and unusual sightings, pelagic trip reports, legislative alerts, events and speakers in the area, and calls for volunteers in research and census activities. Hopefully, novice birdwatchers, visitors to our area, and our local experts alike, will share their questions and knowledge through this mailing list. Together we have made MASSBIRD a useful forum, sharing information on a real time basis. [LINK]

MASSBIRD is a mailing list and listserve dedicated to the sharing birding information relevant to Massachusetts and New England. This list is intended for the discussion of local issues – such as birding locations, local conditions, reports of local rarities and unusual sightings, pelagic trip reports, legislative alerts, events and speakers in the area, and calls for volunteers in research and census activities. Hopefully, novice birdwatchers, visitors to our area, and our local experts alike, will share their questions and knowledge through this mailing list. Together we have made MASSBIRD a useful forum, sharing information on a real time basis. [LINK]

MASSBIRD is a mailing list and listserve dedicated to the sharing birding information relevant to Massachusetts and New England. This list is intended for the discussion of local issues – such as birding locations, local conditions, reports of local rarities and unusual sightings, pelagic trip reports, legislative alerts, events and speakers in the area, and calls for volunteers in research and census activities. Hopefully, novice birdwatchers, visitors to our area, and our local experts alike, will share their questions and knowledge through this mailing list. Together we have made MASSBIRD a useful forum, sharing information on a real time basis. [LINK]

Bird Observer is a New England-based bimonthly journal for birders of all skill levels. We are a nonprofit organization supported by subscribers, and staffed by volunteers. We publish original articles on birding locations, on avian populations and natural history, on regional rarities, book reviews and field notes, bird sightings, photographs, and artwork. [LINK]

The Association of Massachusetts Bird Clubs (AMBC), founded in 2016, is an alliance of bird clubs across the state with a mission to promote birding in Massachusetts, facilitate communication among member clubs, and unite to conserve birds and their habitats. Any individual member of any member club is welcome to participate in Association discussions and decisions. [LINK]

A crowd-sourced effort by contributors who provide details about popular birding hotspots, with the ultimate goal of eliminating the barriers to local knowledge and encouraging new birders of all backgrounds to safely explore birding. [LINK]

A crowd-sourced effort by contributors who provide details about popular birding hotspots, with the ultimate goal of eliminating the barriers to local knowledge and encouraging new birders of all backgrounds to safely explore birding. [LINK]

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Mass Audubon is the largest nature-based conservation organization in New England. Founded in 1896 by two women who fought for the protection of birds, Mass Audubon carries on their legacy by focusing on the greatest challenges facing the environment today: the loss of biodiversity, inequitable access to nature, and climate change. With the help of our 160,000 members and supporters, we protect wildlife, conserve and restore resilient land, advocate for impactful environmental policies, offer nationally recognized education programs for adults and children, and provide endless opportunities to experience the outdoors at our wildlife sanctuaries. Explore, find inspiration, and take action at massaudubon.org. [LINK]

MassWildlife is responsible for the conservation of freshwater fish and wildlife in the Commonwealth, including endangered plants and animals. MassWildlife restores, protects, and manages land for wildlife to thrive and for people to enjoy.

Through the effective management of wildlife and habitat, MassWildlife ensures quality outdoor recreational opportunities for hunters, anglers, and outdoor enthusiasts who enjoy the impressive variety of plants, fish, and wildlife found in Massachusetts. Outdoor skills clinics, wildlife education workshops, presentations, and online resources provide all residents with a greater understanding and appreciation for wildlife conservation. [LINK]

The Trustees of Reservations

The Trustees of Reservations enjoys and care for more than 100 special places – roughly 47,000 acres – all around Massachusetts.

For more than a century, The Trustees has been on the ground in communities across Massachusetts, working to protect special places, providing loving care of our reservations, building creative new programs to engage people, and sharing our expertise with neighbors and partners across the state.

The centerpiece of the Trustees mission is protecting places of ecological, scenic, and historic importance. We search far and wide to find Massachusetts’ most potentially endangered iconic landscapes and precious cultural relics, navigate the complex and long path to bring them under our protection, and allocate land stewardship resources and expertise to maintain their integrity long into the future. [LINK]

Stellwagen Bank National Marine Sanctuary, a wild ocean place near an urban world, sits east of Boston, Massachusetts between Cape Ann and Cape Cod. Historically important as a fishing ground, New England’s only national marine sanctuary now reigns as a premier whale watching destination and continues to support commercial and recreational fishing. Its shipwrecks serve as time capsules of our nation’s maritime history. (LINK)

The US Fish and Wildlife Services works with others to conserve, protect, and enhance fish, wildlife, plants, and their habitats for the continuing benefit of the American people. 

The Service manages an unparalleled network of public lands and waters called the National Wildlife Refuge System. With more than 560 refuges spanning the country, this system protects iconic species and provides some of the best wildlife viewing opportunities on Earth.

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