The Walking City Trail is a 27-mile hiking path through some of Boston’s parks, urban wilds, gardens, and neighborhoods. The trail connects 17 diverse Boston neighborhoods from the Neponset River Reservation to Bunker Hill Monument.

The Boston Birding Festival is excited to partner with the WCT to bring attention to Boston’s urban ecology and equitable access to green space. By birding the trail and sharing your observations, you can help create more awareness of these resources and encourage greater access to and protection of green space in the city. The data you collect will help shape urban planning decisions, increase and direct conservation efforts in neighborhoods that have been neglected, and contribute to a better understanding of Boston’s urban ecology.

Learn more about the Walking City Trail at

Please review the information on liability in advance of registering for this event. All participants are responsible for themselves.



There are several ways to get involved. But first, be sure to register to be part of the project and receive updates.

1. Walk a section of the trail yourself or with friends and share your observations with us. You can use our spreadsheet (register first) or you can email us a spreadsheet of your own. If you can also share photos, that would be fantastic. Thank you.

2. Join one of the BBF’s organized Walking City Trail Bird Walks. We’ll post the schedule and trail segment soon. Be sure to register in advance and you’ll get it by email.

3. Join one of the WCT’s walks and bird while hiking, then send us your list.

4. Form your own group with your bird club, class, book club, scout troop, office, etc., and share your list with us.

5.  Volunteer to lead a bird walk yourself along a segment of the train, or to be one of this project’s administrators.

Using your data, WCT is planning to publish a checklist sometime in 2025.