Birds & Birding

Birders at Plum Island

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Despite its small size, Massachusetts regularly records over 300 different species of birds every year. Mass Audubon’s wildlife sanctuaries offer excellent opportunities to see and learn more about the birds of Massachusetts, whether you’re on a naturalist-guided walk or on your own with one of our bird checklists.

migrating flock © Richard Johnson, Mass Audubon

The Voice of Audubon offers regular updates on birds sighted across the state to introduce you to the wide variety of species Massachusetts has to offer. Read the most recent sightings

meadowlark © John Galuzzo, Mass Audubon

A Breeding Bird Atlas (BBA) is a collection of data about all of the birds that breed in a particular state or region. The data is usually collected by ornithologists and other field researchers, along with many serious amateur birders—citizen science at its best. Learn More

Eastern towhee © Roger Wrubel, Mass Audubon
Eastern towhee © Roger Wrubel, Mass Audubon

Download and print a bird checklist before your visit to a wildlife sanctuary and bring it with you for a convenient way to keep track of birds you see. Find a sanctuary


Bird-a-thon 2016 is May 13-14

Our annual fundraiser where teams of birders spend 24 hours trying to spot the most species in Massachusetts. Learn More

Learn About Birds

Baltimore oriole © Bill Sooter

Want to learn more about how to attract birds to your yard, or why they are behaving in a certain way, or just how to identify species that look similar? We have information to help answer these questions. Learn More

Snowy Owl Project

Mass Audubon is working to protect snowy owls, the largest owls in North America. Read more about how we are tracking them with transmitters and follow their progress on migration maps. Learn More  

Be a Citizen Scientist

Citizen reports from backyards, feeders, highways, and conservation areas across the state are important to Mass Audubon's efforts to learn more about the populations, distributions, and breeding activities of the birds of Massachusetts. Get involved

Wildlife & Conservation Research

Mass Audubon is on the forefront of understanding the ever-changing patterns of bird and other wildlife populations, and what these changes may mean for the nature of Massachusetts. We have published several reports about bird populations including the State of the Birds Reports. Learn More about our Wildlife Conservation & Research work.