Birds & Birding
Support Bird Conservation
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.
Check out all the birding-related programs offered at Mass Audubon wildlife sanctuaries around the state. Find a program
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
Learn About Birds
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.
People have been observing and counting birds at Mass Audubon sanctuaries for as long as these properties have existed. In order to provide a focus for these observations and to insure that data are collected in a similar fashion, Mass Audubon initiated a program of breeding bird surveys on our sanctuaries in 2004 and has […]
No idyllic scene of grassland habitat is complete without a meadowlark singing from atop a fencepost. Unfortunately, this sight is becoming increasingly rare in the Commonwealth, and the Breeding Bird Atlas 2 showed us that Eastern Meadowlarks have declined by 78% in the last 35 years. While conversion of open land to developed land is one […]