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.
A Breeding Bird Atlas (BBA) is a collection of data about all of the birds that breed in a particular state or region and exemplifies citizen science at its best.
Our Education Department is working on ways to move people to conservation action, focusing on the birding community. We invite you to take a brief survey.
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.
Wildlife & Conservation Research
By Wayne Petersen, Director of Massachusetts Important Bird Area Program Every year, at about this time, dedicated hawk watchers and serious raptor aficionados begin paying particular attention to radar images and weather prognostications on the evening news. Indeed, some devotees even regularly take their vacation in the middle of September. So what’s so special about mid-September? […]
By Jeff Ritterson, Forest Bird Conservation Fellow In order to characterize the bird community at Elm Hill, point count surveys were performed at 24 locations within forested areas of the sanctuary. During a ten minute period, the species of each individual bird is recorded, as detected by sight or sound, within 50 meters. This gives us […]