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 Daniel Brown and Jeff Collins Jeff Collins, Director of Conservation Science, and Daniel Brown, Climate Change Program Coordinator, attended the National Adaptation Forum (NAF) in May in Saint Paul Minnesota. The National Adaptation Forum is a gathering of scientists, educators, and community leaders working to address the challenges of climate change. The field of […]
by Chris Leahy, Gerard A. Bertrand Chair of Natural History and Field Ornithology emeritus There is something about islands. Their remoteness generates a certain mystique. Even islands inhabited by people have an aura of “away-ness,” and uninhabited ones stimulate visions of hidden treasures of one kind or another. There is also an ecological significance to […]