The Eastern Whip-poor-will Project

Eastern Whip-poor-will, © Sandy Selesky
Eastern Whip-poor-will, © Sandy Selesky

The Eastern Whip-poor-will Project was part of a larger bird conservation program called Birds to Watch that Mass Audubon created to ensure that birds have a future in the modern world. The goal of Birds to Watch is to develop effective, Citizen Science-based monitoring programs for birds that appear to be in decline, but do not yet qualify for protection under State or Federal endangered species legislation.

Based in large part on data provided by Mass Audubon’s citizen scientists, the Eastern Whip-poor-will was recently listed as a Species of Special Concern in Massachusetts.

Eastern Whip-poor-wills belong to an unusual family of birds called nightjars, named so because their loud repetitive songs "jar" the silence of the night. Learn More

Tips and information about where to locate whip-poor-wills throughout the year. Learn More

Once common and widespread, Eastern Whip-poor-wills have undergone a steady decline that has seemed especially steep to many observers during the last 30 years. Learn More

Thanks to the dedication of 153 participants, we have logged over 200 observations of whip-poor-wills in the state since launching the project in 2008. Learn More