Birding

Hooded Merganser drake swimming across fall foliage reflections in the water © Kim Nagy
Hooded Merganser drake (male) © Kim Nagy

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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.

Birding group from Broadmoor Wildlife Sanctuary

Whether you're a veteran or a novice, you'll find a wide variety of birding programs, classes, and outings suited to your experience level. Get birdy >

Eastern Towhee at Wellfleet Bay Wildlife Sanctuary's bird feeder station © Mike Duffy
Eastern Towhee at Wellfleet Bay © Mike Duffy

Before you visit a sanctuary, download and print a bird checklist to bring with you so you can easily keep track of what you see. Check the list >

BBA

Breeding Bird Atlases

Eastern Meadowlark by David Larson
Eastern Meadowlark (Photo: David Larson)

BBAs collect data about all the breeding bird species in a specific state, and they exemplify community science at its best. Explore the atlases >

May 13-14, 2022

Woman w binoculars birding in winter © Nick DeCondio
© Nick DeCondio

Mass Audubon's largest fundraiser features teams competing to raise money, do nature activities, and spot the most bird species in 24 hours. Learn more >

Dates TBD for 2022

Baltimore Oriole & Indigo Bunting visiting home birdfeeders © Gail Hansche Godin
Baltimore Oriole & Indigo Bunting © Gail Hansche Godin

Our annual conference takes place in March and features nationally-renowned speakers and top-notch vendors. Learn more >

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Birds & Bird Conservation

Learn About Birds

All About Birds

Baltimore Oriole © Bill Sooter
Baltimore Oriole © Bill Sooter

Want to learn how to attract birds to your yard? Discover why birds behave in certain ways? How to ID species that look similar? We've got the answers and more! Get to know birds >

Snowy Owl Project

Saving Snowy Owls

Snowy Owl © Nathan Goshgarian
Snowy Owl © Nathan Goshgarian

Mass Audubon is working to protect Snowy Owls, the largest owls in North America. Learn how and follow each owl's progress on migration maps. Read more >  

Be a Community Scientist

Be a Community Scientist

Your reports from backyards, feeders, highways, and conservation areas across Massachusetts are important to Mass Audubon's efforts to learn more about the populations, distributions, and breeding activities of our birds. Join a project >