Birds & Birding
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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.
Whether you're a veteran or a novice, you'll find a wide variety of birding programs, classes, and trips suited to your experience level at a sanctuary near you.
Updated weekly, our recent bird sightings will introduce you to the wide variety of species Massachusetts has to offer year-round.
Download and print a bird checklist before your visit to a wildlife sanctuary and bring it with you for a convenient way to keep track of birds you see.
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.
March 8, 2020
Since 1992, New England birders have come together every March for our annual Birders Meeting, a one-day event with nationally-renowned speakers and top-notch vendors.
May 15-16, 2020
During Bird-a-thon, Mass Audubon's largest fundraiser, teams of birders spend 24 hours trying to spot the most species in Massachusetts.
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Fall holidays mean family gatherings – for people and for Blue Jays. Much like people, these highly social birds are more active in the fall, when the harvest is good and families are reuniting. This pattern is borne out by data on eBird, when observers’ Autumn checklists show a spike in sightings. Here are a few explanations for jays’ noisy behavior right now. Predators on the move mean […]
“Species extinctions have defined the global biodiversity crisis, but extinction begins with loss in abundance of individuals” —Rosenberg et al., Decline of the North American Avifauna (2019) So begins the first comprehensive review of bird population trends since the mid-20th century. Summaries of the study are available via the New York Times and NPR. The […]