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.
Date TBD for 2021
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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Wildlife & Conservation Research
While many of us are stuck at home, opportunities to explore nature are more limited. However, there are many ways to engage with nature from your phone or computer, from sharpening your ID skills to submitting observations to a citizen science project. Below are five apps that will keep naturalists and non-naturalists engaged and excited. iNaturalist This app is like […]
American Woodcocks appear to be thriving at the Alewife Reservation in Cambridge, an urban wild sandwiched between office complexes and a subway garage. Despite the myriad dangers of city life, up to a dozen woodcocks perform their aerial mating displays over Alewife every March. Resilience against the odds Alewife is awash in threats to these […]