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.
March 3, 2019
Since 1992, New England birders have come together every March for our annual Birder’s Meeting, a one-day event with nationally-renowned speakers and top-notch vendors.
Learn About Birds
Want to learn how to attract birds to your yard? Why they are behaving in a certain way? How to identify species that look similar? We have information to help answer all those questions and more! 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
Just as ornithologists predicted, 2018 is shaping up to be a banner winter for a number of nomadic finches in the Northeast, especially Evening Grosbeaks. Having steadily declined as winter visitors since the 1970s, these predictably unpredictable birds are a welcome sight this year. Irruption Years: Boom And Bust Evening Grosbeaks, like several species of “winter […]
Note: this post contains an image of a dead Bald Eagle that some readers may find graphic. Most rat poisons kill more than rats—they also pose a fatal threat to birds of prey. This topic recently made the news after a Bald Eagle on Cape Cod died of what appears to be rodenticide poisoning. The […]