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
Black hawks are hefty, Buteo-like hawks not too distantly related to the widespread and familiar Red-tailed Hawk (Buteo jamaicensis). There are several species, but most common are the Common Black Hawk (Buteogallus anthracinus) that sparingly nests in the extreme southern portions of the southwestern U.S. south to northern South America, and the Great Black Hawk […]
A recent study showed that Saltmarsh Sparrows choose nest sites based on past experiences. If a pair’s nest floods, for example, they’ll build their next on higher ground. While this behavior might seem to show resilience to rising seas and climate change, the authors note that populations have still declined by over 75% since the […]